Maryland Advances to Super Regionals

June 2nd, 2015

Los Angeles, California

Maryland advanced to the Super regionals with a 2-1 win over number two UCLA. Taylor Bloom pitched six innings of one run ball, allowing just one hit. A leadoff walk in the seventh led to his departure. Kevin Mooney allowed the Bloom run to score but shut the Bruins out the rest of the way to earn the save. Kevin Martir went 3 for 3 with one run scored. UCLA had beaten Maryland earlier 4-2 to send it to the final elimination game.

Coral Gables, Florida

After being shut out by Columbia 3-0 in the semi finals, Miami let them know who was in charge in the elimination game with a 21-3 win. Willie Abreu drove in five runs and George Iskenderian crossed the plate four times in the win.

College Station Texas

Texas A& M had to beat California twice to advance to the super regionals, beating them in the first game 4-3 and repeating it in the second game 3-1. Matt Kent pitched seven innings in the second game to advance the Aggies to the super regionals. The first game took 12 innings with Nick Banks driving in the go ahead run with a single.

Fort Worth Texas

TCU also needed two wins to advance to the super regionals, beating North Carolina State 8-2 to set up the second game, a 9-8 thriller. A six run eighth inning closed a 8-1 NC State lead. In the ninth, a strikeout passed ball allowed the tying run to score. Elliott Barzilli got the walk off single in the tenth to advance TCU to the finals. In the eighth inning NC State committed three errors, four walks, one balk and one passed ball to allow TCU to get back in the game. They made it worse in the ninth with a balk and a passed ball to allow the tying run to score. A throwing error on a pickoff attempt in the tenth moved the runner into scoring position where he was bunted to third and scored on the Barzilli single. A game the Wolfpack will think about a long time.

The Super Regional contestants

(3) Virginia vs (3) Maryland
(2) Arkansas vs (1) Missouri State
(1)Miami (FL) vs (4) VCU
(1) Florida vs (1) Florida State
(1) LSU vs (3) LA- Lafayette
(1) TCU vs (1) Texas A&M
(1) Illinois vs (1) Vanderbilt
(1) Louisville vs (1) Cal State Fullerton

Four of the eight games have some sort of regional rivalry. The top ten teams entering the tournament according to RPI.

1. Miami (FL) - still in
2. UCLA - eliminated
3. Dallas Baptist - eliminated
4. LSU - still in
5. Texas A&M - still in
6. Florida - still in
7. TCU - still in
8. Missouri St. - still in
9. Illinois - still in
10. Florida St - still in

eight of the top ten are still alive in the super regional. Maryland (43), La-Lafayette (53) and VCU (97) are the lowest ranked teams to advance. One team not ranked in the Top 20 will advance to Omaha. Maryland plays number 21 ranked Virginia in a super regional game.

Lots of Runs Scored in the KBO

June 2nd, 2015

If you can’t hit over .300 in the KBO you might be looking to find yourself on the bench as they find someone who can hit over .300. The runs were in abundance yesterday in the KBO.

SK Wyverns 20 KT Wiz 6
LG Twins 18 NC Dinos 5 they only played seven innings
Samsung Lions 13 Lotte Giants 7
Kia Tigers 9 Doosan Bears 1
Nexen Heroes 8 Hanwha Eagles 7

Don’t know what happened to the Doosan Bears. They had scored 10 runs the previous game, so perhaps they were hibernating.

Gonsalves Continues Domination in Low A

June 2nd, 2015

Twin fans can get excited about Stephen Gonsalves but they have to wait awhile before he pitches in the major leagues. The 2013 fourth round pick is only 21 but he is probably close to being promoted from Low A. Another dominant performance where he pitched seven innings of two hit shutout ball and striking out 11 batters brings him to 23 whiffs in his last two appearances. He has not allowed an earned run in his last three starts covering 19 innings. The opposition has only collected six hits in those 19 innings for a .090 average. He won his sixth game against one loss.

The minor league leader in wins is Jacob Faria. Pitching for the Rays in the Florida State League Faria tossed eight shutout innings for his ninth win, allowing just three hits. In his last two starts covering 15 innings he has not allowed a run and he has only given up two runs in his last five starts covering 34.2 innings. His ERA is a pretty 1.17. Jacob has earned a decision in every game he has pitched, his only loss the one game in which he allowed more than two runs to score against him.

