As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I had the opportunity to go to the RC Quakes game this last Friday evening (4/9) to see Scott Kazmir make his rehab start with our High-A affiliate. I took some pictures, however I really only focused on players that have been discussed here (Kazmir, Willits, Baird, and Alexi Amarista).
via i967.photobucket.com. More game analysis + PICTURES! after the jump.
The game wasn't incredibly exciting, but the baseball gods were looking out for me, as our #28 prospect, Dillon Baird, hit a walk-off double in the 10th inning. Reggie Willits, who is on a rehab assignment, also appeared in the game. He went 2-3 with a double to the RCF gap, showing a little more pop than I'm used to seeing from him. I went to the game with a couple of friends, and naturally ended up getting there towards the end of warmups. Just missed Kaz's long toss, and the bullpen mound was back in a corner where I couldn't see.
But I got this at least (notice Kazmir's Angels Red cleats):
Our #12 prospect, Amarista, warming up:
This kid really is comparably short-statured when around the more "normal" sized baseball players (I'm only 5' 8", so this isn't a knock on us shorter people):
But at least he's strong enough to lift his teammates:
Kazmir, done with warm-ups, heading to the dugout:
The one and only Reggie Willits up close & personal:
Someone next to me asked Reggie if he was going to be back with the Angels soon. His humble response: "I'm not sure right now, but I sure do hope so!" (Looks like he's getting his wish!)
"Ladies and Gentlemen, starting pitcher for your Quakes, #16 Scott Kazmir!"
Kazmir looked pretty good, blowing away hitters at will, but he didn't seem overly excited about pitching against A-ball hitters in an A-ball ballpark. I was scared for a second in the 4th inning when timeout was called and a trainer came to the mound to talk to Kaz, but it was obviously nothing, as he pitched into the 7th. For a stretch there, every RH hitter grounded out softly to 1st base, and every LH hitter to 3rd, meaning these kids had a lot of trouble catching up to a big league fastball. He did seem to tire out during the 7th inning, which is when 2 of the 3 runs charged against him scored. He left the game with runners on1st and 2nd, removed likely due to reaching his pitch limit.
His final line in the boxscore: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 6 K to 0 BB.
"Leading off for your Quakes, playing RF, #33 Reggie Willits!" (2-3 with a 2B):
Amarista went 0-5 with 2 K's, which was kind of a bummer for me:
And last but not least, the hero of the night, Dillion Baird! He was 1-5 with 3 K's, but he made the 1 hit he did get count, blasting a walk-off 2B in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Quakes the win!:
In the field:
And at the plate:
Overall, I had a lot of fun seeing the young guys (yes, I'm only 23, but most of these guys look pretty damn young), and I would suggest getting to a Quakes game or two if you live around the area. The most expensive seats are only $12!
Hope you guys enjoyed the pictures, I did my best considering I suck at taking pictures! LOL. I have more pictures on my Photobucket page from this game, as well as some that I took from LF at the Angels game on Saturday (4/10). Enjoy! And just so you guys that are going to the May 15th Halosheaven game have an idea to what I might look like (that's me on the left):
Are you going to attend any of the Angels minor league games this year, especially now that rghan introduced us to the young guys we need to pay attention to?
Hell yes! (66 votes)
I might, if I happen to run across some tickets. (75 votes)
Nope. Do you think I'm made of money or something? (61 votes)
202 total votes