Thursday, May 9, 2013

Caught By The Tide

Before I go through the series, some business first. The roster has changed a bit in the last few days. Clint Everts and Lance Zawadski are to the DL. Chad Beck is up from AA, Jeremy Jeffress is up from Dunedin, and Ricky Romero is down from Toronto. Edgar Gonzalez might be back, as he was recently DFA. Gone to the Majors are Mickey Storey and Ramon Ortiz. Beck has been striking out everybody at AA.

Losing 3 of 4 to the Tide this week was rough. The bats went cold and the Tide was smashing HR.

Luis Jimenez got the Bisons on the board in the bottom of the 1st with a single driving in a Moises Sierra triple. He then stole 2B. Yup, big fat Luis Jimenez (I say that with all the love) stole 2B.

The Travis Ishikawa show began in the 2nd inning as he blasted a HR to right off Dave Bush, driving in  Danny Valencia. He hit another HR in his next AB in the 4th, another shot to right field. Jason Pridie would also homer in the inning, bringing an end to Dave Bush's day and putting the Tide up 6-1.

Luis Jimenez would homer in the home half, but the game would end 8-3.

Multi-hit games came from Luis Jimenez (3-4, HR) and Moises Sierra (2-4, 3B). For the Tides, Navarro went 4-5 and Ishikawa went 3-4 with the 2 HR.

Anthony Gose struck out 4 times and Ryan Langerhans struck out 3 times.

The Bisons got on the board early with an Anthony Gose steal of home. He stole it cleanly. No trickery. He just out ran the baseball to home plate. Awesome.

After the Tides scored a couple runs, Luis Jimenez smashed a HR to CF to give the Bisons a 3-2 lead. Travis Ishikawa homered to put the Tides back on top 4-3 in the 5th.

The Jim Negrych show would begin as he tied it up with a single in the 5th and would drive in 2 on a 7th inning double, giving the Bisons the lead for good at 6-4. Jeremy Jeffress and Neil Wagner would pitch the 8th and 9th for the win.

Multi-hit games from Jim Negrych (3-4, 2B, 3 RBI) and Luis Jimenez (2-4, HR). Travis Ishikawa went 3-4 in the loss with his 3rd HR of the series.

Jason Pridie smacked a lead off HR to put the Tide on the board early and Claudio Vargas would issue a wild pitch to bring home a 2nd run.

The bottom of the 1st was eventful to say the least. Gose reached via error by Navarro. Negrych doubled him home and advanced to 3rd on a passed ball which resulted in an injury to the HP umpire. Sierra singled in Negrych, then advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch by Jair Jurrjens. Thole then singled him in 2 batters later for a 3-2 Bisons lead.

In the 5th, Danny Valencia smacked a 3-run HR to put the Tide on top 5-3. Two more runs would score in the 8th on a Eugenio Velez throwing error. The Tide would add 1 in the 9th to go up 8-3. Ryan Langerhans homered in the home half to make in 8-4 and that's how it ended.

No multi-hit games from the Herd.

The Tide got on the board first in the 3rd inning as Niuman Romero hit a solo HR. Jonathan Shoop followed 2 batters later with a HR of his own. Ishikawa drove in 2 more on a single to make it 4-0. They would add 2 more in the 4th on a Jason Pridie single and a Shoop fielder's choice. 6-0 Tides.

The Bisons attempted a comeback, starting with a 2-run single from Velez in the 4th and a RBI single from Jimenez in the 5th. 6-3 Tides. The Tide would add 1 more in the 7th making the final 7-3.

Multi-hit games from Jim Negrych (2-5, 2B) and Andy LaRoche (2-4, BB). Anthony Gose struck out 4 times (again) and Ryan Langerhans added 3 (again). Ishikawa went 2-4 with a double making him 9-16 with 3 walks, 3 HR, a double, and 8 RBI in the series.

The Bisons starters gave up 8 HR in the series, which is not a good number.

The series stars (not that hard to pick) were:

3rd Star:
Mike was 1-8 in the series, but added 3 walks and 3 stolen bases.

He barely edged out Moises Sierra (5-16, 2B, 3B).

2nd Star:
Jimenez went 6-15 in the series with a HR and 5 RBI. He also added 2 walks to give him a .471 OBP in the series. He added a stolen base.

1st Star:
Negrych had a good series, going 7-15 with 2 walks. He drove in 4 runs with 4 doubles.

Some notable weak performances were Anthony Gose (despite the steal of home) with a 1-15 performance. He did walk 3 times and score 4 times. He struck out a staggering 8 times. Ryan Langerhans also had a bad series despite his HR. He went 1-12 with 8 strikeouts of his own.

The Bisons travel to Louisville tonight and start a series against the Bats tomorrow. I'm not going to go over the roster again, since I just did that last week and not much has changed. I may go over the season stats for some of the Bats prior to the game tomorrow.

Stay tuned.

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