Broxton's Home Run Negated by Storms
Keon Broxton

Posted Jul 23, 2010

The South Bend Silver Hawks and Beloit Snappers' game on Friday night has been canceled after three plus innings due to heavy rain and winds in the South Bend area. The game will not be made up because the two teams are not scheduled to play each other again in the second half of the season, and the stats accumulated in the contest do not count.

South Bend was leading 5-4 when the rains came, but safety for fans and players alike was certainly more important. The stats from the game will not count for the individual players since the game is not official.

Although the statistics do not officially count, they are still illustrative for the purposes of scouting the Silver Hawks prospects involved.  It isn't as though Beloit starter Jhon Garcia had been pitching differently thinking that the game might be cancelled.

Among the South Bend players robbed of their statistics from this game, Keon Broxton stands out.  He had been 2-for-2 with a home run prior to the cancellation.  It would have been his fifth multi-hit game in his past 10 contests, his second homer in four games, and would have raised his season batting average from .233 to .238.  The one solace Broxton can take from the game is that his ninth caught stealing of the season was erased.

Other soon-to-be-forgotten performances include Ender Inciarte's eighth outfield assist of the season being negated in the game.  Inciarte is still learning the right field position with Broxton entrenched in center, and is beginning to look like he may in fact have enough arm for that position, although he is still making some bad decisions on where to throw the ball.  Also on the defensive side, a caught stealing authored by catcher Tyson Van Winkle has been lost to the storm.  Van Winkle is 17-for-74 (23%) in gunning down baserunners this season, and the nailing of Beloit leadoff hitter Aaron Hicks was no doubt a nice confidence boost after a recent game in which he allowed eight steals without nabbing a single one.

On the offensive side of things, shortstop Victor Estevez missed out on nearly doubling his RBI total with the Silver Hawks when his two-run triple disappeared.  That triple would have literally doubled Estevez' season output, but now he is stuck with just one.  Among the rest of the lineup, everyone contributed to an extent, either scoring or driving in a run.

The only player on the team who might be glad to have his Friday night performance erased is starting pitcher Scottie Allen.  The 19-year-old phenom had been having one of his worst outings of the season, as he had allowed nine baserunners and four runs in fewer than four innings of work.

The Silver Hawks' portion of the box score for this non-game appears below.

South Bend
Broxton CF 2 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 .238
Nick 2B 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .253
Borchering DH 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .264
Davidson 3B 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .285
Castillo 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .308
Van Winkle C 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .236
Helm LF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .219
Estevez SS 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 .192
Inciarte RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .173
Allen P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

3B: Estevez (2, Garcia, Jh).
HR: Broxton (3, 1st inning off Garcia, Jh, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Broxton 5; Borchering; Helm; Estevez 3.
RBI: Broxton (21), Castillo (20), Van Winkle (8), Estevez 2 (5).
2-out RBI: Estevez 2.
SF: Castillo; Van Winkle.
Team RISP: 1-for-1.
Team LOB: 1.

CS: Broxton (9, 2nd base by Lobanov, A/Rams), Inciarte (3, 2nd base by Garcia, Jh/Rams).
PO: Broxton (1st base by Lobanov, A).

Outfield assists: Inciarte (Liddle at 2nd base).

Allen 3.2 6 4 4 3 3 0 5.34


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