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mace
06-06-2012, 12:14 AM
Neftali Soto homered in an 11-1 loss for Louisville.

David Vidal was 3-3 in Pensacola's 9-2 win. Andrew Means was 3-4; Brodie Greene 2-4 with a 3B; Gregorius 2-4 with a 2B. Sulbaran: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K. Wilkin de la Rosa fanned 4 in 1.2 IP of relief.

Bakersfield leads 1-0 after one. Lohman doubled and Bryson Smith singled him in. Renken's pitching.

Dayton was off.

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 01:05 AM
Visalia Top of the 1st

Dan Renken gets Freeman to line out to Theo Bowe in left.
Then Gilbert grounds Hamilton to D'Anna at first.
Furst K! Punches Griffin's ticket. Nice easy 1-2-3

Bakersfield Bottom of the 1st

Billy Hamilton leads off striking out swinging.
Lohman cranks a double to center field then steals third
Bryson Smith singles to right field,Lohman scores.
Travis Mattair singles to left field. Smith to 2nd.
throwing error by pitcher Holmberg on a pickoff, Smith to 3rd.
Vasquez watches his sit-down invitation flash by by out 2.
Dominic D'Anna strikes out swinging. 3 down. 1-0 Blaze. Holmberg "struck out the side"

Visalia Top of the 2nd

Borchering singles to right field leading off
Weber grounds into a force out, 4-6.
Gomez grounds into a force out, 4-6. cut and paste action
Renken fans the next batter for his 2nd K and ends the inning.

Bakersfield Bottom of the 2nd

Ewing grounds out, 6-3
Tucker Barnhart looks at several pitches and surprisingly enough the ump and he disagree. Strike three, out 2.
Theo Bowe strikes out on trying to bunt. 2 strike bunts are risky but can surprise people. This time Theo surprised himself.

Visalia Top of the 3rd

Bell leads off with a singles to right.
Renken strikes out Groff swinging.
Freeman flies to Bowe.
Gilbert grounds out, 6-3 and Renken has another easy inning.Just wish he'd quit giving up that leadoff hit.

Bakersfield Bottom of the 3rd

Billy Hamilton lines out to second.
Lohman and Smith strike out swinging. Blaze ain't hardly touching the ball.


Visalia Top of the 4th

Griffin grounds out, 6-3 eding the leadoff madness.
Borchering walks. Ah well. Barnhart catches him trying to steal. Way to throw Tuck. You ain't Billy Bobby.
Weber flies out to right fielder James Ewing.

Bakersfield Bottom of the 4th

Mattair grounds out, 6-3.
Niko V flies out to right.
D'Anna doubles to right but Ewing immediately dispels any thought the Blaze can hit tonight by popping out in foul territory to the first sacker.

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 01:08 AM
Visalia Top 5

Gomez singles to right on a seeing eye grounder.
Sac bunt fails 1-6 Renken gets Gomez at 2nd. Hitter goes to first
Carter Bell hits into a dp 6-4-3. Renken continues his mastery include a fine defensive play.
Still 1-0 bottom 5

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 01:10 AM
Blaze 5th

Barnhart lofts one to RF but it falls short for out 1. Guess that's why they call him Flier Tuck
Theo is called out on strikes. Lots of Blaze Ks tonight.
Billy Blazes lifts another lazy flyball to left field. 3 down.
And we go to the 6th still Blaze 1 enemy 0

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 01:13 AM
Visalia top 6
Renken fans Groff then gets Freeman on a liner right at Theo in left.
Gilbert grounds out 5-3 to end the inning. They aren't hitting Dan tonight.

Blaze Up in the 6th.
Lohman fans.
Smaith called on strikes
Mattair grounds out 5-3. He came on in D'Anna's place but it hasn't helped.
After 6 complete it's a heckuva pitcher's duel with Renken & the Blaze on top 1-0.

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 01:14 AM
Renken and Holmberg are pitching beauties. Rencken better quit this before someone notices him.

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 01:18 AM
Visalia 7th

Renken fans Griffin swinging and Borchering looking. Getting better as he goes along.
Weber socks a soft flyball and Theo Bowe drifts under it and snag - take the field boys it's our turn to bat!

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 01:20 AM
Dry desert air is doing nothing for the bats tonight as Daniel Renken has shut down Visalia. Billy Blazes Hamilton hasn't been able to get on to turn his speed loose, the sole run so far coming on Lohman's double and Smith's single in the first off Holmberg. Since then he's matched Renken zero for zero.

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 01:24 AM
Holmberg has 10 Ks so far and Renken 6. Renken has a 4 hitter going with just 1 walk.

