Lugnuts Notes: Series at Quad City River Bandits

June 24: Off Day

June 25 to 28

  • Lugnuts 2 games, Bandits 2 games
  • Lugnuts are 5-3 (.625)
  • Second place, one game behind the Whitecaps, tied with the Battle Cats
  • Mull pitched a complete game
  • Catcher Doug Murray has been added to the roster

The last game looks like a disaster. The others showed promise, though.

Doug Murray, our new catcher, is reportedly a brand-new free-agent hire from Northwestern University. I don’t know anything about him.

Now that they’ve successfully trained Pat Hallmark to play center field, they’ve moved him back to catcher. Doesn’t make sense to me, unless KC thinks his future’s as a utility player. But that’s a really strange utility player. I hope this experiment is temporary.

Blaine Mull’s complete game was the team’s first, and leaves only the Whitecaps without at least one CG this season. In this league, you need three things to get a complete game: A pitcher capable of completing a game, a manager willing to let him finish, and a pitch limit high enough to make it. Our guys seem to be on tight pitch limits. (Oakland’s farm at West Michigan gets about one complete game per year because of really extreme pitch limits set by the farm system; their only CG in 1994 was a 69-pitch seven-inning game.)

Lots of roster switches lately, and almost certainly more to come. We get to learn some new players, and see how the team starts to fit together. In some ways, this is the most interesting time to watch the Midwest League; entire teams change character, and sometimes the reason is obvious. It can be glorious. Or it can be frustrating.

I received a note from a Spokane fan that said Juan Robles hit his first professional home run the other day.

Garden’s doing nicely, thank you. Daylilies have opened, or at least started, and one (exactly one) of the traditional lilies is also open. The weather’s even being civil, more or less.

And there’s a hummingbird eating just outside the bedroom window. You should see Butterscotch watch, all tense and excited….