Saturday, September 22, 2007

Mike Pinto says hi.


I had a chance to see your Miners blog for the first time tonight. Congratulations and great job. You should have gotten the Blog of the Year Award!

It will be a long off-season waiting to get going again. It was a great summer and the fans were fantastic. We are looking forward to seeing everyone out there again.

Have a great winter.

All the best,

Mike Pinto

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Washington 3, Windy City 10

Wow. That’s really all you can say after watching this whole series play out. It was back and forth, and one team emerged triumphant.

The Windy City Thunderbolts are that one team. They are the 2007 Frontier League champions.

In the deciding fifth game of the series, the T-Bolts just poured it on in their return to Crestwood. A total of 10 runs were scored. It started on the very first pitch of the game. Washington starter Tom Cochran served it up to Rob Marconi who took it deep for a solo home run. Marconi had a huge game. He had 4 hits. He added two more RBI’s, two more doubles, a single, and a stolen base.

Mike Coles added an RBI on a grounder. Phillip Hawke had two base hits and an RBI. Josh Horn had a base hit. Scott Billak also had a huge game. He had a double, a two run double, and went deep for a solo home run in the eighth inning. John McCarthy had three base hits. He had an RBI and a stolen base. Gavin Concepcion had an RBI on a sacrifice.

Tom Cochran got hit by the Windy City offense so much that he got taken out after 1+ innings of work. The Wild Things would use seven pitchers in this game. Meanwhile, T-Bolts starter Shawn Phillips, who previously had never had a good game against the Wild Things, had a great game. Shawn went 6 and 2/3 innings and struck out six batters and gave up just two walks a few hits. That was more than enough for Windy City’s bullpen to close it out.

For Washington, Jarod Rine had two base hits. Matt Sutton had a double and an RBI. Robbie Knapp had an RBI. Rene Quintana had two base hits. Pat O’Brien had a double. Ryan Bethel had a base hit. The Wild Things could not get it together with a string of hits.

Here are some notes and details:

The Thunderbolts become the first #1 seed in the FL postseason to win the championship in all 5 games of the finals. This is also the sixth time the Washington Wild Things have come up short of their goal, making the playoffs in each of their six years, and second time in the finals, but they didn’t win it all. The sprinklers came on late in the game. There was a small delay. It was pretty funny, to be honest.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Washington Wild Things defeated the Gateway Grizzlies

The Washington Wild Things defeated the Gateway Grizzlies once again to take a 2-0 lead in the first round of the Frontier League playoffs. This is the second game that the Wild Things have beaten the Grizzlies at their own game, relying on the long ball.

Mario Garza went deep for home runs twice. He had 4 RBI’s overall. He had a good swing going in this game. Nathan Messner would add a home run of his own. Chris Sidick went 3-for-4 with an RBI. He had an RBI as well. Matt Sutton added an RBI double. Starting pitcher Tom Cochran went 4 and 2/3 innings and had a good game on the mound. He recorded 5 strikeouts.

For Gateway, they sent out Nathan Roush, who wasn’t the #2 starter in the regular season rotation. They could’ve gone with Toro ”The Bull” Trevino, who has been lights out for them. Roush got into trouble right away, giving up 4 runs to the Washington offense. It didn’t get any better for Nathan, and he was pulled not much later.

Jeff Vincent went deep for a solo home run. Dustin Roberts had a good game. He had an RBI double, and RBI single and went deep for a 2-run home run. Stephen Holdren once again hit top tier Wild Things pitching, getting two hits, an infield single and an RBI double.

The defense for the Grizzlies has some flaws. Manny Paula and Charlie Lisk are probably the guys on the team that are most likely to make a defensive mistake. The defense for the Grizzlies was tested often. It’s hard to adjust your fielding when playing in a hitter’s bandbox

Monday, September 3, 2007

Miners lose final game of the year!

Thank you all for reading my blog, I will be back next year, I will keep up to date as far as any transactions go, but not day to day, it'll be month to month..

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Playoff Picture Coming Into Focus

Evansville beat the Miners tonight, so the Miners are eliminated. Rockford and Kalamazoo split their doubleheader, so the Kings retain a half game lead over the RiverHawks. Kalamazoo is in the driver’s seat, as the only way they can lose is if the RiverHawks sweep both games of tomorrow’s doubleheader between the two teams. It’s do or die time in Rockford.

The playoffs start Tuesday, with Gateway hosting Washington and Windy City hosting either Rockford or Kalamazoo.

Miners lost 5-3

WP:Stephen Obenchain 6IP, 3ER, 8H, 2BB, 2K LP: Chris Little 5.2IP, 5R, 0ER, 7H, BB, 2K Drew Moffit 2-4,HR(3), 2B, 3RBI SS Mike Scanzano 4 errors JJ Owen 1-4, RBI Kyle Smith 1-4, R, 2RBI Zack Pace 2-4, R, 2B, RBI