Modern professional baseball is an unlikely exercise in mass adoption. Players from across the United States and around the world represent the city they are selected by, sent thousands of miles from home to pursue their dreams. Although the early decades of MLB helped the northeastern United States retain the most major leaguers produced, for decades the southern United States, blessed with abundant sunshine and winters hot, unsurprisingly pumped out many of MLB’s most productive pros. Tonight, the Seattle Mariners battery were their two Floridians (or a native, a transplant, as Raleigh attended Florida State), a paired duo with clear club intent from the moment they joined the club. organization one day apart in the 2016 draft. Logan Gilbert and Cal Raleigh.
In this 2019 article by Kate and former Modesto Nuts broadcaster Keaton Gillogly, it’s striking how easily the line goes from those moments to the big league excellence we witnessed tonight and whose we enjoyed all year.
“It’s your career, not mine,” Modesto Nuts pitching coach Rob Marcello Jr. told Mariners first-round pick Logan Gilbert when he approached Marcello with a question about something. something his catcher, Cal Raleigh, had said. “You’re going to be the drums sooner or later in the big leagues. You must understand it now.
Marcello, now the Triple-A pitching coach of the El Paso Chihuahuas in the San Diego Padres system, received major credit for rejuvenating the career of LHP MacKenzie Gore into a player capable of helping San Diego score Juan Soto. He was right about Gilbert and Raleigh too. Tonight, the pair showed just how far they’ve come.
Seattle took the lead in the 4th inning on what can only be described as a series of unfortunate events for the Chicago White Sox. Ty France, who has the spirit of a golden retriever, the canine co-star bat of Air Bud: Round 7 Recoveryand the foot speed of the human co-star of Air Bud: Round 7 Recovery, Richard Karn, hit a brace down the right field line that undoubtedly would have been a single if one of Chicago’s many first basemen had correctly read the path of the bouncing ball on the ledge of the bleachers in territory fault. In this case, it was Gavin Sheets who was forced to trot sheepishly after the ball on a sudden change of angle, allowing France to take second place. Mitch Haniger’s subsequent sacrifice volley to the right would have been fait accompli for nearly every player in the league to advance except for France, but even he would have narrowed past a shot on target. The inconsistency of the moment rocked 3B Yoán Moncada in amazement, as he yours The nine hoppers of a throw from Sheets and watched it sink well into the camera.
White Sox starter Johnny Cueto valiantly tried to argue otherwise, but much like me upon hearing the play that was described to me before seeing the video, the refereeing team couldn’t figure out anything else. than a race as a punishment. Congratulations to Ty France and his BsR, and sorry to the cameraman whose rig got hurt. 1-0 m.
As it happens, that would be all they needed, but the line score belies a game with several tough moments. Despite a line that suggests near dominance – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 9 K – Gilbert struggled with his command most of the night, especially with his fastball. He continued to work in his refitted two-seam machine, although he remained dependent on the four-seams. Those inescapable heaters betrayed him in the top of the 4th, as a weak 2-0 four-seam was lined up for a single by Moncada and the following throw, a two-seam, cut José Abreu to put two without withdrawals. .
Subsequently led 3-0 over Eloy Jiménez, Gilbert reached the nadir of his outing, and of the night in Seattle. Sometimes digging deep means digging yourself a hole. Raleigh pushed him back to the fastball and he dodged the barrel to draw a solid flyout down the center that Julio Rodríguez rushed with precision, keeping the runners in place. Poor Gavin Sheets was next, rolling on a 2-2 slider for a possible double play ball. Instead, Gilbert erred slightly covering the sack, roaring in frustration as he grabbed the throw from JP Crawford and threw his right foot in desperation, finding no support on the bag. Bowing down, a furious Gilbert escaped trouble, forcing last night’s pest AJ Pollock to line up with JP Crawford.
The threat came almost in rhyme at the start of the 6th, as Abreu doubled with one out and Jiménez hit hard at Julio, with the rookie of the year hopeful shooting hard and in line to hold the runners to the first. and third. It would be Gilbert’s last run, and on his third time in the order he had to hold the line. Sheets’ nightmare day continued with a punch, two bad tips Raleigh got to stop the young slugger. Two down, two against, two Florida boys in the Pacific Northwest.
Again, to Kate’s 2019 Pitcher and Catcher article:
“This offseason we had a little program,” Cal says, “and we learned the truth and told the truth. The truth does not hurt. It’s good for you. Anytime you can be honest with someone, you can show that you care. And once you show them you care, you can invest them.
It’s never a secret that Gilbert cares about his job, or that Raleigh takes great pains to support all of his pitchers, perhaps especially his longest-serving teammate. The 6’6 right-hander has an amiable demeanor that is countered by his in-game personality. He’s an intense character who apparently earned the nickname “Walter” for… undisclosed reasons. If no explanation is provided, I assume it will receive a retcon, reattributed as a tribute to one of baseball’s first fireballs, Walter Johnson. There’s nothing more ambitious than bestowing a nickname on a 24-year-old player based on one of MLB’s all-time greats, but if the original Walter was “The Big Train,” can Maybe our young “Walter” can at least be “The Light Rail”.
Starting pitchers tend to be possessive types, and part of the joy and agony of life in the rotation is seeing every start as yours. As Gilbert came triumphantly off the mound, he handed the game to perhaps the best bullpen in the league, but aside from Shohei Ohtani, every starting pitcher cedes all control of the outcome of their game to others. Luckily for Gilbert, he was also leaving his game in his receiver’s trusty mitts.
Raleigh erased a first single in the 7th by Adam Engel against Matt Brash with a dart on the second, resetting things for the occasionally erratic rookie fire thrower and helping him work an aimless frame. In the 8th, he coaxed Andrés Muñoz into the heart of the Chicago Order, including a cunning jab with his glove target to dismiss what several people, including Dan Wilson on the show, assumed had been an effort to sign (without technology). – stealing second base efforts by the ChiSox. At the bottom of the frame, after a two-walk and a flight from Sam Haggerty, icing on the cake for the man in the Apple Bottom jeans:
3-0 was enough for Paul Sewald who easily knocked out a deflated White Sox lineup. The man who got sprayed with the two jugs of water in his post-match interview, again in Kate and Keaton’s article:
“I might be the smartest guy in the world,” Cal says, “but if you don’t care about that person, or if you don’t care enough about their career to tell them the truth, it won’t do anything to them, or you, honestly. It’s like that old saying…they don’t care what you know until they know how much you care. It’s something big that I have followed so far.
There’s no doubt the Raleigh team knows he cares, but they’re not the only ones. Those two, who carried their team to victory once again tonight, and rode a storm of mild summer rain throughout the playoff drought, they made that fanbase cares to know them too.
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