Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Lineup (4/26)


You do a lot during the day. It's hard to keep up with all things Auburn baseball. Here's a handy rundown of what you may have missed (with some extras thrown in from time to time).

1. Gabe Gross Hangs Em Up

After some heavy soul searching, Gabe Gross has decided it’s time to hang up his cleats and retire from baseball.

“I just felt like my heart wasn’t into it,” Gross said Monday. “This and quitting football are the two hardest decisions I’ve ever made.”

(via Dothan Eagle)

2. Mummey gets called up, Immediately Delivers.

Trent Mummey soaked up his opportunity to make a good first impression at Class A Advanced Frederick, posting a career night in the Keys' 14-7 rout of Winston-Salem on Monday.

Mummey finished 4-for-6 with a career-high five RBIs, falling a home run short of the cycle in his first game with the Orioles affiliate.

(via MiLB.com)

3. Tug Hulett. Still playing. Still Awesome.

The Washington Nationals have signed infielder Tug Hulett to a Minor League contract. Hulett had been with the Colorado Rockies earlier this year but was cut loose after the recent acquisition of 2B Brad Emaus.

Hulett last appeared in the big leagues in 2009 with Kansas City Royals and was with the Seattle Mariners in 2008.

Hulett will provide depth in the minors, as he will be assigned to Triple-A, and he will also serve as an insurance policy if there were to be injuries at the Major League level.

(via The Nats Blog)

4. Hunter Morris: Putting the MAN in Manatee

There are times in pro baseball when the ball leaving the pitcher's hand looks like a pill.

And there are others when it looks like a pumpkin and that's what Brevard County Manatees infielder Hunter Morris has been seeing this season for the Class A-Advanced Florida State League team, an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Heading into Saturday night's game at Lakeland, Morris was hitting .281 with a team-leading 18 hits in 64 at bats. He ranked second in the league in doubles with six. His presence in the middle of the lineup is vital to a slowly awakening Manatees offense.

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(AUPPL NOTE: He has had one minor setback though:)

Injury note: Morris struck out in the top of the 9th and was replaced in the bottom; he may have been injured somehow.
UPDATE: It seems Hunter Morris dinged up a finger during that at-bat, something to keep an eye on this week. Not a big deal, it seems.

(via Florida Today & Brewers FANdemonium, h/t to @SessileFielder)

5. So You're Saying There's a Chance

But even beyond the standings, check out Auburn's RPI. According to Boyd's World, the Tigers have the 12th-best RPI in the nation. In other words, it would take a meltdown of epic proportions for Auburn to miss the NCAA tournament this year. And if Auburn does a little work in the next three weekends, they could be in position to host a Regional.

(via Evan Woodbery/ AL.com)

6. Auburn Signee Makes Hitters Look Silly

Keegan Thompson was kicking himself.
Normally, a blemish this minor wouldn’t bother the Cullman High pitcher. But on this night, it was the difference in history being made.
The scorecard was almost perfect. Key word: almost.
One walk in the first inning. It was the only thing that kept Thompson from hurling a perfect game in top-ranked Cullman’s 22-0 win over Madison County in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs Friday night.
Cullman (39-8) won game one of the doubleheader 13-11.

(AUPPL NOTE: The game was Mercy Ruled, so it was only 5 innings and it gets better)

Hitting 91 to 93 miles-per hour on the radar gun, Thompson breezed to the win, striking out 15 in the five-inning complete game no-hitter.
That’s right. Fifteen strikeouts. As in every out recorded.
“I was just feeling it,” said Thompson, an early Auburn commitment. “I just wish I hadn’t walked that one guy.”

(via Cullman Times)

7. Charles Barkley Loves Pizza


(via SI Vault)

8. The Bulldogs Have Bite

After all the twists and turns of its season, Auburn will still enter tonight's game against Samford as the first-place Tigers.

Yes, that's a three-way tie for first place in the parity-filled SEC West, but it's still in better shape than many expected when Auburn started the SEC season 2-7.

The Tigers (22-17) host Samford (24-17) today at 6 p.m. at Plainsman Park.

Auburn will start junior Andrew Morris (1-2, 5.62 ERA), while either junior Josh Martin (2-1, 4.91) or freshman C.K. Irby (3-1, 2.08) will start for Samford.

Auburn swept last season's two-game series with Samford but hasn't won consecutive games in Auburn since 2007.

(via Woodbery/ AL.com)

9. SEND ME STUFF

If you've got a tip, Auburn related, baseball related, Auburn baseball related, just email me: PlainsmanParkingLot@Gmail.com or you can send the the link via Twitter: @AUPPL

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