I missed on my last chance seeing the Walrus in person tonight. It happened to be fireworks night at my local ballpark. Not knowing that, I got to the park a tad late only to find the parking lot completely full and the overflow parking nearly full, so I just gave up. Maybe I’ll just have to make the 2 hour trip to Davenport. Meanwhile, AZ is in Memphis for the weekend, so I’m sure he’ll have all kinds of goodies for us when he gets back.
Watching Chris Perez and Jeff Samardzija work the latter innings in yesterday’s game was fun stuff. If I had my choice between the two coming into the season, I would’ve taken Perez over the Shark any day of the week. Jeff’s mind bogglingly low 3.77 K/9 rate honestly made me wonder if he missed his true sport, but apparently something’s clicked, because at least the two times I’ve seen him on TV, he’s toyed with big league hitters. Now I’d say give me Samardzija. His velocity + freakish movement on his sinker is a sight to behold in and of itself, and then you throw a nasty splitter and a nice slider on top of that and wow. I like Perez quite a bit, and he’s been very good since being recalled, but Samardzija made my jaw drop.
…if you’re looking for the reliever with the league’s scariest stuff, it’s Samuel. The righthander features a 95-96 mph fastball and an 87 mph slider, a combo that leaves him unhittable at times. He’s struck out 13.8 batters per nine innings, and he’s been especially deadly on righthanders, holding them to .170/.278/.240 averages. Samuel could still sharpen his control, but opposing managers say his two-pitch mix will continue to dominate as he climbs the ladder.
Palm Beach wins one in a doubleheader and Johnson City wins. L’s everywhere else.
- I think the Cards are rushing things with Adam Wainwright. It took him 27 pitches to retire just two batters in his first rehab assignment and he got knocked around-0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR. Goold has more details.
- Blake Hawksworth followed up and was decent his third start back since returning from the DL. 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. Hawkworth’s had no troubles striking batters out this season but has struggled with control and keeping the ball in the yard. His K/9 is 8.8, HR/9: 1.5, BB/9: 4.1.
- Weird stuff happening in the Memphis lineup thanks to the Felipe Lopez signing. Brendan Ryan played some SS/2B and went 0-for-5 in the leadoff spot. D’Angelo Jimenez had 2 AB, Tyler Greene had 3 AB and Jarrett Hoffpauir sat and watched.
- Nick Stavinoha went 3-for-4 with a double.
- David Freese went 2-for-4.
- Mark Worrell had a walk and a K in 1.1 innings.
- Jess Todd still will destroy us all. He threw 7 innings of 1-hit ball. He had 3 K, 2 BB and 10 ground outs.
- Luis Perdomo allowed no baserunners in his 1 inning of work and struck out two. Meanwhile, Anthony Reyes threw 6.1 innings on one run ball with 4 K’s and a walk. After the game, Reyes said, “I felt I didn’t fit in. It was hard trying to make people happy there. It made for some long years.” and “There’s more communication here.” But take comfort, we still have Joel Pineiro and they are moving our best starter into the bullpen.
- Luke Gregerson went splat. He allowed 4 ER and recorded only 2 outs in the 9th.
- Josh Dew allowed his inherited runner to score, which happened to be the winning run.
- Brandon Buckman was the offense. He went 2-for-4 with a HR. Mark Shorey had the club’s only other hit.
Palm Beach 1, Jupiter 0 (7 innings, Game 1)
- The enigmatic Brad Furnish threw a complete game 2-hit shutout. He struck out four and walked two.
- Pete Kozma went 2-for-3 with a double.
Palm Beach 0, Jupiter 4 (7 innings, Game 2)
- Eddie Degerman, AKA Captain Quirk, threw 3.2 innings, allowed 1 ER on 5 hits and 3 walks with 2 K’s.
- Pete Parise struck out the side but not before he allowed 2 solo HR.
- Jupiter’s P’s returned the favor; Aaron Luna and Antonio DeJesus had Palm Beach’s only two hits.
- I guess I didn’t miss much. Brett Wallace went 0-for-3 with 3 K and 1 BB.
- Carlos Pupo went yard.
- Ross Oeder doubled.
- Soft-tossing Nick Additon allowed 3 ER on 4 H and 1 BB over 7 innings, w/5 K’s. He had 12 fly outs and allowed a HR. His low velocity coupled with his extreme flyball tendencies makes it hard for me to see him replicating his current success at the higher levels.
- Kenny Maiques allowed a run on a hit and struck out 2 in his one inning of work.
- Chris Swauger doubled and homered.
- Shane Peterson went 0-for-2 but drew 2 walks.
- Brett Lilley went 2-for-4.
- Scott Gorgen allowed 4 ER on 4 hits and 1 BB over 5 IP. He recorded 6 K’s. I wouldn’t put too much stock in Gorgen’s recent struggles, he’s thrown 152.2 innings combined between college and pro-ball this year. He’s probably just gassed.
- Miguel Tapia allowed 1 ER on 2 H and 3 BB with 1 K.
- Deryk Hooker was good tonight. Really, really good. No seriously. He was really stinkin’ good. Hooker allowed just 1 hit over 5 innings and struck out 11. Hooker has a sterling 12.46 K/9 rate over his two seasons between the GCL and the Appy. He’s just 19.
- Catcher turned reliever alert: David Carpenter struck out 1 in his perfect inning of relief.
- Nico Vasquez went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and I’m sure Hardcore Legend will fill us in on anything else interesting Nico experienced today.
- Curt Smith went 3-for-4 with a HR. For what it’s worth, Smith is 3rd overall in the Appy in OPS.
- Alex Castellanos went 1-for-3 with a double and was HBP.