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....

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Defs lose a head scratcher 5-2 to the FisherCats..

at Dodd tonight. starting pitchers Madison Bumgarner and NH's Andrew Liebel making his Double A debut hooked up in a good pitchers duel. MadBum left after 7 IP and trailing 2-1 but Brett Pill's 16the homer of the season over everything in left tied it up at 2-2 and got Madison off the hook for the loss.
Enter Dan Griffin (8-7) in the top of the 8th to relieve MadBum. Here's a guy who had his longest outing of the season two days ago. pitching great (4IP, no runs, 5Ks) Why is he in there? Of course he gets smacked around and gives up 4 hits, a walk and three runs--ballgame over. Liebel goes 8 IP allowing just 5 hits and two runs for his first Double A win
Brett Pill knocked in CT's other run with a RBI ground out in 4th to break. That RBI gave him 101 RBIs at that time and broke Donny Leon's franchise RBI record of 100 set in 1999. Congrats Brett! Pill almost had another homer in the 9th but LF Nick Gorneault robbed him of a 2 run shot leaping high and reaching back over the wall to rob him. The play ended the game as Brad Boyer was doubled off first on the play.

Misc fan notes: Trenton and Portland both win tonight. GB goes tomorrow.
Pics: A MadBum fastball and the new franchise RBI leader


Blogger Kelly said...

Even though we lost, I would have loved to have been there to see that game-ending play.

9:57 PM

Blogger Dfensfan said...

Congrats Brett!

10:18 PM

Blogger Dfensfan said...

2 more recent entries by GB on his own blog

10:22 PM

Blogger Dfensfan said...

Freddy Sanchez said that he'd like to begin a Minor League injury rehabilitation assignment as soon as possible if his shoulder responds well to those swings. But general manager Brian Sabean said that Sanchez probably wouldn't go on rehab until the weekend at the earliest."

Would he show up here at all???
I'd guess Fresno, or pretty much anywhere but here

10:58 PM

Blogger Kelly said...

Greg, when I click the link for GB's blog, it takes me to Baseball America?! Is there another link or something? Thanks!

11:14 PM

Blogger thehondohurricane said...

You really have to question the decision, whether it was Decker or Grimsley, to put in Griffen tonight. And to leave him in after he clearly showed he didn't have it. They certainly had plenty of other options at that point.

6:27 AM

Blogger Jason said...

Checking in from the west coast....

First off, congrats to the Defenders for a great season. Hope you guys go all the way.

A big thanks to Greg and all the participants on this blog. I enjoy being able to keep up on what's going on with our AA team. Wish our other affiliates had fans like you guys.

I hope somehow the team works it out to stay in CT so I can follow the team again next year. Especially since most of the San Jose guys should be moving up and have another awesome season.

And lastly some bad news... looks like the Defs will have to go the rest of the way without Runzler. The kid just got called up.

Good luck in playoffs!!

1:09 PM

Blogger MarcoPolo said...

Greg -

Can you comment on MadBum's lowering K rate? Is he obviously working on a particular pitch? Is he now pitching to contact? Does it look like they are teaching him a particular "pitching strategy"?

Because his low K rate is reaaallllly scary at this point.

6:28 PM

Blogger Roberto said...

@ Marco

Bumgarner has stated in multiple interviews that he's learning to pitch to contact so he can stay in games longer.

8:10 PM

Blogger AR fan said...

That's a fantastic pic of MadBum, Greg!

8:43 PM

Blogger Dfensfan said...

here is the link to GBs other blog

9:51 PM

Blogger greg8370 said...

Marco--I've read that also about MadBum.

10:10 PM

Blogger greg8370 said...

Thanks AR fan!

10:11 PM


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