SPRING PRACTICE (January - February 2012)
Unofficial Recaps by Roger Tower
January 27, 2012 - Blue 2, Gray 0:
Houston doesn't get days as beautiful as this very often. What a wonderful way to start off the spring preseason scrimmages.
I must admit I missed Bruce's help keeping track of pitch counts and batting order changes.
Blue plated two runs in the fifth on Fuda's single through the left-side. This would be the only scores of the day as Blue won 2-0.
Matthew Reckling started for Blue. He shut-out the Gray and allowed only a walk in the third. He faced ten batters while striking out two.
Austin Kubitza started for the Gray. He reached his limit of 50 pitches in his third inning of work with two out and two on. He struck out three, walked three, and allowed four hits. No runs.
It was tied at 0-0 going to the fourth.
John Simms relieved Reckling. Simms also reached his 50 pitch limit in his third inning of work with two outs. He allowed no runs, a double to Stringer, 3 walks, one HBP, and recorded three strike-outs.
Jordan Stephens relieved Kubitza in the fourth. After walking Cook, he picked him off and then retired the next two batters to get out of the inning.
In the fifth, he walked DGL with one out. A fly to second was the second out of the inning. Stainback singled to center advancing DGL to third. third. Stainback reached second when the throw from center to third skipped past Hoelscher. Fuda singled to left scoring two. Fuda was retired trying to take third on the throw home.
Stephens struck the side in the sixth.
For his three innings, Stephens allowed two runs, one ER, two hits, two walks, and he struck-out five.
After six innings, Blue was up 2-0.
J. T. Chargois relieved for Blue in the seventh, He pitched two innings allowing two hits and striking out two. No runs.
Tyler Duffey relieved for Gray and pitched two shut-out innings. He walked one and struck out four.
The final was 2-0 Blue.
Stringer had the only extra-base hit. A double to left. Other hits by the Gray were a single by Manuel and a single by T. Simms.
For Blue, Fuda had three singles, The following Blue players each had a single: Stainback, Ewing and Aquino.
Practice tomorrow at 2:00 PM. Men's Basketball in Tudor at 7:00 PM.
January 28, 2012 - Blue 12, Gray 6:
The Rice women's basketball team won today at Houston and the men's basketball team beat Tulane at Tudor tonight.
Today's scrimmage was a lot different that yesterday when pitching prevailed. Blue winning 12-6 in seven innings.
The hitters began pounding the ball hard in BP and never let up. The Blue team lead the hit parade with 12 hits including two doubles, two triples, and a HR. Gray added eight hits including a HR.
Taylor Wall started for Blue. The good news is he pitched a no-hitter. The bad news is he walked three and hit one. His pitch count got elevated early so he only pitched two innings.
In the first, he walked Ford Stainback. Stainback advanced to second on a wild pitch. Wall then walked Fuda. Chargois flew out to center with Stainback advancing to third. A wild pitch moved Fuda to second.
Rathjen then hit a ball to deep center-field. Williamson ran it down and made the catch. The runners tagged with Stainback scoring easily. Fuda never slowed down and scored from second for a two-run sac-fly for Rathjen.
Wall retired the next batter on a line drive to short.
Zech Lemond started for the Gray. He pitched a perfect first, retiring the side on three outfield outs.
In the second, Wall walked Keenan Cook. Cook advanced to second on an error at first on an attempted pick-offf. Geoff Perrott was HBP. Wall then threw some of his better pitches, striking out the next two hitters and retiring DGL on a fielder's choice grounder to short.
For the day, Wall pitched two innings and allowed 2 runs, 2 ER, no hits, 3 walks, 1 HBP, and had 2 strikeouts.
Lemond ran into trouble in the second. Lewis continued the hitting that he had shown in BP with a double to right-center. Manuel followed with a single to left-center. Runners at the corners. Aquino singled to center, scoring Lewis. Manuel to second.
After a strike-out, Bullington reached on catcher's interference. The bases were now loaded. A PB scored Manuel with Aquino and Bullington each moving up a base. The runner on third was cut down at the plate on a grounder to third. A fly to right ended the inning.
After two innings, the score was tied at two.
Evan Rutter replaced Wall in the top of the third. After tow ground-outs, J. T. Chargois hit a deep HR just to the right of the batter's eye in center. A strikeout ended the inning.
Lemond continued to pitch for the Gray in the third. Blue scored two in the inning. Lewis tripled to dead-center scoring Shane Hoelscher from first. Skyler Ewing sac-fly scored Lewis.
Another fly out ended the inning.
