Thursday, April 18, 2013

Biscuits v BayBears -Thirsty Thursday preview 4-18

Thirsty Thursday is always a fave of mine, and today even more so, as I get to join the broadcast booth for the fourth inning of todays game!

I will sit in for an inning with Aaron Vargas, who is doing a fine job at making a name for himself in broadcasting, and deservedly so. After a season as the side man for new ESPN utility guy Joe Davis, Aaron has taken on the challenge of doing Biscuit games solo. Brave man. Good voice. Probably not getting lonely yet, but I think its important to liven things up for him.

I hope I can be interesting enough to bring back sometime, but not intrusive.
I had asked about doing such a thing early in the year, and was told last week it could happen. I have always wanted to broadcast baseball on the radio, in highschool a friend and I would turn down the ESPN Sunday night games and do our own calls. Now Dave works calling college football and hoops, as well as dog and horse races. But I beat him to calling baseball!

This Thirsty Thursday is Pub Crawl Night, ALWAYS a popular event!
Drink specials by inning, often quite abit more affordable and assuredly more interesting than just the usual beer-wine-daquirita.

Oh and there is a game - and a good matchup
Mobiles prospect starting pitcher Anthony Meo will take on Montgomerys prospect pitcher Enny Romero.
SP Enny Romero

Jake Thompson working
Hot hitting Robby Price was mentioned on FanGraphs, his homerun/walk/strikeout ratios make him one of the top ten rated players in the Southern league.
The other Biscuit on the Fangraphs list for the Southern League is a pitcher, Jake Thompson on the list of top ten starters in strikeout/walk regressed ratios.

Former Biscuit Derek Dietrich is on the list for age 23-and-younger players. Dietrich now in the Marlins chain at double-A Jacksonville.
this pic of Dietrich never gets old

Skitz pregame warmups

The Biscuits shut down BayBears 3-2 on Wednesday, the bullpen doing a nice job of making a one run lead hold up.

Starter Merrill Kelly was fabulous early, not allowing a hit until the fourth inning, earning the win with five innings, two K's and two earned runs.
Marquis Fleming pitched well, as did Andrew Bellatti in his first appearance with Montgomery.
Bellatti's Biscuit Debut
Sandoval got the save, seemingly earning the closers role after hitting 99 on the stadium gun earlier in the homestand, tonight striking out one while working one and one-third inning to close the door. 
Catcher Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas kept up his assault on Mobile pitching, hitless in two trips but he had a sac fly to score the first run of the game.

O'Malley was the hero batting in the ninth spot. His two out, two run triple in the second inning plated G-man and Kiermaier which was the difference.

The play of the game was in right field where Mikie Mahtook patrols, and patrols efficiently. He made several putouts including this one that carried him up and over the concrete wall.

The BayBears threats Evans and Griffin were held to just one hit in five trips, earning three walks as pitchers learn to work around them in the lineup.
Starter Zeke Spruill was very good, striking out four in seven and a third innings.

Prospect starter Spruill also picked off a baserunner with a good move, though it took him several throws over to finally catch Morrison attempting a steal.

George "Lucky" Whiteman

If you have been reading the Lucky Whiteman story as he travels from minors to majors and back again, you probably see that where Lucky goes he hits and where Lucky hits he wins. His list of pennants and accomplishments get noticed a hundred years ago just like they get noticed today!

Lucky has been through the Texas League, gotten a cup of coffee with the Red Sox, had a two year stay in Montgomery playing in Cramton Bowl, made another trip to the bigs as a Yankee, a failed attempt to jump to the outlaw Federal League and hammered out a reputation for winning in Toronto.

Now Lucky finds himself caught between two famous curses and the biggest games of his life - read it here tomorrow!

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