Saturday, August 25, 2012

Game 63: Kingsport Mets at Bluefield Blue Jays

Sorry folks, no radio tonight, but the final three games of the season in Greeneville will be on the air. Check out the @BluefieldJays Twitter page for mid-game updates

METS (23-39)

1 Yeixon Ruiz 2B
2 Gavin Cecchini DH
3 Jorge Rivero RF
4 Maikis De La Cruz CF
5 Jon Leroux 1B
6 Anthony Chavez SS
7 Jeyckol De LeonC
8 Kevin Weijgertse 3B
9 Joe Tuschak LF

RHP John Gant (3-2, 4.47)

BLUE JAYS (26-36)

1 DJ Davis CF
2 Emilio Guerrero SS
3 Jorge Vega-Rosado DH
4 Justin Atkinson 2B
5 Nico Taylor LF
6 Dalton Pompey RF
7 Matt Dean 3B
8 Jordan Leyland 1B
9 Hector Alvarez C

LHP Alonzo Gonzalez (1-0, 0.00)


BROADCAST INFO: Today's home finale will not be on the air. You can catch all three games of the series in Greeneville on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday on and The Rooster Classic Country WKEZ 1240 AM

WEATHER: 71 and partly cloudy

UMPIRES: PLATE: Travis Godec  FIELD: Chase Eade

ABOUT LAST NIGHT...: The Bluefield Blue Jays battled back twice, but could not do it a third time. The Jays came back from a pair of two-run deficits, but the Kingsport Mets pulled ahead with three unanswered runs to win 7-4 at Bowen Field on Friday. Bluefield starter Griffin Murphy made his second straight start and allowed a two-out, two-run homer to Tomas Nido in the top of the first. Those were the first earned runs against Murphy since July 5. The Jays rallied in the second against starter Andrew Massie with RBI singles by Matt Dean and D.J. Davis that tied the game. Kingsport took the lead again in the third on Jorge Rivero’s sacrifice fly that knocked out Murphy. He allowed three runs on three hits in two and two-thirds innings. Colby Broussard got out of the third inning, but allowed a homer to Jon Leroux that made it a two-run game again. Bluefield evened the score again in the bottom of the fourth on Emilio Guerrero’s two-out, two-run double as Davis came all the way around from first with the tying run. The Mets took the lead for good against Broussard in the next frame. Two hit by pitches and a walk loaded the bases and he followed that with a wild pitch that sent home Nido with the go-ahead run. With one out in the bottom of the fifth, rain caused a stoppage of the game for 51 minutes. Juan Urbina faced one batter before the delay, but came back out and breezed through the Bluefield order, striking out five in three hitless innings to get through the seventh. The visitors knocked two insurance runs home against Joe Spano in the seventh, but the lefty set down seven of the last eight batters he faced. Julio Carmona struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth. Matt Budgell posted zeroes in the eighth and ninth to lock down the six-out save. Bluefield has struggled against the two worst teams in the Appy League. The Mets are 19-38 against the rest of the league but have won four of five against Bluefield. Bristol is in the basement at 17-43, but has a 4-2 record against the Jays.

VS. THE METS: The Mets have struggled mightily in 2012, but they lead the season series four games to one after winning a set in Kingsport June 28-30 and taking two games this week. Bluefield was held hitless by John Gant for five innings in the first game. The Jays rallied for three runs in the sixth to take the lead, but the Mets came back to win. The Jays evened the series with a 12-3 rout behind Dwight Smith Jr.’s first pro homer. Kingsport made six errors in the rubber game, but still won 13-9. The Blue Jays dominated the Mets in 2011, especially at Bowen Field. Bluefield won five of six meetings, including a three-game home sweep from July 15-17 by a combined score of 17-3. Two weeks later in Kingsport, the Jays won two out of three.

LHP ALONZO GONZALEZ: Six-foot-five left-hander Alonzo Gonzalez wowed in his Appalachian League debut on Monday against Pulaski. He shut out the Mariners for six innings, allowing only two hits and striking out five. The 20-year-old was called up from the Gulf Coast League last Wednesday and he started the season 3-3 with a 5.15 ERA in 36.2 innings for the GCL Jays. Alonzo hails from Santa Monica and was chosen by Toronto in the 18th round of this June’s draft out of Glendale Community College.

RHP JOHN GANT: 19-year-old righty John Gant looks to earn the sweep for the Mets. He was roughed up in his first five starts (7.94 ERA), but his last five outings have been much better (1.63 ERA). On Monday at Burlington, Gant held the Royals to one run in five and one-third innings and did not get a decision. On June 28, he held the Jays without a hit for five innings, but was tagged for three runs in the sixth. He was a 21st-round pick in last year’s draft coming out of Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel, FL. In his senior season, he went 6-0 with a 1.90 ERA and two no-hitters and was named All-North Suncoast Pitcher of the Year. He allowed six runs in 8.1 innings in four appearances in the GCL last year. He had committed to Long Island University prior to signing with the Mets.

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END: When Tomas Nido hit a two-run homer off of Bluefield southpaw Griffin Murphy in the first inning yesterday, it snapped Murphy’s string of 25.2 innings without allowing an earned run. It was the first time an earned run came across against him since July 5. The streak spanned 11 appearances and he ran it up against eight of the other nine teams in the league (he did not face Johnson City this year).

THE TERMINATOR: Seth Conner is close to reaching the league qualifer (2.7 plate appearances per team game) for batting rate stats. The Rogersville, MO native needs 13 plate appearances in the final four games to reach the 179 PA plateau. He is batting .303, the tenth-highest among Appy Leaguers with at least 160 plate appearances. He ranks third with a .424 on base percentage and his .856 OPS is fifth.

WELCOME ABOARD: Two new players join the Blue Jays today. Outfielder Dalton Pompey was hitting .294 with a .442 OBP for Short Season-A Vancouver before a broken hamate bone in his left wrist put him on the DL only 11 games into the season. The Mississauga, Ontario native was a 16th-round pick in 2010 and split last season between the GCL and Bluefield. He hit .357 and scored four runs in five Appy League playoff games last year. Another Canadian, second baseman Justin Atkinson, moves up from the GCL after hitting .259 in 52 games this season. Hailing from Surrey, British Columbia, Atkinson was taken in the 26th round of last year’s draft. He hit .279 in 12 games for the GCL Jays in 2012 in his first professional action. Both of the new arrivals are in tonight’s starting lineup. Atkinson will play second base and bat cleanup and Pompey will bat sixth in right field.

APPY LEAGUE HONOR: Bluefield right-hander Jeremy Gabryszwski was named to the 2012 Appalachian League All-Star Team, which was voted on by opposing managers, executives and media and announced on Wednesday. The honor is more impressive considering there are only three pitchers on the squad. The 19-year-old was the league’s choice for right-handed starter and Princeton’s Blake Snell was the team’s lefty starter. Jeremy is 3-0 with a 2.35 ERA in 11 games (nine starts). He’s only allowed 44 hits in 46 innings of work. ”Gabby” is just short of the league qualifier, but his 2.35 ERA would lead the league and is fourth among Appy Leaguers with at least 45 IP. The Crosby, Texas native has the third-lowest WHIP (1.04) despite striking out only 4.3 batters per nine innings (second-lowest among 40 IP pitchers). That success is due to his ability to pound the strike zone, as he’s only walked four batters in 46 innings (0.78 BB/9). That includes a streak from July 14 to August 12 in which he went 24.2 innings without issuing a free pass.

Bluefield Blue Jays Game Notes 8-25

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