Diamonds in the Rough 9.5 Reviewed by Momizat on . 1-1 in the playoffs on Wednesday with a win in Omaha.  Idaho Falls played their second to last regular season game winning in walkoff fashion.  HR Roll Call W 1-1 in the playoffs on Wednesday with a win in Omaha.  Idaho Falls played their second to last regular season game winning in walkoff fashion.  HR Roll Call W Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 9.5

1-1 in the playoffs on Wednesday with a win in Omaha.  Idaho Falls played their second to last regular season game winning in walkoff fashion.  HR Roll Call Wil Myers (38)

Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Wil Myers 2-2 HR, 2b, HBP, 2 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI

(Photo Minda Haas)

Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Jake Odorizzi 7 IP 5 H 3 ER 2 BB 7 K


Omaha Storm Chasers 8 Albuquerque Isotopes 4
Omaha 1-0 

The Chasers playoff season got off to a good start Wednesday when their top two prospects paved the way to a win.  Wil Myers started the scoring in the bottom of the first when he hit his 38th home run of the season to the right of center, putting the Chasers up 3-0.  Starter Jake Odorizzi cruised through the first four innings allowing just a single in the fourth while tossing just 50 pitches and striking out six before giving up a solo home run in the 5th to Josh Bard.  The right-hander would have to fight through the 5th thru 7th innings, tossing 52 pitches in his final three innings while giving up that Bard home run and another two run shot by Jerry Sands.  A one out double and a walk in the 7th put him in a little danger but Jake was able to get Tony Gwynn Jr. and Dee Gordon to line out to left field to end the threat and his night in a position to win.  Jake worked 90-93 the entire night working both edges of the plate and moving his fastball up and down, he tossed a few slow 72 mph curveballs that looked to be his best breaking pitch while also working a low 80’s change.  With the score 5-3 Roman Colon gave up a solo home run to Josh Fields to cut the lead to a single run but the Chasers offense struck back in the bottom of the inning with some help from the Isotopes defense to put the game out of reach.  The Isotopes switched to a left-hander to spin Irving Falu and Anthony Seratelli to their weaker sides but the plan backfired when Mitch Maier drew a one out walk and was moved to 3rd on Seratelli’s double.  Albuquerque intentionally walked Myers, who reached in all five PA’s, to load the bases to try to get out of the jam and it appeared it the trick may have worked when Clint Robinson popped out to first base for the second out of the inning.  With two down and two strikes on Max Ramirez the Isotopes lefty uncorked a wild pitch that scored Mitch from third while pushing Seratelli and Myers into scoring position.  Following the wild pitch Max Ramirez would force the pitcher to field a ball and make a difficult throw but the ball would get away from first baseman Sands that scored Seratelli and Myers to push the Omaha lead 8-4.  Reliever Tommy Hottovy worked around a couple of base runners in the 9th to secure the win and a 1-0 lead in the series for the defending PCL champs.


W: Odorizzi (1-0, 3.86) L: Nieve (0-1, 13.50)

Albuquerque Isotopes
Dee GordonSS500000002.000
Elian Herrera2B311000012.333
Josh Fields3B411001101.250
Jerry Sands1B412001201.500
Scott Van SlykeRF400000001.000
Trent OeltjenDH401000002.250
Matt AngleCF301100000.333
Josh BardC311001111.333
Tony GwynnLF300000001.000
    a- Alex CastellanosPH000000010.000
a-Walked for Gwynn in the 9th.
2B: Angle (1, Odorizzi).
HR: Bard (1, 5th inning off Odorizzi, 0 on, 2 out), Sands (1, 6th inning off Odorizzi, 1 on, 2 out), Fields (1, 8th inning off Colon, R, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Angle 2; Fields 4; Sands 5; Herrera; Oeltjen; Bard 4.
RBI: Bard (1), Sands 2 (2), Fields (1).
2-out RBI: Bard; Sands 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gordon 2.
SAC: Angle.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
Team LOB: 6.

