In the resumption of Game 2, suspended last night, Tyler Wilson (Midlothian/UVA) took over the pitching and threw 5 solid innings and Henry Urrutia and Christian Walker each homered and combined to drive in 5 runs.
Norfolk salvages the split and the series will now shift to and finish up in Columbus, as it now turns into a best-of-3.
10 years ago, Ryan Zimmerman (Virginia Beach) made his debut with the Washington Nationals, just a few months after being drafted in the first round out of UVA, the first draft choice ever made by the Nationals. Needless to say, it has worked out well for the franchise.
Zimmerman has had quite a stellar career resume in DC. In 2009 alone he was an all-star and won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards, and won the Silver Slugger award again in 2010. He holds the franchise record with a 30-game hitting streak. His 10 career walk-off homers are tied for 3rd best in NL history. He is the last player left on the team from the 2005 inaugural season.
This past week, Zimmerman added to his DC legend when he hit his 200th career HR.
Here are some splits with regards to his career HRs:
Most HRs vs a single team:
- 25, Miami Marlins
- 20, Atlanta Braves
- 20, Philadelphia Phillies
- 17, New York Mets
- 15, San Diego Padres
- 20 of his HR are vs. Inter-League opponents.
- He has homered against all NL opponents, but never against 4 AL teams: Royals, White Sox, Mariners, Tigers.
- One of his most famous walk-off HRs came on March 30, 2008, when his walk-off homer beat the Braves to christen the new Nationals park, He is one of only 3 players to ever hit a walk-off in a team’s debut in a new stadium.
- He knows how to get things started for the Nationals. 38 of his career HRs have come in the first inning, the most he has in any single inning. Second place on that list is the 3rd inning with 30 HRs.
- When the Nationals get into the dog days of summer and the playoff race starts to heat up, they can count on Zimmerman to step up his game. There are two months in which he has more than 40 career HRs-August (43) and September/October (40).
- The only opposing ballpark in which he has hit double-digits in HRs is Yankee stadium, 10.
When the Washington Nationals came into being in 2005, they were led by carryovers from Montreal (Livan Hernandez, Nick Johnson, Brad Wilkerson, Chad Cordero), trade acquisitions and FA signees like Jose Guillen and Christian Guzman. This squad gelled big time into an 81-win season and the hearts of their new fan base.
While this new squad did great for one season, brass knew they would have think long-range with regards to this franchise, so they got started in that direction that summer with the draft. The first draft choice as the Nationals would have to set the tone for the future, so they chose a slick hitting 3B from the University of VA.
10 years later, Virginia Beach native Ryan Zimmerman has grown into a leader and face of the franchise. Leader off the field with the Zims foundation to find a cure for MS. On the field, his resume includes a 2009 all-star appearance, a Gold Glove, and two Silver Sluggers. He also hit a walkoff HR in the debut of Nats park on 3/31/2008.
Now add a milestone to his career, HR #200. Zimmerman hit two homers tonight against the Cardinals, giving him 200 for his career.
As we are now in the final weeks of the minor league’s 2015 season, the “dog days” of summer for the minors, we take a look at how Virginia’s teams are doing in their push for a spot in their respective league’s playoffs. Such a discussion has to start, or course, with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides (Orioles) club.
The Tides have won 7 of their last 10, have a record of 64-44. stand 6 games ahead in the IL’s South Division, and have the best record in the entire IL.
What has boosted the Tides this year? Probably their pitching. Despite the active shuttle between Hampton Roads and Charm City, there have been some amazing performances by Tides players to put them among IL leaders. Three of the top 8 ERAs in the IL are Tides pitchers-Zach Davies (5th-2.84-since traded to Brewers), Chris Jones (7th-3.00), UVA alum and Midlothian-native Tyler Wilson (8th-3.05). Mike Wright, who has gotten 7 starts in Baltimore this year, has posted an 8-0 record with the Tides and a 2.41 ERA (not enough innings to qualify for league leadership status). 30-yr old career minor leaguer Eddie Gamboa, a 2008 Orioles draft choice, has struggled to an ERA north of 4, but has still won 8 games for Norfolk this year. Led by these guys, the Tides have an IL-best 2.93 ERA, which includes 13 SHO wins. In a testament to how they are doing as a team, only one of their shutouts this year has been a CG. And speaking of their team effort, Naval Academy grad Oliver Drake is third in the league with 17 saves for the Tides.
While you and I both know that minor league baseball is about player development, the Tides are winning right now and have a shot at their first division title since 2005 and their first as an Orioles affiliate. That being said, Norfolk’s run right now means the future is bright in Baltimore.
Stay tuned, Tides and Orioles fans, this will be a fun stretch run.
Atlanta is in a rebuilding mode. Ditto for Arizona, who was also looking to shed some salary. So, the two teams became trading partners Saturday, as the Diamondbacks and Braves swung a trade that sent IF Phil Gosselin (UVA) west to the Dbacks for 2 pitchers.
Gosselin, on the DL recovering from a broken thumb, is batting .325 in 20 games this year.
A whirlwind week is probably the best way to describe the week that befelled Orioles RH Tyler Wilson (Midlothian/UVA/Norfolk Tides ’14-’15). A week ago, this highly-regarded pitching prospect was in the minors, albeit at AAA, toiling on bus rides that took him as far north as Rhode Island, as far west as Indiana, and as far south as Georgia.
Now he goes all over in chartered flights, with the Baltimore Orioles,
And he also now has a major league win under his belt.
Wilson was called up from AAA on Wednesday, and actually got into the game. He pitched the 9th inning of a 4-2 Orioles home loss to Seattle, allowing 2 hits.
On Friday, he notched that first major league win, pitching the 5th inning and allowing a run on three hits. He got credited with the win as the Orioles defeated the free-falling Marlins 8-5.
UPDATE:Tyler Wilson was returned to Norfolk today.
C John Hicks (Richmond) certain to start 2015 at AAA, but could be in Seattle this season.
Check out @MiLB’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/MiLB/status/575833721363787777
Mariners pitching prospect Danny Hultzen (UVA) working his way back, with his first game action in 18 months today.
In this series, I will highlight facts about ballplayers from Virginia that may not have been known. In this first installment, lets head to San Francisco, and talk about LH reliever Javier Lopez.
Lopez (Fairfax/UVA) leads all active major leaguers with 4 World Series rings.
He won his first one in 2007, with Boston, as the Red Sox defeated the Rockies. Lopez posted a 15.43 ERA in the playoffs that year-most of that in the ALCS.
In 2010, he got his second ring, pitching 2 scoreless appearances in relief in the title round, as the Giants defeated the Rangers.
In 2012, he was on the playoff roster, but did not get into any of the Series games, as the Giants swept Detroit to win the title, and give Lopez his third ring.
In 2014, he pitched three scoreless appearances in the Fall Classic as San Francisco beat Kansas City in 7 to win the title and give Lopez his 4th World Series ring.
For his career, Lopez has pitched in 6 scoreless appearances in the World Series.
Danny Hultzen (UVA) is now 25, but is slowly getting back into the Seattle Mariners’ plans.