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4/10 MiLB Gameday: Pawsox Nooner / Rich Hill Rehab


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#1 Cuzittt


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:21 AM

Today's Games:

IL: Pawtucket (Ross Ohlendorf) vs. Lehigh Valley (Dave Bush) [12:05pm]
EL: Portland (Chris Balcom-Miller) @ Trenton (Craig Heyer) [7:05pm]
CL: Salem (Manuel Rivera) @ Lynchburg (Aaron Northcraft) [6:05pm]
SAL: Greenville (Rich Hill) vs Hickory (Andrew Faulkner) [4:05pm]
NYPL: Lowell - Season Begins June 18th.
GCL GCL Sox - Season Begins June 18th.
DSL DSL Sox - Season Begins Early June/Late May (No Schedule yet available)

Notes:

Yeiper Castillo will follow Rich Hill in Greenville.

Media:

MiLB TV
MiLB Radio

Local Media:

Pawsox: Providence Journal, Pawtucket Times

Seadogs: Portland Press Herald

Salem: Roanoke Times

Greenville: Greenville Online

Lowell: Lowell Sun

#2 jonasi

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:02 AM



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Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:05 AM

Lars Anderson LF


First time off 1B comes in MiL game 642

#4 PaulinMyrBch


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:10 PM

Going to the Drive game...glad Hill is starting.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:24 PM

Ciriaco has:
2 infield hits
2 stolen bases
2 double plays turned
2 fielding plays that had the Lehigh radio announcer babbling praise.

Gomez, Nava, Middlebrooks with home runs.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:28 PM

Swihart's standup triple last night

#7 Cuzittt


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:39 PM

Pawsox win 8-0.

Boxscore

Ross Ohlendorf went 6 innings, allowing 2 hits and a walk; striking out 3. Chorye Spoone went 2 perfect innings. Garrett Mock pitched the final inning, allowing 2 hits.

Luis Exposito, Daniel Nava, Will Middlebrooks and Mauro Gomez each went 2/4; Exposito with 2 doubles, the other three each with a HR. Pedro Ciriaco went 2/5 with a SB. Lars Anderson went 1/3 with a walk. Josh Kroeger went 1/4 with a walk and a SB. Ryan Lavarnway went 0/4 with a walk. Nate Spears went 0/4.

#8 PaulinMyrBch


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:05 PM

Hill opens with 96 mph on the stadium gun.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:08 PM

Hill opens with 96 mph on the stadium gun.


Holy shit......if he can bring that velocity consistently he'll be a weapon out of the pen.

#10 PaulinMyrBch


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:15 PM

First inning.

Hill consistent at 96, touched 97 once, 95 once. Curve at 78 and 79. Threw one pitch at 90. Split??

Soft liner to cf, seeing eye 5 hopper thru right side. Fielder choice grounder (slow roller) to second, k, k. 1 earned run allowed.

Edited by PaulinMyrBch, 10 April 2012 - 03:16 PM.


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:17 PM

Keep in mind the Greenville stadium gun had Henry Owens hitting 101 on back-to-back pitches the other night. 96 is probably closer to 90-91.

#12 PaulinMyrBch


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:26 PM

Hill not out for second. Pena takes the bump.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:27 PM

It'll be interesting to see how Hill does today. If all goes well with him, what sort of timetable are we looking at for him to return? I've heard mid-May but could it be moved up if he looks better?

I can't answer the timetable question but mid-May is too late. His rehab has to be over by May 7. I'm guessing end of April right now. But, with Miller, Hill, and Crawford all due back fairly soon and Cook potentially choosing to opt out if he doesn't get the call, the roster crunch might cause a bit of foot dragging on Miller and Hill's rehab length, especially Miller.

#14 PaulinMyrBch


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:42 PM

Checked with the scouts...stadium gun is a joke. Clocked Miller at 104 in warmups yesterday.

Hill at 92, touched 93 on scouts guns.

They say his velo will get up there in the next few weeks though, like there was no doubt.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:28 PM

Swihart's standup triple last night


Do videos on MILB not work for anyone else?

#16 Bigpupp

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:32 PM

Pena with 9 groundouts, 2 K's and a pickoff in 4IP so far.

Edit: Make that 11 groundouts, 2k's and 2 pickoffs in 5IP

Edited by Bigpupp, 10 April 2012 - 04:46 PM.


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:38 PM

First inning.

Hill consistent at 96, touched 97 once, 95 once. Curve at 78 and 79. Threw one pitch at 90. Split??

