I always like to blog about what I see. And last night I saw the game played the way it should. The problem was I had just hours before blogged about the three guys that stood out in different ways in last night’s Clearwater Threshers 6-3 win over the Bradenton Marauders of the Pirates system. So here it goes another blog about Carlos Alonso, Maikel Franco and Logan Moore.
Again Clearwater’s first run was scored by Carlos Alonso. After getting hit by a pitch with two outs, he steals second and scores on a base hit by Aaron Altherr. It was his 31st run scored this season to remain second in the Florida State League in the important “Moneyball” statistic of runs scored. Carlos scored the first run in the game the day before on a lead off home run in the bottom of the first. He made good things happen in the field too when he laid out last night to glove a ball going to his left at second to throw out the runner at first. I like how Alonso plays the game.
Next up again was Maikel Franco. This time it was his second two home run game of the season. Last time one of his home run shots hit off the right side of the TiKi bar roof in left. Last night he hit his second homer of the game over the Threshers’ bullpen in left. The ball hit the blacktop walkway in front of the little Tiki bar shack just to the right and back of the big bar. Earlier in the game he gave the Threshers the lead with a two run shot on to the berm in right center. Franco is now second in home runs, RBIs and total bases in the Florida State League. Also in the game he made a great bare-handed pickup and throw on a perfectly placed bunt down the third base line only to just miss getting the runner at first. I like how Franco plays the game.
In our last blog we wrote about the strong arm of catcher Logan Moore this season. And all he needs to do is get his average up to be a top catching prospect. In the last two games the Marauders did not even try to steal a base on him. But it was with his bat that Moore came up big last night. With two outs in the sixth inning he lined a frozen rope line drive base hit to right for a RBI single. If Moore can continue to level off and barrel the ball like he did on that hit he will be one of the top catching prospects in minor league baseball. I like how Moore plays the game.
Its nice to see that what you blog about is proven correct only hours later on the field. Alonso, Franco and Moore proved me right because they know how to play the game.