Fighting the Good Fight. It appears over 100 requests came in to override the rule change adding a week to the front of the season. Coach Maloney is undoubtedly one of these requests as he is one of the biggest baseball personalities in the north, and the addition of the game to the front of the schedule is a hinderance to northern schools. Here’s hoping they can get the week added to the end of the season. At this point, we won’t know until August. One draw back of waiting so long is the aforementioned BigEast/BigTen Challenge date being locked in already. I’m not sure what a pushed back start date would do to the challenge, whether it be canceled or pushed back.
Chris Fetter interviewed. This comes from MadFriars.com ($), the Padres Scout page. I don’t want to pay money for a subscription, but maybe you do?
Zach Putnam to Double A. Baseball America does the Cleveland Indians report card ($) propping Putnam. There’s also an article on ohio.com (HT: m.go.licious). Zach’s struggled a bit since moving up, going 1-2 with an ERA over 6.00.
Burgoon Blows 1st Save of the Season. Perhaps a little over worked with a league leading 3 saves in the first week of play, Burgoon let one go last night. His defense didn’t help as the tying run was let on by an error. He ended up taking the loss later in the inning from a pair of walks and a fielder’s choice. To quote quag77 from the comments of the Interview post,
Yeah, that was a tough one. 4 runs scored, all unearned on 3 errors, 2 past balls and 2 walks in the 9th.
Matt Gerbe struggles in 1st summer start. This was just ugly for Matt. He walked the first four batters to start the game and was immediately pulled. His ERA is currently 36.00. Meanwhile, his teammate Sinnery is 0-1, giving up 3 runs in 7 IP. Tough loss. I’d take that hear in Ann Arbor any time.
Lima Locos keep winning. Anthony Toth is the lead off man and every thing I’ve seen has him hitting really well. I wish I had the stats to back it up, but their site is “under construction.” As far as pitching goes, Kolby Wood struggled a little bit in relief during an exhibition, but freshman Broshanon has done pretty good in limited appearances (including last night’s, which I have no stats for).
Matt Broder gets a win. Freshman Broder got the win, pitching 5 innings (only a 7 inning game) for the Michigan Rams allowing just one unearned run.
Ryan LaMarre struggling. So far he’s batting just .154 in 26 at bats (3 singles and a triple). He may not stay in the lead off role much longer with that average.
Dufek and Oaks excelling. Mike Dufek leads the Leesburg Lightning in batting average (.351) and has thrown 3 shut out innings in relief. Alan Oaks isn’t a regular, but he is batting .333 (5/15). He is a regular starting pitcher. He’s 1-0 in his 2 starts with a 3.60 ERA. He hasn’t been going deep into games with only 10 IP on the season, but it should be interesting to see if he starts going deeper. Oaks may be making a push for a starting rotation job next spring.
Alexandria Beetles Pitchers. Matt Miller has given up one run in 3.2 innings with 2 walks and 5 Ks. Kevin Vangheluwe has an ERA of 9.31 in 9.2 innings of work. Why he has 6 appearances (0 starts) and Miller only has 3, I’m not entirely sure. Could be that Vangheluwe only makes it in during blow outs. Alexandria’s record isn’t so great. Tyler Mills is still listed on the roster, but he’s yet to see an inning of work. Injury? Still at school? I don’t know.
Travis Smith has bad luck. He’s 0-1 in 4 appearances (3 starts) for 14 innings pitched. His 3.86 ERA looks nice, too.
Who is this Jeff DeCarlo and what did you do with ours? Jeff DeCarlo has a 1.69 ERA. I’m shocked. In 5.1 IP he’s given up 1 hit, struck out 5, and only walked 2. He does have a hit batter, so maybe he is the same guy? Also, his teammate, freshman Kevin Krantz has seen limited time on the infield. He’s currently 2/9 at the plate and an error in 10 chances on the field.
Everyone Else. His .286 batting average isn’t great, but his on base is a bit higher around .320. He hasn’t had much luck with base stealers as the league is 17/19 against him. John Lorenz is only batting .148 in split time with Quincy. Garret Stephens leading his team in hitting at .318 and tied for on base percentage of .400. He’s got 2 home runs and a .500 slugging percentage. Very nice.
These posts may be few and far between. We’ll see as the summer season goes along.