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Sunday, April 27, 2014

51s Keep Winning as Offense Keeps Hitting

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Tacoma Rainiers @ Las Vegas 51s


Chance Ruffin @ Jacob ∂eGrom



Las Vegas


The Highlights:


Jacob deGrom (W, 3-0) – 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 SO, 3 BB, 91 pitches, 63 strikes (69%), 25 batters faced, 5 groundouts, 6 fly outs

Joel Carreno – 3 IP, 2 H, BB, SO, 35 pitches, 26 strikes, 11 batters faced, 5 groundouts, 2 fly outs


Matt ∂en Dekker – 2-4, R, 2 RBI (17), BB

Eric Campbell – 2-5, R, SO

Brown – 1-4, 2 R, RBI (3), HR (2), BB, SO

TEAGARDEN – 2-4, 3 R, 5 RBI (12), 2 HR (5), BB, SO


            Nearly 8,000 fans were in attendance to watch the red hot Las Vegas 51s, on a cloudy evening at Cashman Field, which only holds about 9,500 people (12,500 if you include standing room). The 51s would jump out to a 5-0 lead in the 1st and never look back – basically, their recipe for success this past week. For the 51s, they got another strong start from top Mets prospect Jacob ∂eGrom, who has maybe been the best of the three AAA stud starting prospects despite being considered not quite as good as Montero and Thor by most coming into the season. Thanks to some occasional shaky control, ∂eGrom would be forced to come out after 5 innings with his pitch count already at 90+. Joel Carreno would come in for 3 sparkling innings, keeping Tacoma scoreless before handing the ball off to Vic Black to finish what would become an 11-3 victory.
            Taylor Teagarden provided the biggest hit of the night with two outs and two on in the 1st inning when he drove his 4th HR of the season over the RF wall. Chance Ruffin had allowed the first 4 runners to reach base – two singles up the middle followed by two walks – but appeared on the verge of getting out of the inning with only 2 runs allowed before the Teagarden blast. Like most pitchers who have faced the 51s lately, Ruffin found himself giving up hits even when he made a good pitch, and paying for nearly all of his walks or hits allowed. There was a glimmer of hope that he might last a few more innings when he struck out back-to-back 51s to end the 2nd, but had to be taken out in the 3rd when he walked the bases loaded. However, it didn’t matter who was pitching for the Rainiers, as the 51s kept tacking on hits and runs, not being retired in order until the 8th inning. Teagarden would hit his 2nd HR of the night in the 6th and Andrew Brown added his 2nd in two games in the 7th.
            Vic Black didn’t really have a terrible 9th inning – he’d give up an unearned run after the leadoff batter reached on an error – but he walked a batter on 4 pitches with an 8 run lead, and I just don’t get that. I’ve noted several random, unacceptable walks by 51 relievers during their recent hot streak – unacceptable considering the score. I’d think up by 8 is when Vic Black would rather give up a hit on a fastball down the middle than another walk.
            Jacob ∂eGrom throws fastball in the low 90’s, a hard slider, and a change-up, which, according to broadcaster Russ Langer’s game preview, is what people are saying is making the difference this year, as it has been much improved. Here’s a closer look at his start:
1st inning – Was sitting 92-94 MPH in the first and getting ahead in the count by attacking the zone. Unfortunately, Tacoma kept fouling the ball off, leading to a 22-pitch inning and some hard contact.
2nd inning – Got in trouble with a leadoff walk to Endy Chavez. Was not missing by much, and the ump was getting some long stares from the 51s after some of his calls, but his two walks in the inning would burn him for a run and 28 more pitches. Otherwise, gave up a line drive double to the corner, some fly balls that were hit pretty well but caught and a grounder that an actual SS might get to.
3rd inning – After walking Nick Franklin on 6 pitches to leadoff the inning, ∂eGrom would bounce back to retire the next 3 batters on 8 pitches with 3 weak groundouts, 2 nearly identical ones right at Lutz.
4th inning – Got in trouble by letting the leadoff hitter get on for the 3rd straight inning, this time by the double – next batter singled to put runners on the corners with no outs. Recovered to get the next batter to fly out for a sac fly – an acceptable trade with a 6-1 lead – and a strike out on the next two batters. He would give a single on a groundball up the middle before getting Nick Franklin swinging on a well place slider. Again, he bounced back in the inning, but the early trouble led to an 18-pitch inning, and 82 pitches through 4 innings is not efficient.
5th inning – Had a very nice bounce back inning to finish his night. He worked around a leadoff single passed a diving Allen at 1B by inducing more weak contact to the next three hitters. Only needed 9 pitchers to retire the side.
            Overall, it was a strong performance by Jacob ∂eGrom against the PCL’s best offense (they have slightly better average and slugging rates than the 51s, who have the better on base rate) in a hitter’s park. He got ahead in the count a lot and was aggressive in the strike zone, which I like to see. Would have liked to see him go deeper in the game, but he saw a number of long at-bats in the first two innings, as these Tacoma hitters know how to work a count. He’d also settle down to throw 41 pitches over the final 3 innings, which is a good adjustment to see.
            Looking ahead, the 51s send Logan Verrett to the hill in the Sunday matinee as they go for a sweep of Tacoma and their 7th straight win. Verrett is 1-1 on the season and will be looking to bounce back from his shortest outing of the season last time out against El Paso.

