Friday, March 11, 2005


Before there was a slick out-of-nowhere left-handed pitcher named Donnie Hume there was an out-of-Pico last-minute signee lefty named Cesar Ramos. Cesar was then called Baby Abe because he was mentored by Boston’s left handed future, Abe Alvarez, who of course was lured to Blair by the original LB lefty Gabe Gonzalez. Call him godfather Gabe.

We are reminded of this lineage after Hume debuted Tuesday with four shutout innings, giving up just two hits and striking out three on 60 pitches and was awarded the win. The Blade of course recruited himself from across the street Wilson High, just a foul ball away from the bull pen. He talked Dave Snow into giving him a look and now look at what’s happening. Any how back to the present. After taming Bears from Baylor last weekend it is now Cougars from UH who arrive with a record of 6-9 after taking two of three from LMU at home last weekend then added a mid week shutout over Sam Houston. As a team Houston is batting .273, fields at a .958 clip and sports a 4.50 team ERA. Best of the bats is Jake Stewart with his .339 average.

Lefty Matt Farrington gets the start tonight and brings a 3.10 ERA and 2-0 record. The big excitement for the Coogs was to get out of town since for the first time all season they leave the city limits. Besides 11 home games, the Cougars have played three games at the Houston Astros' Minute Maid Park and one at cross-town rival Rice's Reckling Park. The Niner have those cross town rivals too but on Tuesday Evan Longoria equaled Loyola Marymount's hit total for the night with five as the Bags plated six unanswered runs and held on for a 6-4 win. The hitting got the headlines because everybody seems to take the closing from granted. Neil Jamison picked up his sixth save with a scoreless ninth as the 49er bullpen following a double play ball in the sixth inning retired the final 11 Lions.

FILLER DUST--This will be the first time that Farrington has faced Long Beach State from the mound but he did appear in all three games at Cougar Field in 2004 as an outfielder…a pair of walks and errorless in the outfield in nine total chances….other Coog swingers are Brad Lincoln, who is scheduled to start the series finale on Sunday, but also hits well, .333…shortstop Dustin Kingsbury is tops with 10 RBIs and has a team-high seven-game hitting streak... this weekend's series also marks the 7th consecutive season that the Cougars play in recruit-rich California… Long Beach State leads the all time 3-1…they first played February 1990 at the Olive Garden Classic in Kissimmee, Fla and last year LBSU won the first two games of that series (6-1 and 4-1) before UH rebounded with a 4-2 win in the series finale…other hot dudes are Chuck Sindlinger who finished 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs on Tuesday and catcher Chris Jones who leads LBSU with a .391 batting average…Brandon Godfrey is tops with 14 RBIs….Senor Ramos has a 3-2 record with 33 strikeouts and a 1.89 ERA in 38.0 innings and that leads the team in all three pitching Triple Crown categories…on the not-hot list is USC’s Jeff Clement who is just batting .265 with a mere two bombs…his hitting coach Dave Lawn feels Clement is getting “a tad anxious at being pitched around”…sounds familiar…Baseball America loves our pen men and says, “Setup man Brian Anderson has yet to allow a run in 12 appearances this season, while closer Neil Jamison is 2-0 with five saves in nine scoreless appearances…BWC bragging…Michael Paulk set a school record with a hit in 26 consecutive games helping Cal State Northridge defeat visiting UCLA Tuesday…Northwestern State, brought in as a Tuesday snack for the Baylor, ate the Bears 5-4 Tuesday…and like the caped crooner Elvis Joe we also bring back by popular demand the Hurricane update…Miami beat Pittsburgh 3-0 in a game that Pitt protested since they had to go outside…today around the loop it is Fullerton at Tulane; Wichita State vs. Irvine at USC, Riverside at Sac State; LMU at Santa Barbara, and Pacific at Portland….last add…as you know I ain’t certain what will happen to Diamond Dust next year but I am holding auditions for my replacement…my niece Lauren presented her sample items…”An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either”…and “two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other: "Does this taste funny to you?"--DR. DAN


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