Tuesday, July 29, 2014

PreStros Morning Report: July 28

Neither the Constable nor I have been around much lately.  He has this whole "interstate moving" thing going on, as well as a "career change exam" that he needs to pass.  I am slapping together a conference presentation, but have found myself with a little time on my hands thanks to a brush with swine 'flu - one of the many joys of dealing with sick people all day.  I will be able to do the PreStros again more regularly from mid-August onward, and have actually missed doing it, and keeping up with the organisational news in the process.  But it is hard work when the short-season teams are playing.  Without further ado...

* Strong day for the organisation, 5-2 today in the minors, aggregate record 292-254
* Oklahoma City loses a tight one after a wild inning from Ricky Vaughn Bad MF.
* Corpus won on a walk off
* Lancaster cruised on two strong pitching performances
* Quad Cities scored all their runs on homers, and won a tight one
* Tri-City also won a tight one, but didn't hit any homers.
* GCL Astros doubled up the Yankees2
* Greeneville got smoked, and will be mentioned no more, except right at the bottom.

Oklahoma City (54-57)

Oklahoma City are on the road in Nashville (59-51) at the moment.  Nashville scored three in the third, and that is all they would need, as Oklahoma City only managed a single run in the sixth.  Oklahoma City outhit Nashville 6-3, and out-errored them 1-0 in a 3-1 loss.  The RedHawks have been held to one or fewer runs in five of their last seven games.

Rubber Rectangle:  Mike Foltynewicz got the start, and was great in five innings.  Sadly, he pitched six innings, and in his third inning of work, he yielded 3 runs on 4 walks, 1 HBP and 1 hit.  His line: 6IP, 3H, 3R/ER, 5BB, 10K, so the rest of the time he was nails.  Pat Urckfitz and Richard Rodriguez combined on two innings of perfect relief, combining to strike out three.

Plastic Pentagon:  Only six hits here, with Carlos Perez (2-4) as the only batter with multiple hits.  Preston Tucker was on base twice too (0-2, 2BB, R) and he was driven in by Domingo Santana (1-4, RBI).  Matt Duffy (1-4) and Jio Mier (1-3) both had doubles.

MoTM-y:  Five-sixths of Folty gets the award, despite the loss, as encouragement.

Corpus Christi (52-56)

Corpus took the game into extras with a run in the bottom of the eighth to draw level with San Antonio (54-54).  They eventually won in the tenth on a walk off shot from Delino DeShields, who is probably a little peeved at being dropped from the MLB.com top 100 prospects list.  Corpus wins, 5-4.

Rubber Rectangle:  Luis Cruz got the start, and struggled a little: 5.2IP, 8H, 4R/ER, BB, 6K, 1HR allowed.  Mitchell Lambson and Tyson Perez were awesome in relief, combining for 4.1IP, giving up 2 hits while striking out 4.  Lambson's ERA sits at 1.47 for the year.

Plastic Pentagon:  Delino Deshields had a good night: 2-3, HR, 2R, RBI.  Ruben Sosa (1-4, BB, R), Brandon Meredith (0-2, 2BB) and MP Cokinos (2-3, 2B, RBI) were all on base twice.  Tyler Heineman (1-4) had a double.

MoTM-y:  Delino DeShields, although a serious shoutout to the relief corps.

Lancaster (63-44)

Lancaster dominated at High Desert (51-56), scoring all the runs they would need in the second inning.  Lancaster won, 7-2.

Rubber Rectangle:  Vince Velasquez got the start, and he was plenty good (5IP, 2H, 2R/ER, BB, 2K), but was only the second best pitcher of the night, because he was relieved by an angry Josh Hader (4IP, 2H, BB, 6K).  Hader strongly stated his case for a private bullpen session at MMP and a secret escort around the back of the park, avoiding the clubhouse in the process.  Shoulda been his, dammit!  His ERA now sits at 2.36 for the year.

Plastic Pentagon:  Jack Mayfield, whom forever shall be known as Large Jack, had a great night, going 3-3, BB, 2B, HR, 3R, 3RBI.  Chan Moon, Jon Kemmer (both 1-3, BB, with Moon having a double) and Roberto Pena (2-5, HR, R, RBI) were all on base twice.  Danry Vasquez (1-3) also had a double.