Soft liner to cf, seeing eye 5 hopper thru right side. Fielder choice grounder (slow roller) to second, k, k. 1 earned run allowed.


Hill throws a sinking fastball as well as a 4-seamer. The 90-mph pitch was probably Hill's 2-seamer.

Checked with the scouts...stadium gun is a joke. Clocked Miller at 104 in warmups yesterday.

Hill at 92, touched 93 on scouts guns.

They say his velo will get up there in the next few weeks though, like there was no doubt.


That's good news, considering that Hill last reached 92 mph consistently during 2007. He might gain 1-2 mph on his fastball compared to the Hill we saw in 2011.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:39 PM

Do videos on MILB not work for anyone else?

i had disable ad.doubleclick.net/adi/MiLB.com/ in adblock

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:48 PM

i had disable ad.doubleclick.net/adi/MiLB.com/ in adblock


I also had to deal with FlashBlock.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:49 PM

Do videos on MILB not work for anyone else?


It works fine for me. However, your browser/device has to have Flash. At least for that clip.

edit: Late to the party as usual.

Edited by MalzoneExpress, 10 April 2012 - 04:50 PM.


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:53 PM


Pete Abraham @PeteAbe

Daisuke Matsuzaka went 3 innings (49 pitches) in a recent extended ST game. Hit 94. #RedSox



Nice to see Dice-k throwing well


#22 Cuzittt


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:06 PM

Drive win 4-3.

Boxscore

Rich Hill went an inning, allowing a run on 2 hits; striking out 2. Miguel Pena went 5 innings, giving up 2 hits and striking out 2 (and picked off 2). Yeiper Castillo went 3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits (1 HR); striking out 4.

Cody Koback went 2/3 with a double and a HBP. Henry Ramos went 1/4 with a double. Boss Moanaroa went 0/1 with 3 walks. Bryan Johns and Jordan Weems each went 0/2 with a walk. Blake Swihart and Garin Cecchini each went 0/3 with a walk. Keury de la Cruz and Jose Garcia each went 0/3.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:48 PM

  • grounds out
  • strikes out swinging
  • grounds out
  • strikes out swinging
  • grounds out
  • single
  • pick off
  • grounds out
  • grounds out
  • grounds out
  • grounds out
  • grounds out
  • grounds out
  • grounds out
  • single
  • pick off
  • fielding error
  • grounds out
Ah, pretty good game by Pena

#24 Cuzittt


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:23 PM

Salem loses 6-2.

Boxscore

Manuel Rivera went 2/3rds of an inning, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 4 hits, 2 walks and a WP. Marco Duarte went 3 1/3 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits and a walk; striking out 3. Jeremiah Bayer went 3 scoreless, giving up 2 hits and striking out 2. Ruben Flores pitched a perfect 8, striking out one.

Travis Shaw went 2/4 with a triple. Adalbero Ibarra went 1/3 with a double, walk and CS. Shannon Wilkerson went 1/3. Michael Almanzar, Xander Bogaerts and Brandon Jacobs each went 1/4; Bogaerts with a double. Jackie Bradley went 0/2 with 2 walks, a SB and a CS. Sean Coyle and Christian Vazquez each went 0/4.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:44 PM

Checked with the scouts...stadium gun is a joke. Clocked Miller at 104 in warmups yesterday.

Hill at 92, touched 93 on scouts guns.

They say his velo will get up there in the next few weeks though, like there was no doubt.


Yup. The only time I ever talk velocity is when I'm behind the plate with the scouts. You get 2 or 3 guns to choose from.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:26 PM

Portland gets off the schneid, winning 7-1.

Boxscore

Chris Balcom-Miller went 6 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits, 3 walks and a HBP; striking out 3 (and picked off a player). Aaron Kurcz went 2 innings, giving up a hit and striking out 2. Caleb Clay pitched the 9th, allowing 2 hits.

Juan Carlos Linares went 3/4 with 2 doubles and a walk. Heiker Meneses went 1/3 with a walk and a CS. Reynaldo Rodriguez went 1/4 with a SF and a SB. Dan Butler went 1/4 with a walk. Kolbrin Vitek went 1/5. Bryce Brentz went 0/3 with 2 walks. Jeremy Hazelbaker went 0/3 with a walk, a sacrifice and a SB. Jon Hee and Peter Hissey each went 0/3 with a walk.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 11:21 PM

Did anyone watch the Paw Sox game and have any thoughts about Lars in Left? If he can get ready quick, he should be on the MLB roster platooning with McDonald while Sweeney and Ross platoon in left and we wait for Crawford's return. While Lars doesn't have much of a career platoon split, Ross and McDonald are really best utilized as true platoon players. Another left-handed outfield bat replacing the 13th pitcher would be very valuable right now and Lars is the only real option for this outside of Nava, who has the disadvantage of not being on the 40-man.

