Jaxx Jacks in Jacksonville

SOUTHERN LEAGUE (AA) CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES GAME 2 THREAD (JAXX LEAD BEST-OF-FIVE SERIES 1-0) [PARACHAT] WEST TENN DIAMOND JAXX (83-56) @ JACKSONVILLE SUNS (79-61) THE BASEBALL GROUNDS, 6:05 pm CDT, RADIO: Dixie 1310 WDXI TV: Internet Video Feed
The Jaxx connected twice yesterday, which is worthy of mention not just because it leads to silly titles such as the above, but also because the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville is one of the most pitcher-friendly in all of baseball, with most of the outfield between left-centre and right-centre well over 375 feet from the plate. Anyway, the Jaxx won't have to put up with too many enormous cans of corn, because after tonight's game they'll head back home to Jackson, West Tennessee, where the series will be decided once tomorrow's off-day is out of the way. Tonight...
Eric Hull, RHP
8-7, 3.37 ERA
122/44 K/BB, 9 HR in 123.0 IP
Renyel Pinto, LHP
11-3, 2.63 ERA
129/59 K/BB, 3 HR in 136.2 IP
2B *Eric Patterson 2B Tony Abreu
RF *Adam Greenberg CF *Jon Weber
3B Casey McGehee C Russ Martin
1B #Matt Craig 3B Andy LaRoche
LF Brandon Sing 1B *James Loney
CF *Buck Coats SS Joel Guzman
C #Jose Reyes LF Justin Ruggiano
SS Carlos Rojas RF Sergio Garcia
P *Renyel Pinto P Eric Hull
Prior to the promotion of Delwyn Young to Triple-A, the Suns had by far and away the best infield in minor league baseball, with Martin behind the plate, James Loney, Young and Andy LaRoche (the Braves' 1B's younger brother) manning the bases and top prospect Joel Guzman at shortstop. Even now, this is a tough lineup to go through, though Donovan, a true speedster that's stolen 65 bases in 132 games this year, sits tonight with a sore knee. Renyel Pinto will need to be on his game. Joel Guzman in many ways is similar to Felix Pie in that he's young, features worrying plate discipline but otherwise has all the tools to make the scouts drool, so much so that Baseball America ranked him the fifth best prospect in the game heading into 2005. However, a lot of Guzman's value is tied up in him playing a premium defensive position, something that his 6 foot 6 size makes improbable in the long-term, with a move to third base or to the outfield a definite possibility. In the Divisional Playoffs last week, Guzman was the designated hitter. Like BJ Upton, Guzman will be an interesting prospect to watch over the next few years.

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jaxx lose 1-0. http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/app/milb/s...

outhit Jacksonville 8-3 but couldn't push one across and jacsonville scored in the 8th.

The old college roommate of a friend of mine is a scout for either the Angels or Padres. The scout told my friend that the conventional wisdom is: Angel Guzman will not have a career as a major league pitcher. In other words, he's done. When I pressed my friend for more info he just shrugged and said that's all his old roommate would tell him. I don't know if the guy was yanking his chain or what but everything I've heard through my friend from the scout/roommate has been right in the past. I hope he's just screwing with him. Not that I have great hopes for Angel Guzman's long term or even short term health.

Tbone:
"Not that I have great hopes for Angel Guzman's long term or even short term health."

Yeah i agree. It is tough to expect anything for a guy who is soooo injury prone this early in his career. I expect NOTHING for him and anything we get will only be a positive. I think if he can stay healthy for an entire year it would be a succesful year no matter his numbers.

He's only our version of Brien Taylor and Ryan Anderson.

There's no such thing as a pitching prospect or TNSTAPP.

But who where did this version of Jerome Williams come from these last 3 starts? It almost gives me hope for 2006 despite McPhail and crew.

Quick random thought/question. With all the rumors swirling in New York that Torre may be gone this offseason if the Spankees don't win it. Wouldn't it be nice to see Torre managing the Cubs? I've never heard a bad word about Torre's managing style and I think those rings would have quite a presence in the clubhouse.

Curb:
" I've never heard a bad word about Torre's managing style and I think those rings would have quite a presence in the clubhouse."

Yeah thos rings look very nice as they were bought and paid for by Big Stein, nothing to do with the overrated managing of Joe torre. Look at torre's record before he got a payrol that doubled basically the entire MLB.

In 14 managerial years prior to managaing the NYY, he was 894-1,003 with 3 different teams and only made the playoffs once.

Let the NYY keep him, I know this Cubs fan surely doesn't want him unless the Cubs are willing to open up their checkbook to have a $150 million payroll. Then he MIGHT be able to win us a WS. And considering the NYY has had head and shoulders teh biggest payroll and most superstars on their payroll the past 4 years and he hasn't won, I don't even know if he could.

There has to be much better candidates for if/when Dusty doesn't manage the Cubs no longer.

Torre's big plus is that he's not paranoid and he's very low-key publically...but when you're that way and the team isn't winning, all the idiots scream for a larry bowa type: "we need some fire! torre doesn't care!"

Manny,

Those teams that Torre won titles with weren't that much of spenders

2000: 92.9 Mil 1st by 2.6 MIL
1999: 88.1 MIL 1st by 6.8 MIL
1998: 63.2 MIl 2nd by 6.8 MIL 1st team was BAL
1996: 52.2 MIL 1st by 3.7 MIL

The Yankee teams that won WS had a few SS's and a bunch of good role players that he KNEW HOW TO USE. The reason the Yankee teams of 04 and 05 aren't that good has nothing to do him it has to do with Cashman getting him no pitching help. And his Whacko boss wanting guys like Sheffeld over Gurrerro or A-rod over Soriano and the xtra $$$ that could have been spent on good pitchers.

