My son and I went to see the Dayton Dragons, the Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, play the South Bend Silver Hawks (the Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate) at Fifth-Third Ball Park in Dayton last night. South Bend pitcher Blayne Weller tossed a strange no-hitter, strange because Dayton did score one run. Weller had entered the game with a 4.66 ERA. His team won 7-1. (The exact score that made so many Brazilian soccer fans cry a few days ago.)
We were really impressed by South Bend shortstop Andrew Velezquez. The kid turns twenty this coming Monday. He went 1 for 2, with two walks. The At Bat on which he got the hit was an impressive one. After fouling off a number of pitches, he connected for a hit to right field and, with his exceptional speed, turned a double into a triple. In his other official AB, what looked like a sure home run veered slightly into foul territory. Velezquez did commit a fielding error. But I think this kid will be in the bigs some day, probably sooner than later.