I was in attendance at Nashville's game at Iowa tonight. Amaury Rivas was not locating his pitches very well. Admittedly the umpire was not calling the low strike for any pitchers--starters, relievers, Sounds or Cubs--tonight. Mike McClendon was much better at getting his pitches in the strike zone but they were all of the hittable variety leading to an offensive explosion for the I-Cubs. There were other sorts of explosions. Rivas didn't appear to be listening to what Martin Maldonado had to say to him. He walked away from his catcher a few times, to the point that Mat Gamel came out to the mound to talk his pitcher through a tough spot. Gamel is showing some leadership ability on the field. His throwing ability from 3rd base is essentially unchanged. It's not that he's not trying.... I was also very impressed with Caleb Gindl's hitting. As for his error in the 5th, that was a team effort compounded by Rivas not being where he was supposed to be, namely backing up home plate.
The Arizona Rookie League is now over for 2011. Highlights from that game and from the others after the jump.
Player/Pitcher Points of Interest
|Brock Kjeldgaard||Huntsville||RF||4||3||4||2||0||0||0||.269||2B, HR (2)|
|Scooter Gennett||Brevard County||2B||5||2||2||0||0||2||0||.300|
|Shea Vucinich||Brevard County||SS||3||3||2||1||1||0||0||.261||3B|
|D'Vontrey Richardson||Brevard County||CF||4||2||3||1||1||0||0||.278|
|Scott Krieger||Brevard County||LF||4||2||2||1||0||1||1||.278|
|Mike Roberts||Brevard County||C||4||0||2||2||0||1||0||.240||2B|
|Nick Ramirez||Wisconsin||DH||3||1||2||1||1||1||0||.197||2B (2)|
|Dan Merklinger||Huntsville||6.0||6||4||3||3||6||0||3.97||W, 9-8||HBP|
|Evan Anundsen||Brevard County||5.0||6||3||3||2||2||1||3.97||W, 5-2|
|Casey Medlen||Wisconsin||2.1||2||1||1||0||4||0||2.22||L, 1-1|