7/18 Game Notes and Musings
The combination of limited time and a cancelled pregame show from last night means the Terry Pollreisz interview will air on today’s pregame show. However, it’s not like there weren’t plenty of performers worth talking to in last night’s 6-0 win over South Bend.
In three starts heading into last night’s contest, left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney had already been impressive. After a second-straight outing of 7.0 scoreless innings, it’s hard to categorize Gillheeney as anything but the hottest pitcher in the Midwest League. He most likely won’t win the MWL Pitcher of the Week award as his previous scoreless start came last Sunday, but he certainly deserves to be the first 2010 King to capture a league award. Consider this paragraph my “Gilly for Pitcher of the Week” campaign ploy.
The offense was efficient last night, producing six runs on nine hits, including three extra-base hits. Vinnie Catricala was the star, aptly busting out as Pollreisz had predicted with a 2-for-3, double, HR, three-RBI game. The home run came on a hit-and-run in the fifth as Tim Morris took off, then slowed up to watch Cat’s majestic ball land on the left-field berm. Mario Martinez added a flare double to right but also struck out three times and stranded four on base, and the other two RBI belonged to Blake Ochoa and Gabriel Noriega. It’s good to see production from multiple parts of the order on a night when Daniel Carroll, James Jones and Nick Franklin went a collective 1-for-12 in the 1-3 spots.
It’s tough to be a Silver Hawk right now…Mark Haley’s club hasn’t scored in 27 innings, spanning three games. Part of me wants them to score today, but maybe on an unearned run after Clinton has already built an eight-run lead.
Getting to the payoff of this post, here’s today’s Game Notes and some highlights from last night:
- 7.18.10 kingsnotes.pdf
- Catricala RBI double 7.17.10.mp3
- Martinez flare RBI double 7.17.10.mp3
- Catricala 2-R HR (#8) 7.17.10.mp3
It’s Kings-Hawks in game two of this three-game series today as left-hander Nick Czyz (1-1, 2.96) makes his fifth start of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com. I promise we’ll have a pregame show today.