Dillon Overton has pitched back to back five inning one hitters. This after he had given up a season high eight runs on ten hits. The Athletics second round pick in 2013 lowered his ERA to 2.98.

Tim Anderson raked another three hits to add to the four he had hit the previous day. He now has three consecutive multiple hit games and a seven game hitting streak. The White Sox shortstop of the future scored three runs to give him five for two days. He is 9 for 14 in his three game streak to raise his average to .318.

Red Sox middle infield prospect Mauricio Dubon also carries a three game multiple hit streak after a 3 for 4 day raised his average to .306. He is 7 for 13 in those three games scoring eight runs. Last year Mauricio stole seven bases in 15 attempts. His three stolen bases yesterday give him 15 stolen bases in 17 attempts. The last time he was caught stealing was April 21. He has 13 consecutive steals since then.

Three hit games are not unusual for Mike Gerber. When you are hitting .370 you have to collect a few of them. The Tigers outfielder had his eighth three hit day of the year (3 for 4), banging out his 11th double. Mike also took his 25th walk of the year to put his OBA at .432.

Mason Williams 3 fo3 day bumped his average to .340 in AAA in eleven games. He hit .317 in AA. What is most impressive about his game to date is his ability to make contact. In AA Mason had a 19/17 walk to whiff ratio and in AAA it is still an impressive 4/4.

College Update

June 1st, 2015

Eight of the number one seeds advanced to the super regionals. Four regionals were still to be decided. VCU was the only number 4 team to advance, the four other number fours in the yet to be decided regionals having been eliminated.

Lake Elsinore, California

Virginia advanced to the Super Regional with a 14-10 win over USC. USC had rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to beat San Diego State 12-11 in the semi-finals. Jeremy Martinez double to right center to drive in two runs. Virginia won their game in 11 innings in the finals to remain undefeated, scoring five in the eleventh inning. The first four hitters in the Cavalier lineup scored 11 of the 14 runs.

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Arkansas advanced from this regional with a 4-3 win over St. Johns. Arkansas scored a run in the top of the ninth on a ground out, Brett McAfee scoring the go ahead run.

Springfield, Missouri

Missouri State was the first number one seed to advance to the super regional with a 3-2 win over Iowa. Jordan Knutsen went seven innings to get the win, allowing only three hits and two runs. He had a one hit shutout after seven but was removed in the eighth after giving up back to back singles. The bullpen allowed both runners to score but preserved the win.

Dallas, Texas

VCU was a fourth seed that advanced to the super regional. Dallas Baptist beat them 2-1 to take them to the final where VCU beat them 3-1. Sean Thompson worked five plus innings to get the win while Matt Lees finished the game off with the last 11 outs to get the save.

Tallahassee, Florida

Number one seed Florida State had an easy time over Charleston 8-1 to advance to the super regional. Quincy Nieporte drove in four runs with a homerun and single. Drew Carlton threw six plus innings of shutout ball, striking out nine to get the win.

Gainsville, Florida

Number one seed Florida also advanced with a 2-1 win over Florida Atlantic. Alex Faedo worked six innings to pick up the win.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

LSU beat North Carolina, Wilmington 2-0, Jared Poche one out away from pitching a complete game shutout. Jake Fraley got three hits and drove in one of the three runs for LSU.

Houston, Texas

Louisiana Lafayette advanced beating Rice 5-2.

Champaign, Illinois

Illinois broke the game wide open with three runs in the ninth to defeat Wright State 8-4 in the final. David Kerian hit his 17th homerun of the year to drive in two. The last three hitters in the Illinois lineup each drove in two runs.

Nashville, Tennessee

The defending champion Vanderbilt took advantage of six Radford errors to romp 21-0. Zander Wiel drove in six runs, falling a double short of the cycle with his four hits. Leadoff hitter Ro Coleman scored four runs on a 4 for 5 day.

Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville had an easy time over Michigan 13-4. Nick Solak and Corey Ray each drove in three runs for Louisville.

