One of these days someone is going to figure out what exactly the difference is between Anthony Vasquez at AAA and Anthony Vasquez at MLB. Ya, he did it again tonight for a win. Jackson sent out Danny Hultzen, and the boy shined for his first professional win. High Desert broke out their whooping sticks for a win. Clinton, behind the arm of Trevor Miller, won a squeeker.
It's hard to say what the biggest story was tonight. It could have been Hultzen's first pro win, or the two shutouts, or the fact that we picked up a system sweep. Ok, I'm going with...SYSTEM SWEEP!!!
High Desert: 9-5
Pitcher of the Day: Danny Hultzen
Player of the Day: Steven Proscia
"There's no defeat-you'd sooner die
It's man to man
As we stand eye to eye
Winner takes it all........."
TACOMA RAINERS 1, SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS 0
......I'm somewhat at a loss for words. Anthony Vasquez completely owned yet another team in the hit-happy Pacific Coast League. First it was the Colorado Springs Sky Sox who got lunched at Cheney, and then Vasquez punked a good Fresno Grizzlies team in Fresno. Now, another good team bites the dust as Vasquez twirled his magic and sunk the Sacramento River Kittens. I love it!
Tonight, Vasquez worked seven and two-thirds strong innings giving up squat on 4 hits, walked 2, struckout 3, and uncorked a wild one to pick up his third win in three tries.
Oliver Perez, a person who I have described as a meat puppet on more than one occasion relieved Vasquez in the eighth inning with two outs and two runners on base. Just to prove to me that he is, in fact, more than just a meat puppet, Perez slammed the door on the River Cats and got the Rainers out of the inning.
Shawn Kelley toes the rubber in the ninth, and other than issuing a walk, did not have any trouble putting Sacramento away for the night and pick up his second save on the year.
The Rainier offense collected 4 hits and 3 walks to score their 1 stinkin' run. They were 1 for 5 with runners in scoring position and stranded 5.
The offense of the Rainier this night came in the form of a single player, and that was c Guillermon Quiroz. In the third inning Quiroz turned on a pitch for a solo homerun that was the only scoring by either team in the game.
Everyone else? Who? I'm not sure anyone else even showed up...
JACKSON GENERALS 2, MISSISSIPPI BRAVES 0
Ok, so another milestone goes by the wayside as Danny Hultzen continues to work his way toward Canton...
Tonight, Hultzen worked six and a third innings giving up nothing on 2 hits, walked 2, and struckout 5 enroute to his first professional win.
Steven Hensley relieved Hultzen in the seventh inning with one out and two runners on base. Hensley showed off is professionalism by throwing up a roadblock and getting the Generals out of the inning. Hensley stayed in the game until there was two outs in the eighth when he was lifted for a better arm matchup.
Brian Moran entered the game in the eight with two outs and faced one batter who he induced on one pitch to flyout.
Stephen Pryor entered the game in the ninth and worked around a walk to pick up his fourth save of the year.
The General offense collected just 6 hits and 2 walks to plate their 2 runs. They were 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position and stranded 5.
Just like in the Rainier's game, the Generals won tonight via the longball. In the fourth inning the scoreless tie was broken by 1B Rich Poythress who jacked a pitch deep into the night for a 2-run homerun.
SS Nick Franklin in the two-hole went 2/4 with a double and a run scored.
CF Denny Almonte in the five-hole went 2/3 with a double.
HIGH DESERT MAVERICKS 14, INLAND EMPIRE 0... JUST KIDDING, 8
George Mieses started for the Mavericks tonight and had his best outting of the year. El Toro worked six solid innings giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits (HR), walked 2, and struckout 6 to pick up his first win on the year.
Austin Hudson entered the game in the seventh and had yet another steaming pile type of outting. Hudson worked just one inning giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, walked no one and struckout 1.
It took Taylor Stanton twice as many innings to match the stinkiness of Hudson. Stanton finished off the last two innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, walked no one and struckout 2.
The Maverick offense was absolutely pornographic tonight. They treated the IE pitchers like... well, they just weren't nice to the poor fellers. The offense colleted 14 hits, 4 walks, and plunkings of Patrick Brady and Julio Morban to score their 14 runs.
I love nights like tonight. Tonight, a player that I have been supporting came through for me and made me look like someone who actually knows what he is talking about. Of course, he will probably go 0 for his next 12 just to pop my bubble...
I'm talking about Steven Proscia, of course. I've been taughting him for a while now and have received all sorts of derision for my efforts. Tonight, while playing 1b and hitting in the five-hole, Proscia went 4/5 with not 1... not 2... but 3 homeruns! Proscia scored 3 runs and drove in 5. What is even more amazing is tha the was able to do all of that while wearing a 500lb gorilla suit!
SS Brad Miller in the leadoff spot went 2/4 with a double, a run scored, a ribbie, and a walk. Brad Miller FAILED to committ an error tonight.
C Jack Marder in the two-hole went 2/4 with 2 runs scored, a solo homerun, a ribbie and a walk.
2B Stefen Romero in the three-hole went 0/3 with a ribbe and a sac fly.
DH John Hicks in the four-hole went 1/4 with 2 runs scored and a walk.
Julio Morban in the six-hole went 0/4 with 2 runs scored and sore ribs.
3B Mario Martinez in the seven-hole went 1/4 with a run scored and a ribbie.
RF-CF James Jones in the eight-hole went 2/3 with a double and a homerun, scored 2 runs, drove in three, and walked one time.
CF-2B Patrick Brady in the nine-hole went 2/3 with a run scored and a ribbie.
Stefen Romero was lifted during the top of the sixth for reasons unknown.
CLINTON LUMBERKINGS 2, LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS 1
Sweet! We had an odd, but good outting by a pitcher at Clinton. Trevor Miller started for the LumberKings and put in a fine effort. Miller went seven innings giving up 1 run on 6 hits, walked and struckout no one (the odd part). This lead to Miller's first win of the year for the 20 year old.
Brett Shankin took over in the eighth and pitched two frames of shutout baseball around two walks for his first save.
The LumberKing offense wasn't exactly a bunch of world beaters yet again tonight. Collecting just 5 hits, 3 walks, and a Jean Acevedo plunking to score their 2 runs is amazing. They were a dismal 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and stranded 7.
CF Jamal Austin in the leadoff spot went 1/4 with a run scored.
C Steven Baron in the two-hole continues to hit well as he went 2/4 with an important ribbie.
2B Jean Acevedo in the seven-hole went 1/2 with a run scored and sore ribs.
Piss on the fire and call in the dogs. I'm outta here!