Oct 222011
 

Friday was not a good day for the Nats pitchers in the AFL, as they gave up 12 runs in a 13-8 loss by Scottsdale to Surprise.

Matt Purke made his first AFL start but, as the pic suggests, was knocked around and retired just one of the eight batters he faced. The final damages: a third of inning pitched, seven runs, one walk, no strikeouts, and five hits given up, including a two-run homer.

Pat Lehman took the loss, his second of the AFL campaign, with five runs charged to him in one and a third innings. He pitched a scoreless sixth, but gave up all five hits in a stretch of six batters in the seventh, suffering one error behind him but also committing a balk.

Rafael Martin let in two of those runs charged to Lehman on a two-out double but pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning for a line of one and two-thirds innings pitched, one hit, no runs, one walk, and one strikeout.

Just one Nats bat was in the lineup, and yes, it was Bryce Harper. He wowed the scouts by pushing a bunt to second baseman and getting down the line in 3.83 seconds, according to Keith Law (times on bunts are always lower than a full swing, but consider that 4.1 seconds is considered “above average”). It was his sole hit in a 1-for-4 afternoon, in which he also walked and scored a run. Harper played left field and made three putouts.

  3 Responses to “AFL Update: October 22, 2011”

  1. From the time he was chosen in the draft, I was cynical about Purke. A shoulder injury is something to be concerned about–big time. Hopefully, I’m completely wrong in my skepticism.
    Rendon, I believe will be okay, but once again there is reason for concern. The Nats great draft could go downhill in a hurry.

  2. AFL cup of coffee seems to be way early to be making these kind of extrapolations. How much pitching did he do this year in college? To me, it’s just that they’re choosing to build up arm strength against competition close to what he’d be facing next year versus instructional league stuff.

    Does anyone know what his velocity is like in the AFL?

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