JETHAWKS NOTEBOOK: HE'S CHARLIE HUSTLE COTA TRIES TO SHED LAZY LABEL.Byline: Gideon Rubin Staff Writer
VISALIA - JetHawks outfielder Jesus Cota doesn't blame his teammates for openly criticizing his lack of hustle on a crucial play in Friday night's 7-2 loss to the Visalia Oaks The Visalia Oaks are a minor league baseball team in Visalia, California, U.S. They are a "high-A" class team of the Arizona Diamondbacks operating in the California League.
The Oaks play home games at Recreation Park; opened in 1967, the stadium seats 1,800 fans. .
The JetHawks had the bases loaded with no outs in the top of the second inning when Dwight Edge a hit an apparent run-scoring single to left field. But J.P. Schmidt (Highland High of Palmdale) threw out a jogging Cota at the plate and the play went for an odd 7-2 fielder's choice field·er's choice
A play made on a ground ball in which the fielder chooses to put out an advancing base runner, thus allowing the batter to reach first base safely.
Noun 1. .
JetHawks manager Bill Plummer William Francis Plummer (born March 21, 1947 in Oakland, CA) was a catcher for the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and the Seattle Mariners. While never a regular player (he was Johnny Bench's backup catcher during the Big Red Machine years), he did play solid defense. benched Cota after the play.
``If I was the one that hit that ball, I'd have been upset, too,'' Cota said. ``That takes away a base hit and an RBI RBI
runs batted in
Noun 1. rbi - a run that is the result of the batter's performance; "he had more than 100 rbi last season"
run batted in from him and it cost our team a run. I could understand them being angry at me.''
Cota's lack of hustle on the play actually cost the JetHawks two runs. Josh Kroeger Joshua J. Kroeger (born August 31, 1982 in Davenport, Iowa) is a Major League outfielder currently playing for the Iowa Cubs in the Chicago Cubs minor league organization. He is 6'3 and weighs 220 pounds. , the next batter, hit into an inning-ending double play that would have scored a run in a no-out situation.
Cota got an earful ear·ful
1. An abundant or excessive amount of something heard, such as talk or music.
2. Gossip, especially of an intimate or scandalous nature.
3. A scolding or reprimand. from his teammates when he returned to the dugout.
``I just had to eat it,'' he said. ``I had to take it like a man and come back the next day and do the best that I could.''
Since the episode, Cota has improved his intensity level.
After hitting a two-run homer in his first at-bat in Saturday night's 5-3 loss to Visalia, Cota beat out an infield single in the third inning, and he ran the bases at full speed on fly outs in each of his next three at-bats.
In Sunday's 7-0 victory over Visalia, hustling down the first-base line allowed Cota to reach on an error with two outs that set up a three-run inning in the top of the seventh.
``He's made an obvious adjustment and I think everyone is glad to see it and I think deep down he's glad to see it, too,'' JetHawks second baseman second baseman
The infielder who is positioned near and to the first-base side of second base.
Noun 1. second baseman - (baseball) the person who plays second base
second sacker Andy Green Wing Commander Andy D Green OBE BA RAF (born 1962), a British RAF F-4 Phantom and Tornado F3 pilot and Officer Commanding Operations Wing at RAF Wittering, is the current holder of the land speed record and the first person to break the sound barrier on land. said. ``I know he can do it and that's a facet of the game that if he can continue to improve in will improve his stock in the (parent Arizona Diamondbacks') organization.
In his last at-bat in Saturday's game, Cota was midway between second and third by the time the putout put·out
n. Baseball Abbr. PO
A play in which a batter or a baserunner is retired.
Noun 1. putout - an out resulting from a fielding play (not a strikeout); "the first baseman made 15 putouts" was made on a towering pop fly to short field.
``The right fielder right fielder
The player who defends right field.
Noun 1. right fielder - the person who plays right field
outfielder - (baseball) a person who plays in the outfield looked lost, and by the time I got to second the ball still wasn't down so I just kept running in case he dropped it,'' Cota said.
Cota had never been criticized for lack of hustle but acknowledged that he knew many in the California League The California League is a minor league baseball league which operates throughout the state of California. Before 2002, it was classified as a "High-A" league, indicating its status as a Class A league with the highest level of competition within that classification, and the fifth have tagged his laid-back demeanor as lazy. He's eager to lose that label and said JetHawks fans should expect to see him go all-out as the team makes a push for the playoffs in the final week of the regular season.
``I'm definitely going to hustle now,'' he said. ``There's always people watching People watching or crowd watching is a hobby of some people to watch those around them and their interactions. This differs from voyeurism in that it does not relate to sex or sexual gratification. you and people talk a lot - people talk about you. Everybody's watching you all the time, so you have to do everything right.
``You've got to learn from your mistakes and move on. Take the positives out of it and hustle next time and don't let it happen again. I guarantee I'm never going to get thrown out like that at home again.''
--Corey keeps going: JetHawks first baseman Corey Myers went 2 for 5 in Sunday's game, extending his franchise-record hitting streak to 28 games - the longest active streak in professional baseball - entering Monday night's game against Rancho Cucamonga.
Both of Myers' hits figured prominently in Sunday's game. He had an RBI single in the top of the third inning that broke a scoreless tie and a two-out run-scoring single in the seventh that made it 5-0.
Myers can tie Brent Gates' California League record 35-game hitting streak if he hits safely in the JetHawks' seven remaining regular-season games.
--The other hitting streak Scott Hairston has hit safely in the 11 games he's played as a JetHawk since being promoted from Single-A South Bend (Ind.) in the Midwest League, where he started a combined 19-game hitting streak.
Hairston went 3 for 5 with a homer and two doubles in Sunday's game. He was batting .392 (20 for 51) with three homers, seven doubles and 14 RBI entering Monday night's game since coming to Lancaster.
--Injury update Scott Barber, who's been on the disabled list since Aug. 22 with a shoulder strain, will be activated Thursday. He'll be used out of the bullpen when he returns. ... Relief pitcher Greg Belson is day to day with a shoulder strain.
JetHawks outfielder has shown more hustle recently.