Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Scores and Highlights from 4/9

Durham Bulls 13, Charlotte Knights 5
The Bulls offense came alive Monday night as they dominated the Knights 13-5. The Bulls produced 18 hits in the contest with every player reaching base. The Bulls pushed across runs in five of the eight frames. The offense was led by Jesus Feliciano, Matt Mangini and Juan Miranda who each had three hits. Brandon Guyer delivered a two run homer in the fourth inning for the Bulls lone home run of the contest. On the mound, Matt Torra earned the win while Cesar Ramos, Romulo Sanchez and John Gaub combined for 3 1/13 scoreless innings of relief.

Pensacola Wahoos 6, Montgomery Biscuits 5
Henry Wrigley demonstrated his power on Monday night as he struck two home runs to power the Biscuits offense but it wasn't enough as the Biscuits drop the series finale against Pensacola. Cole Figueroa also went deep in tithe game with his second home run of the season. The Biscuits even battled back after giving up a grand slam in the third inning but could only tie the game briefly before giving up the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. Jim Paduch was charged with the loss. Jake Thompson pitched 4 innings and was responsible for the grand slam in the third.

St. Lucie Mets 6, Charlotte Stone Crabs 5
The Stone Crabs suffered their first loss of the season in an exciting see-saw matchup against the St. Lucie Mets. Both clubs exchanged runs throughout the contest only to have the Mets deliver a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to hand the Stone Crabs the loss. Much of the Charlotte offense was delivered by two players with Ty Morrison going 2 for 3 with a triple and 2 walks and Hector Guevera who plated two of the Stone Crabs runs by going 2 for 4. BJ played 4 innings in his rehab debut, going 0 for 2 with an RBI. Braulio Lara made his first start of the season, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits in 3 2/3 innings before reaching his pitch count limit. The loss was charged to Nate Garcia.

West Michigan White Caps 4, Bowling Green Hot Rods 0
The Hot Rods suffered a shut-out loss at the hands of the White Caps in the opener to their seven game road trip on Monday night. The Hot Rods managed five hits on the night with Jeff Malm and Jake Hager each recording a double but they couldn't translate those hits to runs as they suffered the loss. Ryan Carpenter was responsible for all 4 runs as he suffered the loss in his debut. Andrew Bellatti pitched 2 scoreless innings to wrap up the game.


  1. How about all these highly rated prospects. 15 scoreless innings in a row. This group is beginning to remind me of the first Hot Rods team in 2009, lots of hype and no bite.

    1. As I said in the Hot Rods preview: Most of these prospects are inexperienced and may need some time. And, please just wait for 20 more games to being played. It's way too small of a sample size.

      Take Jeff Malm as an example. His OPS after 5 games and 16 AB's is .625. If the double described by Anon 09:55 would have been a HR (which it nearly was), his SLG would improve from .375 to .500. His OPS then would be .750. That's a .125 OPS change with 1 plate appearance.

  2. I was at the Bowling Green game last night and it wasn't as bad as the box score would indicate. It was very cold and there was a stiff wind that probably took the life out of some potential hits. Vettleson was making solid contact but hit the ball right at people. Malm's double was a laser that drilled the wall and barely missed a home run. Hager looked really good at short and athletic.
    Even Carpenter looked better than his numbers. There were a couple of hits that could have been handled by defenders and a misplayed ground ball that should have got him out of the first inning. I was taking notes on pitchers velocity but gave up, I don't trust the in park radar at Fifth Third, it seems to be very inaccurate. Carpenter had the highest velocity on the night and the gun had him topping out at 82, Bellatti was topped out at 80, none of the Whitecaps pitchers topped 80. Just doesn't match up with any scouting reports I have read.
    I will be attending the games tonight and tomorrow and will try to provide more detailed reports. I have better tickets on these days and will try to get some pics.

    1. Thanks a lot, look forward to hearing more! I'm hoping to catch some of the series in Lake County later this week, but the weather here is just as bad.

    2. Pitchers topped out at 82 that must be a mistake?? I would bet that was 92on velocity- makes a lot more sense right? The park radar was obviously not in working order.

    3. sounds like our hot rods need cold gear, freezing