Play By Play

1st inning


1)   James Jones lined out at RF. 9/L9
2)   Chris Taylor grounded out sharply back to the mound. 13/G1
3)   Nick Franklin doubled on a line drive down the RF line. 2B9/L9
4)   Jesus Montero flied out to the RF corner, one step in front of the wall. 9/F9LD
Totals: 1 2B, 1 LOB


1)   Matt ∂en Dekker got jammed on an inside fastball, but managed to muscle a 3-hopper into CF for a single. S8/G4M
2)   Eric Campbell lined a single into CF. S8/L8
3)   Andrew Brown walked on 5 pitches to load the bases.
4)   Allan Dykstra walked in a run.
5)   Zach Lutz grounded to the SS, but he bobbled it and had to settle for a force out at 2B. 64/G
6)   Brandon Allen strikes out swinging.
7)   Taylor Teagarden hits a HR on a high fly ball that was driven out to RF.
8)   Danny Muno lined out to 2B. 4/L4D

Totals: 5 R, 3 H, HR, 2 BB, SO

2nd inning


1)   Endy Chavez walked - ∂eGrom was not missing the plate by much.
2)   Jesus Sucre flied out to CF. 8/F8
3)   Gabriel Noriega doubled on a line drive to the corner. Chavez to 3B. 2B9/L9L
4)   Luery Bonilla walked.
*Pitching coach visit
5)   Xavier Avery hit a fly ball to left-center field, which Seratelli caught running away from home, so Chavez tagged from 3B to score.
6)   Jones singled on a medium ‘grounder’ towards the SS hole – it barely seemed to bounce, more like a roll, Langer called it a ‘grass cutter.’ S7/G56
7)   Taylor flied out to RF. 9/F9

Totals: 1 R, 2 H, 2B, 2 BB, 3 LOB


1)   Anthony Seratelli got on base with a hit by a pitch in the foot.
2)   ∂en Dekker flied out to LF
3)   Campbell singled into the gap at 2B that was opened as Seratelli had taken off on the pitch. S8/L4D
4)   Brown struck out looking at a curve.
5)   Dykstra struck out swinging.
Totals: H, HBP, 2 SO, 2 LOB

3rd inning


1)   Franklin walked on 6 pitches after falling behind 1-2.
*Franklin steals second on an 0-2 slider in the dirt.
2)   Montero hit a chopper to Lutz, Franklin advanced to 3B on his throw to 1B. 53/G5
3)   Chavez hit a weak chopper to 3B. 53/G5S
4)   Sucre hit a one-hopper back to the mound. 13/G1
Totals: 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 LOB


1)   Lutz walked on a full count.
2)   Allen flied out to RF.
3)   Teagarden struck out swinging.
4)   Muno walked on a 3-2 count.
5)   Seratelli walked on a four-pitches.
(Substitution: Jonathon Arias pitching for Tacoma)
6)   ∂en Dekker walked on a full count.
7)   Campbell struck out swinging.

Totals: 1 R, 4 BB, 2 SO, 3 LOB

4th inning


1)   Noriega doubled to LF.
2)   Bonilla singled
3)   Avery sac fly to LF, Noriega scored.
4)   Jones struck out swinging
5)   Taylor grounded up the middle for a single to CF.
6)   Franklin struck out on an 86 MPH back-door slider, a call that caused him to get in the umps face.

