Friday, September 11, 2015
No. No, they didn't end on a high note. The Travelers were swept out of the playoffs and the Owlz were beaten 2-1 in a best-of-three set. Oh, well. There's always next year or something.
Double-A: Arkansas Travelers
Rookie: Orem Owlz
This one was a heartbreaker on par with yesterday's Angels game. Getting the lead in the bottom of the seventh, the Owlz went into the eighth with some momentum, but it was snatched away immediately when Joshua Banuelos of the Idaho Falls Chukars (KC) smashed a homer over the right-field wall to tie it up. Then, in extra innings, the first two Chukars to bat struck out. Too bad the second batter reached first on a wild pitch third strike. Ugh. He was replaced by a pinch-runner who quickly stole second. The next Chukar to bat also struck out, which should have been the third out, but no, Idaho Falls still had one more chance. And they used it well, as the very next batter roped a line drive to center field and the man on second scored. The Owlz couldn't answer back in the bottom of the tenth. Bah.
I cannot wait to see what Jaime Barria has in store for us next season. Very promising young talent. Yeah, he got banged up during his time in Orem (6.21 ERA/1.56 WHIP) this year, but he looked great beginning the year in the Arizona League (2.00 ERA/1.19 WHIP) and he's only 19.
On a personal note, I just wanted to thank everyone for your comments and suggestions as I learned on the job how to better convey this information to you all. It's been a pleasure doing the minor-league reporting around here, and I look forward to any and all contributions our minor-league gurus Turks Teeth and rghan may bring us in the offseason. Their in-depth looks are the lifeblood of our minor-league knowledge around these parts. See you all next season!