This Week in the Minors

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This Week in the Minors

September 19, 2005

Well, the last weekly report of the season is finally here. Memphis and New Jersey went out winning their final game of the regular season while both Palm Beach and Quad Cities headed for the postseason. Palm Beach rode some outstanding pitching and clutch hitting to win the Florida State League Championship over highly-favored Lakeland. On the other end of the spectrum, Quad Cities were swept out of the first round of their play-off series with the worst performance of any of the Midwest League's postseason participants.

Coming shortly will be individual team-by-team season recaps. I will look back at each team's season and focus on a few of the players. Each report will include information not found elsewhere and not mentioned previously by me.

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AAA – Memphis Redbirds
League Affiliation - sixteen-team Pacific Coast League, four-team America North division
Final Record – 71 - 72
Weekly Record – 1- 0
Final Standing – Third, three and one-half games behind the Nashville Sounds (Brewers)

Current Week Team Batting - .192/.267/.385
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 1.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP: five hits, two walks and one earned run in six innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 3.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP: three hits, two walks and one earned run in three innings pitched

Cumulative Team Batting - .259/.329/.427, last in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 4.22 ERA and 1.38 WHIP, second in the league

Closed the Season Hot* – The best of the group was 1B/RF Chris Duncan who went .284/.394/.545 with sixteen walks and twenty-seven strikeouts or 25-for-88 in twenty-eight games; LHR Tyler Johnson's line – 9 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 10 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 12 SO, 0.00 ERA and 0.70 WHIP, 2 SV
Closed the Season Not* – SS John Nelson went .145/.244/.211 with twenty-seven strikeouts or 11-for-76 in twenty-six games; LHR Armando Almanza's line – 9 G, 0 GS, 0-0, 9 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 9 SO, 5.00 ERA and 1.44 WHIP
*stats given from 08/08/05 through 09/05/05, the final twenty-eight games of the season

Transactions – 09/05/05 – 1B Chris Duncan, LHP Randy Flores, OF John Gall, RHP Anthony Reyes, OF Skip Schumaker and RHP Adam Wainwright promoted to St. Louis.

Of Note – Offense/Defense -
Shortstop Milko Jaramillo finished the season quite well offensively in limited playing time. He went .423/.500/.462 or 11-for-26 with three walks in fourteen games. Brandon Berger did not improve his chances of returning to Memphis, if he wants to, by going .189/.283/.321 or 10-for-53 in twenty-one games. John Gall led the team with seventeen RBI's in his last twenty-five games. Gall batted .272/.361/.424 or 25-for-92 and scored fourteen runs. Bo Hart's twenty-one runs scored led the team.

Of Note – Pitching -
The Memphis pitching staff missed having the best overall league earned run average by .01 to the Sacramento River Cats (Athletics). They were second in WHIP by .005 to Portland (Padres). Their 2.67:1 K/BB ratio was first in the league. The Redbirds averaged 7.82 strikeouts every nine innings which was third in the league. Nashville (Brewers) led the league with 8.00 strikeouts every nine innings and Sacramento's 7.94 strikeouts every nine innings was second. The Memphis staff had the league's best control, walking 2.93 batters every nine innings.
Among the rotation, Jeremy Cummings finished strong with a 2.40 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. Anthony Reyes had a 4.50 ERA during this period but his WHIP was only 0.96 which indicates Mr. Reyes was not particularly lucky. Adam Wainwright's 3.29 ERA and 1.30 WHIP were more in line with each other. From the bullpen, 27-year-old Brian Falkenborg had a good stint with the Redbirds with a 1.69 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in sixteen innings pitched. Carmen Cali's stats are mixed during this period. He had a 2.08 ERA but a 1.77 WHIP and walked more batters (seven) than he struck out (six). More on Reyes, Wainwright and Cali, among others, in Memphis' year-end summary.

