Thoughts and pictures of my local minor league baseball team the New York Penn League Connecticut Tigers; a Detriot farm team. We'll still be looking at former Navigators/Defenders players along the way....

Monday, April 07, 2008

Well, that could not have been pretty....

as the Defs drop their first game of the season to the Portland SeaDogs 7-3. Joe Martinez takes the loss as three Connecticut errors in the second lead to 5 runs and basically that's all she wrote.
It was 7-0 before the Defs scored in the 5th on a RBI single by Antoan Richardson plating Carlos Sosa who had doubled. The Defs added a pair of runs in the 9th on a TI 2 run double.
Like yesterday Connecticut managed only four hits in the game. SeaDog pitching totaled 16Ks(!) on the game with starter Dustin Richardson getting 10 in five innings. Like I said, it could not have been pretty.
Olmo Rosario started his first game at third and had an error. Trey Webb was back at shortstop. Travis Denker now has three errors in two games. Steve Palazzolo and Kelvin Pichardo combined for 4.1 of shutout ball. Defs pitching issued 7 BBs to go along with 8 Ks.


Blogger thehondohurricane said...

It was ugly, ugly, and uglier. You missed nothing except the cold. Rosario's error was a infield pop which he called off Webb and then watched it drop five feet from where he was standing. The 2nd inning was strictly Rookie League ball. And to make matters worse the lights went out causing a 15/20 minute delay. When play resumed, the first batter hit a ball to TI which he booted to Denker who then threw to Martinez to nab the runner. It was scored 3 to 4 to 1.

Entering the bottom of the ninth, the Defs had more errors then hits, buy TI screwed it up with a broken bat double down the RF line. And it looks like hitting is going to be a problem for this team.

Martinez (and I'm being kind) was awful. Relief pitchers did OK, but Hedrick tired and gave up a couple mainly due to Sosa overthrowing the cut-off man twice from left field.

Denker looks like he needs more seasoning in San Jose. The Defs need an experienced shortstop and a 2nd baseman. If Bocock goes to Fresno to work with Burriss, let us hope Jake is sent back to Ct. I have no clue about a solution for 2nd base.

I guess this is enough bad news for one post, but tomorrow is another day. Perhaps it will be an opportunity to extol the potential of these young athletes, who in spite of tonight, I am getting to like a lot more then previous editions.

11:26 PM

Blogger LC said...

Give some credit to the Dogs pitcher (Richardson) last night, the kid was throwing well.

TI crushed that ball down the line, and we saw a nice play, Richardson to Webb to Rosario for the putout at third when Hedrick was in. I was surprised Hedrick stayed in as long as he did; too bad he gave up a few because he loooked good out there. Curious as to why he doesn't tinker w/ some more offspeed stuff. The last two cats pitched well also.

You have to like the hometown boy Jeff Natale on the Dogs. Lifetime .438 on base percentage and doesn't strike out much. I know the Sox like him but there is no room at the inn. Also their leadoff hitter (Danielson) got 4 hits last night, he was a player to be named later who came over from St. Louis. The Dogs are pretty stacked, but the Defenders have a good club also.

A CT win tonight and then a battle for sole possession of first on Wednesday would be great.

11:14 AM

Blogger b said...

webb is and experienced will not see him make any errors. i know he has to start hitting better. he started slow last year but finished the year strong. also look for the defenders to try him at pitcher in the next couple of weeks. he can throw 95 to 95 mph.

4:39 PM


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