The New Milford Blazers finished chapter 1 with a BDBL best 22-6 record, which is only good for a 2 game lead over Salem in the McGowan. The Blazers went a ridiculous 9-1 in one run games, 6-0 in extra innings and 11-1 on the road. An 11-5 home record isn’t too shabby either.
Hitter of the Chapter was Freddie Freeman. The big off season free agent acquisition went 288/398/596 with 7 HR, 21 runs scored and 17 RBI. As a team the Blazers hit a lackluster 256/335/434. “We didn’t get the bats going early and are lucky to have the record we do,” said GM Anthony Peburn.
Pitcher of the Chapter was another free agent signing in Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel converted 12 of 13 saves to pace the BDBL to go along with a 1.20 ERA and 23 K in 15 IP. As a team the Blazers put up a 2.73 ERA, tops in the BDBL. The 15 team saves is on pace to be record setting. “Our pitching really carried us. It really is amazing to do this with Kershaw only starting 2 games,” said Peburn. ” We have over used some guys, especially Devenski, but the recipe has worked.” New Milford will have to hope for this again in chapter 2 as Kershaw is only projected to start 3 games.
Peburn points to not only the hitting woes, but 12 unearned runs allowed as things the team needs to improve going forward.
Chapter 2 is highlighted by series against division rival Salem as well as first place Ravenswood and the disappointing but dangerous Jamboree.
The Blazers reacquired longtime IF Jed Lowrie and 1B Jesus Aguilar on minor league deals and released Chad Pinder and Kodi Medeiros. “We have been waiting way to long for Kodi to work out his mechanical problems and Chad was beaten out in AAA by Erik Gonzalez. We wish them both the best. Lowrie and Aguilar are veterans who can possibly start next year.”
In other news, Los Altos signed former Blazer Brent Eibner to man CF against lefties. Eibner, as you may remember, was chided by BDBL pundits as being a AAAA player. Congrats to Brent on his new opportunity.