Totals: 1 R, 3 H, 2B, 2 SO, 2 LOB


1)   Brown grounded out to the 3B. 53/G5
2)   Dykstra hit a hard-one hopper into RF for a single. S9/G34
3)   Lutz flied out towards the RF line. 9/F9L
4)   Allen hit a hard one-hopper down the 1B line that was flagged by a diving Bonilla at 1B – the defense was in a shift. 3u/G3L
Totals: H, LOB

5th inning  


1)   Montero shattered his bat on a groundball passed a diving Allen at 1B. S9/G34
2)   Chavez hit a medium grounder at Muno near 2B, who shoveled to Campbell (not a SS) who could not make an accurate throw to complete the double play; Chavez advanced to 2B on the throwing error by Campbell. 46/G4M -> E6
3)   Sucre popped a high fly ball near the RF line. 4/F3D
4)   Noriega hit a soft liner that Muno was able to retreat on and catch. 4/L4D
Totals: H, E, 9 Pitches – Nice bounce back inning!


1)   Teagarden walked on a 3-1 fastball, low and away.
2)   Muno flared out to CF. 8/F8
3)   Seratelli hit an RBI triple off the CF wall – the ball bounced away from the outfielders.
4)   ∂en Dekker lined an RBI single into RF. S9/L9S
5)   Campbell flied out to the LF warning track. 7/F7D
6)   Brown reached on a grounder booted by the 3B with M∂D running – he ended up on 3B. E5/G5
(Substitution: Clay Rapada pitching for Tacoma)
7)   Dykstra flied out to the LF corner. 7/F7LD

Totals: 2 R, 2 H, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 E, 2 LOB

6th inning

Top (Substitution: Joel Carreno pitching for Las Vegas)

1)   Bonilla walked on a full count.
2)   Avery hit a weak grounder at Muno who shoveled to Campbell to start the double play. 463/G4M
3)   Jones hit a weak grounder towards SS that Lutz was able to cut off. 53/G56S
Totals: BB, GIDP


1)   Lutz took 5 as he was walked.
2)   Allen flied out to RF.
3)   Teagarden hit a no-doubter to RF.
4)   Muno struck out swinging.
5)   Seratelli popped out to the 1B. 3/P3

Totals: 2 R, 1 H, HR, BB, SO

7th inning


1)   Taylor hit a hard grounder to the right of Allen that kicked off his glove. E3/G34
2)   Franklin popped out behind the SS on the first pitch. 7/P6D
3)   Montero grounded a single up the middle. S8/G6M
4)   Chavez grounded out to the 1B for a force out at 2B. 36/G3
5)   Sucre struck out swinging on a ball in the dirt.
Totals: H, E, SO, 2 LOB


1)   ∂en Dekker flied out to CF.
2)   Campbell hit a medium grounder to the SS who backhanded it and got Cambpell by a step. 63/G6
3)   Brown got under one and hit it a long way out to LF for a HR.
4)   Dykstra popped out to 3B on the first pitch. 5/P5

Totals: 1 R, HR

8th inning


1)   Noriega grounded out to the SS. 63/G6
2)   Bonilla lined out to the warning track in RF. 9/L9D
3)   Avery grounded out to Lutz. 53/G5
Totals: 4 Pitches

Bottom (Substitution: Stephen Pryor pitching for Tacoma)

1)   Lutz struck out swinging on a 2-2 count.
2)   Allen lined a single into CF for his first hit on the 51s. S8/L8S
3)   Teagarden hit a medium grounder to SS to start a double play. 643/G6M
Totals: H, SO, GIDP

9th inning

Top (Substitution: Vic Black pitching for Las Vegas)

1)   Jones hit a 3-2 fastball weakly up the middle. Campbell got to it but couldn’t handle it cleanly. E6/G6M
2)   Taylor slapped a groundball into RF for a single. S9/G34
3)   Franklin hit a medium chopper near the 2B bag that Muno shoveled to Campbell, but his throw was a step late at 1B. 46/G4M
4)   Montero hit a sac-fly to the RF corner. 9/F9L
*Franklin advances to 2B on defensive indifference with Chavez batting
5)   Chavez walked on four pitches, not really close – dafuq Black?
*Wild pitch advances the runners with Sucre up on first pitch
6)   Sucre struck out swinging on a breaking ball in the dirt.

Totals: 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB, SF, E, SO

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