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8/10 ml Gameday: Colon Rehab/Hunter and Huntzinger

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#1 Cuzittt

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 07:46 AM

Today's Games (All Times Eastern):

IL: Pawtucket (Bartolo Colon) vs. Charlotte (Lance Broadway) [1:05pm]
EL: Portland (Ryne Lawson) @ Connecticut (Dave McKae) [1:05pm]
CL: Lancaster (Blake Maxwell) vs. Rancho Cucamonga (Michael Anton) [8:05pm]
SAL: Greenville (Brock Huntzinger) @ Kannapolis (TBD) [5:05pm]
NYPL: Lowell (Hunter Strickland) vs. Hudson Valley (Tryee Hayes) [1:35pm]
GCL: Red Sox vs Pirates [12:00pm]
DSL: Red Sox - OFF


Michael Bowden will likely shadow start (i.e. come in on a clean inning after Colon finishes) Colon in Pawtucket.

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#2 Cuzittt

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 03:59 PM

Pawsox lose 3-1.


Bartolo Colon went the first 3 innings, giving up 3 hits and striking out 3 (34 pitches). Lincoln Holdzkom went 2 innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 walks, allowing 2 runs while striking out 2. Jose Vaquedano went 2 innings, giving up 3 hits (1 HR) and a walk, allowing a run while striking out 2. Jon Switzer pitched 2 perfect innings, striking out 1.

Joe Thurston went 3/4 with a double. George Kottaras went 1/3 with a walk. Jeff Bailey, Josh Wilson and Gil Velazquez each went 1/4; Bailey with a HR. Keith Ginter went 0/3 with a walk. Sean Danielson went 0/3 before being pinch hit for by Dusty Brown who went 0/1. Sandy Madera and Jeff Corsaletti each went 0/4.

#3 Cuzittt

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 04:04 PM

Portland's lost weekend in Connecticut ends with a 10-9 loss.


Ryne Lawson went the first 6 innings, giving up 7 hits (1 HR) and a walk, allowing 6 runs (3 earned) while striking out one. Miguel Asencio went 1 2/3 innings, giving up 3 hits, 2 walks and a WP; allowing 4 runs. Daniel Haigwood got the final out... giving up 2 hits and a walk before striking out the final batter.

Ryan Khoury went 3/5. Zach Daeges and Jorge Jimenez each went 3/6. Mickey Hall went 1/3 with a HR and 3 walks. Josh Reddick went 1/4 with a walk and a SB. Aaron Bates went 0/3 with 2 walks. Mark Wagner went 0/3 with a walk and a SF. Lars Anderson went 0/4 with a walk. Iggy Suarez went 0/4 with a sacrifice.

#4 Cuzittt

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 04:08 PM

Lowell gets shut out 4-0.


Hunter Strickland went 5 innings, giving up 4 hits (1 HR) and 3 runs, striking out 4. Chad Rhoades went 2 innings, walking one and striking out 4. Dan Buller went the final 2 innings, giving up 3 hits and a run, striking out 2.

Luis Sumoza and Tim Federowicz each went 1/3; Sumoza with a double. Jonathan Hee and Rafael Cabreja each went 1/4. Mitch Dening, Deshaun Brooks, Will Middlebrooks, Zach Gentile and Ryan Lavarnway each went 0/3.

#5 Cuzittt

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 04:08 PM

GCL Sox postponed for the second consecutive day.

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 04:33 PM

Notes from Norwich:

My Kingdom for a bullpen. Yech.

Will start with the top of the 9th first... since it was fascinating but ultimately bad.

Reddick walks. Khoury Singles. Suarez sacrifices them over. Hall walks.

Jimenez puts on a heck of an at bat... going down 0-2 but eventually getting the count to 3-2. Keeps fouling pitches off. Had to be a 15 pitch at bat. Unfortunately... it resulted in a pop fly to CF. Nonetheless, an excellent at bat.

Zach Daeges comes up next, also fouls a whole bunch off. Eventually he hits a grounder into the SS Hole which goes for a single. Haines makes a sliding grab and Khoury went for home anyway. Don't know if he was waived in or not (couldn't find Beyeler on a quick glance)... but he was dead by 20 feet. Yeah, he ran into Sandoval... but Sandoval is big and Khoury isn't. Horrible way to end the game. [BTW, don't listen to MiLB. The ball never got to the LF.]


Ryne Lawson: The line probably does not reflect how well he pitched. Not a strikeout guy, but almost everything was a grounder. His 4 run third was hurt by a Suarez error (I think Suarez was looking for a hop that didn't happen)... so he ended up throwing a lot of pitches. He ended up giving up 2 line singles and then a bomb of a HR by Sandoval to CF off the TOP of the batters eye (30+ feet up). Otherwise, I liked what I saw. Nothing besides those three hits was hit hard... they just found holes.

