Another insightful game report from NYPhilsManiac19:
Roman Quinn: I was very interested in seeing Quinn but he did not have a good game. In his first two at-bats, he bunted foul- good to see him trying to utilize his speed. 1st time up, he fouled off three 2 strike pitches before popping up to shallow RC. Second at bat he also fouled off a few pitches before getting hit by the pitch on the knee. He was in obvious pain but stayed in the game. Quinn took off for second and Walding hit a perfect high chopper over the 1B’s head so Quinn went 1st to 3rd. After he got to third he was bent over holding his knee so the trainer came out, but again he stayed in the game. Larry Greene knocked him in with a hard liner to LF that went for a sac fly. In his last two at-bats, I would’ve thought his speed would have helped but they were both outs (4-6-3 DP, and a swinging bunt that the 3B barehanded and threw him out). I would guess his sore knee was partially responsible though he did seem to be running normally. He had a rough day in the field. Though he was only charged with one error ( an in between hop that ate him up), on a few tough chances the ball bounced out of his glove, and he didn’t show a great arm. My guess is he ends up at 2B or in the OF.
Mitchell Walding: He DH’d for the game (Cameron Perkins played third and made a key error in the 5 run inning that accounted for all of Hudson Valley’s runs). 1st time up he had 3 hard hits fouls before looking at strike 3. He got the single on a lucky chopper that was mentioned above. Last 2 AB’s were both weakly hit grounders to second.
Larry Greene: He is an imposing speciman. Not real tall but very thick and strong. His first AB was a slow grounder to 2nd. Next time up he hit a nice hard liner the other way that went for a sac fly. 3rd AB he cued one down the 3rd base line that snuck between the 3rd baseman and the bag for a single. Last AB was a swinging K. He did not impress me with his movement in the OF, but he does have a cannon for an arm. He also seemed to move well on the bases.
Chris Seritella: First AB he was way behind a fastball for strike two but fouled off a number of 2-strike offerings before grounding to 2nd. His second AB was an RBI double that over the LF’s head. It was hit very hard but could’ve been caught if the LF took a better route to the ball. After K’ing looking, his last AB was a ripped hard liner hit right at the SS. Overall, I felt he had a good approach at the plate. I can’t comment on his defense since nothing was hit to him (other than a foul ball up the right field line that he wasn’t able to corral) and he didn’t have to make any scoops.
Tyler Greene: Looked bad in K’ing twice (one swinging and missing by a wide margin, and one looking at a curve), but his other two AB’s he got robbed. His first time up he smoked a shot down the third base line that the Renegades 3B made a great diving scoop on (he nabbed Tyler by half a step). In his 3rd AB he hit a hard shot the other way that the RF made a leaping catch on right by the fence as he was crossing over the foul line. He played fine at 2B but didn’t get any tough chances.
Not as much to report here as Williamsport doesn’t seem to have too many good arms. There was no radar gun so I have no info on pitch speed.
Luis Gonzalez: Luis started the game and looked very wild in the first inning though he did only walk one and got the next three out. He walked the leadoff batter in the second inning as well and allowed him to steal even though he left really early. Moore threw the ball into CF and the runner advance to third. Cameron Perkins cut down the runner at home on a grounder (even though the infield was back) on a fielder’s choice. After a wild pitch, Gonzalez escaped the inning unscathed. He settled in and retired the Renegades in order in the 3rd and 4th, and amazingly had a no-hitter through 4. Things unraveled in the fifth due to a combination of errors, walks and hits. Luis allowed the first three runners to reach and was pulled. He seemed to lose steam after 4 innings (he has only completed 5 innings twice in his 5 starts).
Ulisses Joaquin: Again there was no radar gun, but he seemed to be throwing hard (wild guess maybe 92-93?). He was also a bit wild and allowed both inherited runners to score. He did strike out 5 and does a little dance when he gets a K (ala Jose Mesa)- not much of a dance but some kind of mini celebration. It looked kind of odd when he struck out the last guy in the 5th after the Renegades had scored 5 runs. He struck out the side in his second inning of work though there was a walk mixed in.
Ramon Oviedo: He threw 2 scoreless innings though he did give up 3 baserunners (2 hits, one walk). He also struck out the side in his second inning with a double mixed in.
Overall, it was easy to see why the Cutters are struggling so much this season. They were sloppy on defense, and all their pitchers had difficulty with consistently throwing strikes. While no one stood out offensively, many of them fouled off a lot of pitches and worked the pitchers with solid at-bats. Hopefully, they will play better tonight.