Rutter got a DP grounder to erase Mike Ratterree. Ratterree had reached on a bunt single. Another ground out ended the frame.
The pitching stats for Lemond were three innings, four runs, two ER, four hits, one SO, and one walk.
Jeremy Fant replaced Lemond in the fourth. Aquino greeted Fant with a triple to left-center. With one out, Bullington hit a sac-fly to score Aquino. a strikeout ended the inning.
In the fifth, the Gray scored one run when Fuda singled with two on and two out. A strike-out was the third out.
In the bottom of the inning, Hoelscher doubled to center. Lewis hit a slow roller to short. The throw to first was high allowing Hoelscher to score and Lewis to take second. Lewis stole third but was tagged out trying to go home when the throw got away. The inning ended on a strikeout.
After 5 innings, the score was Blue 6, Gray 4.
Rutter pitched 3 innings, allowed two runs, two ER, four hits, three SO, and no walks.
Trevor Simms relieved Rutter in the top of the sixth. Rathjen walked. Two outs followed. Perrott was hit for the second time on the day. Rathjen going to second. Andrew Murphy singled to center scoring Rathjen and sending Perrott to third. A ground-out to second ended the inning.
Fant pitched the sixth for the Gray. Aquino and Manuel singled. Williamson walked to load the bases. Bullington got plunked, driving home Aquino. A strikeout followed for the first and only out of the inning. When Christian Stringer singled to center, Manuel and Williamson scored. The inning was called.
Score was 9-5 after six in favor of Blue.
Fant's line was 2.1 innings pitched. Five runs, five ER, five hits, three SO, one walk, and one HBP.
T. Simms pitched the seventh. Stainback and Fuda had back-toback singles. With one out and runners on the corners, Rathjen hit his second sac-fly of the day and got his third RBI. A walk and strikeout followed to end the inning.
For his outing, Trevor Simms pitched two innings, allowed two runs, two ER, three hits, one SO, two walks, and a HBP.
Chase McDowell came on to pitch the seventh for Gray. Hoelscher singled to left. He stole second. Lewis walked. A fly out followed moving Hoelscher to third. Manuel then hit a HR to right to score three runs. A strikeout preceded a single by Williamson. Bullington walked and the game was called.
McDowell pitched 0.1 inning allowing three runs, three ER, three hits, and one SO with two walks.
Final was Blue 12, Gray 6
HR: Chargois, Manuel
Triple: Aquino, Lewis
Double: Lewis, Hoelscher
Three Hits: Manuel, Aquino
Two Hits: Hoelscher, Lewis, Stainback, Fuda, Murphy
One hit:Chargois, Ratterree, Stringer, Williamson
RBI: Rathjen (3), Manuel (3), Stringer (2), Bullingtom (2), Fuda, Chargois, Murphy, Lewis, Ewing, Aquino
SB: Lewis, Hoelscher, Williamson
Off day Sunday.
January 30, 2012 - Gray 4, Blue 0
The weather wasn't as nice as the first two days but it was okay. The rain held off and after lots of drills and BP, the teams took the field around 4:45 PM.
Gray pitchers held the Blue squad to two hits and no runs today. Gray scored four runs to win 4-0.
Brad Kottman started for Blue. He pitched a scoreless first inning, giving up a single to Christian Stringer. In the second, Michael Aquino reached on a throwing error. He took second when the ball went over the first-baseman's head.
Craig Manuel followed with an infield single sending Aquino to third. Skyler Ewing singled to left scoring Aquino. Manuel was out trying to go to third. Ewing was picked-off first. A strike-out ended the inning.
With two outs in the third, Derek Hamilton was hit by a pitch and scored on Stringer's double to center. The rally ended on a fly to center.
For his three innings, Kottman gave up two runs, one ER, four hits, one HBP, and he struck-out one.
Ryan McCarthy started for Gray. He pitched three solid innings, allowing only a single to center by Andrew Murphy in the second. In his three inning,s he allowed no runs, one hit, two walks, one HBP, and struck-out.
After three innings, the score was Gray 2 Blue 0.
Connor Mason relieved in the fourth for Blue. In his two inning,s he allowed a single to Aquino in the fourth, and singles by Nick Bullington and Hamilton in the fifth. No runs scored. His totals were no runs, three hits, and one walk.
Andrew Benak pitched the fourth and fifth innings for Gray. Benak faced seven batters, giving up only a bunt single by Murphy who had the two hits for Blue. No runs, no walks, no strike-outs.
After five, it was 2-0 Gray.
