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Saturday, May 18, 2013
Postgame notes - May 17
Final score: Bowie 2, Trenton 1
Synopsis: For once, a pitching duel delivered. Jose Ramirez and Kevin Gausman were brilliant -- they combined for 17 strikeouts over 11 innings -- and put on a show for everyone who knew what they were watching. Unfortunately for the Thunder, Ramirez's night was rendered moot just a few hitters after he left. Danny Burawa opened the sixth by walking two hitters, the first of which scored the eventual game-winner when Brandon Waring's in-between line drive slipped under Casey Stevenson's glove.
What went right: Ramirez was fantastic. He coupled his fastball with his usual devastating change-up and slider, and turned in another terrific outing. Over his first four appearances with Trenton, he's allowed four earned runs in 24 innings, walked five and struck out 33.
Jeremy Bleich also turned in a nice night out of the bullpen. After getting rocked for 10 runs over 4 1/3 innings on April 21 and May 5 (a DL stint in between), the lefty has settled down. Over his last three outings he's pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowed two hits, no runs, walked one and fanned five.
What went wrong: Obviously, the Stevenson error was huge. Granted, it was his first time playing second base this season, but it hurt nonetheless. It was Trenton's 52nd error of the season (second to last in the Eastern League), which is a big reason why the team's play has been so inconsistent this season. For more on that, see the link to my notes below.