Banuelos Has Final Spring Training Tune-up

  • The story of Charleston’s 8-5 loss against Toronto on Saturday was defense. Plays, both tough and routine, in the infield and outfield, were not being turned. It affected the pitcher’s stats and put the offense in a 6 run whole by the 3rd inning.
  •  Charleston starter Brett Marshall pitched just two innings, while surrendering 6 runs and allowing 10 runners to reach safely. The infield can be to blame for at least three of those runners, as they botched a double play (allowing both runners to be safe) and mishandled two ground balls in just the first two innings. Marshall may have been hit, but it’s also a testament to his ability to find the strike zone. He recorded 4 strikeouts to just one walk.
  • Tampa won Saturday’s contest 3-2, led by an effective effort from Manny Banuelos. The ace didn’t have his best stuff, as Toronto made a lot of solid contact, sending a few balls to the deep parts of the outfield. But the defense held up and Banuelos continued to challenge hitters. He ended with a respectable line of three innings pitched and one run allowed on three hits, while recording just one strikeout and no walks.
  • Charleston’s Starting lineup- Slade Heathcott, Anderson Feliz, JR. Murphy, Gary Sanchez, Rob Sedegin, Ramon Flores, Kelvin Deleon, Kyle Roller, Jose Mojica, and Eduardo Sosa.
  • Tampa’s Starting lineup- Abe Almonte, Carmin Angelini, Rob Lyerly, Luke Murton, Taylor Grote, Zoilo Almonte, Kyle Higashioka, Deangelo Mack, Walter Ibarra
  • Josa Mojica had a memorable day for Charleston. Batting out of the nine hole, he went 3-4 with a double and two rbi. Mojica was a catalyst in the late comeback attempt, recording rbi singles in the 7th and 9th innings. Both knocks were well hit line drives and easily scored the runners.
  • Cory Arbiso was key for a Tampa bullpen that only allowed one run over seven innings of work. Arbiso worked the 4th and 5th innings with ease, sandwiching a walk between a pair of strikeouts in the 4th, and getting Toronto out in order in the 5th.
  • Tampa didn’t have a very impressive day at the plate, as none of the starters were able to muster up more than one hit against Toronto. Carmin Angelini did have a busy day on the basepaths though, swiping three bags, and getting caught once on a close play at third. He accounted for one of Tampa’s three runs in the victory.
  • Rob Lyerly [1-4, K], Taylor Grote [1-3, K], Zoilo Almonte [1-3, 2b], Deangelo Mack [1-3, sb], and Walter Ibarra [1-3, CS] all had hits for Tampa on Saturday.
  • Slade Heathcott finished the day 1-3 with a run and two walks, but it was his centerfield play that had the biggest effect on Saturday’s game. Heathcott dropped a flyball that would’ve ended the second inning for Charleston, instead the error gave Toronto two more runs and a runner on second.
  • Jose Quintana, part of the extended Spring training squad, pitched the last 1.2 innings of Charleston’s loss, and did so impressively. He did not allow a hit, induced two weakly hit groundouts and struck out a pair of hitters.
  • Gary Sanchez wasn’t effected by his teammates’ poor defensive showing on Saturday. The Charleston catcher was a wall behind the plate, rarely allowing a past ball, especially with men on base. Sanchez showcased his arm as well, throwing out both runners who attempted to steal while he was in the game.
  •  JR Murphy [1-3, rbi, 2b], Sanchez [1-3, K],  and Rob Sedegin [1-4, K, GIDP] also had hits for Charleston in the loss.

This article was originally published here on pinstripesplus.com.