If Lars can get MLB at bats in a platoon role, show success, and show some defensive versatility, his trade value is going to go way up. Left field isn't a path to long term playing time in Boston, so he'd still be blocked. But, if he can play LF it could provide a modest upgrade to the MLB offense while showcasing him for the trade that is pretty much inevitable.

Edited by JakeRae, 10 April 2012 - 11:22 PM.


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Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:35 AM

STORIES

PAWSOX

Game Story

Thanks to a pitching tip Ross Ohlendorf picked up from Josh Beckett, the Red Sox may very well have another starting option on their hands.
By his own estimation, Ohlendorf threw “10 or 12” cut fastballs over the course of the six shutout innings he tossed in Pawtucket’s 8-0 win against Lehigh Valley Tuesday afternoon.
A one-time prospect in the Yankees’ farm system, the 29-year-old Ohlendorf mentioned that it was Beckett who one day in spring training introduced to him the idea of incorporating the cutter, a pitch that he feels has come a long way in a relatively short period of time.
“I throw a lot of two-seam fastballs and if you’re able to throw a sinker and a cutter, I think you can be very effective,” said Ohlendorf, who struck out three while walking one as part of his 63-pitch outing. “Beckett showed me his grip and I went out and played catch with him the next day and was happy with what I saw.”
Ohlendorf said he deployed the cutter to the first Lehigh Valley hitter in the third inning (a called strike) and again in the fourth (a ball).
“Nobody put the ball in play,” he said. “I was just missing, or it was a strike.”
The Red Sox exercised caution with Ohlendorf during spring training after the Princeton University product was sidelined for much of the 2011 season with shoulder woes. The righty appeared in five Grapefruit League games spanning 11 1/3 innings.
Knowing his medical history, PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler didn’t hesitate when it came time to pull Ohlendorf, who ended up retiring the final eight batters he faced.
“The concern there is to keep him healthy and feeling good so that he can make his starts and continue to get stronger,” Beyeler said. “It’s so early in the season that there’s no need to push anything.”
PawSox catcher Luis Exposito felt that Ohlendorf, “showed good command of all his pitches. He was able to mix it up. It was fun to call a game like that.”


Pawsox on Ozzie

Given their heritage, Iglesias and Exposito each had a close, personal stake in how Guillen would address this hot-button topic. Both players make their offseason homes in Miami, the city that on Tuesday served as the eye of Hurricane Ozzie. Diving deeper, Iglesias is a Cuban defector while Exposito’s family originally hails from the Latin country.
Naturally, each player understands that anytime someone speaks out regarding Castro, it’s going to be a source of controversy, particularly with Cuban-Americans who are familiar with the political climate. To that end, Iglesias and Exposito understand why protesters waved American and Cuban flags outside of Marlins Park, site of where Guillen held a press conference that lasted just over an hour.
“It is a big deal, but the good thing is that he (Guillen) recognized what he said and he apologized,” said Iglesias. “So many people die in the ocean trying to get [to the United States] because, Cuba, everybody knows how that is. There have been a lot of hard times there over the past 50 years.”
Exposito, who had two doubles in Pawtucket’s 8-0 whitewashing of Lehigh Valley, took it a step further, saying that Guillen should have thought twice before commenting to Time Magazine in the fashion he did that. Once the skipper’s remarks regarding his “love” and “support” of Castro were published, it set off a firestorm that culminated with Miami suspending Guillen for five games.
"It's a big deal because, in Miami, you've got the anti-Castro groups and all that. The guy, he's never done anything good for the country. He's never done anything positive for Cubans,” said a brutally honest Exposito. “It’s a touchy subject in that community. There are a lot of people who spite Castro. You don’t want to bring his name up.”
“I just feel like (Guillen) should have never said it. He probably would have been better off not saying anything.”


