Patrick Teale

Oswaldo Cabrera has had a very good Spring Training camp thus far, highlighted by another good game on Thursday.

TAMPA, FL -- Charleston infielder Oswaldo Cabrera has been one of the real standout performers in Spring Training thus far and his offensive output on Thursday was a big reason for the RiverDogs' 11-9 victory over the Phillies' affiliate.

  • Oswaldo Cabrera, who began Thursday's game playing second base before moving over to shortstop in the sixth inning, seemingly has been getting a hit in every game this spring.  He had another three-hit game in Thursday's victory, singling to the opposite field in each of his first three at-bats [twice right-handed, once left-handed].  The switch-hitter scored two runs, stole a base, and got caught stealing.  He has been one of the most consistent hitters in camp.

  • Right-hander Nick Nelson started the game for the RiverDogs on Thursday and struggled a little bit with his command initially, hitting the second batter of the game before falling behind in consecutive counts and eventually serving up an RBI double.  He settled down though once he found the strike zone and proceeded to strike out the next four batters he faced, most on 94-96 mph fastballs.  He showed off some really good secondary pitches too but it was the fastball in particular that the opponents could do very little with in his three innings of work.

Charleston Starting Lineup: Hoy Jun Park, Oswaldo Cabrera, Blake Rutherford, Dermis Garcia, Estevan Florial, Isaiah Gilliam, Brandon Wagner, Nelson Gomez, and Miguel Flames.

  • Right-hander Alexander Vizcaino, one of the International free agents signed just last year, made quite the impression on Thursday.  Like Nelson he sat 94-96 mph, showed a changeup with plus potential, and struck out three batters in two innings of one-hit, scoreless baseball.  Word around camp is he and Nelson have become quick friends, teaching the other their native language. and ironically the stuff is quite comparable too.

  • Outfielder Isaiah Gilliam, like Cabrera, is a switch-hitter who has been one the more consistent performers hitting-wise in camp this year.  He never gives away at-bats, seemingly getting ahead in most plate appearances.  He went 1-2 with a two-run single in his first at-bat in the first inning, scoring Cabrera and Dermis Garcia [0-2, BB].  He flew out to deep centerfield in his second at-bat and later drew a walk in his third plate appearance.  He is making a strong case to break camp as one of the starting Charleston outfielders.

  • Brandon Wagner is yet another Charleston hitter who has been swinging a consistent at-bat.  He too has been on a bit of a hot hit streak, going 1-3 with a walk in Thursday's victory.  He singled sharply to center for his lone hit and even one of his outs, a deep fly out to left field.  Wagner, who did strike out once in the affair, scored two runs as well.

  • Hoy Jun Park joined the Charleston hit brigade, going 2-4 with an infield single and an RBI double to right field.  He made a couple of excellent defensive plays at shortstop too, including one where a ball was tipped by the pitcher on a ball up the middle, it bounced behind a ranging Park who stopped immediately and slipped, grabbed behind him to get the ball, and make a throw from his butt to get the runner out at second base. 

  • Blake Rutherford [0-2, BB], Estevan Florial [1-2, RBI, 2B, BB, K], Nelson Gomez [0-3, BB, K], and Luis Martinez [1-2, 2 RBI, 2B, K] all reached base safely in the victory.

  • Right-hander Domingo Acevedo started the game for the Tampa Yankees on the other field and was his normal power self, sitting 96-99 mph and scattering three hits in four scoreless innings.  He struck out four batters along the way.

  • Prior to the game Tampa hitters Jorge Mateo and Trey Amburgey, who each have reported to camp noticeably stronger this year, were putting on hitting clinics during batting practice.  Mateo, a solid ten pounds stronger than last year, smoked a ball over the 40-foot centerfield wall-eye and Amburgey was hitting seed after seed all over the field when he wasn't hitting a few of them over the outfield fence.  Both appear locked in at the plate.

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