It was all about the bullpen and leads tonight for the organization. Tacoma lost the game in the most unsurprising fashion (everyone wave to the dead body we call Olver Perez), the Generals built up a big enough lead that not even Yoevis Medina could screw up, Jonathan Arias makes up for it by losing his control, if you happen to find it please give Pedro Grifol a call. Then you have Clinton trying to do their best impression of the Seattle Mariner offense.
Tacoma 9 13 1
Reno 11 10 1
Players of note:
Trayvon Robinson 3-5, 2b (7), RBI (12), K
Carlos Triunfel 3-5, 2b (5), K
Luis Jimenez 2-5, HR (6), K
Scott Savastano 2-5, 2b (6), RBI (6), K
Carlos Triunfel (9, fielding)
Triunfel Error Theory:
Carlos Triunfel’s fielding error came on an easy back hand to his right. Similar to what I said previously he didn’t have his head in the game it was a routine play he should have made. But in the top of the inning with Robinson on at second he was called out on a strike that he very seriously disagreed with and I’m surprised he stayed in the game. The next play he made a got to a ball deep in the hole and if Luis Rodriguez had made a good throw it would have been a great double play.
With Carlos Triunfel’s error the Rainiers now have 32 for the season. Ugh…
Forrest Snow, threw 97 pitches through 5 innings and the majority of them in the bottom of the 3rd where it seems that his control left him. He hit a batter, walked 2 and threw a wild pitch. This allowed 5 runs to score and what’s worse is had four ground balls and only one went for an out. Outside of this inning he did well. He struck out 5 total and only walked one other batter, totaling 3 for the game.
Cesar Jimenez relieved Snow in the 6th and defense didn’t help him out. Triunfel fumbled the ball allowing Eaton to score, nearly erased it with a great back hand deep in the hole but a bad throw from LRod allowed the runner to be safe at first. A couple of hard hit singles and the Aces got a run back. He came back out for the 7th and pitched a 3 up, 3 down inning.
Unfortunately Jimenez struggled again in the 8th as he started the inning with a couple of hard hit balls and a walk leading to a pitcher change. Jimenez final line was 2 innings, 3 strike outs, 1 BB and 3 earned runs on 4 hits, kind of ugly.
Oliver Perez sucks. I know that's really obvious... but let’s just say that. He did a bit better than Tom Wilhelmsen though as he got a bouncer back to the mound and got the runner at home. He got a sacrifice fly to Trayvon Robinson where the runner belonging to Jimenez scored. And you start thinking that Perez might just wiggle out of the jam. Then he walked the ever impossible Josh Bell and then gave up a grand slam. Bam! Come back from that Rainiers! And they didn’t.
Rainiers fall to 11-17
Jackson 10 12 0
Pensacola 2 9 0
Players of note:
Johmeryn Chavez 3-5, RBI (10), K
Francisco Martinez 2-6, 2b (6), RBI (7) ,2 k
Joseph Dunigan 2-5 , 2 RBI (18), k
Rich Poythress 2-5, 2 RBI (18)
Limited Extra Base Hits:
Generals had a total of 12 hits, 11 of those being singles and on the side they drew 6 walks.
Denny Almonte went 1-4 with a walk and a strike out. Not anything really crazy to mention but with already 100 at bats he’s currently on pace – for a total of 45 walks --, not just to shatter, but almost double the amount of walks he’s ever had in season. His previous high was 29 as a Wisconsin Timber Rattler back in 2008, something to monitor.
Brandon Maurer got hit hard in the first inning and he’s making a habit of working up in the zone. He’s got some velocity to do that (as he sits 93-94) but his stuff is inconsistent and too often he leaves hittable pitches up in the zone and out over the plate. After that he pitched another 6 innings (for a total of 7) and got 12 ground balls, 2 strike outs and overall got a lot of weak contact that limited runners. A very good start, though I would like to see him miss more bats.
Yoevis Medina came in for the 8th and pitched… well he pitched alright. He got a swinging strike out, then he walked someone, then struck out another. A ground ball up the middle moved runners to first and second and then they moved up on a double steal two pitches later. With Joel Guzman up, he hit a ground ball between Martinez and Franklin to Petit out in left. The runner on a third scored but Petit nailed the runner trying to score from second base to end the inning.
Bobby LaFromboise came in for Medina in the bottom of the 9th after another big 4 spot in the top of the inning by the Generals. He got a swinging strike out and then a couple of ground balls (one that snuck through the infield) and then got a fly out to Johermyn Chavez, pretty uneventful.
Jackson improves to 19-9
High Desert 5 8 1
Visalia 6 9 0
Players of note:
Brad Miller 2-5, HR (6), 2 RBI (21), K
John Hicks 2-4, 2b, K
Stefan Romero 1-4, HR (3), RBI (20)
Mike McGee 2-3, 1 BB, RBI (8)
Mario Martinez (4, throw)
James Gillheeney pitched a good game. Going 5 innings, 4 earned runs, 2 HRs, striking out 3 and walking 2. It’s not great but in High Desert there are different qualifications that make a good or bad start in the California league.
Willy Kesler came in a pitched two perfect innings.
Carson Smith shut down the 8th and had a strike out.
Jonathan Arias came up to finish it. Arias who had a good start to his year had no control from the get go. He walked the first batter, hit the second and then gave up a single to load the bases. Then the next batter bunted back to the pitcher’s mound but Arias was able to get the runner out at home and kept the Mavericks in the lead. Unfortunately the next hitter got a double and the game winning run was scored and to quote Rick Rizz “And the ball games over”.
Mavericks fall to 16-13
Wisconsin 5 7 0
Clinton 0 0 0
Players of note:
Jamal Austin 0-2, 2 BB
Other than that… the team got no hit.
Stephen Landazuri pitched 6 innings and while it wasn’t strong it wasn’t bad. He gave up 6 hits, on 1 home run and struck out 4, while walking 1.
Joshua Corrales pitched 3 innings; but gave up only 1 hit, struck out 4 and walked no one.
Lumberkings fall to 10-16
Player of the day: Trayvon Robinson, 3-5, 2B, RBI and K
Pitcher of the day: Brandon Maurer 7 IP, 2 K, 2BB
Brew another cup of coffee and get out there, it’s another bright beautiful day!