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 01:27 AM
Niko V out 6-3. 1 down. D'Anna Single then Ewing hits into a 5-4-3 DP. Quick as that the 7th is over. Correction to an earlier comment. Mattair is playing third tonight not replacing D'Anna. Flexible guy.

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 01:29 AM
Holmberg may be losing some gas - the Blaze is starting to hit the ball, just at people.

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 01:32 AM
The Blaze is a fun team to follow - the best of the Reds farm players are concentrated there and they are pretty good.

Visalia 8th

Gomez grounds out 4-3
LaPensee grounds out 6-3
Bell grounds out 5-3.
Renken uses a half dozen pitches and dominates that inning.

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 01:40 AM
Could we hit now? Are you guys done slumbering? This is the freakin' Cal League guys....the Reds left Florida. Round em up, Hit em Yard Slam em Hard Rawhide! Yippee!! Go Blaze! Every time I see Dominic D'Anna's name I wanna sing Fee Fi Fo Fanna Dominick Dee Anna! Fannah!

Bakersfield bottom 8
Tucker B grounds out 6-3 then Theo dribbles one back to Holmberg who promptly throws him out probably giggling
Billy Blazes flies out again. End of 8. 1-0


Visalia Tries to get back in it.
Kyle McMyne will replace Daniel Rencken who pitched an exquisite game. I Kyle doesn't blow it for Daniel. I don't exactly exude confidence in McMyne either but they are probably thinking Pearl pitched last night.

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 01:48 AM
Visalia Top 9 trailing 1-0

McMyne walks Groff the leadoff hitter.
Make this a nailbiter.

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 01:50 AM
Sacrifice bunt, Groff to2nd. 1 down.
YAAARGH. Gilbert triples. Groff scores 1-1
Griffin grounds out and Borchering pops up. TIE GAME.
GOSH DARN WALKS McMYNE - THEY KILL YOU EVERY TIME

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 01:51 AM
Kyle Winkler takes over for David Holmberg, the Rawhide pitcher also pitched a great game.
Neither starter can get the decision now.

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 02:00 AM
Bottom of nine and Mighty Casey Time for this Mudville Nine. Sandville actually out there in Bakersfield. Can you strike the ball some mighty blows, boys and win it for McMyne?
The Blaze has Lohman, Smith and Mattair coming up the 2, 3, 4 hitters. The Heavy Lumber if you will. The heartwood of the batting order.

Lohman walks. They were careful with him
Smith gets down a good sac bunt and Lohman moves on to 2nd.
Mattair chops air. 2 down.
Ahhhhh, there is no joy in Mudville...er Bakersfield...Niko V has struck out. 3 down. On to extras.
1-1 end of 9. Darn you McMyne!!

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 02:17 AM
Rawhide top Ten

Garrett doubles and they lift him for a pinch runner.
Gomez sac bunts, they screw it up and everyone is safe 1st and 3rd
LaPensee singles, scoring 1 and runners on 1st and 2nd still no out
Bell bunts, McMyne bobbles it and everyone is safe - again. Bases loaded.
Groff hits into a force - out at home. Still loaded. 1 down. Did that right

With this pending mess the Blaze send in Chris Joyce to relieve Kyle McMyne. One Joyce wrote of life's miseries why not another one to try to wriggle out of this misery?

McMyne came in with an ERA of 5.68 and that will go up a bit after tonight.

So Chris Joyce has the bases loaded with 1 out, trailing now 2-1. Huge job to try and keep the lid from being blown off.
Here's the first batter. Line drive right at Mattair at third! 2 down. That was a much needed out right there!
He gets Archie Gilbert to pop out to D'Anna in foul territory and Joyce gets it done! Great job by the young man in a real pressure cooker situation!

Come on Blaze. Let's score 2 and go home winners.

RedlegJake
06-06-2012, 02:24 AM
Blaze tenth. Do or Die.

Blake Cooper on to pitch for the Rawhide. I keep expecting to hear Flint McCullough's name called...(that's probably way too old for most of you guys)

D'Anna, Ewing, Barnhart and, hopefully, Bowe for the Blaze. Backend of the batting order has to be heroic tonight.

D'Anna - uummph - not enough - flies out to left. 1 down
James Ewing strikes out swinging, like a barroom door flapping. 2 gone
Tucker B singles into right on a ball deflected by the first baseman. Life!!
Theo it's up to you bro!!
Ugh. Grounder. Force play 6-4, Tucker out at 2nd. Ballgame.

Blaze lose 2-1 in 10. Loss pinned on McMyne. Terrific start by Daniel Renken but a wasted effort in the end. He keeps pitching like that, though, and he'll get noticed quick.