Fullerton California

Cal State Fullerton had an easy time against Pepperdine, beating them 10-1, the second time they had beat them in the double elimination regionals. Connor Seabold pitched six shutout innings to get the win.

Tim Anderson Collects Four hits

June 1st, 2015

Tim Anderson had a 4 for 5 day to increase his average to .311. He also stole three bases to give him 19 for the season. Last year 35 percent of his hits went for extra bases. This year he is down to just 20 percent with just one homerun. He also continues to exhibit a lack of patience with a 5/46 walk to whiff ratio. The batting average should rise with better contact and perhaps more extra bases would appear.

The Red Sox Nick Longhi is not considered a top prospect. Last year in his second season in a short season league Nick hit .330. This is his first season in a full season league and a 4 for 4 day upped his average to .270. He clubbed a homerun with four RBIs. Two days earlier Nick had a four RBI day giving him 8 RBIs in three days, more run production than he contributed in the month of April (7).

Dylan Cozens also drove in four runs in a 4 for 5 day yesterday. The Phillies 2012 second round pick stands 6′6″ contributing some power to the bat with his long arms. The power has yet to show this year, but he hit a triple yesterday. Last year he clubbed 16 homeruns. With his large strike zone he tends to strike out a lot (48 times in 49 games).

After four starts in April Jon Gray had an ERA of 10.80. With seven innings of four hit shutout ball the May ERA has been better (2.78) lowering his overall ERA to 5.40. The Rockies third overall pick in 2013 throws hard, but the opposition is hitting him at over a .300 clip and his strikeout numbers (38) to innings pitched (53) are short of what you would expect from someone who throws that hard.

The Blue Jays Jeff Hoffman was a first round pick in 2014 but did not pitch because of Tommy John surgery. In his third professional start he threw five innings of two hit ball, striking out three to pick up his first win. His previous two starts he had given up four runs in each start. His hits to innings pitched (20/14) are not good cosmetically, but the Blue Jays are just glad to see him on the mound. They hope he can now build on the success he had yesterday.

Teammate Alberto Tirado followed him, finishing the game with four innings of one hit, shutout ball to pick up his first save. He struck out two. The four innings were the longest he has pitched this year. Albert has not allowed a run in his last six relief appearances covering one out short of 15 innings and lowering his ERA to 1.67.

The Brewers got a good start from Devin Williams, their 2013 second round pick. It was just his fourth start this year. He threw five innings of one hit, five inning ball, striking out seven. That strikeout total was one short of his total in his first three starts. His first three starts had resulted in losses with his work load restricted to less than four innings. This most recent start he failed to get a decision.

The Cardinals 2013 first round pick Rob Kaminsky tossed six innings of four hit shutout ball. It was only his second start in which he did not allow a run, the first only lasting two innings. The pitch count has increased for Rob in May, with all his outings except one lasting at least six innings.

Joe Ross would like to have joined his brother in a Padre uniform, until the Padres traded him to the Nationals to acquire Wil Myers. Now he will have to be satisfied pitching against him in a Nationals uniform. Joe went seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits, striking out seven in an outing that lowered his ERA to 2.81. In four of his last five starts Joe has only allowed one run while pitching at least six innings.

The Padres acquired Aaron Northcraft from the Braves and yesterday he faced eight batters getting nine outs. He started the year in the starting rotation at AAA but after four starts and a 10.22 ERA he was demoted to AA and the bullpen. In his last two appearances covering six innings he has only allowed one hit, facing the minimum 18 batters.

Sousa Leads Rays Over O’s

May 31st, 2015

Chris Tillman did just enough to lose, issuing two critical walks, the second one leading to a Stephen Sousa three run homer that gave the Tampa Bay Rays a 9-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The Rays Jake Odorizzi battled for six innings but giving up his third long ball in the seventh led to his departure. He still picked up the win, his fourth. For Tillman it was his seventh loss, and his sixth straight.

The first walk issued by Chris Tillman in the second inning resulted in the first two runs for the Rays. With two outs and Logan Forsyth on third, who had led the inning off with a double, Nick Franklin and his .077 average faced Tillman. Franklin walked on five pitches bringing up the .152 hitting Bobby Wilson. Wilson blooped one into right field for a single to score Forsyth. Delmon Young threw to third to try to get Franklin but the ball skipped past Manny Machado, allowing Franklin to score.

