Lineups: Altoona-Richmond 8/1

Bryan Morris

RICHMOND — Two hours to first pitch …

Game: Altoona Curve at Richmond Flying Squirrels, 5:05 p.m.

Site: The Diamond.

Pitching: RHP Bryan Morris vs. LHP Clayton Tanner.

Weather: 75 degrees.

Game Updates: My Twitter Feed


Altoona Curve:

4. Matt Hague, 1B
9. Morris, P

Richmond Flying Squirrels:

1. Darren Ford, CF
2. Nick Noonan, 2B
3. Thomas Neal, RF
4. Brandon Belt, LF
5. Conor Gillaspie, 3B
6. Sharlon Schoop, 1B
7. Tyler La Torre, C
8. Ryan Lormand, SS
9. Tanner, P

Going down to the field to watch Altoona take batting practice.

UPDATE 4:05 PM: Some pictures from batting practice (taken on my phone):

Josh Harrison taking a ground ball at third base during batting practice, with Chase d'Arnaud to his left.

Jared Hughes at first, Matt Hague making the throw, James Skelton playing second, and Jordy Mercer standing on second base.

Miles Durham taking batting practice.

Matt Hague at first, James Skelton standing in the 2B position, Chase d'Arnaud fielding at the 2B position, and Josh Harrison standing on the 2B bag.

UPDATE 4:21 PM: Let the kids play.  Literally.  Here is a picture of what’s going on in the field right now.  Probably more than 100 kids on the field playing catch with their family and friends, and more going on to the field as I type this.

Kind of overcast here, so the picture isn’t showing up that well, but you can click the images to enlarge them.

UPDATE 5:05 PM: Game time.  Switching over to Twitter for updates. Also, check out a report that just went up from Omar on the West Virginia series from this past week.

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  • Richard Ya’Zhynka

    I was pleased to see that you mentioned Clement. He is worthy of another try?
    Would you consider Mercer to be a better fielder than d’Arnaud and Harrison? When I saw them play at Altoona, Mercer looked to be the most athletic of the three.

    • Kevin_Creagh

      I think the best athlete is d’Arnaud, but the best fielding SS is Mercer at this point.

      • Richard Ya’Zhynka

        Thanks. I’ve only seen them a few times, so it’s good to get a more informed opinion.

  • Ian Rothermund

    Free Jordy Mercer!

    Barmes’ production should not be difficult to duplicate. Even by myself, and I was left handed pitcher and contact hitting 1B. Lol

  • leadoff

    When Presley is right he could probably be a starting outfielder on most teams in the majors, there are not many teams with 3 solid outfielders, practically every team needs at least one more good outfielder.

  • John Lease

    I’d rather have Gorkys in AAA and have Presley starting then the current situation. But I don’t want them to promote Presley if he isn’t going to play. Any word on if Nate accepted a AAA assignment?

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