Apparently Francisco Samuel‘s hurt finger led to the wild outing yesterday in which he walked three batters. No word yet on what caused the 53 BBs in 63 IP last year. I think he must have been missing a limb or something.
The annual “Blake Hawksworth is ready” article is out for the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Quoting Hawksworth:
A lot of people have written me off in a sense. Looking at my numbers, they don’t really know what’s going on between the lines. It kind of fuels my fire a little bit. It makes me more hungry to try and go out and have the best season I can.
That’s really the best attitude you can hope for him to have at this point. He’s had some injuries and he has had some pretty awful outings over the last couple years. It’s not just the stat lines since his stuff still hadn’t really returned to it’s non-bionic shoulder days. Which Hawk seems to also recognize:
All I can do is go out and try to get this ball club wins, which I haven’t been able to do that the last two years. If I can switch my record around, we’ll be in good shape.
At 26 the clock is ticking and although Hawksworth was placed on the 40-man roster again this year, I’d be somewhat surprised if he was the first starting pitcher called up from Memphis. Best of luck to him though.
It’s an abbreviated DFR with Memphis rained out and PB/QC having the night off.
Springfield 7, Midland 8 (10 innings)
- Donovan Solano was 2-for-6 with a double.
- Brett Wallace was 1-for-4 with a pair of walks.
- Tony Cruz was 3-for-5 with a walk.
- Daryl Jones went 0-for-2 but was HBP and walked.
- Daniel Descalso was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk.
- Brad Furnish was effectively wild . . . I guess. After a 30 pitch first, Furnish managed to last 5 innings and give up 0 ER despite walking 5 batters. He struck out 4 but he’s got to limit the walks because he won’t allow just 1 hit on a normal basis.
- Trey Hearne allowed 4 runs (2 earned) recording 5 outs. There were three errors in the game (DeJesus, Rapoport and Wallace) while Midland recorded 4 errors. Sloppy night fielding.
- Elvis Hernandez followed Hearne and allowed 2 ER while walking 3 in 1 IP.