Re: Thursday 6/07/2012 Minor League Updates
You have to wonder how long a guy like Niko Vasquez is stuck with? In a hitter's league he is hitting below .180 now, he has never hit at any level. I just wonder how long they stick with a guy before they decide. Mejia-Brean, Rosa, Rahier and others coming in the pipeline, plus Mattair and Christian already on the roster.
Back to the Game
Visalia Top 7: Smith is replaced with Wolford. Pitch count continues to limit Smith to 6 innings.
Wolford gets Broxton to fly to center, then he gives up a long double and walks Rip Van Winkle.
Griffey Sr goes to lefty Chris Joyce replacing Wolford.
The lefty gets a flyball and 3-1 ground out to do his job. Joyce has been pitching better as the season progresses, too. He got roughed up in his first few appearances. He's done the job in 6 of his last 7 outings.
Still 1-1, bottom of 7
Blaze Bottom of 7
Haven't looked much like a Blaze so far tonight. More like a Smoulder maybe.
Jaren Mathews will leadoff as the Blaze try to regain the lead. Mathews came from Rutgers and has more power than he's displayed since he popped some eyes in the AZL(1.017 OPS 7 homers 100AB). A lot of scouts liked Mathews coming out of college and felt his bat would play with power to all fields. He's still trying to get some traction under his minor league start.
Billy Hamilton would be the fourth batter if they can get someone on.
Mathews draws a walk then surprises by stealing 2nd base. Griffey Sr has this team very aggressive.
Viscioso strikes out swinging. So, the steal is as good as a sacrifice its just that Jaren did it himself.
Now Ewing walks. 1st and 2nd 1 out.
That's it for Anthony Meo - the Rawhide bring in Anthony Cooper.
Billy Blazes grounds into force out. A double play for any other batter he beats the throw to first as Mathews goes to third. You know what comes next, number 69 as Billy steals second.
Men on second and third and Devin Lohman comes through with a big clutch single!!! Mathews scores. Hamilton scores.
3-1 Blaze. Billy ran the Blaze into that second run and by avoiding the DP the whole inning really.
Bryson Smith is struck numb by Hamilton's speed I guess because he just stands there looking at strike three.
End of 7 Blaze lead 3-1.
Visalia top 8
Well, Brooks Pinckard on for the Blaze. Wish we had a few more runs lead is all I'm saying. Pinckard's ERA is like twelve to the hundredth power something. A guy named Pinckard should make sure he's very, very good.
LaPensee hits an infield single
Pinckard gets Griffin to bang into a DP 6-4-3
Then he walks Borchering who homered earlier and Visciosa gives up a passed ball letting Borchering go to 2nd
Pinckard strikes out the last batter swinging. Whew Brooks!
Bakersfield Bottom 8
Shuhster replace Cooper for Visalia
Mattair swings through strike three.
D"Anna flies out to center
Vasquez walks actually reaching base but Mathews fans looking for the 3rd out.
End 8 3-1 Blaze.
Visalia top 9 for the game
Brian Pearl in to lock it down
He gets the first batter to ground out to D'Anna unassisted
Pearl like that so he repeats it with the second batter. D'Anna unassisted.
Then he nails down the save by fanning the last batter in the game.
BLAZE WIN 3-1!
You might go back and look - Billy Hamilton's speed was the sole reason Bakersfield scored all three of those runs. Stole three bases, outran a double play ball and made himself a force to win the game with a lone single.
Last edited by RedlegJake; 06-08-2012 at 03:30 AM.