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It’s pretty rough when you pitch a career high 8K game and still end up having to take the loss. That’s what happened to Warwick Saupold today when he threw 7 innings allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, including 1HR whilst striking out a personal pro best of 8Ks. Unfortunately his Erie Sea Wolves could not get him enough runs and went down to Reading 3-1. Still a very encouraging outing for Warwick who was named Erie’s “Player of the Game”.
Stefan Welch went 1-3 in Altoona’s 4-0 loss to Harrisburg.
James Beresford, playing second base, was 0-2, scoring a run and stealing a base in New Britain’s 3-2 loss to Richmond in 11 innings.
Warwick Saupold gave a solid performance in his AA debut as a starter for the Erie SeaWolves in their 5-2 win over Stefan Welch’s Altoona. He threw 5 innings allowing only one hit which just happened to be a 2RBI home run, and a walk whilst striking out 3. He wasn’t the pitcher of record but he would be pretty pleased with that effort.
Stefan went 0-3.
By Brad Elborough/Perth Now
THE Perth Heat’s pitching stocks were strengthened this week with the return of ABL 2011-12 Pitcher of the Year Warwick Saupold.
22-year-old Saupold, who played the recent Major League Baseball season with the Detroit Tigers, will play out of the bullpen for the next couple of series before getting his chance to start.
The Heat return to Thornlie’s Barbagallo Ballpark on Friday night (7.20pm) for the first game of a four-game series against the Brisbane Bandits. On Saturday, they will play a double header (4pm), finishing the series on Sunday (4.05pm).
Although this is the reigning ABL champions’ fifth series of its title defence, it is just their second at home. They also travelled to South Korea last month to play in the Asia Series.
Saupold puts the Heat in an enviable position on the mound.
Going into this series against the Bandits, the Heat leads the league with a 10-4 record and are two wins ahead of the Sydney Blue Sox.
They are 3.5 wins ahead of the fourth-placed Bandits.
Perth boasts three pitchers in the top dozen in the ABL, ranked on earned run averages (ERA).
Virgil Vasquez is second behind Sydney’s Chris Oxspring with an ERA of 0.90.
Anthony Claggett is fourth with an ERA of 1.75 and Dan Schmidt is 11th with an ERA of 3.50. Each of the trio has claimed three wins this season, and they are the only pitchers in the league to have done so.
Last season, Saupold pitched an impressive 70 innings in Heat colours (more than any other pitcher) and claimed five wins for the Heat to finish with an ERA of just 1.41.
The last time Lakeland won the Florida State League championship, Tyler Collins was 2 years old.
It’s safe to say he — and the rest of his Flying Tigers teammates — will have more vivid memories of this title.
Collins delivered a two-out RBI single to cap a two-run eighth inning Wednesday as Lakeland blanked Jupiter, 2-0, in the decisive fifth game of the FSL Championship Series.
The insurance run, which followed seven three-hit innings by Warwick Saupold, helped Detroit’s Class A Advanced affiliate capture its first crown since 1992.
“I have a headache, and that’s a good thing, I think,” said Collins, the Tigers’ No. 16 prospect. “I couldn’t be happier. We’re so proud and honored to be playing with each other. We’re on a natural high.
“We had the Champagne shower and we were throwing beer around. Everyone is having a great time. I’ve been on the losing end before, and being on the winning end feels much better.”
Each of the five games in the Finals were decided by two or fewer runs. Both teams collected 39 hits, with the Flying Tigers outscoring the Hammerheads, 20-18.
The series came down to one inning and one daring decision by veteran Lakeland manager Dave Huppert.
Hernan Perez greeted reliever Rett Varner with a leadoff single in the eighth. Michael Rockett dropped down a sacrifice to move Perez into scoring position and Marcus Lemon worked a walk.
Jupiter brought Michael Brady out of the bullpen to face Dixon Machado, and Huppert called for a double steal. On a 2-1 pitch, Perez took off for third base, with Lemon trailing behind him. Catcher Jake Realmuto’s throw went into left field, allowing Perez to score the game’s first run.
