Archive for August 6th, 2009

Okay, Brandon Erbe, Your Turn To Do Something Good

Gaaaaaaaaaaaaah!  Stop it, Baltimore!  Just stop it!

The Bowie Baysox visited the New Hampshire Fisher Cats tonight.  I had the night off from work, the Fisher Cats play less than twenty minutes from my house, my friend Billy mentioned going to a game earlier this week…so of course, I stayed home with my wife and son (who now thinks it’s funny to stand on the arm of the couch and see how far he can jump off – but I digress).

Brandon Erbe started for the Baysox.  The 21-year-old righthander was the organization’s sixth-rated prospect last winter (four of the top five have appeared in the major leagues this season) and has followed it up with a solid, occasionally spectacular season between Aberdeen and Bowie.

Erbe was outstanding on Thurday night, holding the Fisher Cats hitless for eight innings before giving way to reliever Jim Hoey, who got one out in the ninth before allowing three straight singles and a run.  (I love the headline at the Fisher Cats web site: “BRAD EMAUS HITS RBI SINGLE IN FRONT OF 7,370 IN 7-1 LOSS TO BOWIE”  The guy who almost pitched a no-hitter, albeit for the opposing team, was relegated to a single sentence in the game story.)  No word on why Erbe was pulled; he seems to struggle with control at times, so I’m gonna chalk it up to an elevated pitch count.

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll note that this makes two major league debuts and a great minor league performance by Orioles pitching prospects in the last eight days.  Jake Arrieta is scuffling a bit at Triple-A, but what the hell, might as well call him up for a look-see at this point.  Can’t hurt.

(One more thing: the Fisher Cats are holding a “Renew Your Wedding Vows” Night on Saturday, August 8.  While I haven’t mentioned it to the wife yet, it might just warrant a trip to the ballpark.  Until the team cancels it because of protesters who say it discriminates against unmarried people, anyway.)

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A Mendonca Among Boys

Spokane’s Tommy Mendonca has been on a bit of a hot streak lately, hitting .395 in his last ten games.  He has had multiple hits in half of those and exactly three in four.

Last night against Salem-Keizer, the 21-year-old out of Fresno State enjoyed the best game of his young career, belting three solo homeruns to lead the Indians to a 6-2 win.

Mendonca was the Most Outstanding Player at the 2008 College World Series while playing for the Bulldogs team that won the national championship.  He was selected in the second round of the 2009 draft.  He hasn’t hit for a ton of power early in his professional career, with only four homeruns in 114 at-bats prior to yesterday’s outburst, but he had 29 in two seasons of college ball, so maybe those three were the rule rather than the exception.