Tagged: Minor Leagues

True Exhaustion: Arizona 2 Colorado 1 in 18

I don’t think this is quite what Ernie Banks had in mind when he said "Let’s play two!"

The Eric Byrnes line for the night…3 for 8. 1 RBI, the D’Backs lone run in regulation, on a bloop single to center that drove in Stephen Drew from second with 2 out. It was RBI No. 50. (His personal best is 73, so he has his work cut out for him to get another two dozen RBI before the season ends).

Byrnesie then stole second but was stranded. Still, it was stolen base No. 17, which ties the personal best he set in 2004.

He scored the winning run in the 18th. (That was run No. 63 on the year for him. His personal best is 91, so again he and the team really have their work cut out for them if he is to have a new personal best in that department this year). He started the inning by singling to right and was sacrificed to second by Orlando Hudson. Then Luis Gonzalez drove him home on a ground ball single to center. Thanks, Gonzo!

In between those two singles, Byrnesie hit a double in the tenth.  It was double No. 30 on a fly to center field. He needs ten more for a new personal best.

A low-scoring extra, extra inning affair is the kind of game that often does major damage to a batting average. But Byrnesie came away two points higher than when he started. He’s now at .281. He had 0 K’s, 0 DP’s and 0 LOB. 😀

The game took 5:21. They were in the 11th inning when I got home from work. As I edited a podcast, I checked the scoreboard from time to time. I wondered if Byrnesie was even still in the game, or if he’d been replaced in a double switch. I wondered how he was doing. But I was determined not to look at his line until either I finished my work or the game ended, whichever came first.

When I got done editing, I checked the Gameday screen to find Byrnesie batting in the top of the 18th. He ran the count full, then singled. The screen stopped telling the story after Hudson made an out. It did not tell me what kind of out, so I didn’t know it was a sacrifice. By the time I got the TV screen going, Gonzo has already hit his RBI single. I sat through the bottom of the 18th, hoping Brandon Medders would not give away the game as the D’Backs bullpen had done the game before. Two days in a row of Byrnes-heroics spoiled by the relief corps would have been too much. With two outs and two strikes on Ryan Spilborghs, the TV stopped. I never saw called strike three.

I also haven’t seen the fine catch Byrnesie made somewhere along the line; as the replay video is not working. All I know is that Byrnesie had the bat, the glove and the cleats all working well tonight.

Livan Hernandez starts the next game. If ever he needed to live up to his rep as an innings-eater, this is the time.

The Snakes and Rox combined for 25 hits, but none were homers.

The Dodgers won yet again, and they did it in 9.

K.R.

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Minor League Announcing

MLB radio broadcast the Arizona Fall League Scorpions vs. Saguaros game today. Actually, I started writing this during the 7th inning stretch. I have never had any experience with minor league baseball, so I decided to listen for a few innings.

The announcers went on a bit about the backgrounds of the different players to a greater extent than one usually gets in the majors, but these are largely unknown players, so that’s OK.

But then the announcers did an interview with Mike Scoscia of the geographically-challenged Angels and that was the end of announcing the game itself. The announcers got so into the interview that 3 runs scored with listeners hardly knowing that it happened or how it happened. One guy hit a homer, but we didn’t hear it actually happen. At the end of the half inning, they announced that 3 runs had scored, the score was now 9-4 Scorpions and it was middle of the 7th. So, of course, it was time for commercials.

We know that major league announcers can weave an interview in between actions on the field. It would have been great if Scoscia, a former MLB player and current manager, could have helped the announcers along with that by shutting up when something was happening on the field. Maybe the announcers would have caught on. Having totally lost the flow of the game because the interview took over everything, I turned the radio off.

GRRR!

Kéllia Ramares,
Baseball fan and radiojournalist
Oakland, CA