Well, this has been a fun start. Four straight wins to start the season–pounding a good major league starter en route to a 10-1 win in the opener, outpitching Dunedin in the next two, then a huge comeback win on the strength of 7th inning bombs from Leandro Castro and Kyle Lafrenz. Lots of positives, a few negatives, and a need to remember we’re only four games into the season.
Typically, I won’t do game-by-game recaps (you can check milb.com for those), but given the short week, I’ll throw a little extra in this week. Opening night saw the Threshers knock around Brandon Morrow for eight hits and four runs in just 2.1 innings. Jarred Cosart struggled with his control but held Dunedin hitless into the fifth inning. Five Threshers hitters had multi-hit games. If you want to fish for negatives, Cosart’s control was off and Cesar Hernandez and Sebastian Valle combined to go 0-for-11. The next two games were all about pitching as Jon Pettibone and Trevor May combined for 11 innings of two-run, one-walk, ten-strikeout pitching. Sunday’s game featured an early exit from Brody Colvin (as I type this, there’s no indication of any injury) and a big seventh inning comeback. Oh, and through all this, Joe Savery treated FSL pitching the way Jameson’s treated me at spring training. Now, onto the stats:
- Joe Savery: 12 for 15, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 0 K, 1 BB
- Leandro Castro: 7 for 15, 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 K, 0 BB, SB, CS
- Jonathan Singleton: 5 for 15, 2 RBI, 5 K, 3 BB, CS
- Jiwan James: 4 for 16, K, 3 BB, 2 SB
- Cesar Hernandez: 3 for 18, 2 RBI, 3 K, 1 BB
- Sebastian Valle: 2 for 13, 3 K
- Jarred Cosart: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 K, 4 BB, 0 HR, 11/1 GB/FB
- Tyler Cloyd: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 6 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
- Trevor May: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
- Jon Pettibone: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 6 K, 0 BB, 0 HR
- Brody Colvin: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
Note: For those of you who didn’t religiously follow my Lakewood reports last year, this is generally the format I used. I tend to focus on individual performances and will gloss over team results, especially game-by-game recaps. Once the season gets going, I try to throw in extra color from local papers or Baseball America or whatever. If anyone has suggestions for things they want to see covered (or not covered), feel free to leave feedback in the comments.