YMLN - Battle's Perfect Day

Battle went 3-3 with a home run.

TAMPA, FL - The Tampa squad rolled to a 4-0 victory over Toronto, with Tim Battle and the pitching staff leading the way.

  • Tampa's Batting Order: Reegie Corona, Tim Battle, Juan Miranda, Edwar Gonzalez, Marcos Vechionacci, Colin Curtis, Joe Muich, Jared Greenwood, Ben Jones, and Kevin Russo

  • Reegie Corona went 1 for 3 in Tampa's win against Toronto on Saturday afternoon. He walked to lead-off the game and stole third base after moving to second on a Tim Battle single. He scored Tampa's first run of the game on an errorant throw to first base by the pitcher. In his next two at-bats he flew out to left field and fouled out to the right fielder. His lone hit of the day cam in the seventh inning when he hit a line drive single into left field. He ended up scoring on Tim Battle's home run.

  • Tim Battle had a fabulous day at the plate and on the basepaths. He had a perfect day at the plate, going 3 for 3 with a walk and a two-run home run. In the first inning he beat out a slow roller down the third base line and then he used his speed to torment the Toronto pitching staff. He stole second and third base with considerable ease. In third inning he hit a hard line drive into left field and in the fifth he showed great plate discipline by working a walk. He proceeded to steal his third base of the game. He ended his day with a towering two-run home run over the left field fence, driving in Reegie Corona.

  • Juan Miranda didn't have much luck with his bat on Saturday. He went 0 for 3 but did manage a walk. He flew out to centerfield in the first inning and then drew a four pitch walk in the third. He struck out looking in the fifth inning but he did show patience as he worked the count full after being in an 0-2 hole. In his last at-bat he grounded out to first base.

  • Edwar Gonzalez had a day to forget. He went 0 for 4 and struck out three times, twice looking and once swinging. He grounded out to the pitcher in the eighth inning.

  • Marcos Vechionacci collected one hit and a drew a walk at the plate. He struck out on a pitch that he went to far around on in the first inning. He drew a walk and scored Tampa's second run of the game in the fourth inning. He then singled into the left centerfield gap that was almost caught by a diving centerfielder. He struck out looking in the eighth to end his day.

  • Colin Curtis went 0 for 4 with a stolen base on Saturday. He grounded out to second base in in three of his at-bats. In the sixth inning he reached base on a fielder's choice and stole second base.

  • Joe Muich had a terrible day and he did not even touch the ball. He struck out three times, twice swinging and once looking.

  • Jared Greenwood went 0 for 2 and drew a walk. In the second inning he flew out to right field and walked on a full count pitch in the fourth. He ended his day by striking out swinging.

  • Ben Jones had a multi-hit game. He went 2 for 3 with an RBI. He singled on a ground ball up the middle after being in 0-2 count and fouling off numerous pitches. In the fourth inning, he drove in "Nacci" on a broken bat flare into left centerfield. He grounded out to the pitcher in his last at-bat of the day.

  • Kevin Russo had a rough day in his three plate appearances. He went 0 for 3 with a strikeout.

  • Guillermo Villalona was very impressive in Saturday's game. He had great command of his pitches and had a great fastball. He tossed five innings of shut-out ball, giving up three hits, no walks and he had four strikeouts. He threw 58 pitches, 38 for strikes. He had a 1-2-3 first inning, striking out two and getting a fly-out to right field. He gave up a line drive double down the third base line in the second inning but the runner did not advance any further. He had a perfect third inning, adding another strikeout to his total. In the fourth he gave up a triple into left centerfield gap but he struck out the next batter looking to end the inning. In his last inning of work he gave up a hit on a swinging bunt but got the next three hitters to groundout to end his day.

  • Eric Abreu would have had a perfect sixth inning had it not been for a beautiful sunny day. He pitched one inning, giving up no hits and had one strikeout. He got the first hitter to fly out to right field. The next hitter popped up the ball up to shortstop but Reegie Corona lost the ball in the sun and it dropped in front of him. The error did not affect as he got the next two hitters on a pop-up to first base and a strikeout.

  • Josh Schmidt was only throwing strikes on Saturday. He pitched one inning, throwing 12 pitches, 9 for strikes. He got the first out on the first pitch that he threw, a groundout to himself. He then induced a weakly hit grounder to shortstop that Reegie Corona charged perfectly to throw the runner out. His only mistake was giving up a long double into the left field corner. He got the last out on a fly out to right field.

  • Zach Kroenke had great control during his effort but one miscue in the field made his outing longer than it should have been. He pitched one inning, throwing 16 pitches, 12 for strikes. He quickly got the first two outs on four pitches but an error at first base allowed the next batter to reach. He gave up a groundball single through first and second but ended the inning by striking out the next batter.

  • Miscommunication in the field played a part in Eric Wordekemper's inning of work. He got the first batter to pop-up right in front of home plate but three players called for it and it fell in between all three. Eric only had to throw 10 pitches and seven of them were for strikes. He got the next two outs on fly outs to center and right field but gave up a single to extend the inning. He was helped out by his defense to record the last out of the game, a diving catch by right fielder Edwar Gonzalez in the right centerfield gap.
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