Posted: 12:28 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013
Folty Hits 103 MPH
One of the big storylines of the night was Mike Foltynewicz's first inning strikeout, when he touched 103 MPH on the final pitch. Although the stadium gun was clearly juiced – it was probably an 88 MPH two-seam – I'm sure Folty legitimately touched 100 a couple of times, and sat in the mid-to-high 90s for most of the evening.
After his drool-worthy first inning, he ran into major trouble in the second, when one of his fastballs was crushed over the right field fence, his first baseman committed an error, and he allowed a run to score on a balk. He allowed three runs in total, in the second, before settling in again for the third and fourth.
Tonight was my first extensive look at Folty, and even though it wasn't his best outing, I came away impressed. His fastball looked straight, which makes him more susceptible to home runs, and his curve wasn't sharp, but he responded well to adversity, putting together a solid overall performance. Besides his Henry Rowengarner-cheese, one thing I really enjoyed about watching Folty pitch was his pace. He reminds me of Lucas Harrell, in that respect.
George Springer Out Sick
No SPRINGER DINGERs tonight. George Springer was scratched from Wednesday night's contest with an undisclosed illness. My sources are telling me he got sick of hitting baseballs out of ballparks, and wanted the night off.
Lance McCullers Exits Early
I was so excited to finally watch Lance McCullers pitch, on a rare night where I wasn't at work, and the Quad Cities game was being televised on MiLB.TV. But instead of watching the gem I so desperately wanted to see, I witnessed on of his more bizarre outings.
It was clear from the first or second pictch that he didn't have his best stuff, and was noticeably frustrated on the mound. After walking the first batter, he induced a quick double-play ball. He allowed a double to the next batter, prompting premature bullpen action. He eventually got out of the inning without allowing a run, but upon his return to the dugout, he received a firm pat on the ass from his manager and retired to the clubhouse.
At the time of this writing, there still hasn't been an explanation for McCullers' early exit. I assume it was strictly precautionary, unless he hurt something warming up. He never once grimaced in pain, or got a visit from the trainer. Like I mentioned, he was visibly frustrated – kept stepping off the mound, and asking the home plate ump for a different ball. I'm hoping it just wasn't his night. Either that or he realized he didn't record tonight's Real World.
Prospect Body Switch
Player A: 1-2, 2B, 2 BB
Player B: 0-4, 2 K
One of those players is Tevlin Nash. The other is Nolan Fontana. You're wrong.
Carlos Correa Hurts Wrist, Hurts Baseballs
There was a brief scare, where Carlos Correa took a groundball off the wrist, prompting a visit from the team's trainer. Thankfully, he stayed in the game and continued his impressive night. He finished 3-5 with 2 runs, 3 RBI, a double and a caught stealing.
(Not to be outdone, the RiverBandits lead-off man, Teoscar Hernandez went 4-5 with a walk. Good to see Hernandez finally have a big game, because he's struggled to hit .200 for the month of May. The toolsy outfielder was widely-dubbed a breakout candidate in 2013. He's quietly, and sadly, passed Ariel Ovando in the international power rankings).
*BOLD indicates top prospect*