Holt McNair pitched the sixth for Blue. After a strike-out and a fly to right, Ryan Lewis singled to left on a checked swing. Aquino then smashed a ball over the left-field fence to make the final 4-0 Gray.
McNair's line was two runs, two ER, two hits, with one strike out.
Hamilton had one single.
Stringer had a double and a single with an RBI.
Lewis had a single and a SB.
Aquino had a single and a two run HR.
Manuel had an infield hit.
Ewing had one single and one RBI. Bullington had a single.
Murphy had the two hits for Blue with a SB.
No practice tomorrow.
February 1, 2012 - Blue 6, Gray 5
Just back from watching Rice MBB beat UTEP on a jumper from the left side by Julian DeBose. Final was Rice 77 UTEP 75.
In the scrimmage today, Blue rallied with five runs in the eighth inning to beat Gray 6-5.
With Matthew Reckling and Austin Kubitza pitching three straight shut-out innings each, it looked as if it would be a low scoring contest.
Each pitcher got touched up for runs in the fourth. Reckling allowed four straight singles (Hamilton, Stringer, Hoelscher and Lewis), Hoelscher and Lewis each getting an RBI. Reckling recorded his sixth strike out. J. T. Chargois singled but Ratterree threw out Hoelscher at the plate. A fielder's choice grounder ended Reckling's day.
In the bottom of the inning, Keenan Cook singled to center with two out and scored on an infield throwing error. A fly ended the rally.
After four innings, Gray lead 2-1.
John Simms relieved in the firth for Blue and Jordan Stephens came on for Gray.
Simms pitched four innings. He gave up two runs in the fifth. Chase McDowell got his first hit of the spring. He advanced to second on a ground-out to the right-side, An outfield fly was the second out. Stringer singled McDowell home and went to second on the throw home. Hoelscher's single to center scored Stringer. A fly-out ended the fifth.
In the seventh, McDowell lead-off with a single. He took second on a ground-out to third with one out. Stringer singled him home for Gray's fifth run. McDowell got his third hit of the day in the eighth but there was no further scoring.
Jordan Stephens pitched shut-out ball for three innings. His pitch count was elevated and he left the game with one on and one out in the bottom of the eight.
The at that time was Gray 5 Blue 1.
J. T. Chargois came in to close for Blue. JT got a fly-out to left for the second out. Consecutive walks loaded the bases for DGL. (Note that Andrew Murphy was in the bull-pen and his AB was delayed.)
DGL ripped a bases clearing double to left. The score was now 5-4 Gray.
Murphy was back from the bullpen. He crushed a drive over the wall in left-center putting Blue up for the first time on the day.
JT got a strike-out to end the inning.
Blue 6 Gray 5 after eight.
Tyler Duffey relieved for Gray and faced three batters in each of his two innings.
Chargois pitched a perfect ninth.
Final Blue wins 6-5.
Stringer and McDowell (3)
Hoelscher, Cook, Murphy, DGL (2)
Hamilton, Lewis, Bullington (1)
Double: DGL (2)
It should be noted that DGL reached base twice on catcher's interference.
February 2, 2012 - Blue 9, Gray 3
On a day when the weather looked threatening,the Owls were able to get in eight innings today with six pitchers getting in work.
Blue scored 6 in the first and 3 in the eighth to post a 9-3 win over Gray.
With the threat of more rain, the pre-squad drills and BP were eliminated and the intrasquad game began at 3:25 PM. DGL and Ryan Lewis were still in class at game time. They arrived around the third or fourth inning.
Taylor Wall started for Blue and pitched four innings, Trevor Simms started for Gray and pitched through the second inning.
In the first, Gray tallied a run on Andrew Murphy's two-out single to center, Murphy was out trying to reach second after the run scored.
Simms had control issues in the first. He walked the lead-off hitter. He walked the second hitter after a pop-foul to first was dropped. Two outs followed and then two more walks forcing home the first run. Keenan Cook singled home two runs. Skyler Ewing hit a two-run triple to right. He would score on a throwing error. An infield error and single by Michael Ratterree ended the inning.
After one inning, it was 6-1 Blue.
In the second, Gray scored another run. With one out Nick Bullington, Chase McDowell and Trevor Simms each singled, Simms getting the RBI. An infield DP ended the inning.
Simms faired better in the second. Craig Manuel doubled. A walk followed. A strike-out was the first out. Once again the pitcher's best friend ended the inning (6-4-3).
Simms pitched two innings allowing 6 runs, 0 ER, 4 hits, 5 walks, and 1 SO.
After two, it was 6-2 Blue.
