Batavia dropped Jamestown 8-1 in rather easy fashion Friday night. They jumped all over Jamestown starter Ramon Del Orbe (with all of one hit) to grab a 4-0 lead before Jamestown even got to hit. It was basically over right there.
Ramon Del Orbe
The Jamestown starter had been pretty solid this year in two starts, allowing 10 hits and just two walks, but the 20-year-old native of the Dominican Republic simply didn’t have it tonight.
Routinely falling behind in the first, Del Orbe walked four of the first six hitters he faced with a David Washington lined single in between. Four runs scored in the frame despite Del Orbe only allowing the one single, but first pith balls to six of the eight hitters he saw will come back to haunt you every time.
In the second, he grooved a fastball to leadoff man Steve Ramos, which was crushed for a homer just to the left of the batter’s eye. If you’ve never been to Diethrick Park, that’s a shot. He threw just the two innings, allowing five earned.
Overall, I saw Del Orbe Sunday when he went six innings and scattered seven hits. His command was much better then to say the least, but Batavia hit him pretty hard again tonight. Even the outs were loud.
It’s boom or bust with Manzueta. He has a pretty good fastball and compliments it with what looks like a slider. He threw three innings tonight, struck out four (including striking out the side in the fourth) and allowed four hits. Like Del Orbe, he grooved a fastball which was a hit a country mile by Jesus Montero to left-center.
But, three innings and just one earned (off a homerun nonetheless) is nothing to complain about.
Here’s what I’m talking about, though. He’s allowed 11 hits (and some loud ones) in 9.2 innings pitched, but has a — get ready for it — 14:1 strikeout to walk ratio. The guy is racking up the K's, but doesn't avoid contact nearly as much as you'd think by looking at those numbers.
First look at the righthander who is on a rehab stint after getting hurt June 3 for Jupiter. Cargill allowed lined shot singles against his first two batters but impressed me from there on out.
He got Garrett Wittels to ground one up the middle, which Anthony Gomez made a nice scoop and flip to Rony Peralta to start a double play.
He then sat down Batavia 1-2-3 in the 7th. The sidearmer threw pretty hard. With the year he’s having in Jupiter, he won’t be here long.
Slight complaint: He didn't move on a pitch that got away from catcher Brian Dice. The runner scored from third, beating a diving Dice.
Hitters of note
Juancito Martinez continues to have a solid year. The centerfielder walked twice and stole his fifth bag of the year. He’s 11-for-37 on the year with six walks. Really has been the lone bright spot of the offense.
Night off yesterday did Austin Nola well. The rookie out of LSU went 2-for-4 tonight to bump his average to .179. He's got a nice swing and a pretty good eye at the plate so you have to assume the hits will start coming.
Loved Steve Ramos, the Muckdogs leadoff hitter. He came into the game hitting .314 and had another nice day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a walk. He came around to score all three times and lined a bullet of a homerun.
Best part of his night, though, was with two outs in the sixth when Ramos sprinted home on a passed ball to score Batavia’s seventh run.
Cleanup hitter David Washington is a bit of a free swinger, but he ripped a single early and crushed a double in the ninth to score a run as well.
But it was Breyvic Valera who had the best night, albeit quietly. The second baseman went 4-for-5 with four singles. He also showed nice range at second when he went to his right to backhand a well-hit ball off the bat of Rony Peralta. He set himself easily and had the throw beat Peralta by a few steps.