EL CAPITAN STRIKES AGAIN (SEE DETAILS BELOW)!!!
El Paso Chihuahas (SD) at the Fresno Grizzlies
The Chihuahas were not kind to Jake Buchanan. They piled up 9 hits and 8 earned off of the starter. Jake is struggling to make his case for a chance at that 5th spot. Hopefully, this is one of those outings where he is working on something per request of the coaching staff.
The Grizzlies put some runs up and actually got Buchanan the lead at the end of the 2nd, but it was not enough. Nothing crazy happening this game. Just the usual stuff: Tucker homered, Fontana walked twice, Singleton doubled and struck out twice. Tucker now leads the PCL in homers and RBIs.
Okay... Okay... Joe Sclafani rips a RBI triple down the line in right to pull the Grizzlies within three. Plenty of game left, Btm 5.— Fresno Grizzlies (@FresnoGrizzlies) May 5, 2015
Tucker is becoming a bit of a major "cawlemup" guy in the comments. I am not going to say he's ready, and I am not going to say he's not ready. Just keep in mind that the PCL is one of the most offense inducing leagues in all of pro baseball. Brett Wallace keeps popping into my head. He consistently raked in the PCL, but could not produce. Wallace and Tucker share a lot of similarities. Both are LHB. Both are dependent on their hit tool. Both are not "ideal baseball bodies." I, ultimately, am a believer in Tucker (almost as much as CRPerry), but I am still not sure he's ready.
Also, WHAT A DEAL! I am not wiping drool off my keyboard.
$1 gets you four of these tonight at Chukchansi Park. Gates open at 6:05 PM. pic.twitter.com/2BSyuwatGj— Fresno Grizzlies (@FresnoGrizzlies) May 4, 2015
Grizzles lose 6-13. Their record falls to 12-12.
|Jake Buchanan (L, 2-1)||4.0||9||8||8||3||4||1||5.88|
Frisco RoughRiders (TEX) at the Corpus Christi Hooks
2 outs. Bottom of the 9th. Bases loaded. Hooks trail by 2. Just watch.
This guy is en fuego. You also should check out his post game interview on periscope (note: this only works on mobile, periscope does not work on computers)
Thank you Carlos for providing a great shot of momentum to take us away from the gnashing of teeth over losing to the Rangers and the second straight subpar Mark Appel start. Carlos' last swing of the bat ended a 3 game losing streak for the Hooks.
Hooks win 5-4. Their record improves to 14-10.
|Jonas Dufek (W, 1-0)||3.0||2||0||0||0||1||0||4.32|
Lancaster JetHawks at the Stockton Ports (OAK)
Brett Phillips and AJ Reed homered, but the JetHawks pitching staff was lit up by the Oakland affiliate. AJ Reed is slowly, but surely raising his slash line to respectable numbers (.230/.349/.471). His k-rate is worrisome, though, as it is currently at 28.3%. If AJ can drop his k-rate and see a little BABIP reduction, he will settle everyone down that is nervous about his start.
JetHawks lose 2-11. They drop their record to 11-14. They have lost 5 in a row.
|Evan Grills (L, 1-3)||3.0||4||5||4||3||4||1||6.38|
Quad Cities River Bandits at the Kane County Cougars (ARI)
Ho hum... Quad Cities wins again. This team may be boring to some but man do they take care of business. I decided to do a little #analysis to see if this team is legit or not. Their pythagorean record going into today's game was 17-7. Their average batter's age is 21.7; league average is 21.4. Their average pitcher's age is 22.1 and league average there is 22.0. Their ages are on par with the league averages. Quad Cities hitters lead the league in homeruns and walks. The pitching staff leads the league in ERA (2.22), WHIP (1.12), and HRs allowed (only 3).
Austin Chrismon (26th rounder from the 2013 draft) started this game and was Keuchel'esque. He induced 12 ground outs to only 4 fly outs. He only struck out 1, but managed to spread out 5 hits and limited the Cougars to 1 run. Chrismon has had aroung a 50% ground ball rate throughout his career so far. He doesn't strike out many, but he doesn't walk many either. He's 22 years old, so he's average aged for the league. To wrap this up, Chrismon is not flashy, but he's pinged on my radar.
Derek Fisher continues to produce for the River Bandits going 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBIs. He's had himself a nice little April slashing .314/.397/.647. It's only been a month, but this guy could start flying up the prospect lists if he continues to rake. Mott Hyde added another hit. He has been scorching hot lately, and it landed him Midwest League Player of the Week.
RiverBandits win 3-1. They improve to 19-6.
|Austin Chrismon (W, 3-1)||7.0||5||1||1||0||1||0||2.25|
|Jose Montero (S, 4)||2.0||1||0||0||0||3||0||3.60|