Sunday, September 4, 2011

Scores and Highlights from 9/3

Norfolk Tides 7, Durham Bulls 6 (10 innings)
Despite holding the lead through most of the game, the Bulls surrendered five runs in the ninth to send the game into extra frames where they ended up losing to the Tides in the tenth. Norfolk took the lead by pushing across a run in the second inning. The Bulls answered with a three run homer by Matt Carson to grab the lead in the third. The Bulls added to their lead with another three run inning in the sixth. This time it was a two run homer by Dan Johnson and an RBI single by Daniel Mayora that increased the lead to 6-1. But things got ugly in the ninth when Norfolk struck for five runs in the inning to tie the game and force extra innings. It didn't take long into extra frame to determine a winner as the Tides pushed across a run in the bottom of the tenth to hand the Bulls the loss. The Bulls pitching combined for 11 strikeouts on the night. Rob Delaney was charged with a blown save and the loss.

Chattanooga Lookouts 3, Montgomery Biscuits 2
A ninth inning rally fell a run short as the Biscuits lost their fifth game in a row on Saturday night. The Biscuits jumped out to an early lead in the fourth inning as Cole Figueroa tripled to left and then scored on a sac fly by Henry Wrigley to give them a slim one run lead. But the Lookouts answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and another in the fifth to take the lead 3-1. The Biscuits tried to rally in the top of the ninth with Kyeong Kang driving home Craig Albernaz. But the rally was cut short as the tying run was stranded on the bases. Figueroa led the offense by going 3 for 4 and finishing a home run shy of the cycle. Shane Dyer was charged with the loss and has fallen to 7-11 on the season.

Bradenton Marauders 10, Charlotte Stone Crabs 9
The Stone Crabs continue to struggle as the season winds down, losing their fifth straight game. The game opened with both clubs exchanging runs in the first inning. Bradenton struck for two runs in the top of the frame and the Stone Crabs countered with two of their own in the bottom of the inning. Charlotte's runs came via a two run double by Mike Sheridan to tie the game. Bradenton regained the lead by scoring seven unanswered runs, four in the second and three more in the fourth. But the Stone Crabs clawed their way back into things by scoring seven runs in the seventh inning to tie the game. Ty Morrison, Sheridan, Riccio Torrez and Matt Hall all drove home runs in the inning as the Stone Crabs sent 12 hitters to the plate in the inning. But the red-hot Marauders found a way to win the game as they pushed across the winning run in the top of the ninth to hand the Stone Crabs the loss. Sheridan hit his way into the Stone Crabs record books as he set the single season RBI record for the franchise. Deivis Mavarez took the loss and is now 1-6 on the year.

Lake County Captains 4, Bowling Green Hot Rods 3
The Hot Rods fell a run short on Saturday as they lost to Lake County. The Captains took an early lead by scoring twice in the second inning. The Hot Rods matched runs in the third to tie the game. Derek Dietrich and Steve Tinoco each drove home a run to tie the game 2-2. The Hot Rods took their only lead of the game in the sixth inning on a solo homer by Dietrich to give them a one run lead. But the Captains countered with two runs in the seventh to hand the Hot Rods the loss. Eliazer Suero took the loss for the Hot Rods. Lenny Linsky and Chris Rearick each contributed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.

Aberdeen Iron Birds 1, Hudson Valley Renegades 0
The Renegades found themselves on a losing side of a 1-0 pitcher's duel on Saturday night. The game remained scoreless until the top of the eighth when the Iron Birds pushed across the only run of the game. For the Gades, Jacob Partridge threw 6 scoreless innings with 5 strikeouts while Theron Geith surrendered the lone run and suffered the loss while notching 3 strikeouts.


  1. Jake Thompson starting for Charlotte in the season finale this morning. Several new Stone Crabs single-season records have been set already heading into the game:

    - RBI: Mike Sheridan with 71

    - Doubles: Mike Sheridan with 38

    - Runs: Tyler Bortnick with 95

    - HRs: Mark Thomas with 13

    - Stolen bases: Tyler Bortnick with 43

  2. How is Dietrich's defense at shortstop? Does anyone know if he is expected to be able to stay there?

  3. Dietrich has 25 errors in 125 games. He does make some outstanding plays. His best asset in the field is his arm. I don't think he will stay at short.

  4. I haven't heard anyone say they think he can stick at SS long term, but how long have we heard that about Beckham and he's still there at AAA. As Tom said the arm is his strength, which is important if he moves to 3B or RF. His bat may be enough for those positions too, only warning sign is the strikeouts. He's hard to picture in a couple of years, probably won't be at same position, and may get the Ks under control and be a star, or Ks may get worse against better pitching and he flames out. I would guess they don't move him off SS next year, so the Charlotte job is his with Lee already in AA.

    Almost forgot, congrats to Derek on leading the org in HR's this year! Number 22 last night (finally) put him past Oscar Hernandez (in about 2x as many PAs). Even though it took a lot more chances to pass Oscar, at least he did it, unlike everyone else in the org. And he did it as a SS, not sure what that says about the power throughout the system....

  5. Congratulations to Mike Sheridan, may not be a top prospect but I had the chance to play golf in the Stone Crabs tournament with him and he is a great guy. There are a bunch of guys who may not project as ML players who do the organization proud, and he is one of them.