Pregame Meal: Breakfast Edition, July 9th
By Matt Appel (@mattappel)
Good morning ‘Cats fans! The ‘Cats and Ironbirds will wrap up a three-game series today, in one of two 11 AM starts this season. Mark Appel makes his second (and potentially last) start with the ValleyCats. Lots (and I mean lots) of screaming kids will be in attendance today, which should sufficiently wake up any players who might be tired after the late ending last night.
-Ryan Dineen was the hero last night, blasting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th. It was another offensive struggle, as the ‘Cats went 0-for-10 with RISP, but it didn’t matter, as Dineen picked a great time for his first home run at The Joe ever, as well as his first homer in 2012. The ‘Cats improved to 4-0 in extras this year.
-Mark Appel will look today to improve upon his first start, where his command and velocity were good, but the results weren’t quite there. Appel went two innings, threw 26 pitches while on a pitch count, and allowed two runs on three hits. One of the scouts here at the stadium clocked Appel, who was admittedly was nervous, at 98 MPH on the gun. It is expected to be another short outing for Mark.
-Richard Rodriguez had the performance of the year for the ‘Cats last night in relief. Coming into the game in the 10th inning with the score (obviously) tied, Rodriguez struck out the first 7 (!!!!!) hitters he faced, and wound up with 8 K’s in three innings. He received his second win of the year. R-Rod has really been tremendous out of the ‘pen.
-Day games are always interesting. Last year, Tri-City went 2-0 in the Camp Day matinees, and will come away with a series win if they can get an early win once again today. RHP Janser Severino goes for Aberdeen.