Posted: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013
The RedHawks are on their west coast road trip, but Tucson isn't one of those ridiculous hitter friendly parks like some of the other west coast PCL parks. Yet, Clemens still got roughed up like it was. Take that for what you will.
Sunday, Steve Batterson of the QC Times reported that this would be Appel's last start for QC. But, after the last nights game, Omar Lopez said that the Astros would make that decision in the coming days. He also said that Appel looked tired. Mark Appel also stated he didn't know either as for his coming change. As for the game having an impact on this situation. It's possible, but I don't think it would be for the results. Reports are that he elevated a lot of fastballs which is quite common when a pitcher is fatigued. Fatigue creates a lot of dragging in mechanics and ruins timing. Leading to late arms and early releases. That would be the reason for holding him back. He's thrown over 130 innings this year between college and the pros and could very easily be fatigued. I am in no way worried.
A 7-5 loss isn't exciting. But the home run from Chase McDonald and the two walks each from McDonald and Ariel Ovando are. I'm as disappointed as the rest of you with Ovando, but my homerism still rings true and yearns for him to pull it out.
I'll take what he did any day of the week. Any Day. He led them to 3-2 win because he started the game on a good run. On the bad news side of things...Jacob Nottingham had three passed balls.
A 3-0 win is always great. I absolutely love when a pitching staff shuts down a team. It's the DSL and things are about as random as they can be in the minors. But, there are a few interesting arms on this team. The results are intriguing despite unspectacular peripherals.