Joe Palumbo’s first outing of 2019 with the RoughRiders

Joe Palumbo Debut of 2019 for the RoughRiders
Joe Palumbo Debut of 2019 for 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.

Bullpen

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

Offense

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, Photo Credit: Caitlyn Epes and the Frisco RoughRiders
Juremi Profar, Photo Credit: Caitlyn Epes and the Frisco RoughRiders

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

Defense


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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