Intimidators 3, Blue Claws 1
RANFI CASIMIRO started and pitched into the 7th inning. His fastball was mostly 91-92 on the stadium gun and he topped out at 93. His off-speed stuff was usually 81-84, but on a couple of occasions, he threw almost an eephus pitch that was 76 (he got bad swings and misses both times).
1st: 3 easy outs surrounded by a slow grounder that was right at where the SS would have been except LW had an extreme shift on for the Kannapolis #3 hitter (a lefty hitter named Lechich ). The ball went into LF for a single.
2nd: Two Deep Flyouts (one which followed a foul ball scalded down the LF line), and a routine 6-3 groundout.
3rd: Here is where things went awry. The leadoff batter reached on a hard grounder that went right through Kingery at 2B (E-4). The next batter walked. The third hitter bunted to move the runners up, but put it perfectly down the 3Bline and beat it out. With the bases loaded, Ranfi K’d the next guy swinging (92 mph FB). On a 3-2 pitch the next batter reached out and poked a pitch over the outside corner right up the middle (it was close to both 2B and SS, but squirted through) to plate 2 runs. The inning ended on a nice 4-6-3 DP.
4th: Two swinging K’s, and lazy flyout to CF along with a BB. One thing that bothered me at different times (especially in the 4th inning) was Casimiro’s ability to get ahead of hitters, and then let them get back to either 3-2 or even a walk. The first K went from 0-2 to 3-2, and the walk went from 1-2 to ball 4.
5th: Infield Single (Marerro at SS made a very nice backhand diving pickup and threw in the dirt, but Martin couldn’t make the scoop)/Hard lineout to Tomscha (3B)/Double down the RF line- Martin dove and got a little piece if it, but it still went to the corner and left runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out/Swinging K (huge drop, missed it by a wide margin)/Slow 4-3 groundout.
6th: 5-3 (nice diving play by Tomscha)/Walk (again from 1-2 count)/5-4-3 DP. Casi seemed to be tiring but he came out for another inning which I had a bad feeling wouldn’t go so well…
7th: Flyout to RF/K (pitch in the dirt)/HBP/Ground 1B into RF/RBI Single into RF. With two on and two outs, Casi was removed, and relieved by Jairo Munoz
7th: threw one pitch and ended the threat with a routine 6-3
8th: Foul Pop up to Catcher/Hard line single to LF/6-4-3 DP. Munoz hit 95 a number of times, and his offspeed stuff was 79.
9th: 1-3 Comebacker/E-6 under Marrero’s glove on backhand side/Soft Lineout to 2B/easy 6-3 GO. Rayburn was consistently 92-93 and topped out once at 94. He either didn’t throw anything offspeed or I missed it.
(I only tracked players who would be considered some form of a prospect. Chase Harris did lead off the bottom of the 1st with a double and scored what turned out to be the Claws only run. I didn’t get to see Grullon who had the day off though Jose Mayorga did get 2 hits. Tromp went 0-3 with a HBP and no hard hit balls. Emmanuel Marrero went 1-3 with a single)
HERLIS RODRIGUEZ: 2-3 (but a very strange 2 for 3). He reached in the first when he laid a nice bunt down the 3rd baseline to move over Harris. The pitcher bobbled it and didn’t make a throw. It could easily have been an error or a Sac FC but it was scored a single. After a 5 pitch walk, he reached on another lucky bunt single (literally blooped just over the 1st basemen’s head and landed behind him in the infield). Ironically, his only well-hit ball was a hard lineout to RF in his final AB.
SCOTT KINGERY: RBI 6-4 weak groundout/Hard ground single between SS and 3B/Swinging K at a ball in the dirt/Hard 5-3 Groundout He also stole a base without a throw as the pitch was way outside.
KYLE MARTIN: Foul Popout to 3B (after fouling off 4 pitches)/Hard lineout to deep LC (moved a runner to 3rd)/Hard lineout to CF/Topped a slow 4-3 roller
DAMEK TOMSCHA: 5-3 Chopper/5-4-3 DP/Line Single up the Middle/High Flyout to Medium RF
CORD SANDBERG: 3-1 groundout(rolled over an outside pitch)/5 pitch walk/swinging K/Topped a 4-3 grounder
Leaving my hotel now to attend the R-Phils game tonight.
Leaving my hotel in Reading now to attend the Fightin Phils game tonight.