Crawford Clubs Cubs; August 8, 2014

J.P. Crawford belted 2 home runs as he went 3 for 4 with a stolen base to lead the Threshers to an 8-7 victory over the Daytona Cubs.  Crawford’s 2 home runs sailed over the Oakley sign in right field for those familiar with Bright House Field.  The first cleared the back fence and left the stadium.

The Threshers exhibited a lot of power tonight.  Angelo Mora got the scoring started with a blast of his own in the first inning that landed at the top of the berm in right center field.  Brian Pointer chipped in with a towering home run of his own down the right field line that also cleared the back fence.  All four home runs came with the bases empty.

The Threshers broke a 2-2 tie that was fashioned by Mora’s and the first of Crawford’s home runs with a 6-run seventh inning.  The inning started with Pointer’s tie-breaking dinger.  Chris Serritella followed with a walk.  Gabriel Lino then lined a single to left.  Herlis Rodriguez was asked to move them over with a sacrifice.  After taking pitches to a 1-2 count, he dropped a bunt down the third base line that moved the runners.  Anthony Phillips stretched the lead to 3 runs with a line drive single to left, taking second on the throw home.  Roman Quinn picked up the RBI with a double to right field.  Quinn stole third and subsequently scored on a wild pitch with Mora at the plate.  Crawford’s homer closed out the scoring for the Threshers.

Jordan Guth pitched 5 solid innings, giving up only one unearned run on two hits and three walks.  He started out with an 89-90 mph fast ball but strength.  By the end of the first inning, he was 91-92, touching 93 a couple times.  He ran into trouble in the 6th inning.  After recording his 6th strike out, he allowed aground ball double down the left field line, two wild pitches to knot the score, another double, his fourth walk, and a fly out to right field.  His final line –

  • 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 2 WP

Cody Forsythe came on to get an inning-ending strike out.  Forsythe returned in the seventh and got ahead 0-2 before hitting the batter.  A sacrifice bunt moved the tying run into scoring position.  But two ground balls to Crawford brought the threat to an end.

Manager Nelson Prada brought Forsythe back to pitch the eighth.  Forsythe got the first out but loaded the bases on a walk and two singles.  After a visit from Prada, Forsythe got a strike out looking and an infield pop up to end another threat.

Lee “Rocket Arm” Ridenhour was sent out to finish the game.  I went down to get some velo on his fast ball.  The six pitxhes I saw went 91,92,93,93,93,93.  At that point he had given up a single and induced a 1-6-3 double play.  I got back upstairs in time to see Ridenhour complete a walk to Kyle Schwarber.  Four batters later, a 3-run home run to left cut the lead to one.

Ulises Joaquin took advantage of the save opportunity to record his fourth save on his first pitch, a soft fly to Quinn.

Game notes –

  • Guth faced 25 batters.
  • 16 first pitch strikes.
  • 102 pitches in 5.2 innings.  He began the 6th having thrown 81 pitches.
  • 62/40 strike-to-ball ratio.
  • 13 swing-and-miss strikes; 22 called strikes; 12 fouls; 15 balls in play.
  • 4 hits; 5 fly outs, 1 pop up, 5 ground outs (2 back to the pitcher).
  • Forsythe stranded 2 inherited runners; now has a 78.9% strand rate (15/19).
  • Quinn went 2-4 with a double, RBI, and a stolen base.
  • Quinn was thrown out trying to stretch his first single by Rock Shoulders.
  • Quinn’s stolen base was his 24th.
  • Quinn was awarded the Splendid Splinter Award for July before the game.
  • Mora’s home run was his 3rd.
  • Crawford’s stolen base was his 5th.
  • Crawford’s 2 home runs raised his total to 6.
  • Crawford’s 3 for 4 raised his average to .282.
  • Pointer went 3-4.  His homer run was his 12th.
  • Quinn made a catch to end the third inning where he looked to have misjudged how hard the ball was hit.  After retreating back, he had to lunge forward to make the catch.

The Threshers go on the road until Wednesday.  Jesse Biddle is scheduled to pitch Monday night against Brevard County.

20 thoughts on “Crawford Clubs Cubs; August 8, 2014

  1. Very good night for the main guys at CWater. Crawford 2 homers and a steal. He just keeps on producing. I have little doubt he’s in Reading next year. Quinn with another solid night and a steal. Seems like the norm lately. Love looking at these box scores lately.

    1. Reading next year should be exciting . Nola . Crawford . Quinn. No doubt the first box score ill check next year

        1. With a few more good starts this year I think he would start at AAA next year. He was having a decent year at the time of his concussion.

  2. The only reason not to put Crawford at reading next year is the Phillies. I saw it mention again on csn about there slow approach to moving prospect. This kid is special and needs to move fast. They could use his speed and hitting at top of lineup. I hope they don’t move him slow because of jimmy.

    1. I don’t understand this comment. They have been appropriately aggressive with Crawford. He’s in high A ball as a 19 year old – that’s extremely aggressive.. He will probably start next year at Reading and could make his major league debut as a 20 year old. It doesn’t get more aggressive than that. And yes, he’s extremely good – if the power continues to develop he could easily become a star. He’s the real deal and the future of the franchise. Franco and Nola are great prospects. Crawford is even better.

      1. The reference was on what they have done in the past with guys like howard and utley, waiting long to bring them up. yes they have been aggressive with crawford but with jimmy signed for two more years, i fear they will slow down his movement.

        1. From my experience, the Phillies have actually been Aggressive with specs. Look at Crawford, Santana, Tocci, Singleton, Nola. The list goes on. People need to stop talking about stuff that happened over ten years ago.

    2. He’s on the cusp of AA a little more than a year after graduating high school. I would say they’ve been fairly aggressive.

      1. what do you think of this lineup:

        Quinn OF
        Crawford SS
        Trout OF
        Franco 3B
        Cozens 1B
        Pulols OF
        Pullin 2B
        Lino C

        Ranger Man

        dare to dream right?

  3. IMO our top 4 prospects (JP, Franco, Nola, Quinn) are about as good of a foursome as you will see in all but a very few organizations. I think Quinn is a top 100 prospect. Would be great if Biddle reclaimed a top 100 spot next year. 5 top 100 guys would put our org in elite status. Not like the Cubs, but they had the benefit of years of high picks.

    1. I think Quinn could squeak into the 90-100 range of prospects but I feel his big year to jump will be next year. That’s when most people will start to notice his elite speed again. If he’s stealing at this rate in AA he could make a big jump next year. We could be looking at a 70 plus steal guy pretty easily.

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