So, floating on the margin of the ensuing scene, and in full sight of it, when the half-spent suction of the sunk ship reached me, I was then, but slowly, drawn towards the closing vortex. When I reached it, it had subsided to a creamy pool. Round and round, then, and ever contracting towards the button-like black bubble at the axis of that slowly wheeling circle, like another ixion I did revolve. till gaining that vital centre, the black bubble upward burst; and now, liberated by reason of its cunning spring, and owing to its great buoyancy, rising with great force, the coffin like-buoy shot lengthwise from the sea, fell over, and floated by my side. Buoyed up by that coffin, for almost one whole day and night, I floated on a soft and dirge-like main. The unharming sharks, they glided by as if with padlocks on their mouths; the savage sea-hawks sailed with sheathed beaks. On the second day, a sail drew near, nearer, and picked me up at last. It was the devious-cruising Rachel, that in her retracing search after her missing children, only found another orphan.
The interminable spring seems to have drained the life out of the farm system, their spirit and skill zapped by the Floridian sun. But don’t take my word for it…
Memphis 0, Buffalo 6
- Blake Hawksworth wasn’t bad. He went 5 innings, yielding 7 hits and 2 ERs. He walked 2 and also struck out 5.
- Katsuhiko Maekawa isn’t really wow’ing people like maybe some had hoped. He threw 3 innings, striking out 4. He also gave up 2 hits, 2 BBs and 2 ER. For a 30 year old middle reliever who loves to put a lot of people on base, he is showing himself as nothing more than another uninspiring left handed arm on the shuttle between Beale Street and Clark Street.
- Speaking of players not inspiring anyone, Chris Perez took his demotion in stride by giving up 2 earned runs on 2 hits, countering with a strikeout in his inning of work.
- Nick Stavinoha was 2-for-3 with a double and walk
- In the department of players that have outgrown their Redbird training pants, David Freese and Bryan Anderson went 1-for-3, while Brian Barton went 1-for-4.
Springfield 1, Binghamton 9
- Brad Furnish didn’t last 5 innings, leaving after 4.2. He surrendered 6 hits, 3 BBs all adding up to 4 earned runs. He did strike out 1 hitter, or non-hitter such as it were.
- Elvis Hernandez’s 1.1 inning was a tad more fruitful, giving up an unearned run on 2 hits while striking out 1.
- Ken Maiques tried something different, not letting any of those guys in the grey uniforms cross homeplate. Despite a lot of contact, he only gave up 1 hit and 1BB in 1.2 IP.
- Two Names Francisco Samuel didn’t like Kenny’s idea very much, so he wasted no time in taking the ballclub in a totally different philosophical direction. He only got 2 guys in out 0.2 IP, while being tagged for 2 hits, 3 ER and 3 BB. Now I don’t know if there were any errors behind him but using my math skills, he faced 7 batters and 5 of them reached base.
- Pete Parise joined suit, giving up an earned run on 3 hits in 0.2 IP while striking out 1.
- Tyler Henley accounted for the binary-on switch on the good guy’s side of the scoreboard. He was 3-for-4.
- Daniel Descalso was 2-for-4.
- Coo Coo Ca Choo, Andrew Brown and James Rapoport all were 1-for-4.
Palm Beach 2, St. Lucie 3
- Ryan Kulik pitched 4 innings. The rest of his line went 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s
- Blake King gave up 0 runs in his 1 IP. He did give up, however, a hit and a walk while striking out 1. Not literally WHILE striking out 1, mind you.
- Sam Freeman rocked in his 2 IP. The other team chalked up 2 hits and 1ER while he jayhawkedwalked 3.
- Thomas Eager had no patience and quickly spun one perfect inning with three groundball outs.
- Adam Reifer blunted the other teams offensive attack in his 1 inning pitched. He walked 1 and struck out 1.
- Nick Derba was 1-for-2 with a double and walk.
- Jermaine Curtis went 1-for-3 with a double and likewise, Charlie Kingrey went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Quad Cities (Squad #1) 0, Savannah 4
- Scott McGregor was roughed up by the pride of Mr. Rannulph Junuh in his 4 innings pitched. He gave up 6 hits, 3 ERs and struck out 1.
- Filing out the rest of the opponents run production, Jose Rada yielded the 1 ER in 1 IP on 2 hits, a walk and a strikeout.
- Kevin Thomas went 3 IP with 1 H, 0 BB and 2 K’s.
- Ramon Delgado work in 1 IP resulted in 1 H, 1 BB and 2 K’s
- Not much in the way of offense for QC but Paul Cruz was 2-for-4.
- Alex Castellanos and Roberto Espinoza both went 1-for-3.
Quad Cities (Squad #2) 2, Long Island Storm (not a WNBA team) 7
- Reynier Gonzalez continued the day of uninspired pitching. He only lasted until 2 outs in the 3rd inning after giving up 5 hits, 5 earned runs, 3 BB and striking out 1.
- Randy Santos came in to face one batter after Lake Reynier and retired unspecified hitter. He then hit the showers, put on his flip-flops and relaxed realizing his life can really be that simple.
- Senger Peralta went 1.2 IP allowing 3 hits but mercifully no runs. He struck out 1.
- Liking the way that looked, Matt Frevert threw 2 scoreless innings while striking out 3.
- Marco Gonzalez, clearly being contrarian gave up a run in his 1 inning pitched. He gave up a hit and struck out 2.
- Kristhiam Chrysanthemum Linares went 0.2 IP with 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K’s.
- Edwin Gomez (1-for-3) and Frederick Parejo (1-for-4) both hit a double. Not the same one, though.
- Jose Garcia was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
- Brett Lilly, not to be confused with the other flower above, was 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Yunior “We Named the Dog Yndiana” Castillo went 1-for-3. I hope he keeps hitting because that bit never gets old.
Thanks again to John Vuch for all the information. I struggle when I can’t drive my own car for a week, I can only imagine what it must be like for the FO guys to set up shop for 2 months in Florida and then have to tear everything down, box everything up and move north.