Archive for August 25th, 2009

A Programming Note For Tomorrow

A potential note of interest for our readers: on Tuesday afternoon at three o’clock, I’ll be joining members of the local media at Merchantsauto.com Stadium in Manchester for a Media Homerun Derby.  The event was suggested by WGAM Radio hosts Mike Mutnansky and Rich Keefe and organized by Fisher Cats Director of Media Relations Mike Murphy.

I don’t think I’ve swung a bat in anger in two years.  There’s no way this can end badly.  Hopefully my partner, my cousin Tom, eats his Wheaties and makes some magic happen.

I’ll have more on the contest and events leading up to it (including the story of how I lucked into participating) in a day or two, but I wanted to mention it now in case anyone wants to tune in.  Mutnansky and Keefe do their show on weekdays from 3-6 PM and I believe are planning to broadcast live from the stadium.  Just go to the link above and click on “Listen Live” to see what they have to say.

If you do listen and feel like mocking my performance, feel free to do so in the comments of this post.  Chances are good that I’ll deserve your scorn.

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Back-to-Back-to-Back-to-Back

August has featured a number of exceptional pitching performances, so it was nice to look through some box scores tonight and see something impressive on the offensive side of things for a change.

Heading into the top of the eighth inning against the Round Rock Express, the Memphis Redbirds held an 8-6 advantage.  With the 2-3-4 hitters coming up, the Express brought in newly acquired Armando Benitez to make his 2009 affiliated debut.

The first two batters, Tyler Greene and Nick Stavinoha, were retired harmlessly.  Then, as often happens when Benitez is on the hill, all hell broke loose.

Troy Glaus hit his second homerun of the year to left…Allen Craig hit his 23rd homerun of the year, also to left…Mark Hamilton hit his sixth homerun of the year, once again, to left…and Daniel Descalso hit his second homerun of the year, mixing it up by taking it over the wall in right-center field.  Every infielder except the shortstop (Greene) went deep in the inning.  Both corner outfielders also hit homeruns in the game: right fielder Stavinoha in the first and left fielder Craig in the eighth.

Four consecutive homeruns by one team has been accomplished six times at the major league level (in two different clusters: 1961-64 and 2006-08), most recently by the Chicago White Sox on August 14, 2008.