|Catcher Justin O'Conner|
The Skitz on the road in Jacksonville turned out a series victory with wins in nearly every possible combination. One game was a 12 run slug fest, one low scoring contest almost got away and one saw a pitcher from the bigs leading us in a shutout.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Look for tough pitching from the Mobile Shippers hurlers. Bats like Drury and Haniger provide the Bay-city pop. Alex Glenn leads the league in runs batted in.
Look for the Biscuits bullpen to be under scrutiny - the late innings have been a weakness even in games Montgomery wins. Biscuit closer Marinez picked up his first save on Friday but didn't exactly slam the door, giving up three hits and a run while getting a four out save. Relievers Markel and Lollis both took losses on the roadtrip, though Markel is one of just two Skitz bullpen tossers to possess a sub-6 ERA.
Johnny Field had the only sacrifice on the trip to Jacksonville.
Richie Shaffer is tied for league lead in strikeouts.
Tyler Goeddel leads Rays minor leaguers in OPS (1.009) and is in the top 5 in BABIP (.471)
Zack Cooper's FIP is the highest in the Rays organization at 19.70, not a good thing.
APRIL 20 1893
Ted Sullivan will manage Montgomery in 1899, our only Irish-born manager!
APRIL 20 1908
The Nashville Vols and Montgomery Senators battle for 15 innings without a run before darkness ends the contest.
APRIL 20 1920
Negro Southern League is Formed- Montgomery Team Will Play Exhibition Game With Crack Indianapolis Club -
The local negro baseball team known as the Grey Sox will open the Negro Sourthern League season in Montgomery on Friday, April 30, May 1 and 2 with the Birmingham Giants. The league is composed of eight clubs, Knoxville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Montgomery, Pensacola, New Orleans, and Jacksonville. The opening dates are Birmingham at Montgomery, New Orleans at Pensacola, Knoxville at Nashville, Jacksonville at Atlanta.
President Staples of the local club has gathered together one of the strongest aggregations of ball tossers in the South, having returned from a scouting trip Wednesday with three new pitchers. He assures the public of clean baseball and is out for the first pennant of the new league. No games will be played in any town when a Southern League team is playing.
|ABC's star O.Charleston|