Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Game 59: Pulaski Mariners at Bluefield Blue Jays

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MARINERS (24-35)

1 Gilmer Lampe 1B
2 Felipe Burin 2B
3 Dario Pizzano RF
4 Jordy Lara 3B
5 Jabari Henry CF
6 Tyler Marlette C
7 Reggie Lawson LF
8 Phillips Castillo DH
9 Keith Werman SS

RHP Min-Sih Chen (2-0, 6.56)

BLUE JAYS (25-33)

1 DJ Davis CF
2 Dickie Joe Thon SS
3 Jorge Vega-Rosado DH
4 Seth Conner 1B
5 Nico Taylor LF
6 Matt Dean 3B
7 Jacob Anderson RF
8 Christian Frias 2B
9 Hector Alvarez C

LHP Deivy Estrada (2-5, 4.40)


BROADCAST INFO: The three games of this series will not be broadcast. The next radio game will be on Friday at 2:50 against the Kingsport Mets. You can catch the game on WHIS 1440 AM and BluefieldJays.com

WEATHER: 75 and a beautiful day

UMPIRES: PLATE: Evan Barger  FIELD: Ryan Wills

ABOUT LAST NIGHT...: Everyone pitched in for the Bluefield Blue Jays, from the newcomers to those that have been here all season. D.J. Davis doubled, tripled and stole home and Alonzo Gonzalez pitched six shutout innings in his Bluefield debut as the Jays shelled the Pulaski Mariners 10-2 at Bowen Field on Monday. Santiago Nessy and Eric Arce both knocked in three runs as well. Gonzalez a lefty called up from the Gulf Coast League on Wednesday, wowed in his first Appy League start. In six scoreless frames, the Santa Monica native retired eight straight after walking the first batter of the game. The 2012 18th-round pick finished strong in setting down the last eight men he faced. He held the Mariners to two hits, walking two and striking out five. The Jays scored in the bottom of the first against Levi Dean in exciting fashion. Davis, the 2012 first-round pick doubled and moved up on Jorge Vega-Rosado’s single. With Seth Conner at the plate, Vega-Rosado broke for second and once the throw went down, Davis scooted home and beat the throw back for a perfectly-executed delayed double steal. Nico Taylor and Matt Dean pulled the same trick the night before in Danville. Bluefield added two more runs in the fifth on Nessy’s bases-loaded two-run single, but they really piled on in the sixth with seven runs. Davis worked a solid at bat and hit an opposite-field triple into the left field corner to plate two. A sacrifice fly by Vega-Rosado made it a 6-0 game but the Jays weren’t done. Christian Lopes and Conner reached base and Nessy knocked an RBI single before Arce cleared the bases again with a three-run blast for a 10-0 lead. The seven-run, seven-hit outburst set new Bluefield season highs for runs and hits in a single frame. Taylor had a game-high three hits for Bluefield with two doubles. Jabari Henry matched that for for Pulaski as he had half of his team’s six hits in the loss. Davis is now 9-for-23 (.391) in six games with Bluefield and he extended his hitting streak to five with his fourth multi-hit game. Colby Broussard allowed two runs and struck out five in the final three innings to close it out.

VS. THE MARINERS: The Blue Jays and Mariners opened the month of July with a rain-shortened two-game split at Bowen Field before the Jays took two of three in Pulaski. The Mariners were down to their final strike in the July 1 contest trailing 3-2, but Brock Hebert and Martin Peguero stroked RBI singles off Colby Broussard to give the M’s the shocking win. The Jays responded the next night with a thrilling 2-1 victory. Jorge Vega-Rosado and Seth Conner had RBI singles, but it was the stellar pitching of Jeremy Gabryszwski (4 IP, 0 R, 3 H), Roberto Osuna (3 IP, 1 R, 3 H) and Julio Carmona (six-out save) that won the day. The July 3 rubber game was rained out. From July 11-13, Bluefield visited Calfee Park and notched one of its two road series wins. The Jays won the opener 4-2 behind six shutout innings from Deivy Estrada. Pulaski handed the Jays another stunning defeat the following night, scoring two runs in the bottom of the tenth. It was Bluefield’s fourth loss in 12 days in a game that they were one strike away from winning. The Jays rocked the M’s in the rubber game 12-3. Bluefield won the 2011 season series against the Mariners 6-3, including wins in the final four head-to-head contests. Pulaski won two of three at home from July 21-23, taking the rubber game on Bryan Brito’s walk-off single in the tenth. From August 12-14, the Jays evened the season set by winning another road series. The final three games were at Bowen Field from August 19-21, with the Jays taking all of them by a combined score of 27-11.

