This is more of a poll than a post. But considering the number of really bad calls I have seen lately in games, and not just the Dodgers, I would like to see how many of our readers are for the Automatic Balls and Strikes system.
Yes, part of the charm of the game has been the human factor that umpires bring. But, without a standard strike zone to work with, the number of blown ball and strike calls has reached epic proportions.
And MLB is still utilizing some of the worst offenders. I can see a rookie ump making some questionable calls, but veteran umps with multiple years of experience???
Angel Hernandez has no business umpiring a professional baseball game. Not only is his strike zone all over the place, he is combative with players and thinks the game is about him.
Anyway, give us your reasons for or against the system. I think the challenge system does not go far enough.
09-17-2023 – MiLB Game Summary Report
Midwest League Championship Best 2 of 3 Series – Game 1
Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins) 10 – Great Lakes Loons 6
23 year old, Hyun-il Choi, started for Great Lakes and retired the side in order in the 1st. But in the 2nd, a HBP, double, and walk loaded the bases with no outs. 21 year old RHP Jerming Rosario was summoned to get out of the inning. He walked the first batter to plate one run to tie the score at 1-1. He got the next batter to hit into a DP and the second run scored. He then allowed a single for the third run.
But Rosario restored enough order to get through the 3rd and 4th with allowing only 1 BB.
In the meantime, it has been the Dalton Rushing show. In the 2nd, Nick Biddison was HBP and Jake Vogel drew a BB. With one out, Dalton slugged a 3-run HR to give the Loons the lead again.
In the 4th, with 2 outs, Taylor Young was HBP and Dalton Rushing hit his 2nd HR of the game, increasing the GL lead to 6-3.
Rosario was up to 47 pitches (only 22 for strikes), and 24 year old RHP Juan Morillo came in for relief in the 5th. Morillo got the first two outs, but then served up a solo HR. He walked the next batter on 4 pitches, but got the next batter on a 4-3 ground out.
21 year old (20 baseball age) and 16th LAD top prospect, Ronan Kopp came in to relieve in the 6th. After retiring the side in order in the 6th, with 2 K’s, he allowed a lead off HR in the 7th to bring the Kernels to within 1.
The Loons loaded the bases with one out in the 7th but failed to score. Michael Hobbs entered in the 8th and retired the side in order. In the 9th, with one out he walked a batter on a 3-2 pitch, even though Hobbs threw 2 strikes that were called balls. He hit the next batter on an 0-2 pitch to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Hobbs put one center/center on a 1-1 and Carson McKusker hit a 3-run HR. He gave up a single to the next batter and was relieved by Lucas Wepf.
Emmanuel Rodriguez hit his 2nd HR of the game, and put the game out of reach.
The Loons were retired without much of a fight in the 9th, and the Kernels came away with a victory in Game 1.
- Dalton Rushing – 2-4, 1 BB, 2 runs, 5 RBIs, 2 HR
- Yeiner Fernandez – 2-4, 1 run
The series moves to Cedar Rapids for Tuesday and Wednesday (if necessary).
California League Championship Best 2 of 3 Series – Game 1
Modesto Nuts (Seattle) 9 – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 2
Quakes pitching had a very rough game…okay inning. For the first four innings, 20 year old Christian Romero was pitching a 2-hit shutout. But in the 5th, the Quakes used three pitchers, and the Nuts put together two singles, two doubles, 3 walks, and a 3-run HR and grand slam to score 9 runs.
As it turned out, that was the only inning Modesto scored. Modesto would scratch out 1 hit and one walk over the final 3 innings.
The scoring offense for Rancho was solely due to Jake Gelof who slugged a pair of solo HRs. Thayron Liranzo and Josue De Paula each stroked a double. Only Gelof had more than one hit.
The series moves to Rancho on Tuesday and Wednesday (if necessary).
Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle) 11 – OKC Dodgers 6
Down 4-3, Tacoma scored 8 runs off two OKC pitchers in the 5th. Victor Gonzalez started the 5th, and was able only to secure two outs before being removed from the game relieved by Jake Reed, leaving runners on the corners. Both inherited runners scored. When the dust settled, VGon allowed 7 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. Jake Reed allowed the 8th run of the inning (11th in the game).
Ricky Vanasco pitched 1.1 IP allowing 3 hits but no runs. Michael Grove pitched the 8th without allowing a baserunner and 1 K. Jimmy Nelson pitched a scoreless 9th but did allow a hit and BB and a K.
The Rainiers compiled 20 hits and 5 BB to produce the 11 runs.
OKC’s first 5 runs were the result of HRs. Hunter Feduccia hit a 3-run HR (10), while Jake Marisnick (1) and Jonny Deluca (7) hit solo HRs. In the 8th, Miguel Vargas and Michael Busch both singled. Vargas scored on Jake Marisnick’s double (3).
- Jake Marisnick – 2-4, 1 run, 2 RBI, double, (3), HR (1)
- Hunter Feduccia – 2-4, 1 run, 3 RBI, HR (10)
- Jonny Deluca – HR (7)
There are 6 games remaining in the regular season before the playoffs, September 26-28. OKC will be playing either Round Rock (Texas) (most probable) or Albuquerque (Colorado) for the PCL Championship. The winner of the PCL Championship will face off against the International League’s Champion in a 1-game playoff on Saturday, September 30 in Las Vegas.
Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston) 7 – Tulsa Drillers 2
In the final game of the 2023 season, Tulsa went meekly. The Hooks scored 5 in the 2nd, on 5 hits, including a 3-run HR all off Orlando Ortiz-Mayr. Ortiz-Mayr allowed only 1 single and 1 BB the other 4 innings. 5 relievers followed Orlando, and combined they allowed 6 hits, 3 BB, and registered 3 Ks.
Down 7-0, Tulsa got solo HRs from Ismael Alcantara (3) and José Ramos (19). They had 2 other singles for a total of 4 hits on the game. Alcantara had 2 hits.
With the defeat, the Drillers finished the year with an overall record of 65-73, and was the only LAD MiLB team not to make the playoffs.