Thursday, June 11, 2009

CUP O' JO: Thursday, June 11, 2009

Great week for PTown ballplayers.  Jonny Gomes was the hero in last night's game while no one (else) was watching, Tommy Everidge got another step closer to The Show, Joey Gomes is hitting well fresh off the DL, Konrad Schmidt is on a terror, Matt Nadolski was drafted by the Orioles and the final days of PTownJr's Little League regular season were punctuated with an upset win over the Division leaders.  Oh yeah... and School's Out For The Summer!

With one game left to play in the regular season, Round Table has clinched the Petaluma American Junior Title and second place overall in the combined Junior Interleague division with 11 teams from Petaluma Valley, National, and American Little Leagues.  Round Table knocked off Valley's leader, Brodie's, in a 9-5 slugfest last night.  Timely hitting and solid fielding gave PALL a pretty comfy lead throughout the game.  Kevin George pitched a great game against some lethal hitters. It has been a very sweet Worst To First run for the Round Table team.  Next up:  A double-elimination tourney to determine the overall League Champion. It begins next week.  Other Little League Divisions are also winding down their regular seasons with in house AAA tourneys and the Major Division City Tournament.  All-Stars begin in late June.  Maybe this year, a PTown Team will still be playing Little League baseball when school starts in August. 

Oh... and a big shout out to mi amigo Joey Gomes in Joliet.  He would be so proud of PTownJr's work with the bat this season.  8 million swings at the Coop?  Hangin' with the big dogs in the League.  Priceless.

JONNY GOMES (OF,Cincinnati Reds): 
What a night for the PTown underdog.  Fresh off PTownJr's win over Brodie's, I was the only Reds fan in the world happy to find them in a two hour rain delay at midnight in Washington, DC.  Closer Francisco Cordero had taken the mound in search of his 30th consecutive save in a streak dating back to July '08. The skies opened in the bottom of the 9th with a 2-0 lead, the speedy Elijah Dukes on board via a free pass, a 2-2 count on Josh Willingham, and no outs.  Following a rain delay that lasted a little over two hours, Dusty decided to put the ball back in Cordero's hand.  Uh oh.  Within minutes, the game was tied at two, it was midnight plus, and we were headed to extras.  The announcers didn't need to remove any shoes for an accurate count of remaining fans.  Including us online lookers I'm sure. In the 12th, Jay Bruce drew a walk and made it to third with some especially heads up baserunning on the heels of some especially bad Nats' ball handling. With a runner on third, the Reds' catcher grounded to second and got caught in a pickle resulting in a double play with Bruce still at third.  Baker went to Gomes who ripped a 1-1 pitch of the.... ahem... right hander... down the third base line for a two out rbi go ahead double.  Wahoo!  Jerry Hairston drove him in for an insurance run and it was the (g)Nats were the bug, not the windshield on a wet night in DC.  Keep it up Jonny.  And we hope you get a chance to use that new 1B glove.

JOEY GOMES (DH, Joliet Jackhammers, IND)
A one-for-four night for the elder Gomes who has been hitting very well since returning from a brief stint on the DL with a tweaked quad. 

LOUIS OTT (A, Jupiter Hammerheads, Florida Marlins Organization)
Louis is batting .238 in 7 games and 21 ABs as the Hammerheads DH.

BRANDON MORROW (P, Seattle Mariners):
The blogs are buzzing with news that Morrow will soon be on his way to Tacoma for an extended stay as he makes another bid for the Mariners' starting  rotation.  I hope they let him stick around in Seattle for his own Bobblehead Night on Friday, June 19th.  Good thing I didn't buy those tickets afterall.

TOMMY EVERIDGE (IF, AA Midland Rockhounds, Oakland Athletics Organization)
Well it's about time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Tommy's hot hitting in Midland finally earned him a AAA call-up Monday night!  This move was set in motion by the A's Ryan Sweeney (OF) finding himself on the DL after crashing into the wall and spraining his knee.  Daric Barton has improved his average to .245 in Sacto and got the call to replace Sweeney and share time with Giambi at 1B. Everidge's debut with the River Cats didn't go the way anyone hoped with an 0-for-5 night that included 3K's and a fly out to end the game with the tying run on board.  But now he's got that out of the way and we know he's gonna rock it in Sacto. 

KONRAD SCHMIDT (C, High A Visalia Rawhide, Arizona Diamondbacks Organization)
Konrad has cemented his role as the team's regular catcher and is 8-for-17 in his last 4 games.  He's batting .259 with a .687 OPS on the season.

STEVE PEARSON (1B, Wichita WingNuts, IND)
Batting .337 for Wichita.  Next post I won't be so lazy ;-)

MATT NADOLSKI (Sonoma County League MVP, Casa Grande High School)
Matt was the 956th player selected in the 2009 MLB Draft.  He was a 32nd round pick.  Matt's headed for San Diego State University in the fall, otherwise, I'm sure he'd have gone much higher.  The old "signability factor" ?


  1. Well Dagnabbit, it's about time we had an update. Thank you...... How's the irrigation pipe laying in the north 40 going.

    Not so Anonymous

  2. Hey Not So Anon. I know. I've been slackin' on the blog front. The new fiscal reality brought on by the world economy means no Comcast Extra Innings this year. The on and off again iPhone (mostly rocks) connection has made it tougher to gather good blog material.

    The irrigation transformation process is slow. And painful. Compression fittings are a pain in the keester. And the tendonitis infested elbow. But I had my first home grown tomato of the season for lunch yesterday and it awesome.


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