Fall Ball: 10/30 Notes

The Freshmen bounced back on Sunday with a narrow 7-6 victory over the Veterans. Two run-producers in the middle of the frosh lineup led the way and continue to show they're ready to contribute offensively as early as February. Meanwhile, a freshman pitcher had possibly the most dominant outing of the fall season - for any Cardinal hurler - with his effort on Sunday.

Sunday, October 30th -- Game Two
Veterans  0 0 0  0 1 0  1 0 0  2 2  -  6  10   1
Freshmen  2 4 1  0 0 0  0 0 X  X X  -  7  11   2

Veterans        POS   AB   R   H  RBI    BB  SO
Jim Rapoport     CF    4   1   2   0      0   1
Adam Sorgi      3B/SS  4   0   1   2      1   1
Michael Taylor   RF    4   0   1   0      1   2
John Hester     C/DH   4   1   1   0      0   1
Chris Minaker   SS/3B  4   0   0   0      0   0
Ryan Seawell     1B    4   1   0   1      0   1
Chris Lewis      2B    4   2   2   0      0   0
Brendan Domaracki LF   4   0   0   0      0   0
Brian Juhl      DH/C   4   0   1   1      0   1
Randy Molina     DH    3   0   0   0      1   0
Jeff Boes        DH    4   1   2   0      0   0

2B: Sorgi, Hester, Lewis, Boes
SB: Seawell, Lewis

Freshmen        POS   AB   R   H  RBI    BB  SO
Austin Yount    DH/P   1   0   1   0      1   0
J.J. Jelmini    2B/SS  4   0   1   0      0   0
Cord Phelps     SS/2B  2   0   1   1      1   0
Jason Castro    1B/C   4   0   3   2      0   0
Brent Milleville C/1B  4   0   1   2      0   1
Joey August      LF    3   0   1   0      0   1
Jeff Whitlow     CF    4   0   1   0      0   1
Sean Ratliff     RF    4   0   1   1      0   3
Stephen Brown    3B    4   0   0   0      0   1
Grant Escue      DH    4   0   1   1      0   2

2B: Milleville
SB: Whitlow, Ratliff

Pitchers        IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO
Blake Holler    5.0  9   4   3   2   4
Jeremy Bleich   4.0  5   4   4   3   2

Austin Yount    5.0  1   2   0   1   6
Max Fearnow     5.0  6   3   3   0   4

The freshmen bounced back after Friday's big win for the Veterans with a narrow 7-6 victory on Sunday afternoon at Sunken Diamond.  The first-year players bolted out to an early 7-0 advantage early in the contest before holding off a late rally to secure the victory.  The Freshmen still managed to outscore the Veterans despite the returnees enjoying three extra at-bats at the end of the game.

For the second straight game, the pitchers weren't assigned to a particular team as they faced both clubs throughout the afternoon.  The story of the day on the mound was the performance of freshman right-hander Austin Yount.  Yount has been mentioned prominently throughout Fall Ball because of his solid output at the plate and excellent work on the mound.  And Sunday was more vintage Austin Yount except this time with a little more flare.

The Arizona native continued to mix speeds effectively throughout his outing and despite not having an overpowering fastball, had his way with the opposition.  Yount at one point retired 13 consecutive hitters as he moved in-and-out with all of his pitches keeping hitters off balance and then blowing them away at times with a well-placed and well-timed fastball.  The composed right-hander struck out six batters during his five-inning stint.

In fact, he nearly went all five frames without allowing a single hit.  In his last inning, Yount quickly retired John Hester on a strike out and Chris Minaker on a ground out.  Ryan Seawell was up next and Yount would strike him out only to have the hitter reach when the ball bounced away from the catcher.  Instead of that being the third out, Chris Lewis then stepped to the plate and chopped a ball to shortstop and managed to beat the throw for an infield single.  Both Seawell and Lewis would later score when shortstop Cord Phelps fired a ball into the dugout later in the inning.  All in all though, it was an eye-opening performance from Yount - who was already turning some heads this fall season.

The Freshmen jumped out to an early lead with two runs against Blake Holler in the first inning.  With two outs, Phelps started the rally with a ground ball single through the middle.  Jason Castro continued his strong second half of the fall season with a single through the right side before Brent Milleville rifled a double down the left field line to score both runners.  Milleville is leading the Cardinal offense this fall in most offensive categories.

The rookies took control of the contest with four more runs in their second at-bat.  Facing fellow frosh Jeremy Bleich, Jeff Whitlow opened the frame with an infield single to shortstop.  It looked as if Bleich would get out of the inning though as after a Whitlow stolen base, Sean Ratliff went down on strikes and Stephen Brown popped out to right.  But then the floodgates opened.

Grant Escue singled into center field to score Whitlow for a 3-0 lead.  After Yount walked, J.J. Jelmini chopped a ball over the pitchers mound for an infield single to load the bases.  Bleich quickly got ahead of Phelps 0-and-2 before losing control of a pitch that plunked the infield which forced home another run.  Then Castro delivered the damaging blow with a single into right field plating two more runs extending the lead to 6-0.

The rough inning for Bleich though was a minor hiccup on what was still an impressive outing.  Over his other three innings, Bleich allowed just one hit with no runs.  He continues to show off impressive stuff - the best of any of the frosh hurlers.  Bleich, like Yount, is a very composed pitcher (even when the breaks aren't going his way) and that should lead to plenty of action on the mound during the upcoming season.

The Veterans rallied late as Brian Juhl broke up the shutout with a two-out single to score Lewis, who had earlier doubled, in their fifth at-bat of the day.  In the seventh, Hester started a rally with a leadoff double into the left field corner before eventually scoring on a Seawell ground out.

The Phelps error (with Yount on the mound) produced two runs in the tenth before Adam Sorgi hammered a two-run double to deep left center field against Max Fearnow in their final at-bat of the afternoon.  Jim Rapoport, Lewis, and Jeff Boes recorded multi-hit games for the Veterans.

Castro led the Freshmen with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate.  Castro, along with Milleville, continue to show that they are the most advanced frosh hitters on the team and appear most ready to contribute offensively among the newcomers starting from day one.  Castro and Milleville both spent time at catcher and first base on Sunday with Seawell taking all of the innings at first base for the Veterans.

The Cardinal will wrap-up Fall Ball on Monday afternoon with the deciding game of this series at Sunken Diamond.  The top pitching group of Matt Manship, Greg Reynolds, Nolan Gallagher, and Jeff Stimpson are scheduled to throw.

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