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AA – Springfield Cardinals
League Affiliation - eight-team Texas League, four-team East division
Final Record – 35 – 35 (70 – 70)
Weekly Record – None
Final Standing – Second, two games behind the Arkansas Travelers (Angels)

Cumulative Team Batting - .272/.335/.424, fourth in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 4.57 ERA and 1.43 WHIP, sixth in the league

Closed the Season Hot* – LF Cody Haerther went .361/.378/.681 or 26-for-72 with nineteen RBI's in twenty-two games and 2B Aaron Herr went .344/.400/.469 or 33-for-96 with twenty-one RBI's in twenty-four games; RHS Stuart Pomeranz's line – 5 G, 5 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 3-1, 34 IP, 28 H, 13 R, 9 ER, 0 HR, 9 BB, 23 SO, 2.38 ERA and 1.09 WHIP
Closed the Season Not* – 1B/C Gabe Johnson went .198/.271/.340 or 21-for-106 in twenty-eight games; RHS Chris Lambert – 6 G, 6 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 1-4, 22.2 IP, 39 H, 31 R, 28 ER, 2 HR, 12 BB, 15 SO, 11.12 ERA and 2.25 WHIP
*stats given from 08/08/05 through 09/04/05, the final twenty-eight games (four weeks) of the season

Transactions - None

Of Note – Offense/Defense -
The Cardinals were remarkably consistent in their offensive team numbers this season. They were fourth in the league in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging. They were second in the league with one hundred forty-seven home runs hit, five behind Arkansas. They were not a running team, being second from last with seventy-three stolen bases in one hundred forty games.
Shortstop/second baseman Rayner Laya made the most of his limited playing time, going .393/.414/.500 or 11-for-28 in twelve games. Everyday shortstop Brendan Ryan closed strong, going .330/.413/.440 or 30-for-91 with twenty runs scored in twenty-six games but did commit eight errors. Ryan hit primarily in the eight hole until the final three games of the season when he hit lead-off in place of Shaun Boyd who did not play. Thanks to the assistance of both Jason Scott and John Brayfield, I found out that Boyd pulled a muscle in his rib cage during batting practice which kept him out of those games.
In last week's report I mentioned that Aaron Herr did not play most of the last week of the season. Now I learned (again, thanks to Jason and John) that Aaron tweaked his knee diving for a ball during that Tuesday's game against Wichita. He did not play again until the season's finale.

Of Note – Pitching -
It was reassuring to see young Mr. Pomeranz finish the season so sharp. His one hundred forty-seven innings pitched this season are a career high, up from one hundred one and one-third innings pitched during 2004.
Springfield's other high-profile starter, Chris Lambert, ended up at the other end of the pitching spectrum. Lambert seemed to run out of gas in the late going, particularly in his last two starts during which he allowed thirteen earned runs in four and two-thirds innings. He did have a strong start against Tulsa on August 25th when he gave up only one run, unearned, on five hits and one walk in six innings. He struck out eight.
A tip of the hat goes to Randy Leek who may well decide to pitch elsewhere next season due to a lack of opportunities with the Cardinals. At 28 Leek has undoubtedly acquired the "journeyman" label which means his chances at promotion are between slim and none. Still, I have a soft spot for "lost causes" such as Leek. Leek's line for his last six starts: 6 G, 6 GS, 2 CG, 1 SHO, 4-2, 40 IP, 36 H, 13 R, 13 ER, 2 HR, 4 BB, 23 SO, 2.93 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. One of those starts was for Triple-A Memphis where he took a tough loss in Colorado, allowing only one run, earned, on six hits in six innings. He did not walk a batter.
Despite a shaky last week, which I discussed last week, Cory Doyne had a good season's end although his peripherals are of concern.. His line – 12 G, 0 GS, 1-1, 12.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 HR, 9 BB, 13 SO, 2.13 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 7 SV. I look forward to seeing how he performs in the Arizona Fall League.

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High-A – Palm Beach Cardinals
League Affiliation - twelve-team Florida State League, six-team East division
Final Regular Season Record – 69 - 71 (39 - 31 in the second half) Final Standing – First place, second half

Cumulative Team Batting (Regular Season) - .244/.318/.363, last in the league
Cumulative Pitching (Regular Season) - 3.94 ERA and 1.35 WHIP, sixth in the league

Play-Off Structure – The league is divided into two divisions. The season is divided into halves with the winner of the first half meeting the winner of the second half for the division title. The winners of the division title meet in the league championship series. In the event that the same team in a division wins both halves, the team with the best overall season record qualifies for the postseason and plays for the division title. Therefore, four teams qualify for the postseason.

