Like father, like son. Like major league team, like minor league affiliate. Sorry Stone Crabs, but maybe it was just fated.
Triple-A International League: Game 1: Norfolk Tides (BAL) 1, Durham Bulls 0 (7 innings)
Maybe 1-0 losses are contagious. Ex-Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta tossed a 7-inning 2-hitter as the Tides beat the Bulls 1-0. Arietta went 7 shutout innings allowing just the 2 hits and a walk while striking out 6. Bulls pitching wasn’t so bad at all, but the offense was non-existent. Chris Archer started for Durham and went just 1 innings allowing no runs on no hits, striking out 2 but also walking 2 and hitting a batter. Could he be on his way to the big leagues? In any event, Alex Torres followed for Durham and went the next 2 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits, striking out 4 while walking 1 and posting a 2-0 groundout to flyout ratio. A Blake Davis single drove in the only run of the game. Adam Liberatore allowed just 1 hit in the final 3 innings for Durham, striking out 5 while walking none, but it was pointless as the Bulls lost 1-0. Chris Gimenez and Jesus Feliciano had the only Durham hits.
Game 2: Norfolk Tides 3, Durham Bulls 0 (7 innings)
Getting shutout twice in one day? That hurts. The Bulls were actually the team who got a complete game from their starter as Lance Pendleton did the honors, but he allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, albeit while striking out 7 and walking 1, and the Bulls got him no run support. The Bulls managed just 4 hits but also 5 walks yet couldn’t get any runs across. Rich Thompson did go 2 for 2 with his 29th stolen base of the season, while Brooks Conrad went 1 for 2 with a double and a walk.
High-A Florida State League: Palm Beach Cardinals 8, Charlotte Stone Crabs 0
Oh my gosh. Why us again? Chris Corrigan was perfect for Palm Beach. But why did it have to be against a Rays affiliate? Corrigan struck out 9 in his perfect game with 10 groundouts versus 4 flyouts in what was undeniably an unbelievable game for him and every Cardinals fan watching. Congrats to him- we don’t mean to lower the magnitude of what he accomplished- but why a Rays affiliate? No offensive highlights for the Stone Crabs in this one, obviously- unless you want to hear who didn’t strike out. Brauilio Lara started for Charlotte and allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 7 hits, striking out 4 while walking 1 but posting just a 3-6 groundout to flyout ratio as he was hit pretty hard. Theron Geith combined for 5 strikeouts versus 1 walk in the remaining 4 innings of the game, but they allowed 4 runs, 2 earned, on 4 hits as well. Stone Crabs pitching actually struck out just as many guys as Corrigan, 9. But in terms of runs allowed, there was a bit of a difference, 8 runs. Here were some Stone Crabs thoughts on the game via Twitter.
#Rays become the 2nd org in baseball history to have the parent club and a minor league team be perfect gamed in the same season (ATL, 2004)
— Patrick Kurish (@PKurish) August 30, 2012
Getting perfect gamed… Sweet
Yeah, it was a rough night.
Low-A Midwest League: Lake County Captains (CLE) 7, Bowling Green Hot Rods 2
This one was actually not as bad as it looks. If not for a Jason Wilson utter meltdown (5 runs on 5 hits in 2 innings), this game could have gone to extra innings. Ryan Carpenter started for Bowling Green and pitched well, allowing just 2 runs on 4 hits, striking out 5 while walking 1 and posting a 5-3 groundout to flyout ratio. And on offense, Drew Vettleson slammed his 15th homer of the season, and Cameron Seitzer and Juniel Querecuto each went 2 for 4. Speaking of Seitzer, he was named the first baseman on the Midwest League’s postseason All-Star team. He has posted a .304/.383/.428 line on the sesaon with 35 doubles, 4 homers, 50 RBI, and 79 strikeouts versus 53 walks in 114 games.
Short Season-A New York-Penn League: Brooklyn Cyclones (NYM) 7, Hudson Valley Renegades 4
Taylor Guerrieri was dominant. And then the bullpen imploded. Guerrieri went 5 innings allowing just 1 run on 4 hits, striking out 4 while walking 1 and posting a 10-1 groundout to flyout ratio. Yeah, 14 of his 15 outs were either strikeouts and groundouts. Guerrieri now has a 1.15 ERA on the season, striking out 41 while walking 2- TWO!- in 11 starts spanning 47 innings. His worst start: 2 runs AND ONLY ONCE! The Rays’ top pick in 2011 is overpowering opposing hitters like there’s now tomorrow. Then Jordan Harrison and Rob Finneran allowed 6 runs over the next 3 innings as the Renegades lost 7-4. Leonardo Reginatto went 2 for 4 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and 2 runs scored, while Joey Rickard and Tommy Coyle both went 2 for 5.