One of the best things about the minor league baseball season that if you didn’t finish in 1st, there’s always the 2nd half to start over. And with many teams making roster moves during the All Star break, dividing the season up isn’t such a bad idea. The Blue Rocks were also making some wholesale changes on their roster and these new additions help salvage a rough road trip from being worst.
With offense being the Rocks major Achilles heel for the team, some of the call ups and player signing were made to address this:
- INF Orlando Calixte had a nice series at the plate vs the Frederick Keys (Baltimore) going 3-11, 4 runs scored with 3 RBIs including a go-ahead homer in the 9th of Monday’s game to win it for the Rocks.
- INF Cheslor Cuthbert had huge game in the 11-2 rout of the Keys Tuesday, going 2-4, with 4 RBIs including a 2 run HR to seal it for the Rocks
- Newly acquired RHP Brooks Pounder won his 1st game as a Blue Rock, going 5.1 innings, giving up 7 hits and 2 earned runs while striking out 7
All told the Blue Rocks split the their 4 game series with the Keys after being swept by Carolina Mudcats (White Sox) in 3 games to finish up their first road trip of the 2nd half 2-5. The team now begins a stretch of 17 of their next 20 games vs Northern division foes and with some of the new additions, the team can make a dent in the standing, stay over .500, and contend for a playoff spot.
The Blue Rocks continue their Northern Division stretch vs the Lynchburg Hillcats (Atlanta) in a quick 3 game homestand with the featured game being Saturday where World Futures Star Yordano Ventura goes up against RHP Gus Schlosser who sports an 8-4 record, one of the best in the league. Then its back out on the road again with 3 game series vs Frederick and Lynchburg.