Thursday, July 24, 2008

7-24 CUP 'O JO


Up before the roosters today as the neighborhood
racoon made a daring attempt to raid
the Coonhound's kibble.
Score one for the excitable hound.

Recapping yesterday's action:

JOEY GOMES (DH, Joliet Jackhammers, Northern League IND):
7-23: 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs, 2 walks and a K in Joliet's 8-2 thumping of Schaumburg. Joey got things rolling, ripping a two out liner to LF to plate the Jackhammers first two runs. .267 avg.
Joliet has won three in a row and regained 4th place ahead of Schaumburg and Gary and are now just 1.5 games back of the Division Leader, Kansas City. They're off to League Leading Fargo, ND tomorrow for a 3 game series followed by a home series with Schaumburg early next week.

CHAD FILLINGER - P, Joliet Jackhammers, Northern League - IND:
Last game pitched - 7/22: What a fun game. Not only did the Jackhammers notch a 13-4 victory over rival Schaumburg, it may have been the first time that two Casa Grande Gauchos had back to back at bats in the pros. RHP Chad Fillinger found himself swinging the bat in the win over Schaumburg. Shorthanded after the ejection of a teammate, the Jackhammers had just one reserve on the bench and the pitchers were pressed into offensive action. After pitching a two hit, no run 8th, Chad came to the plate in the 9th. He fouled off a 1-1 pitch and hit a grounder off the end of the bat to reach on a fielder's choice. Chad pitched one inning, K'd one, gave up two hits, no runs, and no walks. 2.78 ERA.

LOUIS OTT (DH/INF Detroit Tigers Organization - Erie Seawolves, AA):
7/23: Postponed... rain.
7/22: 0-4 in a 4-11 loss to the Binghampton Mets. Lou gunned down a runner at home! .167 Avg. Erie is 20.5 games back, 5-5 in their last 10 with a 1 game losing streak.

TOMMY EVERIDGE (1B, Oakland A's Organization - Midland Rockhounds, AA):
7-23: 2 for 4 at DH with 2 singles and a K in an 0-4 loss to division leading Frisco. .254 Avg. Midland is 5-5 in their last 10 with a 1 game losing streak and 5 games back of Division Leader, Frisco.

KONRAD SCHMIDT (C, Arizona Diamondbacks Organization - Visalia Oaks, High A):
7-23: 0 for 3 with a walk and run scored in a 7-11 loss to the the Modesto Nuts. Recap .345 Avg.
The Oaks are 3-7 in their last 10 with a 5 game losing streak and 6 games back of Division leading Modesto.

STEPHEN PEARSON (1B, American Assn-Wichita Wingnuts, IND):
7-23: 0 for 4 at 1B in a 2-4 loss to the St. Paul Saints. .294 Avg.
Wichita is in the cellar, 4-6 in their last ten with a 3 game losing streak and 4.5 games behind Lincoln, the Northern Division leader.

Wingnut Chatter: In a virtual online feeding frenzy, the famed jersey worn by the Wingnuts Manager Kash Beaucamp during his sensational and nationally televised temper tantrums last week went for well over $100. Will Kash come through with the infamous batting ring "binoculars" for the CampForACure Silent Auction? Got an email this morning that the request has been kicked upstairs for consideration in Wichita. There may be a piece of history in the auction this year folks. Look out for Gordie Wirtz. He's a real collector and a ruthless bidder. His collection of Christmas Stockings include one of Jonny Gomes' "707" cleats.
Video courtesy of the Associated Press.
Story by John Marshall of the Chicago Tribune.

JONNY GOMES (DH, Tampa Bay Rays):
7-23: Jonny went yard with a 2 run HR in his first at bat as the Rays "meatloafed" the A's yesterday afternoon in St. Pete. A sweep woulda been sweet, but 2 out a three ain't bad. All four runs came from the 8 and 9 hitters with Gomes and Zobrist belting back to back HRs in the 5th and Zobie adding an RBI in the 7th. In case you missed it earlier, here's how "meatloafing" became a verb. Become a Rays Fan and, you can expand your vocabulary faster than Webster's or Wikipedia: Maddon On "Meatloafing"

BRANDON MORROW (P, Seattle Mariners):
Pitched the 9th and 10th in a tied game against Boston. Brandon's two scoreless innings were enough to extend the game but the 12th inning was a trainwreck. Willie Bloomquist , having moved from SS to CF, dropped a fly ball at the warning track with one out and two runners on. That brought Mike Lowell to the plate who hit a two run single off Sean Green. DH Vidro had a chance to be a hero with bases loaded in the 12th, but couldn't get 'em in. The struggling Mariners are 25 games under .500 and a basehit ahead of the Padres, the current MLB Cellar Dwellers.

Mariners' Chatter: Seattle is making it easier for fans with peanut allergies to enjoy the game. Now, if you can just find a peanut free airline to get to Seattle... Mariners Designate Peanut Free Zones


DJ GENTILE (OF, Mat-Su Miners (Palmer, AK), Alaska Baseball League, Amateur):

7-23: More rain. No game. But... we have...

Miners' Chatter: FE and W Gentile are in Palmer, AK trying to catch a few of DJ's games. FE reports lots of rain, high prices and has no fish stories or photoshopped trophy trout to share with us. Hard to work on your tan in the land of the midnight sun under cloudy skies. BTW, as of 7-20, DJ is still leading the team with a .311 avg, .475 slugging avg, and .373 on base avg.

Petaluma is on pins and needles awaiting tonight's big game in Alameda. The newly crowned California Division One Champs will now meet other NorCal Division winners in the Section II Tournament in Alameda beginning tonight at 5:30. Good luck Petaluma! The tournament fields are located at the Will C. Wood School, 420 Grand St., Alameda, CA 94501.Take I-880 South to the 23rd Ave. exit, follow to Park St. Bridge. Follow Park St. to Otis Dr., right on Otis to Grand St., left on Grand. Parking available around school. GO GET 'EM VALLEY!

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