Pregame Meal: Tuesday, August 20th
By Matt Appel (@mattappel)
Aloha, ‘Cats fans! It’s Beach Party Island Night here at “The Joe” as the ValleyCats look to snap a two-game losing streak. Tonight is the final game of a quick two-game homestand against the Lake Monsters, before these two teams travel to Burlington for another two-gamer.
-With the loss last night, the ‘Cats fell half-a-game behind Lowell in the Stedler. There are 16 games left on the regular season for both teams, including tonight. There’s plenty of time for the ValleyCats to make up this tiny deficit, especially with the fact that the two teams play a two-game series in Lowell at the end of the month.
-A few roster moves to pass along. RHP Zachary Dando has been added to the roster from the GCL Astros. Tanner Bushue, who had been hit really, really hard of late, has been added to the 7-day DL. That could possibly explain his performance last night, when he was rocked for six runs in two innings.
-2010 ValleyCats RHP David Martinez was promoted today from Oklahoma City to Houston today, becoming the 29th former Tri-City player to make it to the bigs. Martinez is the third former ‘Cat in the past month to get a major league call-up, joining Jorge De Leon and Chia-Jen Lo. Congratulations to David!
-Despite the not-so-pretty-loss last night, the silver lining had to be the bullpen. After Bushue’s short outing, Randall Fant and Charles Basford combined to throw seven innings of one-run ball to keep the ‘Cats as close in the game as they could. They also kept most of the relievers fresh for tonight’s game, but I’m assuming Ed Romero isn’t planning on going to his ‘pen after two innings once again.
-Tomorrow, I head back to school at Syracuse, so tonight will be my final game. When I was offered the opportunity to come back again this season, I could barely contain my excitement because I love this job. Why do I love this job? Well, I get to follow a team with such a passionate fan base like the ValleyCat faithful. It has been an unforgettable summer for myself, and hopefully for you great folks as well. While it is exciting to get my senior year underway, it pains me to be leaving the team and the organization in the midst of a pennant race. If the ‘Cats make the postseason again, I will do all I can to make a return to Troy. In the meantime, Evan Valenti (@evanvalenti) will be taking over. Those familiar with Evan know that he is a pro’s pro, so the blog and the play-by-play side of things are in good hands with him.