Down on the Farm Playoff Edition
Wieland with Hickory in 2010

Posted Sep 8, 2011


A do or die game in Eugene. The Tin Caps get rained out, and all 3 teams in action have problems scoring runs early in the game. Luckily they would outscore their opponents during the last few innings, but would it be enough.

AA San Antonio Game 1 best of 5

Wieland against his former team does well but Frisco’s pitcher strikes out 11 of the first 17 batters. Missions are hitless through 5. In the 6th, Jaff Decker had a leadoff walk, stole 2nd, then with 2 outs Cody Decker gave the Missions their first hit of the game. The run would be all Wieland and co would need as they pull out a 3-0 win.

Joe Wieland was absolutely fantastic! He went 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. He was constatntly ahead of batters all night and was able to be very economical with his pitch count. Wieland threw 82 pitches – 52 for strikes.

High A Lake Elsinore Game 1 best of 3

A costly error by Werner put the Storm down 4-1. The Storm would climb back after a 2 run HR by Rodriguez in the 7th, but could muster only 1 run in the final 2 innings and fell 4-3

They say the leadoff hitter sets the tone for the game. Unfortunately it is not a good sign when your leadoff hitter fails to make contact in 4 AB (3 K, BB). After striking out 117 times in 124 games, Fuentes continued his fight against making contact. He is only 20, and ideally he would repeat Elsinore, but with Tate, Liriano, Williams, and Noel all in Fort Wayne he might be promoted anyway. Storm also went 0-5 with RISP

Low A Fort Wayne Game 1, best of 3

The game was rained out. Another day of rest to try and allow Sampson to make an appearance.

Short Season Eugene Best of 3, Series tied at 1

After 3 innings the score was 5-0 Vancouver. Not a good start. But the Ems were on the comeback. The Ems scored 1 in the 6th, 2 in the 7th. In the 9th the Ems had the bases loaded with no outs. A weak grounder moved the runners and plated a run to draw the Ems within 1. After an intentional walk it all came down to Travis Whitmore. On a 2-2 pitch Whitmore took a pitch a foot outside but was called out for strike 3. The Ems were furious, the announcer was going crazy, people were ejected, but it was still a K. The Ems would then ground out to end the game. Ems drop 2 in a row at home to end the series.

Another good day for Jace Peterson. The leadoff hitter extraordinaire went 3-5, 2B, RS, SB. Petterson hit .500 over the 3 game series , and was the only Ems starter to hit over .300 in the brief 3 game series. Peterson ends the season as one of the top SB leaders in the NWL and will be looking forward to seeing what he can do full time next year. Plus, being from McNee State the Fort Wayne weather shouldn’t be that much different. Good year for the Ems



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