The Orioles scored their first two runs on solo homeruns from Delmon Young, the first two homeruns he has hit this year. He bombed one into the left field bleachers in the first inning and in the third he blasted one into the left field corner.

Tillman was able to strand runners on third in the third and fourth innings to keep the game at 2-2. In the fifth he struck out the first two hitters he faced. A walk to Evan Longoria was his second walk that began his nightmare. David Dejesus singled up the middle, Flaherty making a nice diving stop but unable to get the ball out of his glove. Logan Forsythe lined a single in front of both David Lough in center and Steve Pearce in left to score Longoria. Tillman ran the count to 3-2 to Sousa who buried the next pitch deep over the Orioles bullpen into the Rays bullpen to put the game away.

David Dejesus lined a homerun in the seventh inning to increase the Rays lead to 7-2. In the bottom frame Manny Machado crushed a line drive into right centerfield for a two run homer. Machado would hit his second homer of the game in the ninth inning, a solo shot just over the right field scoreboard.

The Rays continued to pile on the runs against the Orioles bullpen, getting single runs in the eighth and ninth innngs. They were all needed after the Manny Machado leadoff homerun in the ninth and the Orioles putting two runners on base. Brad Boxberger had to come in to retire the last two hitters to pick up his 15th save.

Game Notes: After the game the Maryland high school North versus South game was played. Recently called up catcher Steve Clevenger, who played in this game, handed out bats to each of the players. Even the pitchers got bats…20 of the 36 runs Chris Tillman has given up have been with two outs. All six of his runs today came after two outs were recorded…Keven Kiermaier had a rough day, striking out in his first four at bats. He doubled in his fifth at bat in the eighth, later scoring on a fly ball by Evan Longoria…Stephen Sousa had a good day, hitting two doubles and a homerun. The second double resulted in the last Tampa run. The homerun was his third in three days…The Rays shifted on both Jimmie Paredes and Tim Flaherty to pull, leaving only the shortstop on the third base side…Delmon Young almost hit a third homerun, sending a ball deep to the warning track in centerfield in his fourth at bat in the eighth inning. He finished the day with two homeruns, a walk, single and fly out to center…Joey Butler had a career high four hits in the game.

KBO Leaders

May 31st, 2015

Below are the top players in the KBO leaderboard courtesy of myKBO.net

Batting Average

1. Han-Joon Yoo (Nexen) .389, 2. Min-Sung Kim (Nexen) .368, 3. Byung-Heon Min (Doosan) .352, 4. Kyung-Eon Kim (Hanwha) .352, 5. Eric Thames (NC Dinos) .349, 6. Sung-Hoon Jung (LG Twins) .348, 7. Taek-Guen Lee (Nexen) .345, 8. Yong-Kyu Lee (Hanwha) .344, 9. Eui-Ji Yang (Doosan) .336, 10. Jae-Kyun Hwang (Lotte) .335

Homeruns

1. Eric Thames (NC Dinos) 18, 2. Yamiaco Navarro (Samsung) 17, 3. Hyung-Woo Choi (Samsung) 17, 4. Byung-Ho Park (Nexen) 15, 5. Min-Ho Kang (Lotte) 15

RBIs

1. Ho-Jun Lee (NC Dinos) 62, 2. Eric Thames (NC Dinos) 55, 3. Hyung-Woo Choi (Samsung) 47, 4. Jae-Kyun Hwang (Lotte) 47, 5. Han-Joon Yoo (Nexen) 46

ERA

1. Hyun-Jong Yang (Kia) 1.67, 2. Eric Hacker (NC Dinos), 2.80, 3. Josh Lindblom (Lotte) 2.97, 4. Alfred Figaro (Samsung) 3.25, 5. Tyler Cloyd (Samsung) 3.32

Wins

1. Alfred Figaro (Samsung) 7, 2. Josh Lindblom (Lotte) 7, 3. Min-Han Son (NC Dinos) 6, 4. Kwang-Hyun Kim (SK Wyverns) 6, 5. Hyun-Hee Han (Nexen) 6

