Playoff Baseball

Two of our minor league affiliates were enjoying the thrills of post-season baseball, here's a quick update as the playoffs began this week. Our affiliate in Boise is in a best-of-5 series versus the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants affiliate) in the Northwest League. This is short-season ball with teams generally full of the two most recent draft classes and undrafted free-agent signings. In Game 1 on Thursday, 2005 first round pick Mark Pawelek threw six and two-thirds of shutout ball with three strikeouts to earn the 5-1 victory with 2006 draftee Jeremy Papelbon coming in for a two and a third inning save, giving one unearned run in his appearance. 2006 first round pick Tyler Colvin and 2004 30th round pick Russ Canzler provided the offense. Both went three for four, with Canzler providing a double and a home run. 2006 7th round pick Steve Clevenger also provided two hits and two RBI's in the win. Last night Jose Ceda took the mound, he was the bounty in the Todd Walker trade. He struggled through four and a third innings giving up five runs on one home run. Ceda needed to be perfect though because Volcanoes starter Adam Cowart, a 35th pick in this years draft pitched a complete game shutout giving up a mere 3 hits, two of them to Tyler Colvin. Game three is tonight at 9 pm CST with Billy Muldowney taking the mound for the Hawks. The Peoria Chiefs were in a best-of-three series versus the Beloit Snappers (Twins affiliate). Beloit struck first on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory, holding the Chiefs to four hits, all of them singles. Mitch Atkins was saddled with the loss. The two teams went at it again on Thursday with the Chiefs winning 6-1 behind the strong pitching of 2005 5th round pick Scott Taylor (7 IP, 4 H, 1 unearned run, 4 K, 2 BB). Second basemen Valerio Heredia and first basemen Ryan Norwood both contributed offensively with three hits apiece while Joe Carter's nephew Yusuf Carter pitched in with two more and an RBI. Ther rubber game of the series put 2004 31st round pick Jesse Estrada on the mound. Spotted a one run lead going into the fifth, Estrada gave up two runs in the top half of the fifth. Peoria struck back with a run of it's own in the bottom of the fifth on a leadoff walk to Davy Gregg who eventually came around to score on a groundout by Robinson Chirinos. The score remained tied until the top of the eighth when righty Justin Rayborn replaced Estrada. Quickly retiring the first two batters, Rayborn hit the third batter of the inning and then gave up a two run blast to Eli Tintor before getting out of the inning. The Chiefs struck back in the eighth with a run on three singles to make the score 4-3. Matt Avery came in to pitch in the ninth and retired the Snappers with only a two-out walk to blemish his line. In the bottom of the ninth, Yusuf Carter lead-off but went down quickly on strikes. Catcher Mark Reed worked a walk to put the tying run on base. But Snappers pitcher Dan Leatherman (great baseball name) snuffed the rally by striking out the next hitter and getting Valerio Heredia to fly out to left to end the game. Playof baseball, catch the fever and go Hawks!

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  • "never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations." Tie game at home in the ninth, there can never be a save situation. So you're saying, don't use your best reliever today.
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  • It was almost like Javy was saying, "see, O&B, same old Javy here." Guy's gotta learn you don't need to swing hard to knock a Chapman ball out of the park. Choke up, dude, follow Rizzo's lead.
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  • Kershaw uses his 132nd pitch for his 15th K (Marlon Juice Byrd, with the tying run at 2nd), and the Dodgers sweep the Giants. Also, Pirates lose to the Brewers for the 5th straight time. So...with 30 to play, we are 6.5 up on SF (7 in loss column) and 8 up on the Nats, and still in contact (4.5 back) of the Pirates. Man, what a roller coaster the last 2 days -- fantastic stuff.
  • Schlitter still pitching for Iowa? Guess nobody wanted him?
  • JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates (I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings.
  • I personally don't think managers use closers enough in tie games in the 9th. The mindset and adrenaline should be just like a save situation. You get the outs, you have a great chance of winning. You don't your team is screwed.
  • Also - what did Bosio say when we went to talk to Rondon? "OK, Hector, tie game, 9th inning, 2 outs, 2-0 count on the hottest hitter in the game. Let's try the ol' fastball right down the middle and see how that works, hmmm?" Terrible pitch. I've never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations -- they are used to pitching with adrenaline pumping and celebrating the last out of the inning. I realize it was a a swinging bunt and an error that caused the problem, but that may have been the worst pitch I have seen Rondon throw in a long time.
  • Ugly series save a few clutch Homeruns. 2 first inning Homeruns allowed. 2 complete innings (out of 27) with a lead (8th and 9th game 2). 6 Leads/Ties given up top half of the inning after scoring. 9 9th inning unearned runs. Brutal roadtrip coming up while SF plays 22 straight against teams with losing records. Like the Cubs odds, obviously, but long way to go.
  • No more f'n Pajama Parties, Joe! Losing a series at home to the Reds (who have a worse record than the Brewers) in September is not what we are looking for, gentlemen. 3 series losses in a row -- let's get that fixed immediately. Bad error by KB as Crunch describes -- almost like he was surprised the ball was hit to him. I think if he makes that play we win the game.