Division Play-Off – - best of three Opponent - Vero Beach Dodgers, winner of the first half Their Regular Season Record – 77 - 56 (37 - 30 in the second half, second place) Division Results – Palm Beach wins division title two games to one

Division Series Team Batting - .183/.330/.204 or 17-for-93
Division Series Pitching Stats – Rotation - 1.83 ERA and 1.27 WHIP: eighteen hits, four earned runs and seven walks in nineteen and two-thirds innings pitched
Division Series Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 1.29 ERA and 0.86 WHIP: five hits, one earned run and one walk in seven innings pitched

League Play-Off – - best of five Opponent - Lakeland, West division winner Their Regular Season Record – 85 - 48 (40 - 26 in the second half, first place) Division Results – Palm Beach wins league title three games to two

League Series Team Batting - .234/.323/.377
League Series Pitching Stats – Rotation - 3.19 ERA and 1.23 WHIP: eleven earned runs, twenty-five hits and thirteen walks in thirty-one innings pitched
League Series Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 6.43 ERA and 1.71 WHIP: ten earned runs, seventeen hits and seven walks in fourteen innings pitched

Cumulative Team Batting (Postseason) - .215/.326/.315, third in the postseason
Cumulative Pitching (Postseason) - 3.26 ERA and 1.30 WHIP: twenty-six earned runs, sixty-five hits and twenty-eight walks in seventy-one and two-thirds innings pitched (second to Vero Beach in the postseason)

My Play-Off MVP - Batting – 2B Jarrett Hoffpauir who went .320/.433/.520 (8-for-25, 8 games) in the post-season
My Play-Off MVP -Pitching – This was a real toughie but closer Mark Worrell Jr had the biggest overall impact. His post-season line – 5 G, 1-1, 2 BS, 3 SV, 6.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 HR, 4 BB, 7 SO, 1.42 ERA and 1.11 WHIP

Transactions - None

Of Note - Overall -
Earlier this year I studied those factors playing into Palm Beach's second-half success and concluded that it was a matter of timeliness. The Cardinals did not overwhelm any team. They got timely hitting and timely pitching. They did just enough to win.
Their play-off performance bore out that conclusion. Both Vero Beach and Lakeland were superior teams, on paper. The Lakeland Tigers had the best regular season record in the entire minor league system. Lakeland had the league's Player of the Year in Brent Clevlen. Lakeland had the league's Pitcher of the Year in Jordan Tata. Lakeland had the Manager of the Year in Mike Rojas. Lakeland had five of the league's eighteen All-Stars. (Palm Beach had one, Mark Worrell Jr.) Vero Beach (.285/.349/.434) and Lakeland (.276/.345/.422) have the number one and three offenses in the league. Palm Beach (.244/.318/.363) has the worst offense in the league. Lakeland, with a 3.35 ERA, missed out on having the best team ERA in the regular season by .02. The Cardinals' 3.94 ERA was sixth in the league, ahead of Vero Beach's 4.12 ERA which was eighth. But the Cardinals rode an overall very good pitching performance to a league championship. (See the "Pitching" section for more detail.) The timeliness of the Cardinals' hitting is exemplified by the following: fifty-nine times the Cardinals had trailed going into the ninth inning and fifty-nine times they had lost. The Cardinals trailed 4-3 against Lakeland going into the ninth inning of the deciding game and Reid Gorecki hit his first home run of the post-season, and only his tenth home run all season, to tie the game. Then Jarrett Hoffpauir became the series' hero by homering in the 10th inning, his first at Palm Beach and third of the year, for a 5-4 victory. Now that is timely.

Of Note – Offense/Defense -
The Cardinals' offense was truly a team effort. Four different players came through with the game-winning hit in their five post-season victories: Mike McCoy, Reid Gorecki, Brian Martin and Jarrett Hoffpauir (twice). Five different players scored the game-winning run: Tony McQuade, Matt Dryer, Terry Evans, Brian Martin and Reid Gorecki. Therefore, seven different players were responsible for the ten game-winning hits and runs. A total of eleven Palm Beach Cardinals played more than one game and these seven players are part of those eleven. Four of the five winners were come-from-behind victories.
Although he barely missed being named my play-off MVP, Brian Martin deserves special recognition. In addition to Martin's .286/.382/.536/918 (8-for-28, eight games), he drove in a team-high ten runs during their post-season run and his four runs scored tied both Reid Gorecki and Jarrett Hoffpauir for second place on the team. Andy Schutzenhofer led the team with five runs scored, another example of the team effort. Although "Shooter", as he is called by some, hit only .250, he drew six walks for a .400 on-base percentage. Interestingly, Reid Gorecki also drew six walks to tie Schutzenhofer for the team-high in the category and his on-base percentage was .400 as well. Gorecki hit .276 and stole a team-high six bases without being caught.

