Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Vermont falls to Lowell, 10-4 on Cowboy Monkey Night

Final Lowell 10, Vermont 4

WP - Jason Garcia (3-0)
LP - Tyler Vail (0-1)
S - Cervenka (1)

The night belonged to Garin Cecchini, who had his mother in the stands watching him play professional ball for the first time. Cecchini went 4-5 with 3 singles a double and three runs scored. The Spinners tandem of Jason Garcia (5) and Hunter Cevenka combined to strikeout 10 Lake Monsters, as the Spinners rolled 10-4 at LeLacheur in front of just shy of 5,000.

Top 9: Cervenka was back out there for the ninth and retired the Lake Monsters in order. Impressive showing by both Lowell pitchers tonight. Aaron Shipman flew out to left to end the game. Let the monkeys riding dogs herding goats commence!

"They ain't tied on, they ride because they love it." -- Team Ghost Riders Leader addressing rumors that he had attached his monkeys to the dogs without their consent...I can't make this up...

Bot 8: Michael Fabiaschi, who's listed as a second basemen for the Lake Monsters, tossed a perfect inning, including striking out the Hammer...

Top 8: In his third inning of relief the Lake Monsters finally got to Cevenka. Chad Lewis led off with a double and eventually scored on a wild pitch before Cervenka got Diomedes Lopez to pop out to short to end the inning. Through three innings Cervenka has allowed just 1 hit and fanned five in his three innings of work. Lowell 10, Vermont 4.

No one is warming for Lowell so I'd expect him out to finish things off in the ninth.

Bot 7: Jeff Urlaub replaced Bailey and things got very ugly for Vermont. Lowell broke the game open, batting around and scoring five runs to take a 10-3 lead. Garin Cecchini picked up his fourth hit of the game when he lined a double to left. He's currently riding a six-game hitting streak and has risen his average to .268 on the season.

De La Cruz singled in two runs off Urlaub's replacement T.J. Walz. Cecchini mercifully ended the inning with a fly out to center. Vermont made three errors in the inning. Lowell 10, Vermont 3.

Top 7: Cervenka continued to impress in the seventh, sending the Lake Monsters down in order and striking out (a potentially still dazed) Sean Jamieson in the process.

Bot 6: Lowell added an insurance run when Vermont botched an inning ending double-play ball off the bat of De La Cruz, allowing Matty Johnson to score.

De La Cruz was thrown out trying to steal second by Diomedes Lopez, who has impressed with his defense behind the plate tonight. Lowell 5, Vermont 3.

Top 6: Hunter Cervenka is on to replace Garcia, who has to feel encouraged with his outing. Garcia's final line is 5 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 5 Ks. He's inline to pick up his third win of the season (3-0). The three earned runs raise his ERA to 1.87 (33 innings pitched).

Cervenka had an interesting inning, striking out the side, while mixing in a walk to Chris Affinito and a wild pitch. (not exactly pitching to contact)

Bot 5: That's the night for Vail (4 innings, 4 runs, 7 hits, 1 walk, 1K). Old Way Back Wasdin (Vermont's new pitching coach) will have plenty to talk about with Vail, who never seemed comfortable tonight.

Drew Bailey replaced Vail and after getting Jason Thompson on a groundout to his counterpart, surrendered the third hit of the night for Garin Cecchini, who then stole second (11) with Travis Shaw at the plate. Shaw eventually worked the walk, but Bailey retired Moanaroa (K) and Schwindenhammer to escape the inning.

Top 5: The Lake Monsters finally got to Garcia (in a big way), as the first three batters of the inning reached base before Aaron Shipman doubled home two runs. A clearly rattled Garcia then plunked Jamieson in the helmet with something off speed to reload the bases for Oberacker. The Left fielder responded with a sac fly to deep right that Schwindenhammer made a nice over the shoulder play on. Garcia recovered to K Lewis and get Macklin to pop out to the mound (snow coned by Garcia) to avoid further damage. Lowell 4, Vermont 3.

Bot 4: Vail finally has a 1-2-3 inning, retiring the eight, nine, and one hitters in order.

Top 4: The only one slowing Garcia down in the fourth, was himself. For the third straight inning he struck out the leadoff batter (Chad Oberacker). Lewis grounded out to Thompson at second base before Xavier Macklin reached on an infield single that went in and out of the glove of Jason Garcia. The hurler atoned for his miscue retiring Jordan Tripp unassisted to end the inning.

And here's our first Team Ghost Riders sighting. Monkeys riding dogs...herding goats... It just never gets old. (watching it reminds me of the movie Grandma's Boy....not exactly sure why)

Bot 3: Lowell added an insurance run in the third. Garin Cicchini picked up his second hit of the game to lead off the inning. Travis Shaw flew out to center. Boss Moanaroa improved to 2-2 as well with a single to right and the "Hammer" followed with a walk to load the bases for Hernandez, who hit a sacrifice fly to deep right that scored Cicchini (holy crap is that a run on sentence - just imagine me taking a deep breath and saying it all really fast). The Hammer got a bit greedy and was thrown out trying to tag and move into scoring position. Lowell 4, Vermont 0.

- I could be wrong but it appears three of the four children in the Kentucky Derby Race were injured..

Top 3: Garcia seems to be settling in nicely. He retired the side in order, striking out Sam Roberts before getting Aaron Shipman to roll over on a change up and Sean Jamieson to fly out weakly to left field.

The line for Garcia - 3 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk, 3Ks

Bot 2: Vail retired Garcia (6-3) and De La Cruz (line out to left) before Jason Thompson singled and was promptly thrown out (by a lot) trying to steal second to end the inning.

FYI: Luigi won the mascot dash in a tighter race than usual (it was equally as dirty as always).

Top 2: A quick inning for Garcia, as he retired the Lake Monsters in order. Hernandez highlighted the inning with an impressive grab, as he lunged over the Vermont dug out's railing to end Diomedes Lopez's at bat prematurely (ESPN would likely rank the catch in the 6-9 range on an average night's top ten).

Garcia has now allowed just one earned run in his past 12 innings.

Bot 1: The Spinners wasted no time getting on the board, Keury De La Cruz led off the game with a double and scored after Vermont's Tyler Vail misplayed Jason Thompson's bunt. Garlin Cicchini singled to left before the Boss cleared the bases with an opposite field double to the gap. After a fly out and a strikeout Jayson Hernandez laced a single to right, Boss was held at third, in what was in all likelihood a good decision. It took a nice play in the hole from Lake Monster SS Sean Jamieson to retire Matty Johnson and the Spinners. After one - Lowell 3, Vermont 0.

Top 1: Vermont looked to be on to something after Jamieson led off the game with a sharp single up the middle and Oberacker drew a free pass, but Garcia battled back to strike out Chad Lewis and induce Macklin to hit into a 5-3 double-play to end the inning.

Starting Lineups..

SS - Jamieson
LF - Oberacker
3B - Lewis
DH - Macklin
RF - Tripp
C - Lopez
1B - Affinito
2B - Roberts
CF - Shipman

P - Vail (0-0, 2.25)

CF - De La Cruz
2B - Thompson
3B - Cecchini
DH - Shaw
1B - Moanaroa
RF - "The Hammer"
C - Hernandez
LF - Johnson
SS - Garcia

P - Jason Garcia (2-0, 1.13)


  1. Great stuff Seth! How's Garcia's 2 seamer looking tonight?

  2. excellent before the fifth. Lopez led off the inning with a double and it seemed to really shake Garcia. He was almost unhittable early on and was working around 91-92mph.