Thursday, May 21, 2009

Brief Thursday Rundown

Don't have much time today for detailed analysis, but here's some quick hits from yesterday's games:

Collin DeLome struck out two more times on Wednesday, but stole his fifth base of the season. His power/speed combination is very intriguing, but he's got to either walk more or start making better contact to advance up the ladder.

Shortstop Wladimir Sutil was 2 for 2 with a sacrifice fly in the game. Since returning to the field after a sore hamstring sidelined him for almost two weeks, Sutil has been slow to come around at the plate. He had put together a nice April and was improving in May before the injury. He already plays solid defense at shortstop and with a good bat, he'll make a nice utility infielder off the bench.

Righthander Casey Hudspeth (3-3) threw six innings in the Corpus Christi loss. The 24-year old allowed 10 hits and three earned runs, striking out one and walking two. His two favorable stats on the afternoon were that he was very efficient, needing just 78 pitches to complete six innings, and that he allowed a 1/1 G/F ratio.

Lancaster almost played two whole games last night, as the game against Lake Elsinore went 17 innings. All but two of the JetHawks picked up hits in the game. The unluckiest of the bunch was definitely Craig Corrado, who's been hitting well lately, but was 0 for 8 with a run scored, an RBI and three strikeouts. Koby Clemens and Jon Gaston both had three hits while Clemens had two RBIs to lead the team.

Starter Chris Hicks turned in a bounce-back start after getting roughed up over the weekend. Hicks posted his second highest game score of the season with a 57 after going six innings and allowing six hits and one earned run. He also struck out three and walked two while inducing two double plays. This game was only the second time this season Hicks has pitched into the sixth inning, after being used primarily as a reliever at Georgia Tech.

Three other relievers pitched at least three innings in the game, as Bryan Hallberg, Phillip Rummel and the recently-promoted Jack Tilghman all three three frames. Rummel got the victory, though he was the only one of the three to allow a run. 26-year old Reid Kelly pitched the last inning for his second save of the season.

Lexington starter Brad Dydalewicz had a so-so return on the mound. He only lasted two innings, giving up three hits and his first run of the season while striking out two and walking three. The earned run came off a solo home run in the second inning.

As much as I've complained about the lack of offense by the Legends this season, four different Lexington players finished Wednesday's game with multiple hits. Michael Diaz was 3 for 5 while Jay Austin was 2 for 5 and Ebert Rosario and Brandon Barnes each had two hits. Steve Brown, in his own return from the DL, hit a home run while Ronald Ramirez tripled.

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