Of Note – Pitching -
The pitching in the division series against Vero Beach was outstanding as they allowed just five earned runs in twenty-six and two-thirds innings for a 1.69 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. While the pitching was not as good in the championship series, the 4.20 ERA and 1.38 WHIP cumulative total is inflated by a wild 13-11 win in game one. The pitching staff's numbers for the balance of the five-game series are a very good 2.75 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. They held the powerful Vero Beach offense to a .235/.299/.388 post-season average. Lakeland went .247/.328/.435 against them.
In the end the difference in the contests was that the Cardinals had closer Mark Worrell Jr. and the other teams did not. Worrell won the Minor League Fireman of the Year award as the best closer in the minors. He figured in five of the eight decisions. His only loss, after the first of two blown saves registered by him in the post-season, came when he gave up a three-run home run to the Vero Beach's Blake Dewitt in the ninth inning of game two. All three runs were unearned due to an errant throw earlier in the inning by Mike McCoy. Dewitt, the Dodgers first-round and twenty-eighth overall pick in 2004, never comes to the plate if an out is recorded instead of an error. Ironically, the only time an opponent legitimately got to Worrell was in game five of the Championship series when Brent Clevlen, the league's aforementioned Player of the Year, hit a two-run shot off Worrell to put Lakeland up 4-3 and set up the dramatics by Gorecki and Hoffpauir. But Worrell pitched a perfect tenth inning for the big win. The losing pitcher in that contest? Lakeland's closer Chris Homer. Kudos also go to a Cardinals bullpen that allowed only one blown save in four opportunities (besides those recorded by Worrell) and Palm Beach went on to win that contest.
The Cardinals' rotation of Oscar Alvarez, Jose Garcia, Eric Haberer, Mark Michael and Mike Parisi was, overall, spectacular in the post-season. The sole sub-par outing was Mark Michael who allowed five earned runs in five and two-thirds innings pitched against Lakeland, a game the Cardinals won. The balance of the squad compiled a 1.99 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in a 2:1 K/BB ratio in forty-five and one-third innings pitched. Special mention goes to prospects Haberer and Parisi. Haberer went 1-1 but his ERA was 1.54 in eleven and two-thirds innings pitched. Parisi may have pitched the most important game of his young professional career on September 11th when he faced one of Lakeland's top two pitchers, Nate Bumstead. The Cardinals had split the first two games of the series at home and now faced the prospect of winning two of three on the road against the best team in the minors who had their best two pitchers, Bumstead and Tata, scheduled to start the next two games. Bumstead and Tata each won their starts against their first-round opponent as Lakeland swept the Dunedin Blue Jays. Bumstead had compiled a sparkling 12-4 regular season record with a 2.58 ERA and 1.21 ERA and opponents batted just .227 against him. Parisi went out and outdueled Bumstead, allowing only one run, earned, on five hits in seven innings while striking out eight and walking just two batters. He picked up his second victory of the postseason and finished with a 2-0, 2.57 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 2.4:1 K/BB ratio (12 strikeouts to five walks in fourteen innings) postseason record.

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Low-A – Swing of the Quad Cities
League Affiliation - fourteen-team Midwest League, eight-team West division
Final Regular Season Record – 72 - 67 (36 – 34 in the second half)
Weekly Record – 0- 1
Final Standing – Three-way tie for second with the Beloit Snappers (Twins) and Kane County Cougars (Athletics)

Cumulative Team Batting (Regular Season) - .265/.344/.402, fifth in the league
Cumulative Pitching (Regular Season) - 4.32 ERA and 1.40 WHIP, ninth in the league

Play-Off Structure – Like the Florida State League, the Midwest League is divided into two divisions with the season divided into halves. Again, like the FSL, the winner of each half in each division qualifies for the post-season. At this point the Midwest League's play-off structure varies from that of the Florida State League. The team finishing second in each half qualifies for the postseason as a wild card. In the event that the same team wins both halves, then the two teams with the best record in the second-half only qualify for the postseason. In the event of a tie, the regular season series record is used as the tie-breaker. Quad Cities qualified by finishing in second place and winning their regular season series against both Beloit and Kane County, the other two teams that finished in second place.

