Sunday, August 12, 2012

Game 49: Burlington Royals at Bluefield Blue Jays

Sorry folks, no broadcast tonight, but check out the @BluefieldJays Twitter page for mid-game updates

ROYALS (32-16)

1 Jose Rodriguez 2B
2 Humberto Arteaga SS
3 Bubba Starling CF
4 Patrick Leonard DH
5 Cam Gallagher C
6 Mark Threlkeld 1B
7 Fred Ford RF
8 Alex Hudak LF
9 Adrian Morales 3B

RHP Yender Caramo (3-1, 3.33)

BLUE JAYS (21-27)

1 Jorge Vega-Rosado 2B
2 D.J. Jones CF
3 Seth Conner 1B
4 Christian Lopes DH
5 Santiago Nessy C
6 Nico Taylor LF
7 Dickie Joe Thon SS
8 Matt Dean 3B
9 D.J. Jones CF

RHP Jeremy Gabryszwski (2-0, 2.77)


BROADCAST INFO: Tonight's game will not be on the air, but after Monday's off day, Tuesday's game against Byron Buxton and the Elizabethton Twins will be on and WHIS 1440 AM

WEATHER: 72 and sunny...a perfect early evening for baseball. Or anything outside.

Travis Godec  FIELD Chase Eade

ABOUT LAST NIGHT...: A night after celebrating manager Dennis Holmberg’s 1,300th career victory, the Bluefield Blue Jays could not muster much offense against Christian Binford and the Burlington Royals, falling 7-2 on Saturday at Bowen Field. Bubba Starling knocked a two-run homer and Alex Hudak drove in three runs. Santiago Nessy homered in defeat. Binford and Blue Jays starter Kevin Comer swapped zeroes for the first third of the game before Fred Ford’s RBI double and Hudak’s RBI single handed the Royals a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Starling rocketed a two-run home run in the fifth to double the Burlington advantage. Comer (L, 3-3) allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings, striking out five without issuing a walk. That would be plenty of support for Binford (W, 2-1), who did not allow a hit until Nessy’s leadoff blast in the bottom of the fifth. The right-hander went seven innings and only allowed two other hits, a Jacob Anderson triple in the fifth and Dickie Joe Thon’s seventh-inning infield single. Binford struck out eight and did not walk anyone. Griffin Murphy pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh for the Jays in another outstanding appearance. The southpaw struck out three and has not allowed an earned run in his last 18.2 innings over eight games. Burlington tacked on three runs in the eighth against Brandon Dorsett, who entered the game with a 0.79 ERA. That number jumped by more than a run, but still sits at a stellar 1.82. Down 7-1, Bluefield scratched a run across in the eighth against closer Johnny Walter when Christian Lopes sent home Emilio Guerrero with an RBI groundout. Guerrero led off the frame with his first hit for the Baby Jays since his call-up from the Gulf Coast League. Lopes went 0-for-4 as his Bluefield season-high nine-game hitting streak was snapped.

VS. THE ROYALS: Bluefield won the first two head-to-head games in Burlington this season, but the Royals have won the last three games, all in the last at bat. On July 7 and 8, Burlington won back-to-back games in which the Jays were one strike away from the win. The Royals struggled last year to a 24-44 finish in 2011 and the Jays feasted on Burlington throughout that summer, going 7-2 in the season series.


RHP JEREMY GABRYSZWSKI: The 19-year-old righty Jeremy Gabryszwski is coming off a game in Princeton on Tuesday in which he gave up three runs in five innings. His 2.77 ERA and 1.05 WHIP both rank sixth in the league despite having a K/9 of 4.15 that is the second-lowest in the circuit, thanks in part to his 0.69 BB/9 (2nd in the league). “Gabby” has not issued a free pass in 24 and two-thirds innings. The Crosby, Texas native was taken in the second round of last year’s draft, splitting time between the Gulf Coast League and Bluefield. After four and one-third scoreless innings in three GCL games, Gabryszwski moved up to the Appy League on August 29, turning in a shutout inning of relief at Danville. He relieved twice in the postseason for the Jays, allowing two runs in four and two-thirds innings. A graduate of Crosby High School, he had committed to play college ball at Lamar before signing with Toronto.

RHP YENDER CARAMO: Right-hander Yender Caramo goes for Burlington tonight and like Gabryszwski, he’s had success because of a very low walk rate. Caramo has the fourth-best walks per nine IP (0.78) and WHIP (1.00) in the Appy League. On Tuesday in Danville, he held the Braves to two runs on five hits in five innings. On July 8 at home against the Blue Jays, he gave up four runs and six hits in four and two-thirds innings. He was on the hook for the loss before the Royals came back and pulled out a walk-off win. The 20-year-old native of Venezuela signed with the Royals in 2010 and was named the Dominican Summer League Royals Pitcher of the Year in 2011 after leading the league with ten wins and a 1.20 ERA in 67.2 innings.

NINE? NEIN!: Second baseman Christian Lopes went 0-for-4 last night, ending his hitting streak at nine games. The stretch set a new Bluefield season high, passing Nico Taylor’s eight-gamer from June 29 to July 7. The 2011 seventh-round pick from Huntington Beach, CA is batted .400 (14-35) during the run, with six doubles, two triples, seven runs batted in and ten runs scored. He ranks third in the league in doubles with 15 and his 22 extra base hits are the fifth-most in the circuit. The Jays’ longest hitting streak last year belonged to outfielder Chris Hawkins, who hit safely in 14 straight games from July 2 to July 16.

MILESTONE VICTORY: Friday night’s victory was the 1,300th career win for Blue Jays manager Dennis Holmberg. Over 25 seasons as a minor league skipper, he has a career record of 1,300-1,209 (.519). He managed his 2,500th professional game last Thursday. After eight seasons as a 3B/OF in the Milwaukee system he began his managerial career at age 25 in 1977 with the Newark Co-Pilots, the Brewers’ farm team in the New York-Penn League. He joined the Blue Jays in 1978 as a minor league instructor and has been with the organization ever since. He has spent 24 seasons as a manager and eight as a coach in the Toronto system. He also spent the 1994 and 1995 seasons as the bullpen coach for the big league club. Holmberg has piloted ten playoff teams, including last year’s Appy League runner-up in Bluefield. It was Bluefield’s first postseason trip since 2002. From 2002-07 his Auburn Doubledays made six straight postseasons, including a New York-Penn League championship run in ‘07.
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