Santa Fe Fuego pitcher Austin Carden pitched a complete game victory last night over the Taos Blizzard 8-3. It was the second time in a week he got a win over the Blizzard as he scattered nine hits and struck out six and walked five. Catcher Cody Coffman supplied most of the Blizzard offense, hitting a two run homer in the second and going three for four overall. Flakes starter Drew Evans was roughed up by the Fuego, lasting five innings but giving up eight earned runs. The Flakes have now lost three in a row to the Fuego.
After nearly 3,000 minor league at-bats, former Can-Am star Chris Colabello made his MLB debut yesterday. A native of Framingham MA, Colabello, 29, played right field for the Minnesota Twins against the Atlanta Braves. He was hitless in four at bats. At the time of his callup he was tearing up the International League with 12 HRs, 39 RBIs and a .358 average. The Assumption College graduate played played seven seasons in the Can-Am League before getting a shot in the Twins’ organization in 2012. He starred for Team Italy earlier this spring in the World Baseball Classic.
The Blizzard will be glad to get out of Alpine. The Cowboys got their third win in four nights 9-3. Emergency Blizzard starter Shane Flynn gave the Flakes four good innings, allowing only three hits and two earned runs. But six runs out of the leaky Taos bullpen put what had been a manageable 3-2 deficit out of reach. The Taos offensive star was CF Khyle Dimino who went two for three with two runs scored. He also added a stolen base which gives him eight on the year.
The America West Baseball League—which cancelled more games than it ever played– has gone dark (very dark) for 2013. The players assigned to that league have a message for you–don’t come back in 2014 either. Michael Cummings is gone. Godfather/Embark, the pinksheeters, have fled, and Sean Smock (CEO of the Month) has been left holding the bag and promises a return in 2014. Credibility index for 2014= 0.
The Taos Blizzard are proud to announce they have signed RHP Sean Gregory. Gregory, who is in his fifth year of professional baseball, has pitched in the Atlantic League, the American Association, the Can-Am League and the Frontier League. He will take a turn in the Taos rotation which has struggled in the early going. Gregory has Can-Am championships rings from his two seasons with the Quebec Capitales (2009 and 2010). In 113 professional appearances he is 12-13 with a 4.65 ERA. He will also serve as the Blizzard pitching coach. In the spring he is the pitching coach at Anna Maria College in Paxton MA. He began his career in the New York State League in 2009.
Kyle Richardson, RF, and Chris Constantino 1B, both went three for five as the Taos Blizzard beat the Alpine Cowboys 11-7. Richardson had 3 RBIs and Constantino contributed 2. For the seventh straight game, the Taos starter failed to last five innings. Opening day starter Angel Gonzalez went 4.1 innings and was touched for six hits and six runs. The bullpen did a nice job allowing only one run the rest of the way.
In less than five innings pitchers Ty Stuckey and Mike Russo gave up 15 runs and the Blizzard absorbed an ugly 15-5 loss to the Alpine Cowboys. “Pitchers need to get the job done out there or we may see some changes. You can’t pitch like that and keep a job in this league,” said Blizzard skipper Matt Leahy.