After losing 5 straight to Boise , the Aquasox come home to play a 5 game series against the only team in the league with a BETTER record than Boise ! YOW!
Tonight’s game was very enjoyable and resulted in a 4-3 win for the Aquasox when Spokane loaded the bases with one out in the 9th only to have their final two hitters (Pickett and West) strike out (Renfree was the Aquasox pitcher). Exciting.
Suriel started the game for Everett and was consistently in the low 90s with his fastball – the best radar gun reading that I saw was 94. Bleier for Spokane was (on paper) the better of the two pitchers, but didn’t show the strikeout numbers from his past starts or the control. His fastballs were in the high 80s (top I saw was 89).
Notes on the game included…
Nate Tenbrink was picked off second base but Spokane third baseman West fumbled the ball in the rundown and allowed Tenbrink to scurry back to second base. West looks pretty shaky on defense.
Gillies hit a routine grounder to Higgins at short and beat the throw to first – he’s not Ichiro-fast, but Gillies is plenty speedy. Gillies also had a couple opportunities (and took advantage of them – especially a throw to third the overthrew the cut-off men and arrived at the third baseman’s chest) to show off a very good arm from centerfield.
Nate Tenbrink stole third on a pitchout – sliding in head first to beat the tag relatively easily.
And finally, Bob noted that Nate Tenbrink leads the team in strikeouts, walks, stolen bases, home runs, hit by pitches, and errors! Quite the list!
The Boxscore is here: http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2008_07_25_spoasx_eveasx_1
The Herald story is here: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20080726/SPORTS/246810246/1006/SPORTS03#Frogs.snap.five-game.losing.skid