Monthly Archives: June 2009

Links on SK Grads Jason Hammel and Willie Bloomquist

Jason Hammel pitched a career-high 7 1/3 innings to get his fifth straight win for the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

Here’s some video on the graduate of South Kitsap, courtesty

And here’s a couple stories about his latest victory — one from the Denver Post and one from

South Kitsap’s other major leaguer, Willie Bloomquist of the Royals, tripled, singled and scored both runs for Kansas City in a loss against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Bloomquist’s hitting .276 with a team-high 13 stolen bases. Here’s a story on the game. And here’s a link to a Kansas City Star blog about Willie. It’s a little old, but it’s still interesting. If you read the comments, you’ll notice he’s converted a lot of fans.

UPDATE: Adrian Wins 50 Free at Santa Clara

Holding off a tightly-packed field, Nathan Adrian proved to be the best sprint freestyler at the Santa Clara Invitational Saturday night.

Adrian, a Bremerton High graduate and sophomore at California-Berkeley, won the 50-meter freestyle in record fashion. Adrian finished in 22.04 seconds, bettering the meet record of Roland Schoeman of South Africa set last year. He beat George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago, who touched the wall in 22.12 and Canada’s Brent Hayden in 22.20.

Adrian will have another shot at a title today — his third of the meet after helping Cal’s 400 free relay to a victory in 3 minutes, 17.38 seconds on Friday night. Adrian is swimming in the 100 freestyle. Finals are at 5 p.m. The gold-medal winning Adrian should be one of the favorites in the event after posting a time of 48.37 in Friday’s relay. 

Adrian, along with several other elite swimmers, is using the meet as a tune-up to the upcoming U.S. Nationals/World championship trials in July in Indianapolis.

Cunningham Leaves Game With Concussion

Aaron Cunningham left the Oakland Athletics’ game against Minnesota on Monday night with a concussion after being hit in the head by a pitch.
The team said he was taken to nearby Summit Medical Center for a CT scan.
Twins starter Anthony Swarzak hit Cunningham, a South Kitsap pro, square in the helmet and knocked it off his head in the fourth inning Monday night, and the ball sailed high in the air. Cunningham dropped to one knee and athletic trainer Steve Sayles and manager Bob Geren rushed out.
Cunningham stayed in the game and slowly went to first after several minutes. Jack Hannahan cleared the bases with his double two pitches later.
But Gregorio Petit replaced Cunningham in the top of the fifth.

Kitsaps in the Pros: Updates on Hammel, Bloomquist, Cunningham, Linden, Ellison and Vetters

Colorado pitcher Jason Hammel pitched seven innings of two-hit ball in a 10-3 road win over the  Houston Astros on Thursday, helping the Rockies end a four-game losing streak.
It was the latest in a series of outstanding road outings.
In five games on the road — three of them starts — Hammel is 2-1 with a 1.86 earned-run average.
In six home appearances at Coors Field — four of them starts — the right-hander is 0-2 with an 8.53 ERA.
Hammel allowed two runs on four hits with four strikeouts as he matched his career high for innings pitched against the Astros. Hammel retired the first seven hitters he faced and never struggled as he kept his slider and fastball down.
He bounced back from his last outing against San Diego, when he gave up five runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Hammel, who was acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay prior to the start of the season, told that he doesn’t have clue to why he has pitched vastly different between home and road.
“I’d like to figure that out myself,” Hammel said. “Usually, you’re supposed to be more comfortable at home. I really don’t feel any different. Whether I’m out there at home or road, it doesn’t matter to me. It’s just as of right now, if you look at it, the numbers are trying to say something but honestly, I’m not reading into it.”

Major Leaguers
Jason Hammel
Team: Colorado Rockies
Position: RHP
High School: South Kitsap 2000
College: Treasure Valley (Ore.) CC
Drafted: Devil Rays, 10th round, 2002
Update: He’s 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 11 games (eight starts). In 48 innings, he’s allowed 63 hits. He was struck out 31 batters and walked 14. His next start will be Tuesday at Milwaukee.

Aaron Cunningham
Team: Oakland A’s
Position: OF
High School: South Kitsap (2004)
College: Everett CC
Drafted: White Sox, sixth round, 2005
Update: Cunningham was called up from Sacramento on May 15, but was sent down after going 1-for-13 in five games. The A’s called him back up on May 30. He’s been in the starting lineup every since. After two hitless games left him 1-for-20, the former SK second baseman/DH has put together a five-game hitting streak. He hit his second big-league homer on Thursday and had a two-run single Friday to raise his average to .154.

Willie Bloomquist
Team: Kansas City Royals
Position: INF/OF
High School: South Kitsap 1996
College: Arizona State
Drafted: Mariners, 3rd round, 1999
Update: Bloomquist had 165 at bats with the Mariners a year ago. He already has 106 in 39 appearances (29 starts) with the Royals. Bloomquist, who was hitting .389 on May 8, is now hitting .283 with a .350 on-base percentage and eight stolen bases. He’s started 15 games in the outfield, nine at shortstop, one at third base, and four at second. Already a fan favorite in KC, he also played first one game. His bases-loaded triple on Saturday against Toronto helped the Royals end an eight-game losing streak.

The Minors
Todd Linden
Organization: New York Yankees
Team: Scranton Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Yankees — Triple-A International League
Position: OF
High School: Central Kitsap 1998
College: Washington, Louisiana State
Drafted: Giants, first round (43rd overall, sandwich pick), 2001
Update: Linden’s hitting .313 with six homers and 40 RBI while playing all 55 games for the Yankees top farm club. He was 4-for-5 with an RBI on Friday. He had a 19-game hitting streak earlier. A promotion to the big club might be tough for the switch hitter. Not only are the MLB Yankees clicking right now, but fellow Scranton Wilkes-Barre outfielders Shelly Duncan (.313, 19 HR, 53 RBI) and John Rodriguez (.300, 11, 36) are also enjoying terrific years.

Jason Ellison
Organization: Philadelphia Phillies
Team: Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Allentown, Pa.) — Triple-A International League
Position: OF
High School: South Kitsap 1996
College: Bellevue CC, Lewis-Clark State
Drafted: Giants, 22nd round, 2000
Update: Ellison’s been in the majors with the Giants, Mariners, Reds and Rangers. The veteran outfielder has not got locked in at the plate this season. He’s hitting .244 with one HR and 12 RBI. He’s struck out 40 times in 156 at bats.

Travis Vetters
Organization: L.A. Dodgers
Team: Great Lakes Loons (Midland, Mich.) — Class A, Midwest League
Position: OF
High School: South Kitsap 2002
College: Portland
Draft: Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dodgers in 2006
Update: Vetters is currently on the seven-day disabled list with a shoulder injury sustained while sliding into third base. The former South Kitsap third baseman is hitting .242 with 1 HR and 17 RBI — but just .118 (4-for-34) over his last 10 games.