Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Game 60: Pulaski Mariners at Bluefield Blue Jays

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MARINERS (25-35)

1 Gilmer Lampe 1B
2 Martin Peguero 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 Bryan Brito SS

LHP Blake Holovach (1-4, 3.51)

BLUE JAYS (25-34)

1 DJ Davis CF
2 Matt Dean 3B
3 Jorge Vega-Rosado 2B
4 Seth Conner 1B
5 Eric Arce 1B
6 Nico Taylor LF
7 Jacob Anderson RF
8 Emilio Guerrero SS
9 Christian Frias DH

RHP Alberto Tirado (0-0, 18.00)


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

WEATHER: 74 and a little overcast

UMPIRES: PLATE: Ryan Wills  FIELD: Evan Barger

ABOUT LAST NIGHT...: The Bluefield Blue Jays kept bidding for comebacks, but the Pulaski Mariners showed too much power. The M’s struck four home runs, one from each of their fourth through seventh hitters, and hung on to beat the Jays 9-6 at Bowen Field on Tuesday. Jabari Henry hit one of the long balls and drove in four in a three-hit night. Seth Conner went 3-for-3 in defeat for Bluefield. Henry’s blast set the tone in the top of the first inning. With two on and two out, the visiting center fielder hit a three-run shot off of Deivy Estrada (L, 2-6) for an early lead that would stand for the entire game. Conner tripled home the first Bluefield tally in the third, but Pulaski got the run right back in the next frame on a Reggie Lawson solo homer. The Jays opened the bottom of the fourth with three walks and plated two runs on productive outs from hector Alvarez and D.J. Davis. Davis had another two-hit night, his fifth in seven Appy League games, as he raised his average to .393 (11-for-28) and extended his hit streak to six. Both sides traded three runs in a busy fifth inning. Jordy Lara and Tyler Marlette both homered off of Tucker Jensen for a 7-3 lead, but the Jays answered back and cut the lead to one again on Matt Dean’s RBI single, a wild pitch and Jacob Anderson’s sacrifice fly. That would be as close as the home team would get. Pulaski tacked one on in the sixth when Dario Pizzano reached on a Christian Frias fielding error at second base. The final run came in the ninth against Joe Spano on Henry’s RBI single. Bluefield was shut out for the final four innings by Lars Huijer (W, 1-2) and David Holman (S, 8), who both turned in two zeroes in relief.

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.


RHP ALBERTO TIRADO: 17-year-old Alberto Tirado has been terrific for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays in his first pro season and will make his Appalachian League debut tonight. In a GCL-leading 11 starts, the wiry righty posted a 2.68 ERA and held opponents to a .214 batting average. He dominated in his last two outings, allowing one hit and striking out nine in eight innings combined. Hailing from Nagua, Dominican Republic, Alberto signed with Toronto on July 7 last year for $300,000 as an international free agent.

LHP BLAKE HOLOVACH: Six-foot-five lefty Blake Holovach will face Bluefield for the first time this season. The 21-year-old was selected in the 27th round of this June’s draft out of the University of Missouri. Holovach (Hollow-votch) hails from Overland Park, KS, the same town that produced former Kansas City Chiefs great Will Shields, New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes and the comic acting trio of Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis and Rob Riggle. Blake did not start pitching until the summer before his senior year at Overland Park West HS. He was an NJCCA Academic All-American in 2011 at Coffeyville CC before transferring to Mizzou, where he went 7-5 with a 5.08 ERA this spring. Holovach began his first professional season with five scoreless innings of relief before moving into the Pulaski rotation. He’s put up a 4.00 ERA as a starter and is 0-3 with a 6.38 mark in his last four outings.

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 seven games he’s 11-for-28 (.393) with two doubles, a triple, four RBIs, five runs scored and three stolen bases. The Wiggins, MS native has batted leadoff and played center field in all seven 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 on Tuesday. 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.

THE TERMINATOR: Seth Conner had a big game last night in the Jays’ 9-6 loss. He reached in all five plate appearances, hitting an RBI triple and two singles with two walks and a run scored. Conner raised his average to .313, the tenth-highest among Appy Leaguers with at least 120 plate appearances. He ranks fifth with a .417 on base percentage. Conner needs 27 plate appearances in the final seven games to reach the league qualifier.

Bluefield Blue Jays Game Notes 8-22

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