Was it more interesting to have the crushing eight-game losing streak that was on the verge of becoming a nine-game losing streak when the Epic Tide-Turning 11-Pitch At-Bat Home Run took place …
… and then the re-emergence into respectability and Wild Card contention …
As opposed to the recent back-and-forth of neither quite making progress nor slipping out of contention?
One step forward: Chris Young finally looks like he’s not walking on thin air.
One step back: Roenis Elias gives up four doubles in one inning, all of which on pitches pretty much left centered and in the zone.
One step forward: Robinson Cano is hitting.
One step back: Robinson Cano still not hitting with power.
One step forward: Michael Saunders grabs hold of a regular role.
One step back: Corey Hart slumps and then injures self.
One step forward: Nick Franklin given a shot to grab the shortstop job.
One step back: Nick Franklin doesn’t grab shortstop job.
One step forward: Taijuan Walker will make rehab start for Tacoma.
One step back: James Paxton shut down after rehab start for Tacoma.
Of course, there was another step back, in that Stephen Pryor, whose injury is similar to Paxton’s but more severe (requiring surgery), will go back on the disabled list. It had become pretty clear that Pryor was not making progress.
The organization is quite fortunate to have plenty of options for right-handed relief, and I certainly hope that Stephen Kohlscheen (1.38 ERA, 1.0 BB/9, 9.3 K/9) gets the promotion to take Pryor’s spot.
- Jordan Pries has been making a name for himself in his surprise tour of Tacoma (he had been ticketed for AA before all the injuries), but Tuesday night he struggled (5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER). He was outpitched by former Rainier Jarrett Grube.
- Rehabbing Logan Morrison did get two hits, and he’s 5-for-16 (.313/.383/.313) so far.
- Jackson and Mobile battled into the 12th until — POW! — a dramatic two-out homer from Daniel Paolini gave the Generals the lead, with the aforementioned Kohlscheen nailing down the save in the bottom of the inning.
- moe, I am not being very generous in my failure to mention Dario Pizzano’s AA stats?
- High Desert had one of its home-run binges, with … Deeeeej! D.J. Peterson with his 9th, and he’s up to .492 in SLG. Plus one for not-that-Burt Reynolds and one for Tyler Smith. Aaron Barbosa had three hits.
- Clinton got a homer from infielder Zach Shank en route to a narrow win.