Re: Minor-League Player of the Day
Wednesday, 4-17: James Allen, Bakersfield. This might have been a closer call, except that 1) Felix Perez, Louisville (3-4, HR, 4 RBI) and Ryan Wright, Bakersfield (3-4, HR, 3 RBI) cancelled each other out, 2) you get extra points for contributing to a rare Bakersfield victory, and 3) you get double extra points for pitching shutout ball in the California League. Allen had been struggling badly, and he needed this line: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.
Jose Arredondo also impressed: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 K. And Brent Peterson, going 3-4, is now batting .550 for a woeful Dayton offense that can't seem to find room for him in the lineup.
"Give me the mace and I'll drive the pumpkin down Whitey Ford's throat." -- Ping Bodie, when asked in 1960 whether he could have hit contemporary pitchers.