Asheville’s 7-1 lopsided win over Hickory last night was perhaps just more than a regular win for the team. Coming off a so-so first half of the Month, the Tourists were lifted by Kevin Clark and Bruce Billings. Clark, one day after initiating a player only team meeting (story link here), stroked a two-run homerun and finished with four driven in on the night. Billings picked up his first win at home since his first start of the season and the Tourists won consecutive games for the first time in sixteen games. Eric Little had the Sitel Call of the game for both of Clark’s hits and that is available here.
There is no tangible evidence that speeches and meetings intended to inspire have any effect on a team whatsoever. However to the optimist, Asheville looked much more alive over the past two games. To the pessimist Hickory is a sub .500 team and they were playing without their All-Stars Miles Durham and Jose De Los Santos who were both promoted to the Lynchburg Hillcats before the game. Either way, here is a link to Knute Rockne’s “Get em on the go speech” and the Audio can be downloaded by clicking here.
With all the hooplah around here about Jhoulys Chacin and his outstanding season, Connor Graham has quietly gone about dominating the SAL. Graham (5-3, 1.98 ERA) pitched eight shutout innings in his last start and could easily have nine or ten wins if the supports had been there in his starts.
Graham has allowed four ER in his last 29 innings pitched and has gone eight innings in two starts this season.