Friday, June 8, 2012

Unwelcome Home

I sure hope so!

Game 60; Tuesday, June 5, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, NC
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 12; Durham Bulls 8
Box, Wrap

Game 61, Wednesday, June 6, DBAP
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 9; Durham Bulls 4
Box, Wrap

Games 62; Thursday, June 7, DBAP
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees 6, Durham Bulls 2
Season: 26-36; Home Stand: 0-3; Bulls vs Yankees: 3-4; Standings
Box, Wrap, Herald-Sun, Indy Week

Independent Weekly writer Sam Stephenson was driven to quote a friend who said the food at the DBAP was just right for pregnant folks. Can’t blame him for using the quote. Who would want to write about the baseball in the last three games?

So how about a modest rant about one of the players who really isn’t helping the Bulls, Juan Miranda? The last time he got on base was back on Tuesday when he got hit by a pitch. I don’t have the stats at hand, but it sure seems like someone’s usually on base when he comes to bat, but he’s only managed to knock 8 of them home this year. For a guy who was hired for his power, his OPS of .580 is just pitiful. Two years ago when he was playing for these very same Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees his OPS was .866 over 80 games. Broadcaster Kinas keeps saying nice things about him and his performance in batting practice. Wonder why his game is being left in the batting cage?

The Rays have designated 1B Brandon Allen for assignment after he came off the disabled list (he went on for a quad strain). He has some pretty spectacular minor league stats. Hmmmm. If he makes it through waivers, then ...

New guy Rich Thompson played center field last night. Looked uncomfortable on the TV. Not his first time at the DBAP, though. A couple of hits and a stolen base. So, welcome to Durham, Rich! Happy to have someone with speed out there. In fact, with Feliciano, Salazar and Thompson, the Bulls have a pretty speedy bunch.

Update: Brandon Allen has reportedly been outrighted to the Bulls.

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