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Redman15
09-04-2007, 08:53 PM
Sarasota tied 0-0 in the B3.
Strait leads off T4 with a bomb. 1-0 Sarasota.

texasdave
09-04-2007, 09:08 PM
Ben Jukich has an unmentionable going through 4.

texasdave
09-04-2007, 09:21 PM
Through five Sarasota leads 1-0. No one is sitting by Jukich in the Sarasota dugout.

texasdave
09-04-2007, 09:28 PM
Valaika singles and eventually scores on a sac fly. Middle of the 6th, 2-0 good guys.

texasdave
09-04-2007, 09:37 PM
End of 6. Jukich still lonely on the Sarasota bench.

FIRELEFT
09-04-2007, 09:51 PM
Lonely after 7

texasdave
09-04-2007, 09:51 PM
End of 7 now and Sarasota still leads 2-0. Jukich still the man.

texasdave
09-04-2007, 10:04 PM
Jukich finished after 7. His line is 7 IP 0 H 0 R 0ER 2 BB 5 K. Excellent job. Watson comes on to pitch a scoreless 8th, but gives up a 2-out single. Sarasota up 2-zip going into the 9th.

FIRELEFT
09-04-2007, 10:06 PM
I know they have to watch arm's but sure would of like to have seen him go for it.

BigRed07
09-04-2007, 10:27 PM
Sarasota wins 2-0.

texasdave
09-04-2007, 10:29 PM
Derrik Lutz comes on in the 9th and gets two quick outs before loading the bases on a double and two walks. He wriggles free on a fly ball to center. Sarasota wins the game 2-0, and leads the series 1 game to none.

11larkin11
09-04-2007, 10:36 PM
Kyle Lotzkar on the mound for the Mustangs.


1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K

GoReds33
09-04-2007, 10:36 PM
Jukich finished after 7. His line is 7 IP 0 H 0 R 0ER 2 BB 5 K. Excellent job. Watson comes on to pitch a scoreless 8th, but gives up a 2-out single. Sarasota up 2-zip going into the 9th.
How could they do that? I think its a must that you let a guy with a no-no finish what he started. Horrible coaching. How many pitches did he have anyway?

Reds Freak
09-04-2007, 11:10 PM
How could they do that? I think its a must that you let a guy with a no-no finish what he started. Horrible coaching. How many pitches did he have anyway?

Haha, because the manager doesn't want to be blasted on this site for leaving the young arm in for too many pitches and ruining his future...:)

11larkin11
09-04-2007, 11:12 PM
Lotzkar

4 IP
1 H
1 ER
1 BB
1 HR
8 K

OnBaseMachine
09-04-2007, 11:55 PM
Very impressive outing by Kyle Lotzkar. Very impressive debut season I might add. He finishes with a 10 bb/36 k ratio in 29 innings between the GCL Reds and Billings. That is very impressive for a kid who doesn't even turn 18 years old until late October.

dougdirt
09-05-2007, 12:49 AM
Lotzkar is a beast.

Prf15
09-05-2007, 08:29 AM
Is Lotzkar projected to be a starter or end of the bullpen guy? I see he has started every game but only went 4 innings his two starts in Billings.

Or are they just keeping his pitch count down since he is only 17.

lollipopcurve
09-05-2007, 09:40 AM
Very impressive outing by Kyle Lotzkar. Very impressive debut season I might add. He finishes with a 10 bb/36 k ratio in 29 innings between the GCL Reds and Billings. That is very impressive for a kid who doesn't even turn 18 years old until late October.

Very impressive couple of starts in the hitter-friendly Pioneer League. Only 17 -- handle with care!

Put him alongside Frazier, Soto, Waring and Mesoraco, and I think you've got a draft class with some promise. Those compensation picks are a good thing....

texasdave
09-05-2007, 10:03 AM
This recap is from milb.com. Jukich was at 98 pitches when he was taken out.

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?t=g_wra&gid=2007_09_04_sarafa_clrafa_1&did=t535&sid=t535



Reds' Jukich silences Threshers
September 4, 2007

Sarasota's Ben Jukich didn't mind being lifted against Clearwater with only six outs standing between him and a playoff no-hitter.
Jukich fired seven no-hit innings and two relievers combined on a two-hitter as the visiting Reds blanked the Threshers, 2-0, in Game 1 of their Florida State League best-of-3 first-round playoff series Tuesday.

"You always want to try to finish a no-hitter, but I have another start in five days, and my pitch count was at 98," he said. "I knew the bullpen would be able to finish the job. The most important thing is the win."
Jukich, a 13th round pick of the Oakland A's in the 2006 Draft, was acquired in a trade by Cincinnati on June 14. He went 8-2 with a 3.55 ERA in 14 starts with two complete games. He tossed a seven-inning, two-hit shutout against St. Lucie on Aug. 12.

The 24-year-old left-hander said he didn't have his best stuff early on, but managed to channel his energy and focus on the task at hand.

"I had nothing the first inning or so," Jukich said. "I kind of got lucky. I had trouble hitting my spots. I was probably a little too fired up."

Jukich (1-0) yielded a one-out walk in the second inning and a two-out walk in the third while striking out five. He retired the final 13 batters he faced before being lifted after the seventh.

"I noticed the no-hitter after the first few innings just from looking at the scoreboard, but then you kind of forget about it. A few innings later you realize what's going on," he said.

The bullpen wasn't able to keep the no-hit bid intact. Sean Watson retired the first two batters in the eighth before Matt Thayer lined a single to center.

Derrik Lutz, who notched 23 saves during the regular season, allowed a two-out double in the bottom of the ninth and walked the next two batters to load the bases before getting Jake Blalock to fly out to deep center field.

"BJ (Szymanski) ran a long way for that last out," Jukich said. "For a second, I thought it was a grand slam and we had lost the game.

"You can't expect [a no-hitter] to happen and we still had the shutout going," he added. "Watson and Lutz did their jobs, you kind of have to let it go.

Cody Strait belted a leadoff homer in the fourth to get the Reds on the board, and Chris Valaika singled and scored on Eric Eymann's sacrifice fly in the sixth. Tonys Gutierrez went 2-for-4 for Sarasota.

"This is a big confidence boost for us, but we can't call this series over," Jukich said.

Threshers starter Andrew Cruse (0-1) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four over six innings. Ronald Hill allowed one hit and fanned three in three shutout frames of relief.

Game 2 will be at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday in Sarasota.--Steve Conley/MLB.com

FIRELEFT
09-05-2007, 11:49 AM
Thats got to be hard, knowing you had only 6 more outs for a NO-NO
Hat's off to Jukich a Hell of a outing.

PuffyPig
09-05-2007, 01:05 PM
How could they do that? I think its a must that you let a guy with a no-no finish what he started. Horrible coaching. How many pitches did he have anyway?


How can you say "horrible coaching" if you didn't know the pitch count?

It was at 98, so he likely needed about 125-130 for the complete game. The manager made the right move.

dougdirt
09-05-2007, 01:09 PM
Is Lotzkar projected to be a starter or end of the bullpen guy? I see he has started every game but only went 4 innings his two starts in Billings.

Or are they just keeping his pitch count down since he is only 17.

Starter. He is 17 so I am sure they are keeping his pitch count down, especially at the end of the season.