Providence Crabs S6 Week 1
Author: Steven Moore / maxcrazy
Editor: Doctor Topher
Season six opened up to a World Series rematch. The Crabs were taking on the Vandals in a six game series. The series started with the top 2 Pitcher of The Year candidates on the mound, Castillo and Secret. Teams remained scoreless until the 4th inning, the Vandals went on the scoreboard first. After 5.1 innings, Castillo was pulled with two runners on. Pete Rose came in and surrendered a homerun to Vick Thunder, his second blast of the game. The Crabs lost the opener 9-1. Koufax was taking on Rodriguez in game 2 of the series. Valentine opened the scoring in the 3rd inning with a solo homerun. Valentine picked up two more RBIs in the 7th. The Crabs wouldn’t score anymore runs, but Koufax pitched an absolute gem. Allowing just one hit and one walk in a complete game shutout, the Crabs won 3-0. The Vandals answered back in game 3 in a 4-0 shutout as Wozy took on Steiner. Borkman made his first appearance as a Crab, he allowed an inherited runner to score, but struck out two. Game 4 featured Tyler Oles and Philip Thompson. Oles got off to a rocky start, allowing 3 runs in the first inning, but the Crabs were able to tie things up in the 8th as Adrian Columbus took Chuck Gamble deep, blowing his save. However, Borkman was unable to seal the deal. Vick Thunder hit his 3rd home run of the series and Chris Bennett recorded his first career save. Game 5 had Castillo and Secret back on the mound. The Crabs turned a 2-1 lead over to Penny Kowers in the 8th after Castillo allowed the lead off man to get on base. Orlando Jackson tied the game at 2, Vick Thunder broke the tie with a sacrifice fly, and Steven Moore hit his 2nd triple of the game to score two more runs before Kowers was pulled. Pete Rose came in and finished the inning with a strikeout. The Crabs were able to score in the 9th on a Jack Westin double, but fell short, 3-5. The series finale against the Vandals, Koufax, coming off a complete game shutout vs. Rodriguez. While Adrian Columbus was able to hit two homeruns this game, his efforts alone weren’t enough to secure a win, the final score, 2-3.
The Crabs continued their road trip to Outer Banks. They’re two games in to a four game series. The Crabs were unable to slow down the Aviators offense as John Cheng threw a complete game, allowing just one run. The Crabs lost 1-7. Following a tough loss, the Crabs didn’t just one-up the Aviators, they two-upped them. Winning the game with three homeruns, and a final score of 9-1 as Tyler Oles went 7 innings and allowed just four hits and one run. Christian Augustine sealed the deal.
Just eight games in to the year, Koufax has already pitched a complete game shutout, a no-hitter than was broken up late in the game. Tyler Oles is off to a good start as well, joining him as the only other Crabs pitcher with a WHIP under 1.00 this early in the season. The hitters for the Crabs are off to a slow start in terms of batting average, but the power is showing already. Adrian Columbus has hit three homeruns already and he has three teammates with two; Mike Boss, Jarrod Stanton, and Matthew Valentine. A sluggish start has them at the bottom of the Eastern Division, but with 92 games left to play, there’s no reason to panic. Reliever Pete Rose hasn’t allowed a run yet and free agent addition D’Aroldis Borkman has allowed just one in his 4.1 innings of work. Michael Rapinksi and Penny Kowers are off to slow starts. Rapinksi has reached base just twice in eight games. Kowers was responsible for a four run inning that cost the Crabs a game in his only appearance of the year thus far. We’re just eight games in though, the Crabs starting rotation can and likely will continue to provide quality starts. When will the rest of the team begin capitalize on it? While that remains to be seen, I'd feel confident in the Providence clubhouse.
Meanwhile, off the field, Twitter has been in the news lately for all sorts of things, but it’s finally come to the Pro Baseball Experience. Penny Kowers, currently has had an awful start to the year, has been quiet vocal on the social media platform. He has been calling out the Vancouver Vandals and their management. It has created quite a stir. Kowers took the time to answer questions from the press.
Kowers was first asked what his personal and team expectations are on the year, he responded, “My expectation is to win the fuckin' Reliever of The Year yet again, and win the World Series. We'll get there. I hope.” Quickly following, Kowers was asked if he regretted the tweets, because of all the headlines and attention that has been on them. “I’m only here because I fuckin’ have to be” said Kowers. “I regret nothing I do- any moron should know that. I’m always going to tweet out what I’m thinking and how I’m feeling. If that hurts some buttholes along the way, that’s not my problem.”