First Round Play-Off – - best of three Opponent - Clinton LumberKings (Rangers), first half wild card Their Regular Season Record – 71 - 69 (33 - 37 in the second half, tie for fourth place but five teams ahead of the due to the three-way tie for second place) Division Results – Clinton wins the first round two games to none

Play-Off Series Team Batting - .093/.153/.148 or 5-for-54, last in the postseason
Play-Off Series Pitching Stats – Rotation - 9.34 ERA and 2.19 WHIP: twelve hits, eleven runs (nine earned) and seven walks in eight and two-thirds innings pitched
Division Series Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 6.48 ERA and 2.40 WHIP: fifteen hits, ten runs (six earned) and five walks in eight and one-third innings pitched

Transactions – 09/07/05 – C Brandon Yarbrough placed on the Temporary Inactive List, C Spencer Wyman activated from the disabled list

Of Note - Overall -
I do not think that "embarrassment" is too strong of a word to describe the Swing's postseason performance. Not only did they lose the first-round series against Clinton, they were swept. Not only were they swept but they scored only two runs in total for the two games. If that was not bad enough the pitching staff coughed up a total of twenty-one runs in two games with the final scores being 11-2 and 10-0. Ouch!
The signposts pointed towards a lack of postseason success. As I have pointed out in prior reports, the Swing did not have a winning week since the week ending July 31st when they went 4-3. The team went 2-8 the last ten days of the regular season and simply played totally flat in the postseason. If manager Joe Cunningham Jr. has no explanation for this sorry spectacle, then neither do I. There were no significant personnel changes, key players promoted that needed to be replaced, in the last six weeks of the season. The Swing simply did not come through when it was needed.

Of Note – Offense/Defense -
Since there is basically no offense to discuss, five total hits in fifty-four at bats, probably the most interesting thing offensively is the players that did not play in the postseason. Neither third baseman Jake Mullinax nor catcher Cody Palmer made an appearance. Palmer's absence can be explained by the roster transaction that took place just prior to the start of the play-offs when catcher Brandon Yarbrough was placed on the Temporary Inactive list so that catcher Spencer Wyman could be activated. Wyman caught both games of the series. Unless Yarbrough was not available, due to injury or illness etc., the fact that he was not a part of the postseason roster speaks volumes about his season. Here is hoping he can rebound next year.
The Swing's two runs were scored via a solo home run by Nick Stavinoha, that was his hit for the series, and a sacrifice fly by Juan Lucena which scored Sean Danielson. The Swing's other three hits were by Matt Lemanczyk, Chris Patrick and Casey Rowlett. Neither Lemanczyk nor Rowlett played in game two after going 1-for-3 and 1-for-2 with a walk, respectively. Patrick went 1-for-3 in game two but did not play in game one.
Defensively, the Swing committed more errors, six, than they had hits. The leader in this category was Casey Rowlett who committed two errors in game one which may well be why he did not play in game two. Starter Phillip Andersen, centerfielder Sean Danielson, first baseman Mike Ferris and shortstop Juan Lucena each had one error.

Of Note – Pitching -
Closer Mike Sillman was the only one of ten Swing pitchers used during the series that neither gave up a run nor allowed an inherited runner to score. Mike pitched the last third of the eighth inning in game two's debacle. The only pitchers not used were starters Matt Scherer and Nick Webber. The rest of them stank, to varying degrees. The Swing had to know they were in trouble when their pitching Rock of Gibraltar, Phillip Andersen, went out in game one and gave up seven runs, five earned, in five innings pitched. Mark McCormick did not even last that long in game two, going only three and two-thirds innings while allowing four runs, all earned. Buddy Blair was not scored upon but he allowed the only run that Matt Trent gave up. I think you get the idea. It was just an ugly, ugly performance.