The pen: Take Lentz and Bard and move them into the dugout. Then drop a freaking bomb on the bullpen. I have nothing good to say about Miguel Asencio or Daniel Haigwood and their abomination in the 8th.


Hall's HR was down the RF line. Nicely struck and out in most parks if hit down the line...

Reddick's one hit was a bunt single. Element of surprise caught Connecticut (and me) off guard.

I missed the first inning so I missed Daeges double. The rest of the team's hits seem to blur together. [6 games in 4 days is a lot for the mind to handle]

Good Defense:

Suarez redeemed himself for the error by making two good defensive plays. He made a nice diving stop which ended up resulting in a DP... nice flip of the ball with the glove after the stop as well.

He also made a nice sliding/diving catch on a high foul pop.

Khoury made a couple of sliding stops on plays up the middle as well.

Jimenez fielded a slow grounder, looked towards first and decided that the runner coming right at him was probably an easier play. Might not have been... the batter almost eluded Jimenez's tag.

Bad Defense:

Mark Wagner had a nice throw on a SB attempt. The ball was right on line. It would have been a perfect throw if second base was on the OF grass.

Jimenez booted a ball in the 5th. Kept the ball in front of him and almost got Rosario at 1st.

In the 8th... Another slow ground ball which Suarez fielded, decided that he would not be able to get the runner at first... he saw that the runner over ran 3rd. So, he throws there which results in a run down. The run down was not perfect but was effective... until Haigwood apparently fails to tag the runner. Luckily, the runner did not score.

Argenis Diaz update: Did not play in the field. Saw him coaching first... had a "sleeve" over his right elbow. Did not have a "sleeve" on his left elbow. Thought that might be significant... until I saw Iggy Suarez had a sleeve on his left elbow... but nothing on his right. Don't know why he did not play the past 2 days.

#7 Cuzittt

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 07:00 PM

Greenville wins 8-3.


Brock Huntzinger has a bounce back start in his second Drive start, going 5 innings, giving up 5 hits (1 HR) and a walk, allowing 2 runs while striking out 2. Lance McClain went the final 4 innings, giving up 5 hits and a run, striking out 2.

Michael Almanzar went 2/4 with a triple and a walk. David Mailman, Carlos Fernandez, Zach Penprasse, Oscar Tejeda and David Marks each went 1/4 with a walk; Mailman and Marks with HRs. Will Vasquez went 1/4. Ryan Kalish went 1/5 with a double. Jered Stanley went 0/4 with 4 Ks and a HBP.

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 10:01 PM

Lancaster loses 7-5.


Blake Maxwell went the first 6 innings, giving up 11 hits (1 HR), a walk and a HBP; allowing 6 runs while striking out 4. Cody McAllister went the next 2 innings, giving up a hit and a run, striking out 2. Jason Blackey went the final inning, giving up a hit and striking out 2.

Kris Negron went 3/4 with a double, HR and SB. Jason Place went 2/5 with a double and a HR. Aaron Reza went 1/3 with a walk. Daniel Nava, Reid Engel and Luis Exposito each went 1/4. Yamaico Navarro went 0/4 with a walk. Jon Still and Michael Jones each went 0/4.

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 07:55 AM



Game Story

Red Sox pitcher Bartolo Colon made his second rehab start of his current stint on the DL, working three scoreless innings. The right-hander allowed only three hits and struck out three while throwing 34 pitches (27 strikes). The veteran, who has been on the DL since June 16 with a lower-back strain, was efficiently pounding the strike zone yesterday and topped out at 91 mph on the radar gun. Colon will pitch again for Pawtucket on Friday in Syracuse and will increase his work load to four innings or 55 to 60 pitches. … Pawtucket’s Jeff Bailey smoked his 25th homer of the season with a solo shot in the bottom of the third inning. The shot hit the billboards beyond the walkway behind the left-field berm. The 25 homers are a career-high for Bailey. He hit 22 for the PawSox in 2006. “He’s done a phenomenal job,” said Pawtucket manager Ron Johnson. “He’s a veteran hitter who is still getting better. He’s becoming a better hitter each year, and obviously, the results are showing this year. He’s done a good job.”


Game Story

Fortunately for Portland, today is an off-day.

The Sea Dogs can use the time to regroup after dropping five of six games to the Connecticut Defenders.

Sunday's 10-9 loss might have been the most difficult to swallow because Portland led 8-6 in the eighth only to have Connecticut erupt for four runs to take a 10-8 lead.

Portland scored a run in the ninth and had the tying run thrown out at the plate to end the game.

