Hello, baseball lovers and welcome to the inagural episode of Minor League Baseball Tonight! It is my pleasure to bring this great aspect of the greatest game to light for fans of the sport at all levels. I’m Matthew Medley and starting today Minor League Baseball Tonight will cover the biggest stories in Minor League Baseball throughout the remainder of the regular and post-season. This show is dedicated to the fans of baseball around the world, and more specifically, the fans who love the game at the lower levels. We will touch on affiliated, independent, and even international baseball to educate and entertain fans. It is the feeling of MiLB Tonight that this area of baseball is often overlooked, despite being a fascinating and extremely important part of the game of baseball as a whole. So, without further ado, let’s get started with tonight’s episode. PLAY BALL!
Tried to Make ‘Em Go to Rehab…
Monday night, August 8 was the first time two of the big league’s brightest up and coming stars took the field since suffering injuries. Washington Nationals’ phenom pitcher Stephen Strasburg and Cleveland Indians’ star right-fielder Shin-Soo Choo both made starts with their clubs’ minor league farm teams.
Strasburg pitched in a live game for the first time in 11 months after undergoing Tommy John Surgery. He made his rehab start for the Nats’ single-A affiliate, Hagerstown Suns. Strasburg faced the Greensboro Grasshoppers in front of a crowd of more than 6,000. Depsite the plan for Strasburg to throw a maximum of 30 pitches, he pushed the limit with a risque 31, 25 of which were thrown for strikes. The 23-year-old fireballer worked one and two-thirds innings, allowing three hits and one earned run on a homer by while striking out four. His velocity was consistently around 97 mph, and he topped out at 98. Strasburg will throw a bullpen session before making his next start, which is scheduled for this Friday.
Shin-Soo Choo, the Cleveland Indians fan-favorite right-fielder made his first rehab start since undergoing thumb surgery in late June. Choo made his start for the single-A affiliate, Lake County Captains at Classic Park, just a stone’s throw away from Progressive Field in Cleveland. A crowd of more than 6,000 witnessed Choo for 6 innings in right field, as he was substituted for in the top of the 7th. Choo went 0-2 at the plate, grounded out to second and struck out looking. Although his start shows he may need some time before being big-league ready to shake off the rust, our own MiLB tonight correspondant, Alex Toma, who was in attendance had this to say, ” I really am not worried about it. It was first game back in a long time you have to give him more time.” He hasn’t heard from the Indians about when he may be activated from the disabled list, but expect him to return to the big league club sometime in the next two weeks.
MiLB Tonight’s first ever gameball award goes to Palm Beach Cardinals’ left-handed starter Tyler Lyons. Lyons was a ninth-round draft pick from Oklahoma State and did something in just his ninth start that most pitchers never accomplish in an entire career. He hurled the first no-hitter in Palm Beach Cardinals history. The no-no was in game one of a doubleheader, which meant that the game only lasted seven innings, but regardless, Lyons pitched a gem, The lefty faced only one batter above the minimum, striking out eight Ft. Myers Miracle hitters and issuing just one walk. Palm Beach won the game 10-0 and Lyons improved his record to 6-3 with a 4.20 E.R.A.
What to Watch for Tomorrow
As the playoff races heat up across baseball MiLB Tonight will highlight the Marquee Matchups of the night throughout the remainder of the regular season. Tuesday’s Marquee Matchup features two teams battling for a bid to the Florida State League Playoffs, The Tampa Yankees host the Clearwater Threshers in a 7:00 start. Entering the contest, Tampa holds a one-game lead over Clearwater in the second half standings. Clearwater has yet to announce their starting pitcher for the contest, but what is certain is that the Yankees will send left-hander, Jose Quintana to the mound. Quintana has been nothing short of spectacular for Tampa, posting an 8-1 record with a 2.25 E.R.A. this season, primarily coming out of the bullpen, while also making seven starts. The Threshers will look to spoil the 23 year old Colombian’s outing and have a first-place tie with a win over the Yankees. Stay tuned for the next episode of MiLB Tonight to find out how this and much more in the world of minor league baseball plays out. We’re outta here.