Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Minor Notes

Webb Notes:
Evan Grant once again puts too much stock in Webb, as he has since his signing. He still hasn't learned to ignore what Webb says about himself. I watched Webb's terrible outing in its entirety and he was indeed terrible. It was Webb himself who said that he felt great and that he think he hit, "oh, I don't, know, 87, or 85..", on the gun. He didn't sniff 87 and sat 83 with no command of any of his pitches. Anyways here is Grant drinking some of the Webb cool aid:

Though right-hander Brandon Webb didn’t last a full inning for Frisco in his start Sunday, reports suggest his outing wasn’t nearly as ugly as his line. He was charged with six hits and four runs in a 36-pitch inning, two-out start, but club officials said reports suggested he had solid movement on his pitches and touched 87 mph on the radar gun. The majority of his fastballs were in the 82- to 86-mph range, but they did have more life than in previous outings. Nonetheless, Webb’s return to the majors remains an uncertainty.

Spokane:
Spokane starter Victor Payano battled out of jams in the first and second innings and settled down for an effective outing.
“He got behind a few hitters and lost it for a little bit, but then he found it again,” Hulett said. Closer Matt West was impressive in the ninth, getting the Volcanoes (1-1) in order. Of his 11 pitches, 10 were 93 mph or faster. He reached 97 on his second pitch. “I think he was a little stiff tonight,” Hulett said, grinning. “Wait until he gets warm.”

“It seems like when there’s nobody on base our offensive game plan gets a little fuzzy,” said Hulett of the whiffs. “As a team we’re very young,” said Nicholas. “So it’s going to take some getting used to the crowd. A lot of these guys haven’t played in a stadium (before).”

Express:
"It's all behind me," he said. "You can't help but think about it (the injury). When something like that happens, I don't care what anybody says, you're going to think about it when you get out there. That's the last thing you want to happen again is get in the head."

Frisco:
The RoughRiders have a nice game notes blog that I have pinned in the sidebar but just in case you haven't checked it out, it is here: Chatter from the Pressbox

Pelicans:
"It was a tough road trip but we have to put it behind us," Myrtle Beach center fielder Ryan Strausborger, who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, said before the game. "We can't wait around for help. We have to take care of business ourselves."

In their first half-season as the Texas Rangers Advanced-A minor league affiliate, the Pelicans are postseason bound.

Dads:
“I’ve never seen a group of guys over the last two-and-a-half or three weeks with bigger drive and a will to win,” said Crawdads’ manager Bill Richardson to his assembled team gathered outside the clubhouse after the Grasshoppers’ loss. “You’ve earned it! This is your night! Enjoy!”

The first couple of innings everything was working,” said Buckel, who turns 19 on Saturday. “Everything I was throwing I was throwing for a strike and I was getting ahead early and putting guys away when I needed to.

I was pretty pumped about that,” said Jackson in appreciation of his coaches. “I was struggling and they stuck with me and I was able to get out of it with the help of my defense.”

“It’s a lot of card playing.” said Roof. “And during those card playing there’s a lot of stories about all of the family members having all kinds of stories to tell us about when they were growing up and playing and the stories of who the guys they were playing with and all that.”

We know we are young, but this is a talent contest,” said Skole. “It doesn’t matter if there’s a 23-year-old on the mound… He’s not going to do anything different to you because you are 18.”



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