Wall pitched shut-out ball in the third and fourth. His line for the day was four innings, 2 runs, 2 ER, 5 hits, 2 walks, and 5 SOs.
Zech Lemond relieved in the third for Gray. He pitched three innings. No runs, no hits, no walks, and 4 SOs. In the fifth, he struck-out the side. Each batter going down on a 3-2 count.
Evan Rutter took over for Wall in the fifth.
Shane Hoelscher greeted him with a triple to left-center. Ryan Lewis made his initial appearance of the game count by hitting a sac-fly to deep right scoring Hoelscher. A strike-out, an infield error, a walk, and another strike ended the inning.
After the fifth, the score was 6-3 Blue.
Rutter pitched scoreless ball in the sixth, seventh, and eighth allowing on a single to Christian Stringer.
Rutter pitched four innings with 1 run, 1 ER, 2 hits, 2 walks, and 4 SOs.
Jeremy Fant pitched the sixth and seventh innings for Gray. He gave up a single (DGL) in the sixth along with a walk. In the seventh, Jeremy Rathjen legged out a dribbler toward third. He took second on an errant throw to first.
Fant pitched two innings. No runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, and 3 SOs.
After seven, it was still Blue 6 Gray 3.
Chase McDowell came on to work the eighth for Gray. He got in some good work. DGL got his second single of the day. Ford Stainback singled him home after he had stolen second. After a fly-out, Manuel walked. Jeremy Rathjen followed with a two run triple to center.
The game was called after Chargois walked.
Final Blue 9, Gray 3.
Offensive highlights on the day:
Stringer 1 hit
Hoelscher 2 hits with a triple
Lewis an RBI
Murphy 1 hit and 1 RBI
Williamson 1 SB
Bullington 1 hit and 1 SB
McDowell 1 hit
Trevor Simms 1 hit and 1 RBI
Stainback 1 hit and 1 RBI
Ratterree 1 hit
Manuel 1 double
Rathjen 2 hits with a triple and 2 RBI
Perrott RBI walk
Cook 1 hit and 2 RBI
DGL 2 hits and 2 SB
Ewing a triple with 2 RBI
Hopefully the weather holds tomorrow and Saturday.
The mosquitoes are still out and very hungry.
February 3, 2012 - Blue 8, Gray 4
On a day when the weather looked threatening, the Owls were able to get in eight innings. After tracking storms all afternoon and waiting for the lightning to subside the scrimmage finally got underway around 4:30 PM. All the pitchers scheduled to pitch got in some work.
Blue held a 4-1 lead after two innings. Gray rallied to tie it at 4 in the fourth. Blue scored one in the bottom of the fourth and two in the fifth to win 7-4 in six innings.
Andrew Benak started for Blue and Connor Mason for Gray.
Benak pitched a scoreless first allowing only a single to Craig Manuel. Mason was perfect in the first.
In the second, Gray scored one on a single by Chargois and a one out double by Cook. With runners at second and third, DGL hit a sac-fly to right-field to score Chargois. Benak recorded a strike-out to end the inning.
In the second for Blue, Lewis was HBP. Murphy doubled scoring Lewis. McDowell followed with another double to score Murphy. Ewing then doubled down the left-field line to drive home McDowell. A ground-out to first moved Ewing to third. An infield throwing error scored Ewing and Bullington took second. Another error moved Bullington to third and Hamilton reached first. Christian Stringer singled home Bullington. A DP grounder to second ended the frame.
After two innings, it was Blue 5 Gray 1.
In the third, Ratterree singled with one. He stole second. A pop-fly to center was the second out. Ratterree stole third. Rathjen dribbled one to third for an infield single. Ryan McCarthy replaced Benak and picked Rathjen off first without making a throw to the plate.
Brad Kottman relieved Mason in the bottom of the third. Murphy singled to center for the only hit.
After three, it was Blue up 5-2.
Gray scored two in the fourth off McCarthy. Chargois, Perrott, and Cook each had singles and DGL plated a run with an infield-out.
Blue added to their lead on Williamson's double down the left-field line. He would score on a two-out single by Hoelscher.
After four, it was 6-4 Blue.
McCarthy set down the next six batters he faced. In all he retired eight straight.
In the fifth, Murphy singled through the left-side. His third hit of the day. McDowell singled to right and Ewing doubled both runners home. There were no more hits or runs scored in the inning.
Holt McNair pitched a perfect bottom of the sixth including a game ending strike-out of Murphy.
Final was Blue 8, Gray 4.
Baseball alumni activities tomorrow. Possible practice if the weather holds.