Monday, July 28, 2008

7-28 CUP O' JO

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Recapping yesterday's action:

JOEY GOMES (DH, Joliet Jackhammers, Northern League IND):
7-27: Joliet almost had the league leading Fargo birds in hand again yesterday, but the Redhawks forced one of the longest games in League history, and came away with a walkoff win in 15 innings. After each team knocked in their first run during the 5th inning, the score remained tied at 1 apiece through 13 frames. Each club scored again in the 14th, but Fargo plated two on a walk off home run in the 15th... 5 hours and 48 minutes after the opening pitch. Joey, 0-6, put it in play every time but couldn't find a gap yesterday. .279 avg. Joliet (32-30) has won 5 of their last 10.

Jackhammer rubble: Sunday night's game might have been a different outcome if the Jackhammers most dependable bat, Doc Brooks, had not been tossed in the 11th. The guy is a great hitter, but is going to establish a new saber stat for playoff jeopardizing ejections and suspensions. With second - fourth place flip flopping on a daily basis, every win makes a difference.

CHAD FILLINGER - P, Joliet Jackhammers, Northern League - IND:
7-27: Pitched two scoreless innings for Joliet allowing 3 hits and striking out 2. 2.45 ERA.

LOUIS OTT (DH/INF Detroit Tigers Organization - Lakeland Flying Tigers, A):
LOUIS TRANSFERRED TO BACK TO CLASS A LAKELAND FLYING TIGERS ON 7-26-08 AFTER SUCCESSFUL STINT WITH AA ERIE BATTING .238
7/27: Day off for the Tigers.
7/26: Lou knew he was only in Erie for a few weeks to cover an injury situation and he made the most of the opportunity. He ended the AA stint with a .238 Avg. Back in Lakeland, FL yesterday, Lou was 0-3 with a walk and 2 K's in the Tigers 4-3 win over Sarasota. .256 Avg. Lakeland is in second place, 4.5 games back of Dunedin.

TOMMY EVERIDGE (1B, Oakland A's Organization - Midland Rockhounds, AA):
7-27: Another good game for Tommy who was 3-5 with 3 singles, a sac fly, 3RBIs and a K in the Rockhounds 12-4 win over Corpus Christi. .261 avg. The Rockhounds are 6-4 in their last ten with a three game win streak, 4 games back of Division Leader, Frisco.

KONRAD SCHMIDT (C, Arizona Diamondbacks Organization - Visalia Oaks, High A):
PROMOTED TO CLASS A ADVANCED VISALIA OAKS 7-11-08
7-27: 1 for 3 at catcher with a single in the Oaks' 0-5 loss to Rancho Cucamonga. .375 avg. The Oaks are 3-7 in their last 10 with a 2 game losing streak and 6 games back of Division leading Modesto.

Oaks Chatter: Konrad's former teammate, South Bend Silverhawk Josh Collmento is a finalist in the Mustaches in the Minors contest. He became the team's runaway favorite when Konrad and his horseshoe-and-patch combo were promoted to Visalia. No word on how well Konrad did with Visalia fans, but you can catch a glimpse in this MiLB slideshow featuring The Konrad Kombo. It knocks the socks off the Grizzly Adams full beard he was sporting last winter, that's for sure.

STEPHEN PEARSON (1B, American Assn-Wichita Wingnuts, IND):
7-27: 1 for 3 at 1B in an 8-9 loss to Sioux City. .292 Avg. Wichita is in the cellar, 4-6 in their last ten with a 1 game losing streak, 4.5 games behind Lincoln, the Northern Division leader.

JONNY GOMES (DH, Tampa Bay Rays):
7-27: Flied out to deep left pinch hitting for Gross in the 6th with two out and two on in the Rays' 1-6 loss to the Royals. Pena and Aybar both came to the plate with 2 on before him and couldn't get the job done either. 2 ground balls among the three of them would have tied the game.

Rays Chatter: The Rays inconsistent offense is starting to get into the heads of the pitching staff. It's also got the Skipper worked up. He lit into the team after Saturday's game about their collective lack of hustle. Joe doesn't get riled up very often. The Rays still own the second best record in baseball with a .006 edge over the Cubs and one less loss than the Red Sox. Clearly, it's time to turn it on. Still lots of talk about the need for an impact right handed corner outfielder but no consistent rumors to share or support. Likely, the price is just too high to get it done. Jonny's name is not popping up all over the map as it did this time last year, but don't be surprised to see him packaged with a prospect toward the deadline for pitching help.

BRANDON MORROW (P, Seattle Mariners):
7-27: Did not pitch as the Mariners snapped a 7 game skid and beat the Blue Jays 5-1 in Toronto with JJ Putz as the closer.
7-25: Pitched a scoreless 9th inning last night after JJ Putz allowed the tying run in the 8th. The game ended with a rare mistake by Ichiro as Lowe hit a liner to deep RF. Ichiro jumped to grab it, but it glanced off his glove allowing two runs to score. Brandon faced 5 batters, walking two and striking out one. 1.56 ERA.

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DJ GENTILE (OF, Mat-Su Miners (Palmer, AK), Alaska Baseball League, Amateur):
7-27: 1-3 with an RBI triple and a fly out playing RF as the Minors beat the Anchorage Bucs 7-2. As of 7-26, DJ is still leading the team by a 50 point margin with a .329 avg, .519 slugging avg, and .386 on base avg.

PETALUMA VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE 12 Y.O. ALL-STAR TEAM
Another "must win" win yesterday for Petaluma as they elminated Turlock! Tonight at 5:30, they face Pleasanton, the team that beat Valley in the first round. A Petaluma win puts them in the Championship Game with Pleasanton on Tuesday night and a loss means the end of the road. 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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