Scott Savastano

Games of July 19, 2012 -- Part II

No dramatic finish, no progress from Noesi

AAA -- Sacramento 14, Tacoma 3 [Box]

Nowhere near the drama in Tacoma on Thursday night compared to the Wednesday night/Thursday morning 18-inning extravaganza ended by utility guy Scott Savastano's "Employee of the Month" moment.  Larry Stone has more on Savastano, with video of the game-winning shot and ensuing semi-dogpile, plus audio from Rainier broadcaster Mike Curto, who called the whole game solo.  Curto has more on the game as well, including the tidbit that, even though the Sacto pitcher in the 18th was an outfielder, he'd pitched in college and was throwing 91 (and struck out Nick Franklin on three pitches).  Both their excellent blogs are linked over on the left column.

In an unusual twist, the performance of the 26-year-old minor-league lifer actually overshadowed a brilliant outing by Top 5 prospect Danny Hultzen (Talk40 #2A).  Curto says:

Hultzen had his best outing as a member of the Rainiers, going six innings and allowing two hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts. He gave up one run, on a solo home run to Jermaine Mitchell to lead off the sixth inning.

Hultzen had tremendous command of all of his pitches for the first five innings. Both of his walks came in the sixth inning, after an error put a man on with one out.

Oh, yeah, there was a game on Thursday, too.  It was Oakland's minor leaguers teeing off on Hector Noesi  (if you're dying to know the damage, it was 5.0 IP, 10 R, 9 ER), so maybe it's better to just keep the focus on Savastano and Hultzen.

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Tacoma RainNow we get the news that Blake Beavan has signed a minor league deal with Arizona... What are these Mariners doing??? ... Oh wait... did I write Beavan... never mind.50 min 41 sec ago
misterjonezThat does seem to have become a 'must' at this point, Griz. Before, they could have theoretically punted and been ~ok, but now without their most productive OF from 2014 (on a per-AB basis, anyway) they're really going to need to solidify one of the corners. I suppose Melky could do.4 hours 39 min ago
MtGrizzlyJack had better land an OF now.6 hours 12 min ago
misterjonezAgreed on trading Walker andpicking up one of the three aces (I'd be ok with Shields) but that would work well. Still, it's a little more aggressive than even the FO seemed to signal they were willing to be this offseason. If it netted us Kemp+Shields/Lester/Scherzer, though...nah, that's probably too much money. Not sure I see an MLB-ready COF that could make an impact this year that's available. Souza, maybe, but he's no sure thing...I dunno. Happ for Saunders is interesting, but it really does call a few things into question.6 hours 34 min ago
IcebreakerXGo Blue Jays.6 hours 46 min ago
SilentpadnaDoc, site is all out of whack today....Originally tried to put the shout below into the "paradox" post comment section. No luck. Logging in is tough.... navigation not responding....just an FYI - as if you needed it.7 hours 33 min ago
SilentpadnaGet Lester or Sherzer. The offense ain't a juggernaut of course. If you can't give in to the con artists who want your aces, you always have alternatives. There are two sitting out there right now. They have the cash earmarked, which is useless until they deploy it. So deploy it. Get me some Scherzer or Lester. Cool by me. Then, if you have to trade Walker, you make THEM add the sweeteners.7 hours 35 min ago
GrumpyBlarg.7 hours 50 min ago
moethedogIf we trade Walker for one year of Upton and we don't win a World Series I'm going to cry out loud. One year of Upton? Justin Upton is very nice. Not THAT nice.8 hours 6 min ago
moethedogMe thinks he dith protest too much. Well..."dith" probably isn't a word. It's as close to the past tense of "doth" as I can come up with. I just get the sense he and the Skipper had it out in private one time.8 hours 17 min ago
mojicianI don't get what the Mariners had against Saunders. He was a 1. Fan Favorite, with 2. The coolest nickname on the team, 3. He was worth the arbitration money that he was owed next year, even if he only played 70 games, he slotted as a fourth outfielder like peas and carrots. I also don't get why he complained about playing time when he had an advanced injury history. Maybe behind closed doors, the Condor squawked too much. Or something.9 hours 41 min ago
Tacoma RainThe $7 to 10 million in this market probably buys you one whale of a pitcher... be it Masterson or Liriano or ....9 hours 45 min ago
Tacoma RainLast point... with the winter meetings happening in a couple days, why not wait to see if you could get more? Was Jack actually worried that Happ was the best he could do for Saunders? in this offense starved market?9 hours 48 min ago
mojicianGood point Tacoma. Condor had better not dive for anything in Toronto.9 hours 48 min ago
moethedogI would like to dislike this move, as Daddy does, but I can't bring myself to. I don't like it, mind you. But moving Saunders for something not-terrific was a fait accompli a while back. If we move Taijuan for Kemp now, well....I won't know what to say. With guys available for lesser things, I think I would dislike that move. To tell you the truth....you could probably get Craig for a very affordable amount. Now that I would be WAY in for! Will take Souza, BTW....and grin ear-to-ear. Gordon is probably right about Kivlehan, he's not ready "now." The question is whether he would be ready by June 1st? On that, I will not bet against him. In fact, I would bet a fair sum on him.9 hours 50 min ago
Tacoma RainBy the way, if Saunders and his $3.5M salary are worth Happ and his $6.7M salary... then Jack should be able to trade Erasmo for Allen Craig or Victorino & cash.9 hours 56 min ago
Tacoma RainHow much does Jack hate Saunders to send his beaten up body to the astro-turf in Toronto. There is no way Saunders will survive 50 games per year actually played in Toronto.9 hours 58 min ago
DaddyOBy itself I do NOT like this move. My only hope is that other larger but related moves make how I feel about this one irrelevant. Say, for example, that we get Kemp at a greatly reduced cost in exchange for Walker. I don't want to give up Walker...if we do Kemp should come with some very serious salary offset.10 hours 9 min ago
Bat571I've really wanted Kemp, but not if it costs Taijuan or any of the other "core" guys (Taijuan, Paxton, Miller, Zunino). D.J. I'm less attached to, especially now that Seager has been extended. But if the Ms could get Souza for Ackley (to play 2B for the Nats), and they could sign Melky for ~4/$60M, it probably is better now than getting Kemp at the price they're talking. And "scrap-heap" is what Happ is - once a prized prospect, now likely Noesi redux. Bleeeccchh!!! Go get Melky, Z, and lets get the Dominican dancing going in the 'Pen.10 hours 10 min ago
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