Friday, July 01, 2005

Vidro in the Carolina League

Potomac 7, Kinston 1

I made the drive to Potomac to see Vidro on his rehab assignment. I was able to get his autograph on my team ball, bringing my total to 12. He was very gracious, signing for the half dozen people or so who were waiting. I asked him how his leg was feeling, and he said "Much better, thank you." I also got Mike Hinckley on a card; he was the only card of a Potomac National I had.

It was only one game, but Vidro didn't do anything to inspire confidence. He hit hard choppers to first base in his first two at-bats, walked in his third at-bat and struck out looking in his fourth at-bat. His runs to first seemed to have the slightest of subtle limps. That probably doesn't mean anything though, it's not like he had great knees to begin with. Vidro's got a few rehab games left; I'm sure he'll iron things out.

The P-Nats hit four home runs by Frank Diaz, Greg Thissen, Josh Whitesell and Chad Chop. Devin Perrin pitched very well for Potomac as well, scattering two hits over 7 innings of shut-out pitching.

Vidro went 0-3 on a very sticky, extremely humid night at the ballpark. But it was baseball, and there are worse ways to spend an evening for 10 bucks.

EDIT: I forgot to mention the most entertaining part of the evening. With two out in the top of the first inning, Kinston manager Luis Rivera, the former Red Sox and Expos infielder, was thrown out for arguing balls and strikes. From my angle, it looked like he might have had a point, umpire Roger Wolfe was giving very low and very high strikes. Wolfe let Rivera argue, but threw him out when the first obscenity was uttered. After he was run, though, Rivera went ballistic, cussing a blue streak all over the place. He covered home plate with dirt, then walked to the dugout. As the ump was cleaning the plate, Rivera came back out to yell at him for another minute. Very entertaining to observe so close up.


Blogger Basil said...

Thanks for the update.

And I'm glad Vidro didn't send you to the hospital; there's some of that going around lately.

1:09 PM  
Blogger wolff said...

awesome getting the autograph.. vidro is a great hitter.. when he rejoins the nats i think its really going to help.. our current luck can't hold out.. another win today! i'm starting to think st claire is a tremendous pitching coach particularly if he is calling the pitches...

armas is scary though.. got little faith in him i'm sorry to say.. willing and hoping to be proved wrong but he looked shaken during the fifth inning and sixth particularly after derek lee hit a homer off him

8:10 PM  

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