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Tommy’s Big Night – Game 24

May 1, 2012

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Record – 12- 12 (4.5 GB of Akron in the Western Division)
Attendance : 5,787
Time –  2:35

Chris Heston took the bump for Richmond tonight and showed why he is sporting the second lowest ERA in the Eastern League. Early one he was perfect, but faltered late and ultimately his pitch count and effectiveness got the better of him. Through the first three innings of his start he was perfect, striking out four of the first six batters he faced. Antoan Richardson, who hit a line drive single to lead-off the inning, came around on a LJ Hoes double to left center. It was about this time you could see Heston tire a bit. He still had control of all of his pitches, but inside the strike zone he was getting loose. He was starting to miss his spots more often than not. In all he worked 5.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits, one walk, and eight strikeouts. Tom Vessella was the first out of the bullpen and went two innings, allowing one run on one hit, two walks, and one strikeout. Daryl Maday closed the door for the fifth time this year, going 1.1 innings giving up two hits and striking out one.

Cole McCurry got the start for Bowie and did not fool many hitters. In all he worked 4.1 innings allowing four runs on five hits (two home runs), four walks, and two strikeouts. Sean Gleason saved the Bowie bullpen by closing out the last 3.2 innings, walking only one and striking out one.

Offensively tonight the Baysox were held in check. LJ Hoes and Manny Machado were the bright spots at the plate. As mentioned earlier, LJ Hoes drove in a run on a double. That would be his only hit on the night as he finished 1-for-4. Manny Machado drove in the other run with an eighth inning single, he also would finish the night 1-for-4. Caleb Joseph picked up his third double of the year, also finishing the night 1-for-4. Noticing a patter for Bowie?

For the Flying Squirrels as the plate, the night belonged to Tommy Joseph. He finished the night 3-for-4 with two home runs and a double. His first home run was a thing of beauty. First pitch he saw, he liked it enough to deposit it over the “Grab Some Buds” sign in left field. His second home run, a solo shot this time, was a line drive that got out in a hurry. Nick Liles and Gary Brown would be the only other Richmond batters to record a hit. Brown singled sharply to right field after Liles single in the first and would take second on the throw home, trying to get Liles.

Notes:

– As a whole,even though the hits came from just three batters, I saw some of the best plate approaches from this team. Outside of Adrianza in the first inning, the batters looked like they knew what they wanted and attacked. They were aggressive, but not over-aggressive. Nor passive. Well-balanced.

– Speaking of plate approach, that is one thing I really, really like about Tommy Joseph. For the thousandth time, and I really am sorry for this, but it is surprising that he is only 20 years old. At the plate he know what he wants, what he can drive. He is not afraid to go the other way and he is not afraid to wait out a pitcher. Again, he is not passive at the plate, he just knows what he wants to do and will capitalize. This ready approach was shown in his first at-bat. He got a pitch he could handle on the inner half of the plate and absolutely destroyed it. Much could be said for his second home run. The first pitch he could not do much with. The second one however? Dinger.

– Gary Brown is still showing signs of life at the plate. Yeah he only got one hit tonight, but he squared a couple of pitches up nicely and was robbed by the left fielder on another one. He still seems to have a swing that is tailored to go the other way. But if, and when, he starts recognizing the inside fastball and getting his hands through the zone, watch out.

– Daniel Mayora was saddled with another error tonight, although I feel it was a bit of a harsh ruling. LJ Hose pounded a high chopper into the ground. The only way that Mayora had a shot, had he fielded it cleanly, was to make an absolute perfect throw to first. Even though he did not field it cleanly, I do not think he had a shot at Hoes. Thus, I am still leaving him at eight errors on the year, not nine.

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