Saturday, August 9, 2008

8-9 CUP O' JO

This week's pearls:

Madison River Fishing Report:
Awesome. The early morning fishing on dries was outstanding. PTownFan, Jr. caught his first trout on a dry fly and the spinning rod has been permanently stowed. He's hooked, so to speak. There was an amazing hatch of mayflies, caddis, and PMDs until about 11am when the weather started to roll in. The bites slowed down, but didn't stop completely and we probably caught a couple dozen fish between us including several nice 15 and 16 inch rainbows and browns. As for the two day journey... gas prices dropped steadily as we sped across Nevada and Idaho. 3.99 and falling here in Ennis, MT. Our favorite Basque restaurant in Elko, NV was a huge disappointment this year :-( Coach Maytorena gave me a wonderful baseball book a few months ago and it made the 16 hour drive at 90 mph much shorter and less terrifying. Thanks Paul!

But you're not here for fish stories are you...

JOEY GOMES (DH, Joliet Jackhammers, Northern League IND):
Joey's continued his hot hitting with several multi hit games and a couple of home runs this week. Unfortunately, the team has only won one game this week. Yesterday, Joliet lost a 10 inning game in Winnipeg by a score of 5-6. Joey was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. His average is currently .285. Joliet (34-40) is 2 and 8 in their last 10 with a 1 game losing streak. They are 12 games back and 6.5 out of 2nd place.

CHAD FILLINGER - P, Joliet Jackhammers, Northern League - IND:
8-8: Entered the game with a one run lead. Pitched 2.1 innings and gave up 2 hits, one a solo home run, but struck out two. 3.78 ERA.

LOUIS OTT (DH/INF Detroit Tigers Organization - Lakeland Flying Tigers, A):
8-8: Lou's had a pretty good stretch, playing everday and batting .400 this week with a triple on Wednesday. Yesterday he was 1 for 2 with a single, a run scored, a walk, and a sacrifice in the Tigers' 4-3 win over Division Leading Dunedin. .277 avg. Lakeland is in second place, 7.5 games back. They've gone 4 and 6 in their last 10, losing three to last place Clearwater earlier this week.

TOMMY EVERIDGE (1B, Oakland A's Organization - Midland Rockhounds, AA):
8-8: Tommy's hot bat continues to smoke as he's hitting over .500 this week. Yesterday he was 1 for 4 with home run #21, scoring the Rockhounds only run in a 1-9 loss to Northwest Arkansas, the Northern Division leader. His average is up to .278. The Hounds 11 game win streak came to an end on Tuesday. They are still in second place, 2 games back of Frisco and are 8-2 in their last 10.

KONRAD SCHMIDT (C, Arizona Diamondbacks Organization - Visalia Oaks, High A):
8-8: Konrad's cooled off a tad this week but the team is still winning. Yesterday he was 1 for 4 with a single in a 4-1 win over Stockton. His average is now .314. The Oaks are 4-6 in their last 10 with a 1 game win streak, 6.5 games back of Division leading Modesto and just a 1/2 game out of the cellar.

STEPHEN PEARSON (1B, American Assn-Wichita Wingnuts, IND):
8-9: Not a good week for Steve as their legendary 10 day road trip got underway in Lincoln and Sioux City. He apparently played in yesterday's 5-0 win over division leading Sioux City but was 0 for 0. Avg .278 down from right around .300 a week ago. The Wingnuts are 6 games out, losing 6 of their last 10.

JONNY GOMES (DH, Tampa Bay Rays):
Jonny wasted no time getting to Durham and putting his bat to work for the Bull's who are enjoying a comfortable 10.5 game lead the International League Southern Division. He's played three games and is hitting .462 as both LF and DH. Yesterday he was 2 for 4 with an RBI double, a single two runs scored and a walk. It was his third double in three days. He's actually cracking a smile in his roster pic. First time in 3 years. And... it's the first time his bio has listed Petaluma, not San Francisco, as his home town. He was interviewed leaving the Trop after Tuesday's roster move and joked that he might try wearing #99 in Durham to see how that works for him in an off hand reference to Manny Ramirez' move to the Dodgers. A reported suggested that he also frow his hair. Amen brother. That bald "doo" is so yesterday. We need the 2005 Gomes back in top form and a full head of hair for the playoffs... Johns for Jonny can don the Gomes Gone Wild wigs and it'll be just like old times only the team's record will be a mirror image of what it was just a few years ago. Gotta believe.

BRANDON MORROW (P, Seattle Mariners):
Brandon was also optioned to AAA this week, but for an entirely different reason. The Mariners are transitioning him to a starting role. Since he hasn't pitched more than 2 innings the entire season, they will gradually stretch him out in Tacoma and hope to have him back as a starter for the last several weeks of the season. Initially he has a 35 pitch limit that will be gradually increased and he'll be in a 5 day rotation. The cautious approach is underscored by this week's news that the Yankee's phenom, Joba Chamberlain, also transitioning from reliever to starter, is on the DL with shoulder tendonitis. Wednesday, Brandon threw 1.2 scoreless innings versus Albuquerque. He tossed 34 pitches, 21 for strikes and gave up one hit.


DJ GENTILE (OF, Mat-Su Miners (Palmer, AK), Alaska Baseball League, Amateur):
8-7: DJ was 1 for 3 in the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 5-0 shutout of the Colorado Sox during the National Baseball Conference World Series in Wichita, KS. The Pilots are 2-0, both shutouts, and play the Springfield, MO Sunday.

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