Game 39 + Minors Rewind: Your Run Support is Urgently Needed!

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Yes, we know that wounded veterans and sad-looking puppies are worthy of your concern, but please do not forget the plight of starting pitchers with no Run Support.

Consider the case of Hisashi, a pitcher of great skill and intelligence.  He came to the U.S. to pitch at the highest level of baseball.

But for all of Hisashi’s efforts, you can’t win at baseball without runs.  That’s where you come in.

Your monthly donation to Run Support International can make a huge difference in the life of starting pitcher.  In fact, it can prevent wins from evaporating due to white-knuckle closers failing to deny runs in the 9th inning.

“The change in Hisashi is amazing,”  says teammate Chris Young.  “When the monthly delivery from Run Support International comes in, he just lights up.  Knowing he doesn’t have to sweat out the closer in the 9th … it’s just something special!  Thank you, Run Support International!”

We can’t do it without you.  It’s just a couple of extra bases per day.  Call now with your pledge, and you’ll receive this signature tote bag with the exclusive image of Fernando Rodney watching a home run go over his head.

39-2It’s a vivid reminder of how much your small commitment of Run Support can mean to a struggling starting pitcher.

Please help Hisashi, and dozens of others like him.  Operators are waiting to take your call.


Hisashi Iwakuma it was: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K.  One run of support in each of his last two starts.  Rodney escaped the first, but not this one.


Should I pick on Rodney?  He, after all, has 11 saves in 13 opportunities.  On the other hand, he’s entered the game with the bases empty all but two of his 17 appearances.  And his WHIP is 1.71, meaning he’s created a boatload of baserunners out of all those empty bases — 10.5 H/9, 5.0 BB/9.

And only once has he been asked to get more than three outs.

So he’s been asked to perform the “pure” closing role — get three outs in the 9th with the bases empty.  That’s really the only reason he’s survived with a .400 OBP-against.

But since he does strike guys out (12.1 K/9) and does have a record of inducing weak contact (.094 ISO-against), he survives.  Just strap yourself in.


Dustin Ackley in May: .286/.391/.571 with 6 walks and 5 strikeouts.  All despite a .259 BABIP.


  • Hyper-detailed boxscore here.


Daily Prospect-palooza

  • Tacoma played a “School Day” game in Las Vegas that started at 10:35 a.m.  And since it was the same day that my son was heading out to buy the new Black Keys album (which doesn’t sound much like the following), we figure this is fitting:

  • The school kids got bonus baseball, as Vegas won in the 10th, 5-4.  They also got to see Abraham Almonte return to the leadoff spot.  But they didn’t have to avert their eyes!  Abe went 3-for-4 with a walk and zero strikeouts.  Let’s hope that’s the start of an Abe reversal.  We never liked picking on him.
  • AA Jackson lost 10-7, but two more hits and a walk — plus his 13th steal — for Ketel Marte.  Unfortunately, also two errors to give him 16 so far.  He’s a glove whiz, but not without mistakes.
  • Jabari Henry got his 8th homer of the year for High-A  High Desert.  Tyler Pike fanned seven in 4.0 IP of work, but also walked four.  His ERA is 2.97 but his BB/9 is 6.9!



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