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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rick82Orcs are a really deep team right now. Felix vs. Lester tomorrow. Will be a tough game. Hope we're up for it.1 hour 35 min ago
rick82Boy our infield looked good tonight.1 hour 37 min ago
DaddyOThat would have been a tough game to let slip away. What in the world was Romero doing trying to steal third with two outs, then getting picked off trying again?! Bonehead play that prevented a chance at a run that was nearly needed in the 9th.1 hour 41 min ago
Gordon GrossLefty Kevin Brown would be amazing. The As announcers referenced Andy Pettite, as is apparently the normal reference for Paxton, about 43 times, and then talked up his first-round pedigree and killer stuff. Talked about the Paxton/Gray duels we should be seeing for years, like they wanted us to step up to the plate and get back to the Early 2000s when the division was insanely fun. Here's hoping.2 hours 24 min ago
IcebreakerXThe lack of K's is reminding me of how Verlander started off. Verlander had meh K/9 and ERAs for a bit before he became VERLANDER. The good thing is that we're getting the meh K's but good results!2 hours 42 min ago
GrumpySo I guess Paxton is turning out to be a LH Kevin Brown (dominant ground baller + dominant Ks)? I'll take that every 5 days...3 hours 14 min ago
mojicianWas Sonny Gray born through selective breeding, hatched or just pieced together in a lab? How do you breed for a curve ball trait anyway? Whatever the case, Paxton takes on the Orc-Child in a battle of phenom-eminence. Vegas has the odds at -140 Oakland. The Vegas oddsmakers may be guilty of over thinking this matter. All they had to do was ask: Whose ERA is half of whose, and then set odds accordingly.7 hours 19 min ago
SABR MattIf we don't fall out of contention, it will be because Corey Hart and Michael Saunders helped us. Saunders in particular could be a HUGE boost.15 hours 42 min ago
moethedogWe were always going to have a 0-3 or 1-3 stretch. They can't be avoided. Let's hope ours is behind us.16 hours 1 min ago
rick82It does feel that way, but let's see what happens in the next two days. If we steal a game tomorrow, and Felix dominates, we may be feeling different.1 day 3 hours ago
Gordon GrossWe'll see. It's a bad week to have a bad week, but nobody's running away with the 2nd wildcard. We have offensive and pitching reinforcements. We'll see if and how we deploy them, but this is where a manager has to pull the right strings and get a lil lucky. We haven't been lucky the last week. Give it a minute to see if that continues.1 day 3 hours ago
SABR Mattwe are about to swoon out of the race IMHO1 day 3 hours ago
GLSLove to see the M's go after Hammel in the offseason.1 day 7 hours ago
DaddyOThe starting pitching seems to have hit a wall, and except for Ackley's resuscitating 3-run bomb in the final game vs. Washington this offense is again on life support. We are hanging in the Wild Card 2 chase only because our nearest competitors are also struggling. But we are letting more teams creep into the competition. Hope our current struggles are like they've been all year, temporary. What's worrisome is this is the first time the pitching has contributed to the struggles.1 day 7 hours ago
IcebreakerXThe good ship is on fire...1 day 8 hours ago
rick82Grand Slam Quintero should be activated immediately to put fear in the hearts of the Orcs!1 day 11 hours ago
moethedogThe Mariners have placed first baseman Jesus Montero on the suspended list for the remainder of the 2014 season, the team announced. The move comes as no surprise given that Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik recently said that Montero wouldn’t play again this year in order to focus on off-the-field issues. Montero’s suspension and Willie Bloomquist being moved to the 60-day DL creates two spots on the team’s 40-man roster that have been filled by catcher Humberto Quintero and right-hander Carson Smith, who had their contracts selected in corresponding moves.1 day 11 hours ago
rick82So nice to see our consolation prize draft pick salvage the weekend of Stasburg, Harper and Rendon.1 day 14 hours ago
MtGrizzly‬"I just think he's turned a corner," manager Lloyd McClendon said after Ackley finished 2-for-4 to lift his batting average to .260. "He believes in what he's doing and he's very confident in the type of player he is, and it's showing up in the field."‬2 days 5 hours ago
MtGrizzlyAckley is in a nice zone right now. He's very calm looking in the batter's box, which is nice to see.2 days 6 hours ago
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