In honor of my favorite Arkansas team:
“Slowly, very slowly, like two unhurried compass needles, the feet turned towards the right; north, north-east, east, south-east, south, south-south-west; then paused, and after a few seconds, turned as unhurriedly back towards the left. South-south-west, south south-east, east . . . .”
Lots of runs were scored tonight, some by us, some by them. But above all, these runs did not go unscored. In this world we live in, we can not afford to waste runs. What?
Memphis 6, Omaha 5
- Shane Robinson loved the 3s tonight. 1-for-3 with 3 runs score. That 1 was actually a triple.
- Jon Jay doubled his pleasure, doubled his fun with double doubles while going 2-for-3 with and RBI.
- Allen Craig, who The Mad Hungarian didn’t include in his ‘let’s not let facts get in the way of me hating people under the age of 30’ rundown of the Memphis OF continued to NOT struggle by hitting a HR.
- David Freese had an RBI double.
- Nick Stavinoha was the hero tonight driving in 2 runs in the top of the 9th.
- PJ Walters has not defunkified himself from his bullpen work in St. Louis. Tonight’s line: 6 innings, 7 hits, 5 Runs (4 ER), 1 BB and 4 Ks. Atleast his walks were back to normal.
- Fernando Salas was the Thunder with 1 inning of 1 hit and 1 BB and 1 K work. And.
- The Destroyer was the Lightening. He picked up the win by pitching 2 innings. He struck out 1 batter and gave up a hit.
- DJ Tools was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI.
- Steven Hill was 1 for 3 with a long ball, his 6th on the year. Mark Hamilton also went deep.
- James Rapoport was 1 for 3 with a triple.
- Brandon Dickson pitched a 7-inning CG Shutout. He struck out 5 while walking 4.
- James Rapoport was 1-for-2 with a double and 2 runs scored.
- Steven Hill, stay hot. Big fly again for Hill, raising the season mark to 7.
- DJ Tools was 2-for-3 with 4 RBI. He also made a fielding error. Not all the tools were sharp.
- Coo Coo Ca Choo was 1-for 3 with 3 RBI. Much better than the 2 strikeout performance from earlier in the day.
- Pete Kozma was 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored, an RBI and a walk.
- Brad Furnish seems to be back to not being good. He went 2 innings giving up 6 ER. He struck out 2 but walked 3.
- Joseph Williams made his Springfield debut. Poor guy lasted an inning giving up a HR and 2 other hits, to go along with 2 ER.
- Eddie Degerman poached the win. He pitched 2 innings with only a walk on his line.
- Tyler Norrick picked up the save in 2 innings. He walked 2, gave up a hit and a run but who cares. That 3 run lead was secured!
- Curt Smith had 1 hit in 3 at-bats.
- Domnit Bolivar went 1-for-3.
- Paul Vasquez went 1-for-3.
- Jermaine Curtis walked 3 times.
- Scott Gorgen had that nice 1 R to 1 IP ratio tonight. 4.1 IP, 4 ER on 4 Hits. The rest was 3 walks, 3 Ks and 3 HRs.
- Mark Diapoules gave up 2 additional gopher balls. He went 3 innings, giving up 3 hits and 3 ERs. He walked 2 and struck out 1.
- Adam Reifer finished things up with 0.2 innings. Yet, that short time didn’t stop him from giving up 2 more ERs and YET ANOTHER HR. Make it stop, please!
- Niko Vasquez was 3-for-5 with a double and run scored. He also had another error.
- Charles Cutler was 3-for-4 with an RBI.
- Roberto Espinoza was 2-for-3 with a walk.
- Guillermo Toribio and Alex Castellanos were both 1-for-4 with an RBI.
- Hector Cardenas took the loss with an inspiringly awful performance. In 3.2 innings, he gave up 5 ERs on 6 hits. He struck out 2 and walked 1.
- Kevin Thomas uncharacteristically allowed runs tonight. In 2.1 innings, he walked 2, gave up 5 hits and 3 ER.
- George Brown pitched 2 perfect innings.
The organization will have begin to decide where they value Shane Robinson and Jon Jay as far as their future with the club. Guys like Mather and Stavinoha are facing major numbers crunches because of one man. Daryl Jones is hitting .350+ for Springfield right now. If his power were fully developed at this point, he’d be in Memphis tomorrow.
It truly is great to have one uber-prospect make the big leagues only to have another of similiar ilk following right behind.