Joplin Blasters Week in Review, June 8-14, 2015
Week in Review
After being swept by the St. Paul Saints, the Joplin Blasters returned home to take three of four from the Grand Prairie AirHogs. It was an incredible rebound to finish out the week 3-4 and keep the club right in contention for the lead in the South Division of the American Association.
The three-game series in St. Paul was a forgetful one for sure. The Joplin Blasters were swept, allowing 22 runs while scoring 11. Game 1 saw the club fall behind 5-1 before rallying for three runs in the final two innings, but they still fell 5-4. Games 2 and 3 were over early, as the Saints scored eight runs through four innings in Game 2 and nine runs through five in Game 3 on their way to 8-3 and 9-4 wins.
A lesser club would come home licking their wounds, but the Joplin Blasters responded immediately. In the first game of a four-game set, Grand Prairie took a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Blasters scored three in the eighth and two in the ninth to win 7-6. Maikol Gonzalez’s double in the eighth made it a one-run game, and Omar Luna won it with a walk-off two-run home run in the ninth. That made a winner of Victor Capellan.
In the second game it was another late rally that gave Joplin the win. Both teams scored two runs in the first inning, and then the game saw a whole lot of goose eggs for the next seven innings, as neither pitching staff was going to give up a run. In the bottom of the ninth, Jake Taylor led off with a double and Jesus Solorzano followed with a double of his own to give Joplin back-to-back walk-off wins. Capellan earned the win for the second night in a row.
In the third game the AirHogs jumped out to a 5-2 lead heading into the last inning of the game, but this time held on for the victory, despite yielding a run in the bottom half of the inning.
The Joplin Blasters responded with a 12-1 victory in the final game of the series. An eight-run fifth inning was the kneel in the coffin as Steven Tinoco went 3-3 with a run and 3 RBI. Solorzano hit his first home run of the season, one of his two hits in the game. Mark Parish threw a complete game to move his record to 2-1.
St. Paul 5, Joplin 4
St. Paul 8, Joplin 3
St. Paul 9, Joplin 4
Joplin 7, Grand Prairie 6
Joplin 2, Grand Prairie 2
Grand Prairie 5, Joplin 3
Joplin 12, Grand Prairie 1
Carlos Ramirez had an interesting week. He was hitless in the first two games and the last one, but went 10-16 in the other four. Combined he was 10-24 in the seven games with 3 runs and 5 RBI.
Victor Capellan made three appearances during the week, winning two ball games and allowing just one hit in three innings of work while striking out six.
On June 8, the Joplin Blasters activated RHP Jorge Martinez from the disabled list. Martinez has made five starts for his club this season and is 2-2. One day later infielder Cie Arell was released.
On June 10, the club signed RHP Sam Agnew-Weiland. Agnew-Weiland has made two relief appearances so far, pitching three innings and striking out five. He has yet to be scored upon. One day later RHP Raydel Sanchez was released.
On June 13 RHP Jacob Negrete was signed and OF Yasser Gomez was placed on the disabled list retroactive to June 12.
By Robert Pannier