Is it possible that tonight's game at Camden Yards will be delayed by rain?
Could such a thing really happen?
I posted an entry last night noting how Chris Tillman threw six shutout innings for Double-A Bowie, allowing three hits and striking out nine. It's even better that Tillman's performance came on the same night that Single-A Frederick's Jake Arrieta tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out six. He's 4-0 with a 1.74 ERA and leads the Carolina League with 53 strikeouts.
Sounds like a nice 1-2 punch to me.
The game summary issued by the Keys' PR staff noted that Matt Wieters hit a "mammoth" home run, his league-leading ninth.
If you missed Brady Anderson's call-in segment yesterday on The Anita Marks Show, and it lasted a full 17 minutes, he stopped short of accusing the owners of collusion, but pointed out the absurdity that a player of Barry Bonds' caliber hasn't received a single offer. Everyone else gets a second or third chance, including drug users and alcoholics, but nobody will touch Bonds.
Anderson noted that if you put Bonds on any team, he'd likely be regarded as its best hitter, with the exceptions of St. Louis (Albert Pujols) and the Yankees (Alex Rodriguez). He also disputed the notion that Bonds' skills have eroded to where he's a liability on the bases and in the field, saying that Bonds runs regularly at UCLA and actually is closer to being considered fast than he is slow – especially at age 43.
Anderson also shot down the popular theory that Bonds is a bad teammate and mentioned that two of his favorites with the Orioles were Albert Belle and Bobby Bonilla – guys who weren't media friendly, but loved baseball and the people who played it.
Anderson was a few hours away from picking up his 4-year-old daughter. When he mentioned how athletic she is, I inquired about her time in the 40-yard dash. Without missing a beat, Anderson replied that she just started her first creatine cycle, which should get her down to eight seconds.
Did anyone watch Radhames Liz's start for Triple-A Norfolk last night on MASN?
The Tides were playing Lehigh Valley, whose roster includes Jon Knott. I thought he was in the Twins' organization, but I obviously lost track of him. They traded him to the Phillies on April 30 for future considerations.
Liz still hasn't won a game this season. He took the loss last night after allowing three runs and seven hits in six innings, with three walks and four strikeouts. He's 0-5 with a 5.12 ERA.
His instincts need a little work, too. Liz chased after a pop up along the first base line, reached for the ball and almost caused a three-player pile up. Catcher Omir Santos made the catch. Liz needed to direct traffic and call for Santos or first baseman Oscar Salazar.
Salazar had two more hits and is batting .322.