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Short-A – New Jersey Cardinals
League Affiliation - fourteen-team New York-Penn League, six-team McNamara division
Overall Record – 37 - 39
Weekly Record – 3 - 1
Final Standing – Fouth, fifteen games behind the Staten Island Yankees

Current Week Team Batting - .233/.303/.333
Current Week Pitching Stats – Rotation - 2.35 ERA and 1.52 WHIP: twenty-four hits, six earned runs and eleven walks in twenty-three innings pitched
Current Week Pitching Stats – Bullpen - 2.63 ERA and 1.46 WHIP: nine hits, four earned runs and eleven walks in thirteen and two-thirds innings pitched

Cumulative Team Batting - .263/.334/.364, third in the league
Cumulative Pitching - 3.82 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, ninth in the league

Closed the Season Hot* – RF/DH Chad Gabriel went .325/.387/.458/.845, 27-for-83 in twenty-three games with fifteen RBI's and twelve runs scored to go with nine walks and six stolen bases; RHS Mitch Boggs' line – 6 G, 6 GS, O CG, 1-1, 34.1 IP, 33 H, 13 R, 8 ER, 2 HR, 10 BB, 30 SO, 2.10 ERA and 1.25 WHIP
Closed the Season Not* – LF/CF Yonathan Sivira went .212/.271/.273/.5644, 21-for-99 in twenty-six games with twenty-four strikeouts; LHS Adam Daniels' line – 6 G, 5 GS, 1-1, 18 IP, 13 H, 12 R, 11 ER, 0 HR, 17 BB, 13 SO, 5.50 ERA and 1.67 WHIP
*stats given from 08/08/05 through 09/08/05, the final thirty games of the season

Transactions – None

Of Note - Overall -
New Jersey ended the season on a positive note, splitting a two-game series with eventual New York-Penn League champion Staten Island and sweeping two games from third place Brooklyn. Possibly the biggest news is the report that a bid has been made to purchase the New Jersey team and move them to a new facility being built in State College, Pennsylvania. State College is the home of Pennsylvania State University. According to an article in the New Jersey Herald the team would be owned and operated by the Altoona Curve, the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Williamsport Crosscutters, the Pirates' short-season affiliate that is also in the New York-Penn League, received a bid as well. The article also said that the Cardinals' current facility in New Jersey is in violation of "several minor league regulations" and that the resources to fix them were not there. To top it off, the team has been losing money for several years as well.

Of Note – Offense/Defense -
Second baseman Cal Hayes is among those that closed the season in a slump. Hayes was placed on the Temporary Inactive list in early August for personal reasons while with the Swing and left the team. He was sent to New Jersey upon his return on August 30th and did not get untracked before the season's end. Hayes went .189/.250/.189 or 7-for-37 in nine games. Another player who struggled was third baseman Randy Roth who, as a college player, tore up short-season New Jersey before his promotion. However, he went .245/.283/.383/.666 or 9-for-94 with nineteen strikeouts and six walks in twenty-six games from August 8th onwards.
Three players who closed the season well are catcher Craig Newton, infielder Kevin Richmond and first baseman Adam Rodgers. Both Newton and Richmond did well in limited playing time, going .300/.378/.474/.853 (12-for-40 in thirteen games) and .342/.372/.500/.872 (13-for-38 in fifteen games) respectively. Rodgers went .298/.356/.447/.803 with a team-high sixteen RBI's and nine runs scored on 28-for-94 hitting in twenty-six games during the period. Rodgers even caught the second to last game of the season, something he did in college. After the game he admitted that his legs were pretty wobbly (my words, not his).

Of Note – Pitching -
Lefty starter Zach Zuercher's earned run average for the final thirty games of the season, 3.63, does not tell the entire story. His line for the period: 6 G, 6 GS, 1-3, 34.2 IP, 26 H, 16 R, 14 ER, 4 HR, 12 BB, 22 SO, 3.63 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. The WHIP is a good figure but Zuercher was just a tad homer-prone which accounted for his elevated ERA and W/L record.
Righty reliever Trey Hearne finished quite strong, tossing sixteen innings over ten games with a 1.69 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. Hearne also struck out twenty-seven batters during that period for a K/9 IP of 15. Hearne walked seven and picked up two wins as well.

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