SEADOGS

Game Story

Chris Balcom-Miller took the mound for the Sea Dogs and picked up where he left off after his opening day start. The righty faced the minimum through the first four innings. He allowed two hits and a walk, but was bailed out by two double plays and a caught stealing. After he allowed a run in the fifth, Balcom-Miller (1-0) regrouped to face the minimum in the sixth and induced an inning ending double play to cap off his night on the mound.
The Portland offense backed their pitcher with two runs early in the ballgame. Juan Carlos Linares continued his hot hitting with a leadoff double in the first off of Trenton starter Craig Heyer. Kolbrin Vitek and Bryce Brentz reached to load the bases with no outs. Reynaldo Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to right that plated Linares and gave the Sea Dogs the 1-0 lead.
Portland again manufactured a run in the fourth. Brentz reached on an error, was moved to third when Rodriguez and Dan Butler singled behind him. Jon Hee grounded into a fielder choice that scored Brentz from third. Heyer (0-1) pitched into the fifth, but was lifted after reaching 75 pitches.
The Sea Dogs' bats came alive once again in the eighth. Trenton committed three errors, which allowed Portland to hit around and score its final five runs, all unearned, in the frame. With the win, the Sea Dogs' franchise worst 0-5 record to begin the season comes to an end.


SALEM

Game Story

Robby Hefflinger's hot start continued for the Hillcats with a 3-for-4 performance that helped keep Lynchburg unbeaten at 4-0. Lynchburg starter Aaron Northcraft allowed just one run and struck out seven in his Carolina League debut, earning the victory.
After Salem stranded Jackie Bradley at third base in the top of the first inning, the Hillcats pounced with five runs in the bottom of the inning.
Matt Lipka received a walk to get things started, and Nick Ahmed's single moved Lipka to third. Tommy La Stella drew a free pass to load the bases, and the first run scored on Evan Gattis' sacrifice fly to left field. Edward Salcedo singled to load the bases again, and the Cats scored three times on Chris Garcia's single to right field, with two runs scoring easily and another crossing on a wild throw toward third on the relay.
Garcia ended up at second, and Lynchburg made it 5-0 two batters later on Hefflinger's double that knocked Rivera from the game after just eight batters. By the time reliever Marco Duarte struck out Braeden Schlehuber to end the inning, the Hillcats held a five-run advantage.


DRIVE

Game Story

Boston Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill opened for the Greenville Drive in their South Atlantic League game against the Hickory Crawdads Tuesday afternoon.
But it was regular Drive starter Miguel Pena who stole the show.
In five shutout innings of work, Pena held Hickory to two hits, while striking out two and not walking a batter in leading Greenville to a 4-3 victory at Fluor Field.
“We got great pitching,” said Greenville manager Carlos Febles. “We had a tough time in the early going swinging the bats. We missed a big opportunity in the first inning when we made a big mistake on the bases. We had a left that was wild and we were chasing pitches out of the zone.”
Hickory greeted Hill rudely scoring a run on two hits in the first when second baseman Luis Sardinas opened with a single to center. Centerfielder Chris Grayson followed with a single to right, putting runners on first and third.



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Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:16 AM

Checked with the scouts...stadium gun is a joke. Clocked Miller at 104 in warmups yesterday.

Hill at 92, touched 93 on scouts guns.

They say his velo will get up there in the next few weeks though, like there was no doubt.


That display is notorious. They clock the golf cart carrying Reedy Rip-it around at 137 mph.

Hill doesn't need much more than 93, and to be honest I think he tops out right around there, maybe a bump here and there to 95. If he's got that knee-buckler and 93, he's a weapon without the extra 2 mph.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 02:32 PM

That display is notorious. They clock the golf cart carrying Reedy Rip-it around at 137 mph.

Hill doesn't need much more than 93, and to be honest I think he tops out right around there, maybe a bump here and there to 95. If he's got that knee-buckler and 93, he's a weapon without the extra 2 mph.


Getting 93 on the fastball makes Hill a more potent weapon for LRL sequences. Morales and Hill would give the Red Sox their best pair of southpaw relievers in a long time.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:16 PM

Love the promising reports on Hill and Daisuke. This team needs all the help it can get.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:31 AM

The big mistake on the bases was fairly odd. From the game log...

Garin Cecchini flies into double play, left fielder Jeremy Williams to second baseman Luis Sardinas to first baseman Trever Adams. Blake Swihart doubled off 1st.

Swihart was nearly to third on a ball that was run down in the left/center gap. Problem was Kobach was running the bases right and was halfway to third. The ump did not call Swihart out for passing Kobach, so Kobach heads back to second, but can't tag until Swihart retouches. So pretty odd look, runner wanting to return to the bag, but can't because he's waiving Swihart back to retouch second on his way back to first. Needless to say, Swihart was doubled up by about 50 feet and Kobach was nearly doubled up at second because he had to stand there waiting for Swihart.

Also in regards to Hills velo...I did see the scouts pitch chart, so lots of 92's, some 91's, and a few 93's.

Edited by PaulinMyrBch, 12 April 2012 - 07:19 AM.