… to beat the Dodgers. It was nice to have a “laugh-er” for once. I need to re-interate that I am a prophet! Last month, I predicted that Loney would be “white hot” in September and yesterday I wrote that this was the time for Ethier, Kemp, Loney and Martin to step-up and show this is their team – PRESTO! They all had 2 hits last night!
If you need some lottery numbers just send $500 cash and I’ll give them to you – remember, I’m a prophet!
RANTS & RAVES
- Hiroki Kuroda stepped up BIG TIME last night. He was our opening day starter – could he be our opening game playoff starter?
- The Dodgers have have given up five or fewer runs in each of their last 30 games. Contrary to naysayers, the Dodgers’ pitching HAS GOTTEN BETTER, NOT WORSE! The Dodgers have the best TEAM PITCHING in all of baseball. That is a fact. Now, it’s also a fact that teams have 3 better starters than our best 3 starters…
- We missed Casey Blake! It’s good to have the opportunist back.
- It seems that the Dodgers were playing word games regarding the injuries to Clayton Kershaw and Randy Wolf. Both injuries were significantly worse than initially reported. Clayton Kershaw has a seperated right shoulder and Randy Wolf has a “hyperextended” left elbow. The good news about Wolf is that it not a product of pitching, as he hyper-extended it hitting. It’s also good news for Kershaw, as it will keep him fresh for the playoffs.
- Here’s a thought – make Billershaw a starter for the playoffs. Have Bills pitch 4 innings and Kershaw pitch 4 innings. Use them on 3 days rest!
- From here on, O-Dog gets $10,000 per at-bat. Do the math. If he leads off and hits 5 times a game, times 20 games, thats a MILLION DOLLARS. Joe is saving Frank money by playing Belliard. O-Dog can’t be thrilled.
- Heath Bell is on the Rockies payroll – what a chump!
- Vicente Padilla goes verse Sanchez tonight. If the Dodgers sweep this series, the Giants are effectively dead!
- UPDATE: I JUST GOT TICKETS IN THE SCOUTING AREA TO SEE THE GREAT LAKES LOONS AT THE FT. WAYNE TIN CUPS TOMORROW. I’LL HAVE THE FULL SCOOP ON ALL THE GREAT YOUNG LOONS ON MONDAY!
Minor League Recap – 9/11/09 from Jared at http://thinkbluela.blogspot.com/
Albuquerque lost 1-0
Tony Abreu – 0 for 4, 2 K’s (.214 BA)
Xavier Paul – 2 for 4, K (.250 BA)
Blake DeWitt – 1 for 4, K (.333 BA)
Jamie Hoffman – 2 for 4 (.444 BA)
Chin Lung Hu – 0 for 3 (.182 BA)
Great Lakes won 3-2
Dee Gordon – 2 for 5, HR (1), RBI, R, 2 K’s, CS, E (.385 BA)
Jaime Pedroza – 1 for 3, HR (1), RBI, R, 2 BB, E (.182 BA)
Kyle Russell – 0 for 5, 4 K’s (.167 BA)
Alfredo Silverio – 1 for 4, 3B (.167 BA)
Jerry Sands – 1 for 4, 2B, K (.273 BA)
Ethan Martin – 4.2 IP, Hit, ER, BB, 3 K’s (1.93 ERA)
Geison Aguasviva – 1.1 IP, 2 Hits, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s (0.00 ERA)
Nathan Eovaldi – 1 IP, 0 Hits, R (0 ER), 2 BB, 3 K’s (0.00 ERA)
Cole St Clair – 3 IP, 2 Hits, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K’s (0.00 ERA)
Ogden won 8-4
BCG – 0 for 3, R, SB, HBP (.322 BA)
Angelo Songo – 1 for 3, 2B, RBI, K, HBP (.306 BA)
JT Wise – 2 for 4 (.338 BA)
Clay Calfee – 2 for 2, HR (3), 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB (.354 BA)
Nick Akins – 0 for 3, R, BB, 2 K’s (.260 BA)
Garrett Gould – 1 IP, 0 Hits, 0 R, BB, 3 K’s (10.13 ERA)
Ji-Mo Lee – 1 IP, Hit, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K’s (6.00 ERA)
Player of the day – Loons’ pitching
Ethan Martin had one of his best outings of the year in the most important game of the year. He kept his pitch count low, trusted his defense and threw strikes when he needed to. Aguasviva picked up for him and did well, not allowing Martin’s inherited runner to score. Eovaldi struck out the side but allowed 2 walks. He was also victimized by Dee Gordon’s throwing error with 2 outs. The real hero may be Cole St Clair, who pitched longer than he has at any time this year. He eluded a bases loaded jam in the 9th and the winning run on 1st base in the 10th to secure the win. The Loons are ready to face Fort Wayne in the league semifinals.