Wednesday, June 17, 2009

CUP O' JO: Wednesday, June 17, 2009

JONNY GOMES (OF,Cincinnati Reds, MLB): 
The Reds dropped four in a row after Jonny drove in the game winner early last Thursday morning in a rain delayed extra innings thriller for die hard west coast fans. The teamwide slump had the Reds batting just .192 over the last 11 games with Jonny bucking the trend, drawing a few starts and providing some good at bats during the skid.  Thankfully, the entire Division has been off its game this week and the Reds haven't lost any ground to Milwaukee, remaining 3 games out and just a game back of St. Louis.  The Reds finally won last night, topping Atlanta 7-2 with two rain delays. CF Taveras ended his 0-32 drought, the longest of any Reds position player since 1973.  And not a moment too soon.  Jonny is batting .310 and had a pinch hit K last night.  Next probable leftie is Saturday when the Reds face the White Sox at home for the Civil Rights Game.  Hopefully Dusty will find a way to keep the hot bat in the lineup despite all the RHP coming up.

I bet there's not too much that Jonny misses about Tampa Bay.  Including Joe Maddon's Dress Up Getaway Days.  Look! They got to be cowboys for the Rockie's roadtrip.  Click the pic for a better view of BJ Upton reprising Cleavon Little's Blazing Saddles look.  And a whole lotta critters giving their hide to put Jeff Neimann in chaps.  Matt Garza looks right at home in his off the rack Fresno.  Gabe Gross' American Flag shirt looks a whole lot better on George Straight.  Gotta hand it to Joe though.  Always doing something to pump up the local economy.  One theme at a time.

JOEY GOMES (DH, IND Edmonton Capitals, Golden League)
Off to a good start batting .300 with his new team with 2-for-4 and 1-for-4 games the last two nights in Long Beach.  The Edmonton Capitals are 2.5 games back of the Division leading Calgary Vipers where Santa Rosa's Fehlandt Lentini continues to rake, batting .442.  The Caps are in Chico June30 - July 3rd for a four game series with a delightful 8:05 start time.  Hopefully MrPTown will let me pry PTownJr away from All-Stars practice one night so we can go see the legendary Joe Gomes play. 
LOUIS OTT (DH, A Jupiter Hammerheads, Florida Marlins Organization)
Not getting many opportunites and he could use a hit so please focus your Karma Repeater Apparatus in the direction of Jupiter, FL. 

BRANDON MORROW (P, Seattle Mariners, MLB):
Every time try to figure out what's next for Brandon, the story has changed.  Again.  A week ago, Morrow seemed destined for a long stint in Tacoma to become a starter.  Then Bedard and Washburn developed minor issues and Morrow became a spot starter.  It went well enough that he'll get another start Thursday.  Stay tuned to see what happens when everyone back this weekend, if all goes according to plan.

TOMMY EVERIDGE (IF, AAA Sacramento River Cats, Oakland Athletics Organization)
Tommy is turning it on after a slow start in Sacramento.  He's now batting .222 with a couple of 2-for-4 games and an RBI for the red hot first place River Cats.  Sacramento opens an eight game homestand tomorrow night against Salt Lake and Colorado.  I see a Saturday road trip shaping up :-) Anyone game?

KONRAD SCHMIDT (C, High A Visalia Rawhide, Arizona Diamondbacks Organization)
Konrad's playing well, hitting .308 in his last 10 games and .256 on the season.  Konrad had two doubles last night but the team couldn't push him across as they were shut out 7-0 but held onto a one game lead over San Jose.

STEVE PEARSON (1B, Wichita WingNuts, IND)
2-for-4 with 3 RBIs in Monday night's 11 inning extravaganza.  But Wichita came up short and the Sioux Falls Canaries took the game.  And the Concession Stand set a new record for Fowl Ball Sales.  Maybe we can get Steve to give us a first hand review of this snack shack delicacy featuring deep fried turkey, er, uh, "parts".  Steve, whatcha got on that?  With or without BBQ sauce?

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