… And Threshers Can’t Overcome 6-0 Second Inning Deficit; August 22, 2014

The Threshers followed up their come-from-ahead first game loss to the Brevard County Manatees with a 7-2 loss in the second game of the double header.  They continued their passive offensive ways with 4 hits in the night cap.  Newcomer Jesmuel Valentin was replaced by Angelo Mora in the second game.

Jeb Stefan was touched for a run in the first inning.  He allowed the first 5 batters to reach base in the second inning on the way to giving up another 5 runs.  He settled down after that and retired 13 consecutive batters before surrendering a solo home run in the sixth inning.  His final line was –

  • 6.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Perci Garner was brought in to pitch the final inning.  He tantalized the crowd with a 4-pitch walk to the lead off batter in the seventh inning.  He continued with a wild pitch and another 4-pitch walk.  The next batter made contact on a pitch that was headed for his upper torso and unintentionally put the pitch in play for a double play.  Garner parlayed this good fortune into a bases loaded situation with 2 more walks.  The thrill ride ended with a pop up to Harold Martinez.  Garner’s line –

  • 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 WP

Game Notes –

  • Stefan faced 26 batters, 20 first pitch strikes
  • Stefan threw 94 pitches, 61 strikes
  • 61 strikes – 13 swinging, 18 called, 11 fouls, 19 in play
  • 19 in play – 5 fly outs, 5 ground outs, 1 pop up, 1 line drive out, 7 base hits
  • 7 hits – 2 home runs, 2B to left center, 4 singles
  • six 3-ball counts – BB, line drive to SS, F9, 4-3, HR, pop up
  • After a one-out walk in the first inning, J.P. Crawford was in correctly ruled out on a successful steal attempt
  • Crawford drove in a run with a ground out
  • Art Charles hit his 18th home run, and collected his 49th RBI
  • Chris Serritella went 2-3 with a double and is now hitting a season high .210
  • Angelo Mora got the only other hit, a double
  • The Threshers collected 5 walks
  • Brian Pointer went 0-1 with 2 walks

Observation:  It seemed that after falling behind in the first game 6-0, that the Manatees were trying to extend at bats, taking pitches to get into the bullpen.  This strategy paid dividends when the umpire’s strike zone seemed to bother Colin Kleven.  In any event, he was gone in the fourth inning.  In the second game, the Manatees were more free-swinging.  For example in the key innings, five Manatee batters saw 32pitches in the third inning of game one against Kleven.  In the second inning of game two against Stefan, they saw only 18 pitches while sending 8 batters to the plate.

GCL Phillies play tomorrow at 10:00AM.  That will complete 4 games of coverage in 24 hours.  Then the Threshers go again in the evening with TBD pitching, probably Kevin Walter.

3 thoughts on “… And Threshers Can’t Overcome 6-0 Second Inning Deficit; August 22, 2014

  1. Yet another series of great write-ups. You have a number of times identified missed calls by the umpires. Are many/some of these apparent to the huddled masses of fans in the stands so that the whole stadium is upset? Has this just been a bad year for calls? Do you know if the league has any procedure for improving umpire calls, such as an annual review of umpire performance?

    1. Oh, yes! The fans in the stands are often upset with the umpires’ calls, but home fans can be like that. I try to limit my criticism of the umpires to the more egregious calls. In this case, Crawford, who rarely shows emotion at a bad call, started talking at the umpire as he walked toward the dugout. Prada had to leave the coach’s box to engage the umpire to protect his player.

      The radio announcer tried to explain that the throw was right on the bag and the SS only had to move his glove a little to apply the tag. That may be true, but he tug Crawford in the thigh and his knee joint had already “broken” from making contact with the bag. The umpires’ do as good a job as they can with 2-man teams. I have always wondered how an umpire standing in the center of the infield when a runner is on first can render a decision when an appeal is made regarding a checked swing.

      I don’t know of any review procedures. I’m sure they are in place. I have seen umpiring officials grading umpires during minor league spring training.

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