LHP DEIVY ESTRADA: A native of Valencia, Venezuela, lefty Deivy Estrada goes for the Jays tonight trying to even the series. He has been let down by his defense time and again in 2012. In 47 innings, the southpaw has allowed 23 earned runs and 21 unearned runs. He last pitched on Thursday against Elizabethton and took the loss when he allowed six runs, five earned, and was knocked out in the fifth inning. Deivy was superb in six shutout innings in Pulaski on July 11, his only start against the Mariners. He posted a 2.25 ERA in the GCL in 2011, but he had an ERA of 6.94 in Bluefield upon his promotion. He did contribute the clinching victory in the Mercer Cup last year, turning in five shutout innings on August 10. He allowed only four hits, striking out six without walking a man. He took a tough loss in the final game of the Appy League Championship Series when he gave up one earned run in five innings, but was charged with the defeat. He spent the 2010 season in the Gulf Coast League and was in the Dominican Summer League in 2009 when he K’d more than one batter per inning (48 in 44 IP).

RHP MIN-SIH CHEN: Taiwanese righty Min-Sih Chen makes his third start of the season tonight after spending most of the year in the bullpen. In his two most recent appearances, Chen has allowed 11 runs, seven earned, over his last five innings of work. He started on Friday in Bristol, allowing five runs (three earned) in two and two-thirds innings. He earned the win in his Appy League debut on June 23 at Princeton, holding the Rays to one run on four hits in five and two-thirds innings. The 22-year-old went 5-4 in 53.1 innings in the Arizona League in 2011.

FIRST ROUNDER’S BIG DEBUT: The 2012 17th-overall draft pick, center fielder D.J. Davis, has had a scintillating debut with the Baby Jays. Davis was called up from the Gulf Coast League on Friday and in six games he’s 9-for-23 (.391) with two doubles, a triple, three RBIs, five runs scored and three stolen bases. The Wiggins, MS native has batted leadoff and played center field in all six games for Bluefield. Davis was tied for the GCL lead in steals (18) and was fifth in the circuit in runs (30) and strikeouts (54). D.J.’s father Wayne played four seasons in the Toronto farm system, including 1988 for the Dunedin Blue Jays, where one of his coaches was current Bluefield manager Dennis Holmberg.

MOVE ON UP: Three Bluefield Blue Jays were promoted to the Short Season-A Vancouver Canadians today. Catcher Santiago Nessy was one of the top backstops in the Appy League, slugging .456 and leading the Jays with eight homers. With a homer every 20 plate appearances, he had the fifth-highest HR rate. He got it done on the other side as well, throwing out 33.3 percent of would-be base stealers. Second baseman Christian Lopes came into the season rated as the 29th-best prospect in the Toronto system and he backed it up in Bluefield. He homered in his first professional at bat on Opening Day and now ranks second in triples (five), third in doubles (16) and fourth in extra base hits (25). The fourth-rated prospect on the Jays’ farm, Norris, struggled to the tune of a 7.97 ERA, but he struck out 38 in 35 innings of work and posted a Fielding Independent Pitching of 3.80. The four-run difference between his ERA and FIP is the second-highest in the league and his Batting Average on Balls In Play is .367 (third-highest in the league), signifying some bad luck. The trio should helpe energize the Canadians in their push for a second straight Northwest League crown.

Bluefield Blue Jays Game Notes 8-21

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