“Penny, do you think the hostilities are bad the for the league?” asked an interviewer. Kowers swiftly responded,”I don’t really care about what’s good and what’s bad for the league… who know what’s bad for the league- some douchebags winning the league then rubbing it in everyone’s faces each season. Act live you’ve been there before… celebrating like you’ve never won a championship and then talking shit. It’s a goddamned shame out league is represented by these children.
After being faced with the question, “What provoked these tweets, was there something Vancouver specifically did,” Kowers responded, “I touched that earlier- their ‘holier than thou’ attitude. They act like their shit don’t stick- they just really got lucky. There’s no class, there’s no honor.” Kowers paused to catch his breath before adding “They hide in their locker room and like a fucking cult. Whenever a new player shows up, they brainwash them into being a little cuck too. It’s just tiresome and annoying. The entire league is just done with them- they just don’t realize it yet. I’m just the asshole that’ll tell ‘em.”
The interview was cut short. After being asked “You are not off to a fantastic start to the year. The season is still young, do you think you can turn it around,” Penny Kowers stormed off. Following the interview with Penny Kowers, the media turned to several other players around the league. This quiet and reserved closer is a polar opposite of Kowers, but he was able to give us some of his thoughts.
Chris Bennett has historically never turned down an interview but has rarely given the media anything to make a headline out of. After the fifth game of a six game series, I had the opportunity to have a one-on-one interview before he got off the field.
“Chris you just recorded your second ever major league save and you got your first earlier this series, what’s that like?” Bennett responded, “It’s a great moment in my career. I’m happy to be off to a good start this season, but I’m really excited about the team being able to battle back late in games, come back from behind, and provide those save opportunities for me. I wouldn’t have gotten the save if it wasn’t for the four run 8th inning”
“Now you know with all that’s been going on, we wouldn’t just be talking about baseball- what are your thoughts on Penny Kowers’ tweets?” A topic Bennett was clearly hoping to avoid, he paused before answering “I think it’s uhh… unnecessary. It’s not the kind of stuff I'd want to get caught up in. Gamble and I have found success early in the year by staying focused on baseball. I'd like to keep it that way. “ That pause was pungent. Bennett has a history of taking the time and picking his words to keep the spotlight off him. I couldn’t let him get off the hook that easily.
I asked Chris, “if you could personally speak to Kowers, what would you like to tell him?” He responded “I don't have anything to say. We've got two very different ways of going about our business. I'm not a fan of that style, that's really all I have to say about it.”
“Do you think these hostile tweets are bad for the League?” I asked. Bennett answered “I'd say it definitely casts a negative shadow on the league and it's players to the general public. I wouldn't want some his comments representing the league.”
At the time this article was written, no actions from the Head Office has been made regarding the tweets.
Bennett was asked, “do you think there should be a punishment set by Head Office for these tweets?” He said, “I wouldn't be surprised if the league got caught up in it, but I'm not going to comment on what I think they should. I'm just a relief pitcher, and I'm still a rookie to the major league, I'm far from making any decisions.” He made it clear he just wants to play ball.
After being asked if was upset by the tweets, he said, “I wouldn't say they upset me, but they were in my mind during our season opening series,” he paused, “I guess it's nice to watch people eat their words.” His smile widened slightly and he left for the locker rooms.
We were unable to get much out of players around the league when asking about their opinions on the Penny Kowers tweets. GM and shortstop of the New York Voyagers, Clem Johnson pushed things off to reigning Rookie of The Year saying, “Ludwig would probably give you a good quote." Ludwig Groetzinger responded, “Kenny Powers has every right to call out the most hated team,” and “what he says is his business.” The Swiss Miss added, “the Vandals ship will sink and Bennett will leave to greener pastures.”
Previous GM for the Crabs, Beanie, responded “Whatever Kowers said was completely fair and justified unless and our organization is standing by him.” But the most level headed response came from the Crabs’ sophomore starting pitcher, Tyler Oles. “I don't really follow twitter much, but it was hard to miss that. As for it, I love it- the passion in the statements is fantastic. Now if only we could beat the damn Vandals when it matters.”