Saves

1. Chang-Yong Lim (Samsung) 13, 2. Gil-Hyun Yoon (SK Wyverns) 12, 3. Chang-Min Im (NC Dinos) 11, 4. Seung-Lak Son (Nexen) 10, 5. Suk-Min yoon (Kia) 9, 5. Hyuk Kwon (Hanwha) 9

Fisher with 12 RBI Debut Breaks California League Record

May 31st, 2015

Derek Fisher hit .305 in Low A with 6 homeruns and 24 RBIs. That resulted in a promotion to High A. In his debut he showed he was ready for the higher level. The Astros 2014 supplemental first round pick drove in 12 runs in his debut with three homeruns. The production is half of what he did in 39 games in Low A in both homeruns and RBIs. A solo homerun in the first and two grand slams in the next two innings gave him three homeruns and 9 RBIs in his first three at bats. Things slowed down a bit after that, but in the seventh he had a bases clearing 3-run double to break the California League RBI record of 11 held by Robert Rivich since 1954.

Normally a 4 for 6 day with 5 RBIs and two homeruns would get you the minor league player of the day. For the Padres Jose Rondon he will have to settle for the bridesmaid award. He was a double short of the cycle, the Venezuelan hitting his third triple in addition to his second and third homeruns. Jose also scored three runs. The first four hit game of the year for Jose raised his average to .269.

Cuban potential superstar Yoan Moncada hit his first homerun and first double of the year in a 2 for 5 day. He drove in three runs. The Red Sox prospect has gotten off to a slow start in Low A hitting just .257 with a .297 OBA. A propensity for striking out (11 in 9 games) has hurt his average.

After watching Kyle Schwarber scatter line drives all over the Tennessee Smokie ballpark on Thursday he powered two over the fence yesterday, number 11 and 12 for the season. The Cubs 2014 first round pick has almost surpassed the 14 homeruns he hit last year in his professional debut. Kyle has three consecutive multiple hit games in which he has gone 6 for 12 with 5 RBIs and 5 runs scored and is now batting .322. Myworld saw too many pitches end up at the backstop, but much of that was with no men on base.

Clint Frazier, the Indians 2013 first round pick, also went deep twice. He has hit all six of his homeruns in the month of May, driving in 23 runs. The strikeouts (53 in 48 games) are a bit of a concern leaving his average at .262.

Brewers prospect Michael Reed was a double short of the cycle. He drove in four runs in a 4 for 6 day, hitting his fourth homerun. The Brewers 2011 fifth round pick is hitting an impressive .340 courtesy of an 8 game hitting streak.

The Rockies 2013 sixth round pick Dom Nunuz also had a 4 for 6 day. The catcher had been struggling with a .194 average until the outburst. He drove in three runs and the double was one of five extra base hits he has hit all season, all of them doubles. For the year his line is .219/.292/.263. More days like the 4 for 6 of yesterday will improve that line.

Alen Hanson does not have an opening in Pittsburgh. In five at bats he failed to make an out, going 3 for 3 with two walks. He hit his seventh double and his third homerun to drive in three runs. Four of the last six games in a six game hitting streak have been multiple hit games for a 11 for 22 streak. The Pirates could use a .309 average with a .457 slugging and 13 stolen bases in their middle infield.

On the pitching front Matt Wisler was the most dominant. The Braves most recent acquisition tossed eight plus innings of two hit shutout ball, striking out seven. After an April in which his ERA was 6.75 Matt has bounced back with a 1.78 ERA in May.

Amir Garrett was the K man of the day, striking out 12 in his seven innings of work. He did allow two unearned runs to cross the plate, but still picked up his second win. With a 2.40 ERA you would think Amir would be better than 2-4, but his previous outing he gave up three unearned runs in a loss and a lack of offensive support has resulted in his three other losses.

Tyler Beede, the Giants first round pick in 2014, tossed seven innings of four hit shutout ball striking out 11. Beede had originally been a first round selection of the Blue Jays in 2011 but never signed. This was his second consecutive shutout outing. In his previous outing he had thrown six shutout innings. His ERA now sits at a healthy 2.24. Tyler still gives up too many hits against lefthanders (.269 average compared to .232 against righthanders).

