"Recognize those situations," manager Doug Dascenzo said. "'Where are hitters trained to bunt the ball with a man on second base?' It is very important to know your responsibilities. Pitchers – it is very important for you to throw strike one. Let them bunt it."
They got two opportunities to field the bunt when gametime came and the staff was very pleased with the result. ‘Same as we did this morning,' one coach chimed.
Hudgins threw a few slick curveballs and a few that hung in the zone. His fastball sat between 87 and 89 MPH on the night – a nice surprise since it is his first real action outside of side sessions.
Durango is viewed as a below average defender. His routes have never been crisp and he often suffers from mental gaffes – throwing to the wrong base, not knowing how many outs there are...
Gamboa hit 120 straight balls to him late last week and Durango hauled in every single one. The next day, Gamboa cracked another 120 and Durango missed one. While it does nothing for his sub par arm, having Gamboa assisting the defense of a player that has led his respective league in hitting three straight seasons could put him on the prospect map in a big way – if he can translate it into games.
Durango also flashed his speed during the game, scoring on a sacrifice fly to third base – yup, third base. The third baseman had to range into the outfield grass to pick off a pop out and ended up falling over as he caught the ball and Durango didn't waste a breath, easily scoring while the third baseman tried to his a relay man.
During the game Tuesday, Canham made the play of the day. He sprinted out of his stance down the third base line and dove for a pop up – traversing at least half the distance to third and laying out, accepting the dirt that would end up in his craw.
Canham also hit a towering triple to the deepest part of the field and came around to score on a Tom King double down the left field line.
Luis Martinez, on the other hand, has displayed a solid arm. He nailed a runner trying to steal second base with a 1.85 throw from the dish – an inning after he stole a base after reading a slow move from the pitcher. He is having a strong Instructional League.
He was calm on the mound, despite getting into several deep counts and made the pitch when it counted. He tried several times to get a hitter chasing high fastballs with no success. His fastball tends to work better down in the zone as it does not ride high – it starts high and stays straight when he tries to go in tight.
John Hussey looked very good as well. He did not allow a run over two innings. The right-hander appears to have his confidence back and was smiling afterwards. He used his off-speed pitches more than he did with Eugene and the results were positive.
Chris Perez could have gotten rattled but stuck to his plan, giving up an unearned run over two innings.
Alexis Lara finished the game off with an easy inning of playing toss. He used his slider and fastball to mix it up, throwing strikes down in the zone.
Brown had a good batting practice round as well. He hit the ball with authority the other way and pulled the inside pitches.