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Rocks lose in 13, but Lamb solid again into the 8th!

July 21, 2010

Myrtle Beach, SC – Wilmington Blue Rocks lost the series and the game tonight following a 29 minute rain delay and a 13 inning contest with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Atlanta Braves Advanced Class A team. Solid pitching wasn’t enough tonight due to errors and missed opportunities with runners on base.

John Lamb tossed a career-best 7.1 innings and allowed just one earned run, his first in six outings and 35.2 innings. (Brad Glazier)

John Lamb was solid again with his longest outing of the year, as he took the ball to the mound in the bottom of the eighth inning with a 3-2 advantage. Lamb was at 81 pitches to start the inning but gave up a lead off single for the third of the night. On a 1-0 count a sacrifice bunt moved the lead off runner to second with the put out throw from Lamb to first base. Lamb finished with 88 pitches, 69 percent in the strike zone, 18 first pitch strikes, 8 first pitch balls, 13 ground ball outs and did not have any fly ball outs. The lack of fly ball outs was really a little unusual for most of his past performances, but still effective none the less.

Blue Rocks went to the bull-pen for Harold Mozingo who promptly surrendered a hit allowing the first earned run to be tallied against Lamb in his last six starts. Mozingo continued to pitch well on his own accord until his removal in the 13th by Barry Bowden.

Lamb finished the longest work of his second professional baseball season with 7-1/3 innings, 3 runs, 1 earned run, 3 hits, 8 strike outs, 0 walks and a throwing error on a pick-off attempt. He managed to shave a little off his current earned run average and continues to lead all levels of Minor League Baseball.

Blue Rocks had plenty of hits through the game put just didn’t get the timely ones needed to blow the game open. Four different Rocks had multiple hits during the extra inning game, including Navarro, Colon, Mejia and Francis. Salvador Perez was the only Blue Rock with a single hit for the night. The team finished the night going 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Pelicans grabbed the win and the three game series in the bottom of the fourth extra inning and giving the Blue Rocks only their third loss in an extra inning contest for the Carolina League Northern Division current first place team. Tonight’s blow also put the Blue Rocks back into an even .500 level of wins and losses as they climb into the bus and head for Kinston to play the Indians.


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9 Comments
  1. Ron Eppes permalink
    July 22, 2010 08:56

    James, love the blog and your letting us fathers live “the experience” through your comments. I’m looking forward to seeing John in a KC uniform.

    • July 22, 2010 10:29

      Ron,
      Thanks for the visit, comments and appreciation for the updates. It really is great to know that John has acquired a couple fans durng the early stages of his professional baseball journey.

  2. July 22, 2010 09:11

    James,

    What does John think about all the bus rides throughout the season? Is it like in high school and college where you just pick a seat and sit there uncomfortable or do they have a charter bus?

    • July 22, 2010 10:49

      risingstarchallenge,

      I’m pretty sure he enjoys the bus rides as much as any other minor league baseball player…but, I really don’t know…I’ve never asked! I will have to get back with you on that specific question. Keep in mind that John has spent many of hours on buses during the two summers preceeding his professional baseball career…so, I’m sure he is simply enjoying the experiences…as much as possible…seeing the country on all those different chartered bus rides. Thanks for the visit, questions and interest about my son’s experiences in minor league baseball.

  3. Chris permalink
    July 22, 2010 10:51

    James love this site. I drop by all the time just to see how John is doing. After reading the Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst (Great Read by the way) I have really gained a new found appreciation for life of a minor league player. I haven’t been this excited about a pitcher since Zack Greinke was blazing through the minors. One question has there been any talk about the Royals limiting his innings for the rest of this year? If I remember right he is now over 100 innings and he only pitched 60 to 70 last year. Tell him to keep up the great work and look forward to seeing him in KC very soon!!!

    • July 22, 2010 12:38

      Chris,

      Thanks for visiting and we also share your excitement. For obvious reasons, the Lamb family feels very fortunate to have John play with the Kansas City Royals and we are very optimistic about the future of the organization. The multiple prospects within the Royals family right now should make many Kansas City fans, executives, coaches, scouts, staff, players and families very proud of thier association wearing “royal blue.”

      There have been no hints to me about limiting John’s number of innings during his second year of professional baseball. I’m sure the “brass” and development side of the Royals organization are keeping those things in mind during the early stages of my son’s career. Thanks again for your comments.

  4. Chris permalink
    July 23, 2010 09:27

    James, Just thought I would let you know that if you go to http://www.810whb.com and select PODCAST at the top of the page. On the show Between the Lines there is a 30 minute interview with GMDM (General Manager Dayton Moore. About half way through it he talks about the tremendous progress your son has made and what the organization believes he needs to work on to move up to AA this year. And that was consistantly throwing strikes with his curve ball when he is behind in the count. GMDM had nothing but high praises for John. Just thought you would like to hear it for yourself. Enjoy!!!

    • July 23, 2010 11:41

      Chris,

      Thanks for the link…I will be sure to go and listen to the PODCAST with Dayton Moore.

  5. Chris permalink
    July 23, 2010 11:45

    Enjoy… I sure did… Have a great weekend and look forward to reading about John’s next start from the eyes/ears of his Father!!!

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