Friday August 24th, 2012

MLB Diamondbacks VS Padres Game 1 of  3 8/24/12

Nick Crawford (Arizona Diamondbacks Beat writer for BHP Baseball) –  In game 1 of the 3 game series between the Dbacks and the Padres was all Padres tonight, in fact the Dbacks were beet by one man alone…… Not by your typical 4/5 hitters or the lead off guy….. the pitcher.

That is right Eric Stults single handed beet the Dbacks tonight with 7 shut out innings he allowed just 3 hits, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Eric Stults did not win this game on his arm alone, he would dig in to the batters box and with 2-2 out hits drove in a career best 3 RBI’s on the night. The Diamondbacks would loose the game 5-0. Rookie pitcher Patrick Corbin would loose the game and drop 5-5 on the season. Corbin had a 3 game winning streak going for the Dbacks and had earned a starting position in the rotation. Kirk Gibson said after the game “he didn’t have very good stuff tonight, he didn’t locate very well and his pitches were up.”
tomorrow the Dbacks hand the ball to Ian Kennedy 11-10, 4.24 ERA and the Padres look to Clayton Richard 10-12, 3.73 ERA.

Game Notes: Kirk Gibson said today that rookie Tyler Skaggs would be added to what will be a 6 man rotation including 3 lefties. Dbacks TV sports announcer Mark Grace asked the Dbacks for a indefinite leave of absence and said it was for personal reasons. It didn’t take long to find out that this idiot was arrested for a DUI. i know some may say wow “idiot” is a strong word for a guy who has been with the Dbacks for so long but i’m sorry. Mark Grace made the decision to drink and drive last year and got caught, he was arrested, his license was suspended and was ordered to install an interlock ignition device on his car that would require him to do the “blow test” before his car would start. Yesterday Grace was pulled over by Scottsdale police for expired tags, during the stop police suspected he was under the influence and after he failed field sobriety tests was arrested. He was also charged with driving on a suspended license and not having the ordered ignition interlock. Thank god no one else was hurt because #Idiot couldn’t call a cab.

AAA Reno Aces VS Fresno Grizzlies Game 3
Daniel Cabrera gets his first start with the Aces and it was a quality start 7 innings pitched allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 6 strikeouts. Cabrera allowed a first inning 2 run homer to Brett Pill that would give the Grizzlies all they would need to beet the Aces. With no run support in this game Cabrera would get his first loss as an Ace. The lineup for the Aces was missing their lead off batter and PLC hitting leader Adam Eaton who suffered what is being called a mild concussion and could be placed on the DL. To loose Eaton for 15 days would be the biggest loss the Aces have suffered all year as he leads in AVG, hits, runs scored, doubles and on base percentage. the Aces have suffered from late season call ups when they first lost Ryan Wheeler to the Dbacks wheeler was the PLC RBI leader. Jake Elmore would get called up a few weeks later when the Dbacks decided to deal Stephen Drew, Elmore led the PCL in triples and was 2nd in the PLC in batting average only behind teammate Adam Eaton. Kirk Gibson has said with the september roster expansion process the Dbacks could likely call up a few other players like Trevor Bauer, Adam Eaton, AJ Pollock and others if the Dbacks were still in contention for the playoffs. with todays loss and the Dodgers and Giants win there chances are slipping away. The Aces look to turn thing around tomorrow by sending RHP Charles Brewer 10-7, 6.13 ERA to the mound to square up against RHP Andrew Kown 6-7, 5.77 ERA.

AA Mobile Baybears VS Tennesee Smokies Game 1 of 5

Mobile would jump out in front of the Smokies in the 1st inning with a 3 run lead off of some small ball by the Baybears but the Smokies would put the game out of reach when they scored 7 runs in the 3rd inning. Mobile would loose 11-5 tonight when Brett Lorin would give up 8 runs on 7 hits 2 home runs and 1 walk. Dallas Beeler would get the win for the Smokies to improve to 5-7 on the year. Matt Mangini records the only multi hit night going  2 for 4, 1 run, 2 doubles and 1 RBI. The Baybears look to turn the series around in game 2 with a win.

A Visalia Rawhide VS Stockton Ports

Visalia would jump to an early lead in the 1st inning 1-0 and would add3 more runs before the 4th inning to win the game 6-4. Jonathan Griffin led the way with a 3 for 4 outing scoring a run and 2 RBI’s. Yazy Arbelo & Carter Bell add a long ball to put an exclamation point on the night. Andrew Chafin sticks around long enought to get the win pitching 5 innings giving up 4 hits and 1 run. Nate Long would get the loss for the Ports.

Nick Crawford – Arizona Diamondbacks beat writer for BHP Baseball

Nick Crawford joined BHP Baseball in the 2012 baseball season as the websites beat writer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I am a baseball and softball player that plays over 200 games a year traveling all over to play in tournaments on the weekends. I have coached baseball for over 10 years at various levels including my son’s team. My passion for this game we all love is unmatched. I am a huge Florida sports fan across the board Marlins Dolphins Heat are my favorite teams. I am also a huge Arizona Diamondbacks fan & since Nevada doesn’t have a pro team I follow the AAA Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks farm system. If you ever want to talk Diamondbacks, or Marlins you can find Nick on Twitter  @DonkeyPuncher74.

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