CHARLIE HAEGER hurls a complete game giving up 1 run, 6 hits, 2 walks and striking out 12!! This makes Haeger the first pitcher in Isotopes/Dukes history to toss three nine-inning complete games in a season, as the knuckleballer recorded his team-high ninth victory of the season. HU gets 2 hits and now is a silly little percentage point from .270 after stinking most of the year and hanging around Mendoza’s line.
Give HAEGER a real looksee! It couldn’t hoit now, could it? He and that masterful flutterball might be our 6th starter we’ve been missing since Schmidt blew out his arm 3 years ago.
TOM O’SHEA’S MINOR LEGUE REPORT 7-23-09
THE OGDEN RAPTORS ROOKIE
The Raptors pulverize Casper 11-4.
MAGILL (W, 2-1, 5.90), went 5 innings and gave up 2 earned runs on 3 hits, 0 walks and fanned 8!!! WILBORN (H, 1, 3.00), pitched 2 innings of no hit ball walking 2 and striking out 4!!! FERRERAS (H, 1, 1.29), pitched an inning of no hit ball walking 0 and striking out1. RONDON (2.84) finished the game pitching 1 inning of 2 hit, 1 earned run baseball.
SANDS (.387), hit his 10th tater, a 3 run shot. WISE (.349), and JACOBS (.299), also went yard. JACOBS and CAVAZOS-GALVEZ (.314), whacked doubles. CAVAZOS-GALVEZ went 4-5 with 3 rbis. JACOBS went 2-3 with a walk and 2 rbis.
THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES AAA
Isotopes rout Round Rock 5-1.
ALL STAR CHARLIE HAEGER (W, 9-6, 3.87), did it again last night pitching a stellar complete game. HAEGER went all 9 innings giving up just one measly run (earned) on 6 hits. Amazingly, HAEGER didn’t walk a batter despite his usual reliance on his “all world” knuckleball. Not so surprisingly, HAEGER struck out 12! He also was able to maintain mastery for all 130 pitches he made during the game. His all star caliber dancer had the Round Rockers flailing away like children before a man. The knuckler is a very difficult pitch to throw consistently for a strike, but when you can do it you are darn near unhitttable. HAEGER can do it. He’s proved it over and over this year. Charlie Hough says he’s never seen a pitcher with a better knuckler at this stage in his career.
CHARLIE HAEGER has proven he might be the missing link for the Dodger big league staff this year. Let’s hope someone in the front office is watching and gives him a start before we go trading half the farm system and major league starters for Halladay.
JONES (.276) hit his 24th home run. HU (.269), HARPER (.279), MAZA (.290), and BROWN (.305) all smashed doubles–proving the Isotopes probably have more gap power than any other team in the league. It seems like every night all our farm teams are whacking gappers (if they’re hitting at all).
BROWN, JONES, MAZA, and HU all had 2 hit games. HU has worked his way all the way back to respectability from Mendoza-ville in a few short weeks!
A Colbert tip of the hat to HAEGER and HU!
FREE CHARLIE HAEGER!!! GIVE HIM A SHOT AT THE 5TH SPOT IN THE DODGER ROTATION!
THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS AA
The Lookouts blanked Mobile 5-0.
JAMES ADKINS (W, 5-6, 4.47), pitched 6 innings of 1 hit 0 run ball, walking 2 and fanning 6. FELIX (2.93) and GARATE (1.91), blanked Mobile for the last 3 innings on 3 hits, 1 walk and 4 Ks.
SELLERS (.296), and BELL (.292), went deep for the Lookouts. GODWIN (.260) hit a triple. LAMBO (.270), and MITCHELL each contributed a double to the night’s cause. GODWIN and BELL both had 3 hit nights.
THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS A ADVANCED
Cucamonga beats the 66ers 6-1.
SMIT (L, 0-1, 15.00), would have been ridden out of town on a rail and then tarred and feathered and left by the side of the road in a ditch if he’d started this game at home. Instead, he delighted the Cucamonga faithful giving up 5 earned runs in 3 innings. MELGAREO (7.71), in contrast, went 3 innings and didn’t give up an earned run on 3 hits and 2 walks. KREBS (3.38), and PRADO (4.44), sparkled in comparison to the first two hurlers–each pitching one inning of no run, no hit baseball.
GREEN (.222), smacked a double.
THE GREAT LAKES LOONS A
Game 1: Burlington beats the Loonies 7-3.
REDDING (4.48) went 5.2 innings and gave up 3 earned runs on 6 hits, 0 walks and 2 Ks. ST. CLAIR (4.43) blew the potential save and lost the game going 2 innings and giving up 4 earned runs on 2 its, 3 walks and 1 K.
BUSS (.267), RUSSELL (.272), and HATCH (.276) all walloped doubles. GORDON (.301), went 3-4. DELMONICO (.277) went 2-3 with a walk.
Game 2: In the night cap, the Loons beat Burlington 2-0.
AGUASVIVA (1.34), pitched 5 innings of 3 hit shut out ball, walking 1 and fanning 3. GARCIA (W, 5-1, 2.52), pitched the last 2 innings of shut out ball allowing just 1 hit and walking 0.
VETTERS (.231), SONGCO (.148), and BUSS (.267) all had a hit.
The grass was damp and the poor players got their little footsies wet! But unlike last night where they decided not to play, they soldiered on and managed a split with Burlington.