Joe Palumbo’s first outing of 2019 with the RoughRiders

Joe Palumbo’s first outing of 2019

I’ve been looking forward to this game for a while as Joe Palumbo took the mound for the RoughRiders. Grant Holmes took the mound for the Midland RockHounds. The RockHounds are the Double-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.

Today was also the game for Autism Awareness Night and Sunday Funday.

Joe Palumbo

1st pitch of the game 92.2 4:06 PM. He hit 94.9 within a few pitches.

The audio below is from Media Day.

1st: 1 strikeout, 15 pitches, 13 strikes

2nd: 1 hit, 2 SO, 19 pitches, 12 strikes

3rd😕 1 run on a home run, 2 SO, 19 pitches, 12 strikes

4th😕 2 strikeouts, 13 pitches 9 strikes

5th: 2 walks and 1 strikeout. 21 pitches, 11 for strikes

Palumbo’s final line was 4.2 IP, 1 run on 2 hits, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts, the earned run average is 1.83. He threw 87 pitches, 57 for strikes.

Palumbo had a spin rate of about 2,700 on his fastball.

My impression through the first couple of innings was that he throws strikes and works fast. I saw him hit up to 95 and trust me when I say he’s got a high spin rate. The recliner nerd and I ran into Joe (Palumbo’s father) while he was warming up. That was pretty cool and we talked a few minutes after the game was suspended as well.


Locke St.John (LHP)– 1 SO, 7 pitches, 4 for strikes

6th: 1 hit allowed, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. He threw 20 pitches, 12 for strikes

His final line was 1.1 IP, 1 hit, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.

Walker Weickel (RHP)

7th: 1 walk, threw 14 pitches, 7 for strikes.

8th: 2 strikeouts, 14 pitches, 10 for strikes.

His final line was 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 SO. He has a 2.25 ERA

Wei-Chieh Huang

9th: 1 hit, 2 walks, he threw 20 pitches, 9 for strikes.

His final line was 1 IP, 1 hit, 2 BB

Below are some of his pitches and the spin rates.

93.1 fastball

93 MPH, 2,398 spin rate

75.8 breaking pitch

92.9 MPH 2,396 spin rate

Yoel Espinal

10th: HBP, 1 strikeout and an error on a pick-off throw to first. The runner ended up at 3rd. He threw 16 pitches, 10 for strikes.

His final line was 1 IP, 1 SO.

Jairo Beras

11th: He pitched .1 innings. He allowed 3 runs, 2 earned on 2 hits and 3 walks.

His line was .1, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 hits, 3BB

This is when the rain started coming down. The


The RoughRiders offense took a while to get anything going. They only had 2 hits going into the 8th. LeDarius Clark (LF) hit a 430 foot home run to center field with an exit speed of 111.4. He went 1-3 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO and is batting .222

His home run was the extent of the RoughRiders offense.

Other guys that had a hit were:

Christian Lopes, went 1-4 with a walk and 2 SO, is batting .231.

Eliezer Alvarez went 1-4 as well with a walk and SO, is batting .200.

Juremi Profar went 1-4 and is hitting .083.


Grant Holmes, the # 12 prospect according to MLB’s top 30 list of the Athletics system started for the Midland RockHounds. His final line was 3 IP, 1 hit, 2 BB, 3 SO. He threw 46 pitches and 27 were for strikes.

Rain caused the game to be suspended

At 7:32 the game went into a rain delay and was later suspended. It will continue?at a later date.

The official attendance was 5,408 but remember kids get in free on Sundays with the kids club.

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