Monday, April 16, 2018

Twofer!


Twofer!

Thats what you get when the last weeks post didn't go through. Technical reasons are my only excuse, though I don't know where the foul up happened.

Anyways, here is an update....

The Biscuits aren't winning ball games.

Manager Brady Williams hasn't even begun to worry, many teams start slow but if the Biscuits don't right the ship it could be a long summer at Riverwalk Stadium.

When the runs have scored, it isn't enough. When they do score enough, its WAY more than needed. Since squeaking out a one run victory on opening day, the Montgomery squad has only won twice, both times by at least six runs. Great for the run differential but not so good on the W-L category!



GAME TIME CHANGED
The game time for Friday, April  27th was moved from 6:35 to Noon, in order to accommodate the expected crowds for the EJI concert at the amphitheater.

Somewhat unusual to see a team give up a big Friday home night game for a nooner. Good bet the picture frame giveaway will be moved to a later date.


THE GRAPE JELLY SERIES
BISCUITS FACE SMOKIES
The Biscuits begin a homestand against the Cubs affiliate this week. While many of the top prospects have been through double-A, the Smokies have more than a few players ranked among the organizations best.

Currently injured is Adbert Alzolay, the Cubs #1 prospect and infielder Gioskar Amaya, ranked tenth.

Among the active guys, Oscar De La Cruz, Thomas Hatch, Mike Rucker and Trevor Clifton are right handed pitching prospects. Shortstop Zack Short (of course) and third baseman Vosler are also among the Cubs best minor leaguers with the Smokies this year.



WHAT TO LOOK FOR

So far this year the Smokies have had similar luck as the Biscuits and both teams are looking to turn around their slow starts.

The Biscuits pitching should be good enough to give the Smokies hitters fits, if the Skitz can limit the mistakes in the hitting zone. The bats for both teams have been inconsistent, there is no guessing what this series will bring. Even the pitching matchups are best guess.


GAME ONE
Cabrera v Clifton on Monday, should be a nice pitching matchup.

GAME TWO
Lee v Robinson
Biscuit-fest, tasty specialty biscuits for sale.

GAME THREE
 J.D. Martin v Hatch
Monty Biscuit pillow giveaway

GAME FOUR
Moss v De La Cruz
Mardi Gras Night, Crawfish Boil

GAME FIVE
Lopez v tba
Pink Out the Park, Pink Jersey Auction night


AROUND THE LEAGUE
Many of our fave coaches make their return to the league, some with excellent MLB experience. Doug Drabek is the pitching coach for the Generals and Barons coach Rich Dotson both have excellent major league careers

Over in Jacksonville Randy Ready, Kevin Witt and Storm Davis also bring fine MLB resume's to the coaching staff. The Lookouts Manager Tommie Watkins got into a few games with the Twins and his hitting coach Javier Valentin had some fine big league years as a backup backstop.

So dig through your old baseball cards and start up a conversation, these guys have some great stories!




APRIL16 1944 
The NY Black Yankees face the Baltimore Elite Giants in an exhibition game in Montgomery, pitting two of the most respected negro league teams in baseball against each other.


Giants assistant manager George Scales is a former Montgomery Gray Sox player.
 

APRIL 18 1955 
Pitcher Troy Herriage sparks Montgomery into first place and picked up a win with his six hit complete game against macon.

Herriage also picked up the win in the opening game of the season. Herriage pitched well around four Montgomery errors, stranding 11 Macon runners as the Rebels get 15 hits to win, led by George Toepfer four-for-five.


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