chance of bowl: 13.6%
Erik Bakich keeps reeling 'em in. And he has his first 2015 commit: Charlie Donovan, ranked #2 in the state of Illinois' 2015 class according to Prep Baseball Report:
IL: The first 2015 prospect is off the board, as SS Charlie Donovan (Westmont HS) commits to Michigan. Donovan is ranked No. 2 in Illinois.— Prep Baseball Report (@prepbaseball) August 30, 2012
Westmont is a western suburb of Chicago.
Here's about all the scouting-type info I could find on Donovan (from a PBR item from April 2012):
Charlie Donovan, Westmont HS, Class of 2015 came in for relief and might be one of the best freshmen in the state. The 6-fooot, 160-pound RHP/SS ran his fastball up to 83 mph and features a 69 mph breaking ball with tight spin and sharp break.
His travel team, Gravel Baseball, recently won the 15u Perfect Game World Series, with Donovan leading his team with 10 RBI during the tournament.
Original caption: Westmont's Charlie Donovan shifts from shortstop to pitch in relief in the Sentinels home game with Lisle on Monday, April 23, 2012 (photo source).
Well lets keep the winning streak and open thread streak going.
- Austin Jackson CF
- Omar Infante 2B
- Miguel Cabrera DH
- Prince Fielder 1B
- Brennan Boesch RF
- Delmon Young LF
- Jhonny Peralta SS
- Alex Avila C
- Ramon Santiago 3B
No idea why Leyland went with Delmon in left over Dirks against a RHP but whatever. Greinke holds has a 6.19 ERA since joining the Angels so here's to hoping the Tigers bats can finally live up to potential and tag some pitchers.
Note: Pujols not playing for the Angels tonight but they did score 14 runs without him last night as well.
Tigers bats are silent against a soft tossing lefty again, color me surprised. Miguel left the game in the 2nd with what's being called a, "sore ankle" and he is now day-to-day, get healthy soon big man.
JV has been strong but gave up back to back hits in the 4th with the latter being a 2 run HR. Here's to hoping the open thread has some sort of curse lifted and the Tigers can pull this one out before the halos come in tomorrow.
EDIT: Tigers win 3-2
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer Billy Hamilton bolted to his record 146th stolen base of the season and kept running Tuesday night, swiping four in the first game of Double-A doubleheader.
Hamilton added his 147th steal in the final inning of Pensacola's 4-2 loss to Montgomery. Hamilton stole 104 in the first half of the season with Class A Bakersfield, then was promoted to the Southern League.
Hamilton broke the record for steals by minor league teams affiliated with big league organizations set by Vince Coleman in 1983 with 145 for Macon in the Class A South Atlantic League.
The modern major league record was set by Rickey Henderson with 130 in 1982.
Hamilton stole second base in the first inning, then swiped second and third in the third inning to eclipse Coleman's mark. Hamilton made a headfirst slide for the record-breaker and Pensacola manager Jim Riggleman, who was coaching third base, gave him a hearty handshake as the crowd rewarded the speedster with a standing ovation.
Hamilton's teammates came out of the dugout to applaud him. Ryan LaMarre, who was batting at the time for the Blue Wahoos, came down the third base line to congratulate him.
The 21-year-old Hamilton has been caught stealing 33 times this season. He has forced many errors and balks while on the bases.
Hamilton has played 120 games this year. Coleman played 113 games during his record-setting season and was caught stealing 31 times.
EDIT: Source - The Sporting News.
Ryan LaMarre is an outfileder that played for UM
Most here are likely (as the baseball fans on this board seem to be predominately Detroit Tiger fans) to remember Jim Joyce as the 1st Base umpire who blew the 9th inning call in what would have been a Perfect Game for Armando Galarraga in the 2010 season. As I recall, what initially was an ugly situation that night quickly evolved into nearly a completely "feel-good' situation when Joyce showed sincere contrition for his bad call, while Galarraga publicly forgave Joyce. Both men showed the Sports World what total class is all about, by taking the high road in a situation where many would struggle.
I just came across this new story about Jim Joyce tonight:
Turns out Joyce stepped up to the plate again in a crisis and proceeded to be instrumental in saving a life. Next time I'm at a ballgame and cuss out an umpire, I'm gonna make sure first that the Ump isn't Joyce, who, IMO, has earned a free pass from me for the rest of his umpiring career!
Hector Gutierrez has committed to play baseball at Michigan, according to Prep Baseball Report:
MI: No. 9 Hector Gutierrez, RHP/SS, Detroit Western International, 2013 commits to play at the University of Michigan.— Prep Baseball Report (@prepbaseball) August 17, 2012
Google led me to little information about Gutierrez. But in addition to being PBR's #9 player in the state of Michigan for 2013, Michigan Baseball Prospects has Gutierrez ranked #7 in their 2013 rankings. So along with Jackson Lamb, this is the second top-10 in-state player that Erik Bakich has landed in the short time since his hiring.
Original caption: Detroit Western Cowboys sophomore pitcher Hector Gutierrez tries to close out the 5th inning during the quarterfinal MHSAA baseball championship game in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Photo source.