Nageotte Near-Perfect on Opening Night
Posted by Jason A. Churchill on April 6, 2006
Clint Nageotte and Travis Blackley each made successful starts to their seasons on Thursday night. Blackley went six innings and allowed just one earned run on three hits. The southpaw walked two and struck out three in the Missions' 4-3 win over Corpus Christi.
Nageotte was scheduled for 75 pitches or five innings of work and didn't need the full alottment of offerings to no-hit the Colorado Springs SkySox.
Nageotte tossed 66 pitches, 38 for strikes, and held the SkySox hitless. The 25-year-old struck out four, walked two and induced seven ground ball outs to just one in the air.
Nageotte was pretty sharp tonight, getting numerous swings and misses, mostly on a slider that appears to be better than it was a year ago.
Nageotte was throwing a splitter tonight as well, which is quickly becoming his third pitch, and he missed some bats with that also.
Oh, and… Rob Johnson is my new favorite Seattle Mariners prospect. He has every quality you want in a catcher, including the ability to hit, think behind and at the plate, work with pitchers and call a game.
[He gunned down two runners tonight, one trying to steal and one trying to advance on a pitch that bounced to the plate and got away from Johnson.]
The intelligence he has displayed in the two games I have seen him is blue chip. And his bat is going to be okay. He's a smart player and has a catcher's work ethic and is building a relationship with the pitching staff that may be better – and more important – than any catcher, including Pat Borders, has established in the past several years in the minors.
Rob Johnson is a major league catcher. Just give him some time.
Jeff Clement went 2-for-4 with a double, a run batted in and a walk batting from the three-hole for San Antonio… Wladimir Balentien actually drew a walk in five plate appearances… Sebastien Boucher started in center field for San Antonio and led off, going 2-for-5 with a stolen base… Jason Snyder started for Class A Wisconsin tonight and went five innings allowing eight hits – all but one were singles. Snyder fanned seven and walked just one while surrendering just one earned run in the Rattlers' 4-2 victory… Casey Craig supplied the offense for Wisconsin hitting a three-run home run in the second inning. Craig also walked and went 1-for-2 on the night… Luis Valbuena started at second for the T-Rats and went 1-for-4… Matt Tuiasosopo started at shortstop for Inland Empire and is batting in the three spot. He made a fielding error early in the game; one more reason, of many to come, that Tui should be playing right field. He did go 1-for-4 with an RBI single.