The Blue Jays may ultimately regret not signing Beede, but their 2014 second round pick, Sean Foley-Reid threw five innings of one hit shutout ball, striking out 10 of the 19 hitters he faced. Born in Guam but attending high school in Jacksonville, the five plus innings was his longest outing of the year.

College Baseball 64 has Begun

May 30th, 2015

It may not be as popular as basketball, but the college baseball playoffs have begun, starting with 64 teams in 16 regionals. The top team from each regional will advance, knocking it down to 16 teams. Those teams will break off into a best two out of three to have eight teams advance to Omaha for the College World Series.

There were triple plays, inside the park homeruns, walk offs and steals of home to win games. San Diego State won their opener scoring the winning run on a steal of home by Stephen Pallares in their 4-3 win over Santa Barbara. Tim Arakawa had a walk off single to give Oklahoma a 4-3 win over St. Johns. Indiana turned a triple play after a strikeout in their 7-1 win over Radford. Erven Roper blasted a two run walk off homerun to give Charleston an 11 inning 8-7 win over Auburn.

The only number one seeds to fall in games yesterday were Dallas Baptist, who lost to VCU 7-2 and Santa Barbara who lost to San Diego State. The biggest blow out was the 19-0 thrashing the number one seed Florida gave to Florida State.

You can read about all the action at the link below:

college baseball 64

Johnson Perfect for Six

May 30th, 2015

Myworld has returned from our three park minor league jaunt. We’re a little late with the minor league review. The pitchers were dominant in the minor league performances yesterday.

The Red Sox could use some pitchers. Brian Johnson is a pretty good pitcher. Yesterday he was perfect for six innings, striking out half the hitters he faced (9). He has had two clunkers in May but in his four other starts he has given up just one run or less in six or more innings. His April ERA for four starts was a sterling 0.86, bringing his overall ERA to 2.60. Lefthanders are only hitting .160 in at bats against the Red Sox 2012 first round pick.

Cody Martin was close to perfect in his start in AAA. The Braves began the season with Cody in their major league bullpen but after blowing two saves in two appearances demoted him to AAA to return him to the rotation. He has only give up one run in his nine plus innings of AAA work for a 0.96 ERA. With the Braves he gave up four homeruns in just 20 innings of work. No one has cleared the fence off him in AAA.

The Reds Robert Stephenson has some lightening in his fastball. After a slow start when his ERA was up at 8.31 the Reds first round pick of 2011 has settled down a bit. This is his third season in AA so the Reds expect some improvement. Yesterday he threw seven innings of three hit shutout ball, striking out 10, lowering his ERA to 4.47. In his previous outing he had struck out 11 of the 21 hitters he faced but a high walk count (5) put him over 100 pitches before the fifth inning ended.

The Dodgers Jose Deleon keeps appearing here because of his high strikeout counts. In his second AA start he struck out 11 in seven innings, allowing just three hits and one run. It was his fourth start with double digit strikeout numbers. His 77 whiffs in nine starts leads the minor leagues.

The Yankees Bryan Mitchel went 8 innings without allowing a run, giving up just two hits. The strikeout numbers were not there (4) but that is not his thing. Batters are only hitting .224 against him and are slugging less than .300. He has yet to give up a homerun in his 50 innings of work. One stinker of an outing has kept his ERA at 3.20. Take away that one start and it would sit at an impressive 2.14.

The Rays Taylor Guerrieri was another pitcher with a perfect day. He only went three innings in his third start of the year, striking out five of the nine hitters he faced. In his three starts Taylor has yet to go more than three innings or face more than 13 hitters. Taylor is still recovering from the Tommy John surgery that forced him to miss the second half of the 2013 season. He started just five games last year but only worked nine innings.

On the hitting front, Reds outfielder Phillip Ervin had the only day that opened eyes. He went 4 for 6, driving in four runs. The Reds 2013 first round pick got off to a hot April, hitting .346 with seven of his nine homeruns. May has found him in a funk, hitting under .200 with only two multiple hit games. The Reds hope the 4 for 6 day will lead to a June outburst.