I'm going to the game tonight vs the Cards.

My friend has two tickets. $50 face value. (They're the two remaining from a block of 6 we bought at the beginning of the season.)

Section 108, row 2.

Y'innerested? Make an offer! Meet Brick! First come, etc. We can arrange a meeting time/place in Chicago.

brickbrickhouse -at- hot mail.

J. Hairston Jr. cf
T. Walker 2b
D. Lee 1b
N. Garciaparra 3b
J. Burnitz rf
M. Murton lf
N. Perez ss
H. Blanco c

Hey, there's a former Pirate manager (and former Cub!) looking for managerial position. You guys want Lloyd Mac? Already perfected his losing ways here.

Honestly, I think Dusty would be good for Pittsburgh: he'd never have to strain himself trying to live up to any expectations for the team (or trying to engineer a win) and so could spend all his effort making friends with the players, deal with the youngsters and second tier players, since that's all he'd have here anyway. And he'd always have a ready made excuse that management isn't trying to build a winner. It'd kind of be like the Bad News Bears, except with Bill Murray as an avuncular coach, not Billy Bob as the borderline sociopath.

whooboy!

Murton batting 6th, now that's what I call moving up in life...

Wow! Murton 6th, Neifi not second? I guess flipflopping Walker and Murton would be to demanding. I'll take it. And, it's after a night he went 0 for 5.

Prior has a 3,642 ERA against the Cards in the first inning this year.

Ok, that's a slight exaggeration.

this game...has turned the suck up all the up to 11.

I know this sounds bad, but I want them to lose as much as possible. Win 1 this weekend to win the season series with STL and then win enough vs. Houston to keep them out. Other wise get swept aganist PIT and MIL. Here's to a 4-12 finish and may be a top 15 pick so we could get Hocever (or however you sp. his name) in the draft next June.

Why in the world is that your plan? We had a chance to get Hochevar this year and passed on it. What chance in hell do we have taking him after he sits out a season? It's insane.

IENPW,

One of Hendry's draft stratagies has been to draft College pitchers who because of $$ demands have fell through the crack (Brownlie, Johnson). He has probably thinking that when he was on the clock this year that he could readily sign Pawelek and the odds were good that Hochevar would not sign so he could pick him up next year. Plus, what is better for the organization's chance to win a WS to go 82-80 or finish with a losing record so we could protect are 1st round pick? Hochevar is the BEST college pitcher since Prior.

>Hochevar is the BEST college pitcher since Prior.

Uh, I think there's a gentleman named Jered Weaver who might want to disagree with that.

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  • It was a nice barehand pick-up but he was close enough to 1st where he could underhand the ball to Bryant. The trouble he's had has been with the overhand throw. He's definitely working on it, but I don't know if that play was a good example of progress made.

    K Dub 11 min 4 sec ago view
  • Phil, have you heard anything about the condition of Oscar De La Cruz's elbow? Has there been talk of a time table? Is he throwing?

    K Dub 5 hours 59 min ago view
  • i was distracted for most of the game and also missed the first few innings.

    but yeah, any time he makes a good fielding+throwing play on D it's worthy of praise and a trip to pizza hut for a personal pan pizza and $1 worth of songs on the juke box.

    seriously, i'll take it.

    crunch 8 hours 4 min ago view
  • BTW, CRUNCH, Lester made a nice bh pick-up and toss to Bryant. Did you catch it?

    He's been workin' on the D!

    The E-Man 10 hours 43 sec ago view
  • j.urias didn't have a good debut...

    2.2ip 5h 4bb 3k...3 r/er...1 wp

    81 pitches. yow.

    crunch 12 hours 44 min ago view
  • Ach - I really only saw it quickly and thought that's where it it. No matter - he crushed it and the video board people did not have to repair the panels from what I saw!

    The E-Man 12 hours 56 min ago view
  • Totally agree with that re Soler, whereas Bryant seems to get the close call (so far) this year.

    Good to see Baez get a couple knocks today - been awhile

    Eric S 13 hours 3 min ago view
  • that works too...there wasnt a good CSN replay...was going off whatever len or jd (dont remember) said.

    crunch 13 hours 8 min ago view
  • I was there. From what I saw it was upper third of the scoreboard

    The E-Man 13 hours 11 min ago view
  • No I have been thinking actually that he seems to lead the Cubs with balls called strikes all year. He really shouldn't be expanding his zone to swing at many of those either because it wouldn't lead to anything good. He's seeing the ball well though so hopefully it'll even out.

    johann 14 hours 9 min ago view
  • So why don't the umps like Soler, or am I just imagining it?

    Rob Richardson 14 hours 21 min ago view
  • Yeah, but he kills lefties.

    billybucks 16 hours 25 min ago view
  • wow...instant hardcore rain.

    rain delay.

    crunch 16 hours 32 min ago view
  • it was massive...hit off the bottom of the LF scoreboard.

    crunch 17 hours 4 min ago view
  • Projected at 461 ft, with a 108 mph exit velocity - longest Cub HR this year by 20 ft (I think Arrieta had the longest?)

    Eric S 17 hours 13 min ago view
  • this team is full of horrible walkup music...rizzo uses 'marky mark and the funky bunch' more than he should...which is any at all.

    d.ross uses alphaville 'forever young' because lulz.

    lastella was using (still might be) 'oh what a night' by the four seasons.

    turrible turrible stuff.

    crunch 17 hours 13 min ago view