Sunday's game was a microcosm of the series, in that the Sea Dogs left too many runners on base, 12 in this game and 49 in the series.

"The story of the whole series was they got guys on base and got them in and we got guys on base and didn't – unless they made a mistake," Portland Manager Arnie Beyeler said. "Our guys had to work for everything they got because (Connecticut pitchers) threw strikes and worked ahead in the count.

"We gave them opportunities and they took advantage of them."

Portland did cash in on a golden opportunity in the ninth.

Josh Reddick drew a leadoff walk from Jason Waddell and reached second on Ryan Khoury's third single.

Iggy Suarez dropped a sacrifice, but Jorge Jimenez ended an 11-pitch at-bat by popping out to short right, which couldn't score Reddick.

Zach Daeges then hit a grounder to the left side that shortstop Kyle Haines stabbed with a backhand dive. Reddick scored on the infield hit, but when Khoury tried to score from second, Haines, while propped on his right knee, threw a strike to catcher Pablo Sandoval for the final out.

Portland could have made the ninth irrelevant if it had capitalized on a two-on, no-out situation in the eighth. But Steve Palazzo (5-2) struck out Daeges and Aaron Bates, and after walking Lars Anderson, struck out Mark Wagner.

Lost in the rubble was a commendable performance by Ryne Lawson, who made his second Double-A start after being recalled from Greenville early last week.


Game Story

A chance to make a good homestand a great homestand slipped away from the JetHawks Sunday evening. The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull in front and beat the JetHawks 7-5. Despite losing two out of three in their series against the Quakes, the JetHawks still went 4-2 on the homestand. They remain in first place by a game and a half over Rancho Cucamonga with 22 games left in the regular.

The longest hitting streak of the season for a JetHawks player came to an end. Yamaico Navarro, who had hit safely in 18 straight games, finally fell short. Navarro had a final chance with two outs in the ninth. The JetHawks had already scored once on back-to-back two out doubles by Kris Negron and Jason Place to get Lancaster to within two, but Navarro grounded out to end the game.


Game Story

David Mailman and David Marks each drove in two runs as the Greenville Drive snapped a seven-game losing skid with a 8-3 victory over Kannapolis at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium on Sunday.

The Drive (21-27) took a 2-0 lead in the second inning with two hits off of Kannapolis starter Miguel Socolovich. Michael Almanzar tripled with two outs, before Marks hit a home run over the right field fence.

Greenville added three more runs in the third inning when Oscar Tejada's single to center field scored both Carlos Fernandez-Oliva and Ryan Kalish.

Kannapolis shortstop Eduardo Escobar's throwing error allowed Zachary Penprase to cross home with Greenville's fifth run. Mailman's home run came with one-out in the fourth inning. The solo shot, Mailman's fifth of the season, gave the Drive a 6-0 lead.


Game Story

Hudson Valley starter Tyree Hayes tossed a complete-game four hitter, silencing the Lowell offense as the Spinners fell 4-0 to the Renegades in front of 5,030 fans on Kids’ Baseball Glove Giveaway, sponsored by the Local IBEW 103 and NECA.

The loss was the Spinners’ fourth loss in the last five games, and it was the third time the Spinners have been shutout in the last week.

Hudson Valley (28-24) got all the offense it would need in the second inning as leftfielder Kyeong Kang drove a ball deep over the right field wall that bounced onto Aiken St. for a two-run homerun.

The Renegades added single runs in the fifth and ninth inning, both on sacrifice flies, to complete the scoring.

Lowell (26-24) had just one runner reach second base, courtesy of a second-inning double by Luis Sumoza.

#10 underhandtofirst

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:20 AM

I went to the Spinners game yesterday. Some very random observations from section 104.

- HP umpire appeared to call a ton of strikes in the first inning. Both pitchers benefitted and it appeared the batter adjusted by swinging early as the game went along.
- Ryan Lavarnway is a pretty big guy and takes some healthy cuts at the plate. His legs look like Varitek's.
- Not impressed by Zach Gentile in my limited exposure. He grounded out and after running through 1B he was in short RF as you would expect. Instead of jogging in he walked the entire way. Now that isnt terrible, but it was just something I didnt see anyone else do. Later on he booted a GB at 2B and it stopped rolling about 20 feet behind him. he turned around and looked at it, but didnt bother to run after it. The CF had to come all the way in to get it (easily 3 times the distance). The runner had slowed up rounding first, but was able to pick up speed again and get to second easy. I was surprised to see someone in A ball just going through the motions.
- Kyeong Kang for Hudson Valley (TB) crushed the ball twice.

I wish I could have watched a bit closer, but with 3 kids it was tough to take in much more.