Before we get into the action, let me just direct the probability watchers to a good interview with Detroit Tigers Potential client, right-handed Jackson Jobe, conducted by David Laurella of FanGraphs.
Joby talks about his switch to doing full-time shows in 2020 and how much of it came naturally to him. What’s really interesting is hearing his detailed breakdown and understanding of all the modifications the Tigers have made this season. From the two different types of slider that give him the ability to shape more of a curved ball off the field when he wants to, to changing his quad grip and release to turn things with a high spin rate into a riding action, Joby goes into a lot of detail and demonstrates his understanding of pitches and mechanics. This is worth reading.
Toledo Clay Chicken 12, Indianapolis Indians 3 (can)
Mud hens retreated early and then bounced back to blast Indianapolis again on Thursday. That’s three straight wins over Indy and four straight wins overall.
Brian Garcia made the start and allowed a single shot in each of the first three rounds, trailing Toledo 3-0. He eventually settled down to go six rounds with five strokes and allow a six-stroke to go.
The comeback started on the fourth as four of the top five hitters walked or hit a pitch, forcing them to run when John Valente made a four-pitch walk with the rules. As you might imagine, that produced a change for Indy’s show, but things didn’t get any better for them. Clearly, the pirates had some trouble driving on the Triple-A level. Zach Short greeted Cam Aldred with three two-strokes to the left. 3-4 chickens.
On the fifth, Brendon Davis and Jimmy Westbrook fired consecutive single shots to make it 6-3. After the first inning, Corey Joyce led with one song, and Valente followed with one of his own. Walking short to load the bases, Josh allocated Lester in a swing defeat that Aldred threw away, allowing two more chariots to score. Westbrook’s RBI single finished eighth, followed by Dustin Garneau’s two-stroke duo, completing the scoring.
Westbrook: 3-4, 2R, 2 RBI, HR, BB
Short: 2-4, R, 3 RBI, 2B, 2 BB, SO
Valente: 2-5, 2R, RBI, BB
Garcia (W, 4-3): 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, BB, 6 SO
next one: LHP Ricardo Sanchez (7-5, 4.63 ERA) meets RHP Jerad Eickhoff (6-6, 4.70 ERA) on Friday night.
Flying Squirrels Richmond 8, Erie Sea Wolves 7 (F/12) (can)
This was another epic level fight, but things didn’t go the way for Erie last night as the Flying Squirrels marched this round in 12 rounds. Boy Basics beat Akron 10-1, so the divisional race is once again tied for three to play.
Reese Olson made some major mistakes in this bug, starting with letting the two-running hummer at the bottom of the first. He then settled down to empty Richmond in the fifth inning from there. He wasn’t that efficient, but that was largely because he was busy beating everyone up. Olson hit nine hits in one walk, allowing only two. However, on the fifth he walked the first two hitters, then bounced to hit the next two, and finally hit the fifth hitter of the inning to load the bases. Yaya Shantov took the reins and allowed a two-round single to complete Olson’s somewhat awkward streak throughout the night.
Dane Myers opened the game with a solo shot, his 25th home of the season, giving Airy the lead at the start. Myers also has 21 doubles and 21 stolen bases. The utter lack of walking contrasts with his swaying nature somewhat, but I can’t help but wonder a little how things would have gone had the Tigers not tried to make him a pitcher in the early years of his career. .
It didn’t take long! Dane Myers crushes the third pitch of the game in his 25th home career this year to claim the win Tweet embed up 1-0. Myers is one of only 5 junior players with 25 home runs and 20 steals this year. pic.twitter.com/9yA6KF79zz
– Tiger League report (tigersMLreport) September 15, 2022
In the fifth half, Michael de la Cruz advanced with a double and scored one goal from Myers in the left field, and at that point the match was tied 2-2. Olson/Shentov allowed two runs on the bottom half as Indy pulled back again. However, Airy tied it up again in sixth place. Parker Meadows walked to open the half and stole the second. Gage Workman picked him more than third by one, and Meadows scored on the grounds of Josh Crouch. De la Cruz, Daniel Cabrera and Danny Seretti respectively marched to score a workman. Andy went to the yard and new curator Chris Wright hit Myers to book three. This person will return to chase the sea wolves later.
Quincy Newport finished seventh, on his 31st long ball this year, but Billy Leacher allowed a run in the bottom half to re-tie with a score of 5-5.
This is where things stayed until the tenth when the two teams traded again. One RBI from Meadows on the 11th made it a 7-6 Erie briefly, but Richmond returned to send to hook him up again in the bottom half. Finally, on the 12th, the SeaWolves didn’t get to house Manfred Man, and Richmond’s Jacob Heyward’s RBI song brought this to an end.
Myers: 2-6, R, 2 RBI, HR, SO
Newport: 1-5, R, RBI, HR, BB, 2 SO
Promoter: 1-4, R, RBI, 2 BB
Olson: 4.2 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 9 SO
next one: RHP Ty Madden (2-1, 2.03 ERA) takes on RHP Kai-Wei Teng (5-12, 5.36 ERA) on Friday night, and every game this weekend is a must-win.