MoTM-y:  Jack Mayfield.  And yes, that was a Blackadder link.  Sadly, couldn't find the clip I wanted on YouTube, but here are a couple from the same episode.

Quad Cities (55-50)

Quad Cities had a bit of a ding-dong affair with Bowling Green (46-59), with the lead changing hands before the fourth inning, and the teams ending the fourth tied.  However, only one further run was scored, and that was scored by Quad Cities in the top of the sixth.  Quad Cities wins a tight one, 4-3 to sweep the Hot Rods.

Rubber Rectangle:  Adrian Houser (5IP, 6H, 3R/ER, 2BB, 2K) was the Vince Velasquez in this scenario.  He was plenty good, but was usurped by who relieved him.  Playing the role of Josh Hader was Kevin Comer, who was very solid: 4IP, 3H, BB, 3K.

Plastic Pentagon:  Chase McDonald and J.D. Davis both went 4-3, with the former also hitting a home run.  Other home run hitters included Brett Phillips (1-4) and A.J. Reed (1-4, 2RBI), the latter of whom homered for his first Midwest League hit.  Yes, all QC's runs were scored on homers.  Thomas Lindauer also had a good night (1-3, BB, 2B).

MoTM-y:  Lets go with Chase McDonald, who hit the go ahead home run, and had an otherwise great night at the plate.

Tri-City (31-13)

Tri-City only managed one measly run against Aberdeen (14-29), a team that their relative records suggests should be a rout.  However, that one run was enough, as it was the only run scored in a game that featured only 8 hits (5 by Tri-City).  Tri-City wins, 1-0.

Rubber Rectangle:  Troy Scribner got the start in this one, and he dominated, throwing seven innings, allowing only three hits, 2 walks while striking out 7.  He lowered his ERA to 0.77, and his WHIP to 0.79 in the process, but given that he has thrown at Corpus this year with some success, I guess that can be expected.  Jeffrey Gasue and Jordan Mills combined with a scoreless inning each, with both walking one and striking out two.

Plastic Pentagon:  The lone run was scored on Bobby Boyd's (0-2, BB) 2-out bases loaded walk.  Mott Hyde (1-3, 2B) had the only extra base-hit of the game.  Hits to Derek Fisher, Jose Solano (R), Ricky Gingras and Terrell Joyce.

MoTM-y:  Troy Scribner, of course.

GCL Astros (18-15)

The GCL Astros fell behind early against the not-a-typo-GCL-Yankees2.  They pulled ahead for good with a three-run top of the sixth, and they finished with another two runs to win by a score of 6-3.

Rubber Rectangle:  Justin Ferrell started (3.2IP, 3H, R/ER, 3BB, 5K) and was relieved by Christian Perdomo (3.1IP, 4H, 1R/ER, 3BB, 3K).  Junior Garcia and Juan Delis finished the Yankees2 off without incident.

Plastic Pentagon:  Alex Melendez and Edwin Medina both went 3-4, with the latter having a double and a triple, while the former added a walk.  Dexture McCall and Connor Goedert both went 2-4, with the latter having a double.

MoTM-y:  Edwin Medina for his HR-short-of-a-cycle night.

Greeneville (19-19)

Greeneville had a five run inning - which was good - but they allowed a five run inning - which was less good.  Even worse, they allowed a six run inning, and a two run inning.  If you are keeping score at home, they allowed 13 runs to Elizabethton (23-14).  Greeneville lost, 13-6.

Rubber Rectangle:  Um, a whole lot of ugly from Reymin Guduan, Krishawn Holley and Robert Kahana.  Zach Davis had a scoreless inning!

Plastic Pentagon:  Antonio Nunez had two hits (2-3, 3B), Jason Martin had two walks (0-2, 2BB).  And a few guys did some other stuff.

MoTM-y:  Um... Antonio Nunez?

Thanks for reading - hopefully, between the Constable and myself, we can combine on the PreStros a little more often.