Rained out in Burlington
A good friend of mine used to say, ‘…Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.’ Think about that for a while. – Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh
A series of pictures then a few alumni notes…
This was taken from the walkway behind the visiting team radio booth before the 6:30pm start time.
Ominous is a word that springs to mind:
— Chris Mehring (@CMehring) May 21, 2013
Jake Odorizzi, a Timber Rattler in 2010, made his Tampa Bay Rays debut earlier today against the Toronto Blue Jays. He went 5 innings, allowed three runs on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
Odorizzi, who came to the Rays in the trade that sent James Shields to the Royals, was recalled from Triple-A Durham to fill the rotation spot of injured David Price. The 23-year-old right-hander had two Major League starts under his belt with the Royals, though that did little to settle his nerves at the beginning. But after experiencing a couple of early hiccups, Odorizzi settled into a nice groove.
“It was all right,” Odorizzi said of his outing. “I started off and couldn’t get in the groove. And once I did it felt good. … After the first, I think it went really well.”
The Blue Jays scored twice in the first on a sacrifice fly by Adam Lind and a triple by Brett Lawrie. Melky Cabrera added an RBI double in the second that put the Blue Jays up, 3-1.
Odorizzi finished his five-inning outing with three scoreless frames, having allowed three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six en route to a no decision.
Odorizzi allowed that he was a little keyed up in the first.
“I was excited,” Odorizzi said. “I think anybody in my situation would have been excited. But it’s not about throwing hard. You have to hit your spots early on.”
Both managers were complimentary toward the youngster.
“We scored early on him, and then he did a nice job after that,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said, adding, “he’s got the chance to be really good. He can throw four pitches at you. But we took advantage of him early, and then he shut us down.”
Said Maddon: “He threw some really nice curveballs. I thought he kept challenging. His fastball got up to 93. I did not see that in Spring Training. So that was nice to see, too. I saw the typical good composure, some nice stuff and a real ability to compete.”
R.A. Dickey silenced the Rays’ bats for the most part, pitching eight innings and allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out five to pick up his fourth win of the season.
“Man, that’s probably as good as we’ve seen him,” Matt Joyce said. “Shoot, the last time I remember him throwing like that was when he threw that one-hitter against us. Even then, that was controversial. He had great stuff, man. His ball was all over the place. For us to score what runs we did, I thought we did a pretty good job.”
Here’s that RBI triple by Lawrie, a Timber Rattler in 2009.
Caleb Thielbar, a Timber Rattler in 2010, made his MLB debut with the Minnesota Twins tonight after getting the call up from Rochester earlier in the day.
Thielbar adds an eighth reliever to the club’s bullpen depth, especially with Twins starters having trouble pitching deep into games recently. The 26-year-old Minnesota native also gives the Twins another lefty in their bullpen along with Brian Duensing and closer Glen Perkins.
Thielbar, who pitched for the independent league St. Paul Saints in 2011 before being signed by the Twins, had a 3.76 ERA with 34 strikeouts and eight walks in 26 1/3 innings with the Red Wings. Thielbar, who is looking to make his Major League debut, didn’t land in Atlanta until about 50 minutes before the game, but was activated in time.
“He’s another arm out there, because we’ve killed the rest of the guys, as we’ve talked about,” Gardenhire said. “But having another lefty out there, you can take a shot with Duensing to get a lefty out. So this gives us another option. We can use Caleb early and maybe Duensing a little later.”
He pitched two scoreless innings at Atlanta, allowed a run, and struck out three without walking a batter. More on his performance and a bit more on Rattlers alumni in a post that will go up on the site tomorrow.