XST and Threshers May 9, 2014

Okay, before I start with the notes from the XST game, let me give you the big news.  Ethan Martin pitched in the Threshers’ game tonight.  He gave up a single and walked 2 batters. He lasted only 2/3 of an inning.  He threw 23 pitches, only 8 for strikes.  Now for the bad news.  He hit 92 only once. (Dunedin’s Florida Exchange Stadium posts the pitch speed.)  He was in the 89-91 range for all of his other fastballs.  After ground balls to first on 3-1 counts for each of the first two batters, he surrendered a single on a 1-0 pitch.  Then he walked the next batter on 4 pitches.  After a visit by Milacki to the visibly aggravated Martin, he ran a deep count before walking his last batter to load the bases.  I’m not so much concerned about his command, the umpire was erratic all night, prompting catcalls from the fans all night.  But the lack of velocity was alarming.

So, let’s finish the Threshers’ report. Darin Ruf started in left field.  He went 2-4 with a game tying RBI and a strike out.  Both his singles were line drives to left field.

Pete Lavin picked up his 6th outfield assist tonight when he threw out the speedy Dwight Smith, Jr. who tried to tag and advance from second on a fly ball to center.  He also went   3-4 with 3 singles, a strike out, and a caught stealing.

KC Serna went 1-4 with a walk and a strike out.  He scored the first run after a walk and a Pete Lavin single moved him to third for Ruf to drive in.  Later, Serna crushed what would be the game winning home run to left.

Anthony Phillips went 2-4 and was caught stealing.   When this occurred, the Threshers’ stealing percentage dropped to 50% for the season, 14 for 28.

Jeb Stefan came on to clean up after Martin with a 4-pitch strike out to end the inning.  He threw a 1-2-3 seventh inning that was punctuated with great defensive playes by Serna, Harold Martinez, Art Charles, and Phillips.  Stefan and Lino Gabriel pulled off a strike-em-out-throw-em-out double play to erase a threat in the 8th inning.  Stefan was hitting 92 with his fast ball.

Jordan Guth came on to record his first save with a 1-2-4 ninth inning, striking out the final batter with off-speed pitches of 81 and 80.  Earlier he had been hitting 93 on several occasions.  It was a very exciting 2-1 win for the Threshers.

Filiberto Sanchez started for the Williamsport squad in the afternoon.  He has been learning a new pitch, some sort of curve, to complement his fast ball and change up.  I’ve seen him in the low 90s with his fast ball, but today he was consistently in the 88-89 range. His change came in at 83, his curve at 76.  His line was – 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 WP.  I won’t go into the specifics, but a couple errors and a misplayed chopper lead to 3 unearned runs.  Later a wild pitch set up a fourth unearned run.

Ryan Demmin pitched the 5th inning.  He was victimized by an error that allowed another unearned run.  His line – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Rick Bielski pitched the 6th inning.  He gave up a one-out, 2-strike single to center before another error put runners on first and second.  He escaped with a 6-4-3 double play.  His fast ball topped out at 88, his line – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.

Mark Meadors pitched the 7th inning.  He allowed a single with 2 outs but struck out the first and last batters of the inning.  The second, looking at a dynamite curve ball.  His fast ball was at 88-89.  The final curve was at 78.  He may have one other pitch.  He threw someting at 80 and another at 86.  But they might have been a faster curve and a slower fast ball.  His line was – 1 IP 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.

Offensively –

  • Cord Sandberg went 0-3 with a R, BB, 2 K
  • Trey Williams went 0-4 with 2 K
  • Justin Parr went 2-3 with a 1B, 3B
  • Jake Sweaney went 0-3 with a K
  • Bryan Martelo went 2-3 with a 1B, RBI
  • Grenny Cumana went 2-3 with a 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Emmanuel Serra manufactured the first run with a single, stolen base, tag on a fly to right, and a wild pitch.

Justin Parr dragged a bunt for an early single then tripled to right center to lead off the 4th inning.  He scored on an RBI single by catcher Gregori Rivero.  The 17-year old Rivero from Venezuela stole second and scored on a single by Martelo.

With the score 5-3 in the top of the 7th inning, Hugo Arrochoa walked.  Sandberg and Serra both followed with walks.  Cumana doubled to tie the game.

This is when Meadors came on to “save’ the tie for Bielski.  Or is it hold the tie.

I didn’t see Roman Quinn at the other game.  In fact Andres Blanco got the start at short.  Also no Kelly Dugan sighting, yet.

Tomorrow, 2 home games.  XST vs. Dunedin in the morning and Threshers vs. Dunedin in the evening.


5 thoughts on “XST and Threshers May 9, 2014

  1. Thanks, I was worried when I saw that Martin didn’t finish the inning. I thought he got hurt.

    1. I was sitting behind home plate with friends. It looked like Martin wanted the coach to come out. I’m not sure he wanted to come out of the game one batter earlier, but I think the visit was initiated by Martin. In a later inning, the coach came out to talk to Guth. And waited for the umpire to come out. We could see the conversation was directed at the ump. There was a lot of upset at his strike zone. From our position behind the plate, it was clear that he was inconsistent. But, I’m wasn’t prepared to say the ump was squeezing Martin earlier. But he was borderline low with his first couple batters. Later he was high and wide. Now that I look back on it, he might have been upset with the ump. But that still doesn’t explain 88-91 mph.

  2. I guess the only positive thing I can say about your description of Martin’s outing is, even if he’s healthy, this is like a first or second spring training appearance. The lack of velocity could just be due to rust/inactivity rather than something structural. That said, not encouraging.

  3. coming back from injury I’m not concerned about velocity at this point. He will need to build up the arm strength

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