The Spirit made a number of roster changes today: Blakely was jettisoned, Rea left the team, and Davilla was removed from the roster; Luis Lopez, a veteran 1B with MLB experience, was added to the team, and Jerson Perez made his return.
I do NOT like losing Blakely as he was one of our few power threats and was producing fairly well despite his low average. I especially dislike giving him up for nothing. Rea, whatever. Vic evidently is going with the 'play every now and then' plan. He really ought to just come back permanantly as he is clearly our best hitter. This Luis Lopez cat seems like a pretty good player.
Gilbert Gil played LF tonight as the Spirit are down to three 'natural outfielders' in Rodriguez, Weed and Balkan. I'd imagine that that will change eventually... I find it hard to believe that the Spirit will keep carrying so many pitchers.
Despite all the changes, however, one thing did not change: The Spirit remain on a roll. Matt Bishop was not dominant tonight by any stretch of the imagination. He was chased in the 6th inning with a 4-2 lead after putting the tying runs on base. But the bullpen (D-Rob, McNamara, Langdon and Drage) finished the job and got Bishop the win as North Shore won 7-4.
Carlos Rodriguez made the big blow early in the game with a 3RBI double in the first inning. Gary Roche also had one of his best games of the season, driving in three runs of his own including a 2RBI double in the 7th.
The Spirit controlled the game from start to finish. It only got a bit shaky when Shawn McNamara struggled in the 8th, giving up 2 runs and letting the Cutters get back into the game. It's safe to say that he is a concern at this point, along with Jamie Baker. The rest of the bullpen has been excellent, however.
A 4th of July battle against New Haven comes tomorrow night at 7. Seven in a row anyone?