Dewitt shines in Double A debut

Sorry I have been so slow with updates lately.  Too many irons in the fire I guess.  T-Ball and gymnastics can really eat up one’s time.

Blake Dewitt had a great debut for Double A Jacksonville.  Dewitt went 2-4 with a double and a run scored. 

I didn’t see a single inning of the MLB All-Star Game, but Albert’s and Tony’s comments afterward were quite interesting.  This comment in particular from Albert, “It’s the All-Star game. He can do what he wants, he does whatever he wants. If I wasn’t expecting to play, I wouldn’t have come up here.”  The phrase “he does whatever he wants”, seems to have more to do with the season than with the game.  It’s just what the struggling World Champions need, their lame duck manager alienating his best player.  Another thing, why did LaRussa only select one player from his team?  Most years, the manager brings a ton of player from his respective team whether they are deserving or not.  It’s the spoils of winning the pennant.  I know, in reality the only other player that really deserved to go was Izzy.  If LaRussa wanted to rest his surgically repaired hip, fine.  Just don’t play him.  He didn’t have any problems doing that to Pujols. 

The excuse that Tony is using, that Pujols was his utility guy, is bogus.  You mean to tell me that you couldn’t put Pujols in the game and switch his position while he was in the game?  Maybe someone should tell Tony that baseball allows a manager to change his defensive alignment. 

The Triple A All-Star game was played in Albuquerque.  The Redbirds Mark Worrell pitched 0.2 innings, allowing only a walk.  Check out the stadium

Springfield 2 Wichita (Royals) 5

Colby was 0-3 with a walk.  Bryan Anderson had 2 hits.  Adam Daniels gave up 4 runs on 6 hits in 6 IP.  The Cardinals had won 6 in a row. 

Here is an article about Mitch Boggs who has won 8 of his last 11. 

Palm Beach 4 Clearwater (Phillies) 5 in 11 innings

Chris Narveson gave up 2 runs on 4 hits in 3 IP in a rehab start.  All of the runs came on a 2 run HR.  Brandon Yarbrough had a big night, going 4-5.  Donovan Solano went 2-4 in his Palm Beach debut.  I had a chance to talk to him before a Swing game and he seems like a really nice kid.  I hope he makes it. 

Quad Cities 1 Clinton (Rangers) 2

Clinton’s Omar Pavedo didn’t give up any earned runs his last time out against this Quad Cities team but didn’t get the win.  This time out he did give up a run and got the win.  Pavedo was outstanding, giving up 1 run on 3 hits and striking out 12 in 7 innings. I have seen the 19 year old right hander and he has poise beyond his years.  The Swing’s Elvis Hernandez was the tough luck loser.  Elvis gave up 2 runs on 7 hits and struck out 7 in 5 IP.  Jared Schweitzer hit his 8th HR to account for the only run.  On Monday,  Donovan Solano was promoted to Palm Beach.

Batavia 2 Lowell (Red Sox) 3

Lowell pitchers had a perfect game through five innings and Batavia only ended with 3 hits on the night.  Jess Todd gave up 2 runs, 1 earned, on 6 hits in 3.2 IP.  Blake King falls to 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA after giving up a run in 3 IP.  King only walked 2 and struckout 5.

Johnson City 5 Danville (Braves) 7

Beau Riportella was 2-4 and is now hitting .365.  Can anyone say promotion?  Jon Edwards and Dognnt Bolivar each contributed 2 hits, also. 

GCL Cardinals 2 GCL Marlins 4

Jairo Martinez had 2 hits.  Andres Rosales pitched 3 scoreless innings.  His ERA is now 0.64 in 14 IP as he has logged 16 Ks.

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