'Nadoes hurlers trust in Trezza; Catcher works at, behind plate.Byline: Chad Garner
WORCESTER - Worcester's Alex Trezza isn't worried one bit that he only hit .217 in the first half of the Can-Am League Can-Am League is the nickname of two baseball leagues:
What's important for the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Trezza is driving in runs from the cleanup spot Noun 1. cleanup spot - (baseball) the fourth position in the batting order (usually filled by the best batter on the team)
cleanup position, cleanup and being rock-solid defensively behind the plate.
"Everyone else talks about (batting average batting average
A measure of a batter's performance obtained by dividing the total of base hits by the number of times at bat, not including walks.
Noun 1. ), but I really don't look at that. I look at production," said Trezza, whose team beat Brockton, 11-10, last night at Hanover Insurance Hanover Insurance (formerly NASDAQ: HINS) based in Worcester, Massachusetts is one of the oldest continuous businesses in the United States, still operating within its original industry. Park at Fitton Field Coordinates: Fitton Field is a multi-purpose sports stadium in Worcester, Massachusetts. Primarily used for College of the Holy Cross sporting events, the baseball stadium also acts as the home field for the Can-Am League Worcester Tornadoes. . "Average will take care of itself. It's such a long season, there's no reason to talk about it, but I understand.
"I'm in the middle of the lineup to produce - RBIs and runs scored, stuff like that," he continued. "The way I look at it is every night you go hit .300 and every next at-bat is the most important at-bat."
Worcester pounded out 12 hits, led by Francisco Caraballo, who was 3 for 5 with 5 RBIs. He finished a single shy of the cycle. First baseman Chris Colabello went 3 for 4 with a solo homer Noun 1. solo homer - a home run with no runners on base
home run, homer - a base hit on which the batter scores a run in the fifth inning.
Junior Guerrero allowed seven earned runs in six innings for the win. Closer John Birtwell stranded the tying and go-ahead runs on base to earn the save.
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The left-handed hitting Trezza, who doubled, walked twice and scored two runs last night, started the season with a bang. He cranked three home runs in the first six games but went into an average-killing slump.
"I had a 1-for-30 or something in there not too far into the season," said Trezza, who is tied for second on the team in home runs (7), third in RBIs (31) and first in walks (26).
But there's a lot more to his job title as a catcher than just hitting.
Trezza, drafted by the Detroit Tigers The Detroit Tigers are a professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers are a member of the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From to the present, the Tigers have played in Comerica Park. in the 18th round in 2001, does all the little things needed - blocking balls in the dirt, throwing base runners out and calling a solid game - to be a top-of-the-line backstop in the league. He's only committed one error on the year.
Obviously, the pitchers on the staff appreciated what Trezza does behind the plate.
"What Alex brings is everything. He brings whatever he has every day," said Birtwell, a 30th-round pick of the Tigers in 2001 who roomed with Trezza in short-season A ball in Oneonta, N. Y. "And that's all you can really ask of anybody. The sad part about that is it's not an easy thing to do, especially like catching where it's a pretty grueling position.
"Win, lose or draw Win, Lose or Draw was an American television game show that aired from September 1, 1987 to September 7, 1989 on NBC and in syndication from 1987 to 1990. It was taped at CBS Television City, often in Studio 33, and occasionally in Studio 31. you know that he's going to go as hard, if not harder for you than any other guy you have back there," Birtwell continued. "That in itself breeds confidence in pitchers because of the trust. You know he's going to be working for you and he's on your side. He bring a work ethic work ethic
A set of values based on the moral virtues of hard work and diligence.
a belief in the moral value of work , he's always working."
As a pitcher, being able to trust your catcher is a vital part of the game. It's also something Trezza takes great pride in.
"I have a real good relationship with all the pitchers on the team," Trezza said. "I've always had that with all the pitchers I've had. I think they trust me and I trust them. Sometimes we might not be sure what to do, but both of us together can figure it out. Just being close to them and knowing their personalities ... you might have to get on someone a little more or you might have to pat someone on the back."
Trezza, who played in all 47 games in the first half of the season, is suffering from an undisclosed back injury, but he received treatment before last night's game and was in the starting lineup For the line of action figures, see .
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"I think he's a tough kid. He's been banged and dinged, but he keeps showing up," Worcester manager Rich Gedman said. "He's been a workhorse. I think we're lucky to have him. I'm glad we have him and he's not playing for someone else."
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CUTLINE: Worcester's Francisco Carabello is congratulated by Alex Trezza (14) and Chris Colabello (20) after hitting a home run.