I watched the HR derby (well, the first round of it) yesterday. It's so much better on mute.
What is the sound of no fans watching? It's really hard to get interested about this team these days now that Baez and Soler are gone. Zeke DeVoss had a nice one, with a home run and a double. I wonder if people will start to build his stock now that he's arguably the best positional prospect on the team. Wes Darvill had a triple and a walk. Both Elliot Soto and Dustin Geiger were 1-4 with a walk. Taiwan Easterling went 2-4 with a pair of RBI to push his average back over .200.
Zach Cates struggled in 5 innings of work. He only struck out 2 (the same amount he walked), and he allowed 4 runs (3 earned). Chang-Yong Lim also allowed a run in an inning, and did Larry Suarez. Remember when people were excited about Larry Suarez? That's what can happen regarding IFA signings. Jeffrey Lorick allowed 2 runs in his inning, but only 1 was earned. Frank of the Valley was scoreless in the 9th.
Great day for our Cougs. Gioskar Amaya was 3-5 with 2 runs and walk, also stealing a base and committing an error. He's on fire in July: over 45 AB, he's .378/.462/.578. It's nice to see that return. Albert Almora went 2-5 with a walk and a run scored. Dan Vogelbach had a trio of singles and a walk; his average sits at .282. Jeimer Candelario was only 1-6 but he did hit a double and drive in 2. Carlos Escobar was 2-3 with a double and 2 walks. Willson Contreras was a double and home run shy of the cycle, going 3-5 and driving in 2. He also had an error.
Felix Pena drew the start but lasted only one inning. He allowed 2 runs, 1 earned. Lendy Castillo came in relief and didn't shit all over everything, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks over 4 innings. Nathan Dorris collected the win with 7 outs of no-run ball, and Michael Hamann went 1.2 innings, allowing nothing for the save.
I can't get over how cool the Hops logo is. Unfortunately for them, their team is garbage. Yasiel Balaguert yo-yo'd his way back onto the Boise roster and went 1-4. He was then caught stealing. Daniel Lockhart and David Bote each had doubles and an RBI, but Lockhart added a single. Jose Dore was 2-4 with a double and a home run; he drove in 3. Justin Marra was 1-4 but the one hit was also a home run. Carlos Penalver was 2-4 with a double.
Duane Underwood was really hittable in his start, but only allowed 1 of his 10 baserunners to score in 5 innings. Dillon Maples was demoted to Boise to work on mechanics, and he walked 3 batters to lead off the 6th before exiting. He's cooked. To his credit, Hoffner inherited Maples' runners and allowed NONE of them to score. He went 3 merciless innings where he struck out 2 and allowed no hits or walks. He deserves some credit. Seriously, I want to buy Corbin Hoffner a beer, so I should find a way to make that happen. My main man Carlos Martinez-Pumarino answered the call I put out yesterday, but it was a wrong number. 1 inning, 4 hits, 3 runs, 1 HR alowed. The damage was a 3-run blast. I rushed him, so you can put this one right on me.
Pitching-wise, Erick Leal was torched for 6 runs in 3 innings. It was his first poor outing all year.