Oh, hello, I didn’t see you there. It’s been a long winter full of football (who cares) lion hunting and Twitter annoying-ing (follow me at @Sheehan99), but with the feint scent of baseball in the air I’ve awoke from my hibernation. All BS aside, here’s an interview I did with 2011 draft pick and Lakewood closer Ryan Duke. Duke tore the South Atlantic League up in 15 appearances, allowing just seven hits and five walks over 15.2 innings. In the interview you can tell right away that Duke knows exactly what he has to do to be successful on the mound, and looking at his stats you can tell he’s followed his own advice. What am I talking about, you’ll have to hit the jump to find out.
Coming into Friday’s game against Portland, the Reading Phillies (67-55) were confident: they had one of their better pitchers, 24 year old Tyler Cloyd (seen in picture), starting for them and the team they were playing was 23 games under the .500 mark. Their cleanup hitter, right fielder Brent Cleven, came into the game riding an eight game hitting streak, and it looked to be an easy win against the struggling Portland Sea Dogs. But, unfortunately, things aren’t always as they seem. Continue reading
Even after top players Jarred Cosart and Jon Singleton were traded to Houston, the Clearwater Threshers had no problem crushing the Tampa Yankees 10-3. During the course of this absolute rout, 7 of the 9 Threshers’ starters had RBIs, 2B Cesar Hernandez and catcher Sebastian Valle, who both went 1-4, being the only two not to contribute an RBI. Included in this great show of offense was a back-to-back-to-back homerun display by RF Brandon Tripp (1), Cyle Hankerd (1) and 3B Travis Mattair (6). This was Hankerd’s debut for Clearwater, and the 26-year-old went 2-4 and scored twice. “It feels awesome to be back,” said Hankerd, “I’ve been working hard to get picked up by a team and I’m blessed to be here.” PhightingOn.com Class A+ Player of the Month Darin Ruf also contributed three RBIs and a homerun, bringing him to a season total of 67 RBIs. Continue reading
Yesterday in Lehigh Valley , Phillies’ ace Roy Oswalt pitched in his second rehab game after a back injury. Oswalt threw six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits. His fastball velocity, which was down in his last rehab start, was back up to the usual 91-92 MPH. Continue reading