Monday, March 16, 2009


Merkin Valdez was absolutely victimized by his teammates. He threw 1.1 innings and gave up a single and a walk......but managed to be charged with 2 earned runs. How is that possible you might ask. Well, I'll tell you. After a 1-2-3 seventh inning, Merkin got the first out in 8th inning. He walked the next batter. The next batter hit a groundball just to the right of firstbaseman Scott McClain. McClain misplayed the ball, but managed to have it tick off his glove as it headed into RF, resulting in a 1 out situation with runners at the corners. I would have scored it as an error, but the Scottsdale Stadium scorekeeper disagreed.

So now Rule 5 draftee, Luis Perdomo comes in to a 1st & 3rd situation with 1 out and proceeds to kill his chances of making the team. Luis was only able to get 1 out while allowing both of Merkin's runners to score, plus 1 runner of his own. Perdomo allowed a double and 3 walks in the short time he was in the game. Perdomo's ERA was saved from further damage when he was relieved by Waldis Joaquin who left all 3 of Perdomo's runners stranded. Waldis also pitched the 9th inning. Waldis continues to impress, as he struck out 3 of the 4 batters he faced and lowered his spring ERA to 1.29. I am liking this guy.