“When Perez got on, we knew something good was going to happen,” Collins said. “He knows how to play the game, he’s baseball savvy. When the ball went down the line, we were ecstatic, but he had the bag swiped, regardless of the throw.
“Huppert is as good as they get. You trust him and buy into what he says.”
Machado popped out, but Collins followed with a single through the hole to chase Lemon home from second base with a valuable insurance run.
“It was the first pitch. It was a fastball up in the zone,” said Collins, a 2011 sixth-round Draft pick. “They had been pounding me away the whole series, so that was what I was looking for.”
Jupiter brought the potential tying run to the plate in the ninth after Noah Perio doubled with two outs, but Realmuto tapped softly back to the mound for the final out of the season.
Considering how the series played out, it came as little surprise the championship was decided in the final innings of the final game.
Jupiter held on to win the opener, 6-5, after Lakeland scored five times over the final three frames. The Flying Tigers tied the series with a 15-inning road victory in Game 2.
The Hammerheads got a combined three-hitter in Game 3 to move within a win of the title, but Lakeland drew even again on Tuesday with a 5-3 triumph.
Once the final out was recorded Wednesday, it marked the first time the Flying Tigers led the series.
“I can’t thank the team enough. It’s a great team and a great organization,” Collins said. “We all love each other and we all understand how each other plays. We love the game of baseball and treat it right. When you have that love and passion, it’s hard to lose.
“By the time I get to Spring Training, that’s when it will sink in. Probably when I get that ring.”
The last time Lakeland won the championship two decades ago, it was known simply as the Tigers. The team went a perfect 6-0 in the postseason, sweeping the Baseball City Royals in the Finals.
Perth’s Warwick Saupold kept his best til last -literally. Given the ball for the final Championship game of the Florida State League he threw 7 scoreless innings to give his Lakeland team a chance for the Title.
In an outstanding 7 innings he allowed Jupiter only 3 hits and 2 walks whilst striking out 5.
The Flying Tigers scored 2 runs in the 8th to win the Championship finale 2-0.
So Warwick will join Adelaide’s Dylan Child, Wilson Lee and Jackson Lodge, Brisbane’s Rory Rhodes and Melbourne’s Josh Hendricks in wearing Championship rings this ABL season. Sydney’s David Kandilas still has a chance to join them (see story below).
Warwick Saupold lasted 3.1 innings giving up 6 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in the opening game of the Florida State League Championship Series.
The Flying Tigers were 6-0 down following Warwick’s start but did stir for a late inning rally to come within 1 run of Jupiter who were able to hold on to win 6-5 in the 1st game of this 5 game series.
Warwick’s line was 3.1INN, 7H, 6R, 2BB, 2K.
Perth’s Liam Hendriks and Warwick Saupold will start for their respective teams today.
Liam wasn’t able to build off his Aug. 27 complete-game gem in his last start against the Royals, getting tagged for five runs (three earned) on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He took a no-decision against Cleveland in his 2011 finale.
Today begins the best of five Florida State League Championship Series between the Lakeland Flying Tigers and Jupiter Hammerheads. Games 1 and 2 are in Jupiter before the series shifts back to Lakeland on Sunday for Game 3. Games 4 & 5 will be played on Monday and Tuesday if necessary at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Perth’s Warwick Saupold has been given the ball for the opening game. He started 5 games for the Tigers with a 2-2 record and a 3.77ERA over 31 innings.
Warwick Saupold threw 3 solid scoreless innings against Alex Rodriguez (rehabbing) and Tampa.
He came into the 4th with Lakeland leading 2-0.
Then the wheels fell off, as they say. Alex led the inning with a walk – this was followed by a single, double, single and home run. That was it for Warwick.
His final line for the game was 3INN, 3H, 1HR, 5R, 2BB, 2K. He is 3.77ERA
Lakeland did rally late in the game and eventually won 7-6.