Maikel Franco was 2-5 with a double and a triple after a 4-4 on Thursday. He’s absolutely mashing in July. It’s just those two games, but still. Reading I don’t really want to talk about. Ok, same with Clearwater. Way to honor your nation’s birthday, dudes. Except the Latin guys. They get a pass.
Williamsport’s Mitch Gueller tossed a seven inning complete game shutout. Mitch Rupert mentioned he was sitting at 89 with his FB, but says he’s looking pretty comfortable with his slider. Encouraging. Jia Tromp hit his fifth homer of the year in game two of the double header. It’s the first time he’s hit just one home run in a game, and I guess one’s nice, but it does seem like kind of a letdown. Two’s better. He should try that again next time.
Big lefty Austin Davis earned his first pro save for the GCL, and Hugo Arrocha was 2-5 with two doubles in the DSL. Edwin Rodriguez also collected two hits in that game. Luis Mendoza had two hits, giving him multi-hit games in three of his last for in the VZL.
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Roman Quinn was 3-5, and JP Crawford was on base three times as well, with a hit and two walks. Carlos Tocci had gone a little cold, OPSing .469 since the SAL all-star break (13 games), though he did manage a triple on Thursday, his first XBH of that span, and he’s got seven hits in his last five games, so I’d say he’s turned the corner on that slump. Sam Hiciano’s been slumping since the ASB also. He went 2-4 with a double. His K Rate this year is a very respectable 22%. Tyler Viza managed his way through six innings, allowing 1R 4H 0BB and 4K. He could use a couple more games where he doesn’t get hit around, like he’s been since pretty much the start of May.
Cord Sandberg and Matt Shortall hit home runs in the twelfth inning to make Williamsport a winner. Both had multi-hit games, as did Jia Tromp, Aaron Brown (who added 2 steals) and Derek Campbell. David Whitehead threw six shutout innings, giving up three hits and walking one, but striking out just one. Scott Tomassetti celebrated his 21st birthday was his first professional hit. It was a double, pinch-hitting for rehabbing big leaguer Wil Nieves. I bet he’ll never forget it. I celebrated my 21st birthday by going to the store and buying beer. The guy who carded me wished me a happy birthday. Then I drank the beer at a party and I really don’t remember much else. Ahh…memories.
Out on the island, Julsan Kamara went 3-4 with a triple, his first multi-hit game and first XBH as a pro. Guy’s OBP is .385. He’s drawn seven walks in 10 games. Nice. Old-ish DSL rookie Ismael Cabrera threw five shutout innings and struck out six a day after his old-ish DSL rookie teammate Jose Taveras threw a CGSHO. Two guys to keep in the back of your mind and nothing more, I’d say. Cabrera’s walk rate is very high, and Taveras is almost 21 years old already, so not being stateside doesn’t inspire a lot of hope that the org thinks they have what it takes.
Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/3/2014
As much as I enjoyed posting reports on Wednesday’s Threshers’ game and the GCL game this afternoon, I did not want to report on this one. The Threshers fell behind early and lost 14-6 to the Dunedin Blue Jays. Jeb Stefan started and quickly dug a hole from which the offense could not recover. Relievers, Dan Child and Ramon Oviedo were also ineffective. Continue reading Threshers; July 3, 2014