Re: Minor-League Player of the Day
Tuesday, 4-23: Tim Crabbe, Pensacola. Soft-Shell wins it for the second time in his last three starts . . . 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. If he can blend that kind of consistency with his good stuff, Crabbe walks right up the ladder.
Pedro Villarreal, Louisville, had a nearly identical line as Crabbe, with one less inning: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. Both starters left with their team tied 1-1. Louisville won in the ninth, Pensacola lost in twelve.
Felix Perez, Louisville: 1-2, 2B, BB. The Cuban outfielder is building a very nice body of work.
Jumbo Diaz, Louisville: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K. Diaz's late relief enabled the Bats' bottom-of-ninth rally, keyed by Konrad Schmidt's game-winning single.
Henry Rodriguez, Louisville: Rodriguez went 3-4 and started the Bats' winning rally.
Sean Lucas, Dayton: The lefty earned a tough 4-out save: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.
"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.