Hit sign, win grouper: Bulls trail 6-2
The Frenchy's tiki hut restaurant is getting lots of play today, as Cincinnati's Mike Spina hit a solo home run to left that bounced off the "h" in Frenchy's and rolled down the straw roof to put the Bearcats up 2-1 in the third inning.
Since we're in the product-placement portion of today's blog, I'll report that Cincy designated hitter Justin Riddell hit a two-run double off the Westshore Pizza sign in right-center, making it a 4-1 game. I'm doing this so when somebody crushes a home run off the Times' sign on the scoreboard in left-center, it won't be self-promotion, just consistent, detail-oriented reporting.
Cincinnati padded its lead with another run in the fifth off reliever Michael Anzivino, getting the old fashion hit-by-pitch/wild pitch/bloop single run; another run came on a two-out single by Spina in the seventh.
After only three hits in the first six innings, the Bulls got three in the seventh, scoring their second run on a Jonathan Koscso single, but that's all they'd get. The Bulls had an ideal situation, with senior Joey Angelberger up with the bases loaded and one out, but he grounded into a double play.
-- Draft update: Baseball America has posted its next 100 draft prospects after unveiling the top 100 earlier this week, and there's two players of interest to Bulls fans. Junior right-hander Daniel Thomas is listed at No. 193, which would work out to the sixth round. Four spots ahead of Thomas is left-hander Anthony Ferrara, a USF signee. Ferrrara would "step right into the weekend rotation" at USF if he doesn't sign. The signing bonus for picks in that range last year was about $120,000, so it'd be tough for the Bulls to get either pitcher for 2009.