E: Sands 2 (2, fielding, missed catch), Herrera (1, throw).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Irving FaluSS400000001.000
Mitch MaierRF220000031.000
Anthony Seratelli3B422100011.500
Wil MyersCF2221013201.000
Clint Robinson1B510000000.000
Max RamirezDH401100011.250
Rey Navarro2B512100000.400
Jason BourgeoisLF400000010.000
Adam MooreC401000100.250
2B: Ramirez, M (1, Nieve), Myers (1, Johnson, B), Seratelli (1, Threets), Navarro (1, Threets).
HR: Myers (1, 1st inning off Nieve, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Moore; Seratelli 3; Myers 6; Navarro 3; Ramirez, M 2.
RBI: Myers 3 (3), Moore (1).
2-out RBI: Moore.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bourgeois 4; Maier 2; Robinson, C 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 12.
Albuquerque Isotopes
Fernando Nieve (L, 0-1)2.033322113.50
Will Savage2.01223109.00
Blake Johnson3.02001100.00
Erick Threets1.02312009.00
Omaha Storm Chasers
Jake Odorizzi (W, 1-0)7.05332723.86
Roman Colon (H, 1)1.01110219.00
Tommy Hottovy1.01001200.00
WP: Threets.
IBB: Myers (by Threets).
HBP: Falu (by Savage), Myers (by Savage).

Lynchburg Hillcats 8 Wilmington Blue Rocks 0

Lynchburg 1-0 

The Blue Rocks offense was shutdown by Lynchburg starter Gus Schlosser to fall behind in their series.  The Braves farmhand gave up just three singles and a walk in his eight strong innings, allowing just one Wilmington base runner to reach 2nd.  The Florida Southern right-hander who lead the Carolina league in victories and the top three in strikeouts and ERA among qualified starters put six more Wilmington hitters away on this night.  The Wilmington starter, Brooks Pounders couldn’t quite keep pace giving up two runs in six innings before turning things over to the pen.  That pen took a 2-0 deficit into an 8-0 loss most of which came via Nick Rogers who allowed four runs on five hits and a walk.


W: Schlosser (1-0, 0.00) L: Pounders (0-1, 3.00)

Lynchburg Hillcats
Dan BrewerLF422000000.500
Nick AhmedSS422000210.500
Tommy La Stella2B512000300.400
Chris Garcia1B501000101.200
Adam MilliganRF301000100.333
    David RohmRF100000100.000
Edward SalcedoDH401000011.250
Mycal JonesCF501100002.200
Braeden SchlehuberC312000000.667
Emerson Landoni3B423000001.750
2B: Jones, M (1, Carl).
TB: Jones, M 2; Milligan; Salcedo; Landoni 3; Brewer, D 2; Ahmed 2; Schlehuber 2; Garcia, C; La Stella 2.
RBI: Garcia, C (1), Ahmed 2 (2), La Stella 3 (3), Milligan (1), Rohm (1).
2-out RBI: Garcia, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Brewer, D 2; Schlehuber; Jones, M.
SAC: Brewer, D; Schlehuber.
SF: Milligan.
GIDP: La Stella.
Team RISP: 6-for-15.
Team LOB: 8.

SB: Salcedo (1, 2nd base off Pounders/Graterol), Ahmed (1, 2nd base off Carl/Graterol).
CS: Milligan (1, 2nd base by Pounders/Graterol).

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Orlando CalixteSS400000003.000
Nick Van StrattenDH400000000.000
Lane AdamsRF300000011.000
Matt Fields1B400000001.000
Cheslor Cuthbert3B301000001.333
Brett EibnerCF301000001.333
Geulin BeltreLF300000001.000
Juan GraterolC300000000.000
Angel Franco2B301000000.333
TB: Eibner; Cuthbert; Franco.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Franco.
Team RISP: 0-for-2.
Team LOB: 4.

E: Graterol (1, throw), Fields, M (1, fielding).
DP: (Fields, M-Calixte-Fields, M).

