James McDonald was slotted to start the season in the bullpen, but circumstances and injuries pressed him into service as a starter. I felt that James would be an excellent reliever, and indeed he was, last September. However, after several really horrible starts and an ERA that sits at 8.16, James McDonald, with his confidence shattered is headed either to the bullpen or the minors. I would send him to the pen, but maybe he just needs to start at AAA. Going back to the minors would be a big blow to his psyche and I hope they try him in the pen as a situational reliever – he looked excellent in the first inning last night and then just blew up in the 2nd. He’s a great kid who was devestated after his debacle. Jeff Weaver has to take his place in the rotation until Kuroda returns. It was a nice win and all of our starters got 2 hits except for Loney (with 1) and Martin who got zero. Russell is struggling mightily, as are a whole bunch of catchers in the majors. The star of the game had to be Matt Kemp, who with his glove, saved at least 4 runs. This team may have some pitching issues, but we are doing just fine and are in a position to make a trade when other teams want to give pitchers away. I still stand by my prediction that Loney will be traded THIS year! (some people just like to criticize others who make predictions, but they are never wrong because they only second-guess – they can’t make their own) BTW – the above photo is of Andrew Lambo’s 10th inning walk-off HR Wednesday night!
RANTS & RAVES
- Jeff Weaver still can pitch. Could he be the Comeback-Player-Of-The-Year? We may not have to go outside the organization to get a starter.
- The pen looked excellent. Ohman closed out an inning and then hic-uped a little, but the rest were stellar. It’s good to have Wade back.
- J-Brox is pitching like a former closer who used to go by the moniker “Game Over.”
- Sweet Loretta is now 7-10 as a pinch hitter – that better than Sweeney and Saenz combined! What a difference!
- Dodgertown will have it’s own Zip Code in June- 90090!
|Ohman pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.WP: McDonald.
IBB: Ramirez, M (by Gregerson).
Pitches-strikes: Geer 93-60, Gregerson 16-9, Mujica 28-19, McDonald 49-25, Weaver 59-38, Ohman 15-6, Belisario 13-10, Wade 5-4, Broxton 17-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Geer 9-5, Gregerson 0-0, Mujica 2-2, McDonald 2-3, Weaver 2-6, Ohman 0-1, Belisario 2-0, Wade 0-3, Broxton 0-0.
Batters faced: Geer 24, Gregerson 6, Mujica 7, McDonald 10, Weaver 17, Ohman 4, Belisario 4, Wade 3, Broxton 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Mujica 3-0, Weaver 2-0, Ohman 1-0, Belisario 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Mark Wegner. 1B: Rob Drake. 2B: Tim Timmons. 3B: Jeff Kellogg.
Weather: 63 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to CF.
April 30, 2009Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
The Great Lakes Loons won 9-6 as Justin Miller pitched 5 journeyman-like innings. 2B Jamie Pedroza was 5-5 (think David Eckstien – not big enough, not fast enought, not strong enough – but he’s a baller). Devaris Gordon had a triple and scored 3 runs and Tony Delmonico was 3-4. Gordon is hitting well but has had 6 errors in the last week.
The Inland Empire 66′ers lost 9-4. Move along – nothing to see here….
The Chatanooga Lookouts won 3-1 behind 5 solid innings by Jesus… Castillo that is. After hitting a walk-off HR on Wednesday night, Andrew Lambo was 1-3 with 2 walks. He now has 8 walks in the past week, after it was pointed out that he had no walks before that.
The Albuquerque Isotopes won 6-2 behind a 6 hit, 1 ER complete game by knucklehead, ‘er knuckleballer, Charlie Haeger. There you go! Jason Repko hit his 5th HR, but is still hitting .222, so don’t get excited.