Yep, Still in Augusta
The feeling is that this Augusta team will be one of the teams to be reckoned with in the second half of the season. It is a team full of prospects from the Giants organization and last night the Tourists had to deal with Madison Bumgarner for the second time this season.
“Good food good times is kind of misleading”
Bumgarner (tenth overall pick in 2007) struck out ten and has allowed just four runs over his last ten starts. He has thrown 14 consecutive scoreless innings against Asheville. Bumgarner=good, nuff said. Augusta’s Nick Noonan hit a double that scored two runs in the third inning for the Sitel Call of the game that can be heard here
Blue Ridge Moment:
Asheville did have a couple of opportunities to pick up runs off of “Super Garner” (“Big Bum” or even “Dat Bum” just do not work for a nickname) Darin Holcomb doubled in the first inning and led off the second with a single and reached second on an error. Brian Lapin singled to begin the fifth inning and took second on a past ball but Asheville could not knock him in.
Mik Managing Moment:
Perhaps just to shake things up or perhaps with the lefthander on the mound Mikulik sat out Jeffrey Cunningham and Brian Rike on Saturday. Instead Darin Holcomb batted third and David Christensen hit in the clean up spot for the first time this season. Christensen had a couple of deep flyouts and hit the ball hard in four at bats. Warren Schaeffer played first base to spell Cunningham.
A Look at Today:
It is currently raining here in Augusta and Connor Graham is scheduled to pitch the fourth game of this five game series. Graham has posted a stellar 2.21 ERA but has not won in his past seven starts. He certainly has pitched well enough on more than one occasion since his last win on May 2nd to earn a victory, including an eight inning, one earned run performance against Rome. Graham tweaked his Groin in a start against the Crawdads at the end of the first half and has made one start since the injury.
The Tourists will face another lefthander today in Craig Clark. Clark (5-0, 4.09) was a 14th round selection by the Giants out of Penn State in 2007.