Pregame Meal: Sunday, June 30th

By Matt Appel (@mattappel)

Happy Sunday Funday, ‘Cats fans! The ‘Cats and Tigers will wrap up this three game series tonight (hopefully, as the tarp is currently on the field right now). These two teams split a double header yesterday, in what turned out to be an extremely even pair of games…

-How even, you ask? Both teams, in the two games combined, scored five runs apiece, totaled 12 hits per side, and made two errors. In each game that the teams won, they won by a four-run advantage. Also, Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln, and Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy.

-Every day I need to come up with different ways to convey how amazing Dan Gulbransen has been since Tuesday, and frankly I’m running out of synonyms for “wow.” Gulbransen had three hits and two RBI yesterday, pushing his hitting streak to eight games, and his RBI-game streak to five. His 3-for-7 performance boosted his batting average to a cool .400, somehow only second in the league, behind Avery Romero of the Batavia Muckdogs. Your league leader in runs scored? Hint: Dan Gulbransen.

-It appears as if I cursed the ValleyCats when I wrote about their stats filed under “Trivial Stats That Are Guaranteed To Not Hold Up The Rest Of The Year”, as almost all of those records were snapped when Connecticut knocked off Tri-City in Game 1 of the doubleheader. The ‘Cats suffered their first loss: at home, when scoring first, when scoring at all, and when not committing an error. One might even say that those were trivial stats that were guaranteed to not hold up the rest of the year.

-No BP because of the rain, so for the second time in this series, no Batting Practice Hero to hand out.

-Michael Feliz and Andrew Thurman will pitch tonight for the ‘Cats. Feliz has been tremendous for Tri-City, as he is 1-1 with a 0.90 ERA so far on the year. I got a chance to talk to Andrew Thurman before the game, and one of the things I asked him was who he idolized growing up pitching. His answer was a pretty good one for someone just drafted in the 2nd round into the Astros organization: Nolan Ryan.

-Mark Appel Watch 2013: No update. We wait.

Lineup

2B Tony Kemp

CF James Ramsay

1B Conrad Gregor

LF Dan Gulbransen

DH Michael Martinez

RF Ronnie Mitchell

C Jake Rodriguez

3B Ryan Dineen

SS Thomas Lindauer

RHP Michael Feliz

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