Lynchburg Hillcats
Gus Schlosser (W, 1-0)8.03001600.00
John Cornely1.00000200.00
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Brooks Pounders (L, 0-1)6.07221203.00
Edwin Carl1.13210106.75
Nick Graffeo0.20000100.00
Nick Rogers0.254410054.00
Tyler Sample0.10000100.00


Idaho Falls Chukars 5 Orem Owlz 4

The Chukars season won’t include the playoffs but that didn’t stop them from some excitement with a walkoff win Wednesday.  Down 4-3 the Chukars used a walk by Jared Schlehuber to push the tying run into scoring position, eventually tying the game on Jerico Blanco’s RBI single and scoring the winning run on an error by Orem catcher Anthony Bemboom when he could wrangle in the throw to the plate to attempt to stop Elier Hernandez from scoring the winning run.  Starter Zeb Sneed put together his best start in sometime giving the Chukars five inning of two run ball while striking out 7 against no walks.  Shortstop Adalberto Mondesi went 2 for 4 with his eleventh steal of the season.

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W: Hall (2-1, 2.15) L: Boyd (2-1, 2.14)

Orem Owlz
Sherman Johnson2B402100202.269
Joel CapoteCF411001101.336
Wade Hinkle1B401100001.338
Jonathan WalshLF400000002.293
    Caleb BushyheadLF000000000.267
Michael SnyderDH401000000.331
    1- Kyle JohnsonPR-DH000000000.286
Michael Bolaski3B400000001.289
Chevy ClarkeRF411100001.262
Anthony BemboomC412000000.250
Jose RondonSS410000000.294
1-Ran for Snyder in the 9th.
2B: Johnson, S (12, Sneed), Clarke, C (8, Strahm), Hinkle (21, Lewis).
HR: Capote (4, 8th inning off Lewis, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Johnson, S 3; Bemboom 2; Capote 4; Snyder; Hinkle 2; Clarke, C 2.
RBI: Johnson, S 2 (20), Capote (33).
2-out RBI: Johnson, S 2; Capote.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Capote 2; Walsh, J.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 5.

E: Boyd (2, throw), Bemboom (4, missed catch).
Outfield assists: Clarke, C (Cuckovich at 2nd base).
DP: (Newcomb-Johnson, S-Hinkle).
Pickoffs: Newcomb (Cuckovich at 1st base).

Idaho Falls Chukars
Ethan ChapmanCF511000002.314
Adalberto MondesiSS402000001.290
Nicholas Cuckovich3B302000110.280
Rainier BelloDH400000001.255
Jared Schlehuber1B311001111.278
    1- Carlos GarciaPR010000000.273
Elier HernandezRF311000002.208
Nick DelGuidice2B300000011.287
Jerico BlancoLF402000101.275
Tyler SmithC311001100.273
    a- Parker MorinPH100000001.267
a-Struck out for Smith, T in the 9th.
1-Ran for Schlehuber in the 9th.
HR: Smith, T (1, 6th inning off Newcomb, 0 on, 0 out), Schlehuber (4, 7th inning off Baker, G, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Hernandez; Cuckovich 2; Mondesi 2; Chapman; Smith, T 4; Blanco, J 2; Schlehuber 4.
RBI: Smith, T (1), Cuckovich (43), Schlehuber (18), Blanco, J (15).
SAC: Hernandez.
GIDP: Schlehuber.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 7.

SB: Mondesi (11, 2nd base off Newcomb/Bemboom).
PO: Cuckovich (1st base by Newcomb).

E: Cuckovich 2 (18, fielding, fielding), Smith, T (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Chapman (Clarke, C at 3rd base).
DP: (Chapman-Cuckovich).

Orem Owlz
Mark Sappington3.02000405.15
Aaron Newcomb3.04221214.85
Garrett Baker2.03110313.58
Jake Boyd (BS, 2)(L, 2-1)0.11202102.14
Idaho Falls Chukars
Zeb Sneed5.04220707.43
Matthew Strahm2.01000005.64
Sam Lewis (BS, 1)1.13210113.86
Cory Hall (W, 2-1)0.20000002.15
WP: Sneed, Strahm.
IBB: DelGuidice (by Boyd).
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