New forum, Cutch takes D honors

The discussion forum is now up and running. You’ll need to register with a valid email addy before the forums will be visible or to post. There is also a forum for posting comments about blog posts.

A few folks emailed letting me know that Romak had played for Team Canada and that’s why he was gone from Hawaii. I missed him moving on there – my bad, and thanks for the email corrections.

How about Phoenix taking home a 4th consecutive title in the AFL? Congrats to all the players.

That being said, Nyjer Morgan played a very selfish game. It started with a base running 101 mistake: don’t make the first or third out at third base.

Morgan doubled to lead off the game and was nailed at third stretching it out. Pennington then stroked a single which would have scored Morgan making the out all that more costly. In the third, Jason Delaney (Altoona) stroked a solid single into left center and was picked off daydreaming at first. In the 7th, Morgan walked and then overslid second on a single ground ball to second and was nailed yet again.

And as if all that wasn’t enough, with Phoenix up 2-1 starting the bottom of the 7th, Indy reliever Chris Hernandez took over who had yet to allow an earned run in 13 AFL innings. After a bloop leadoff single by Brad Snyder, Elvis Andrus crushed a deep fly ball to Morgan at the wall and the ball went in his glove and popped out as he hit the wall. Morgan was saved embarrassment since it was not called an error.

So Hernandez was stuck with men at second and third and no outs and was able to hold the Rafters to one run from a sac fly and then strand the runner at third after Marc Maddox stroked a sinking line drive into center and Andrew McCutchen was able to come in and pick it off the grass for the out. Fabulous stuff and just the spark the Phoenix team needed. It was also nice to see "Clutch McCutchen" smiling ear-to-ear as he hit the dugout. Later the play would be MLB.tv’s defensive play of the game.

Phoenix scored five runs the next two innings to put the game away. Pirates AAA southpaw reliever Dave Davidson came in and struckout three of the four batters he faced in the 8th and in the 9th with the score 7-2, things got a bit wild.

Elvis Andrus struckout looking on a pitch that seemed to be well wide of the plate and Rafters hitting coach Jon Nunnally let home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn know about it from the dugout. Nunnally was ejected and then pitching coach Steve Luebber gave Reyburn an earful and he was ejected. A groundout, single, and strikeout later, the game was over.

Kudos to Jonathan Mayo and the MLB team for a great job in their coverage.

Team USA also advanced to meet Cuba blanking the Netherlands Saturday. I didn’t get a chance to watch that game but it was 1-0 USA into the 8th when Bixler walked leading off, eventually Andy LaRoche was walked intentionally to load the bases bringing up Steve Pearce, and he hit a clutch single scoring two to put the game away.

The World Cup game is Sunday at 5:30 AM and can be see live or on demand at Stadeo.tv.

Pirates are hiring a strength and conditioning coach and two Interns seemingly for Bradenton on this college recruiting board.

Initially I had read the advertisement to be for Pittsburgh and blasted the org but a player pointed out it looked like they were actually adding staff in Bradenton.

My bad.. it’s party week here – what can I say?

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