Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, August 03, 2013 07:11 AM Comments: 1
Controversial mega-star Alex Rodriguez continued his “rehab” games in the minor leagues while baseball approaches a decision or announcement regarding the slugger’s reported connections to the Biogenesis drug case. Playing with the Double-A Trenton Thunder on Friday, the Yankees’ third baseman faced the Phillies’ Double-A affiliate, Reading, and top pitching prospect Jesse Biddle.
The lefty hurler, who was the Phils’ 1st round draft pick in 2010, took on the three-time American League Most Valuable Player and admittedly gave a bit too much thought toward the chance to face one of the game’s legendary names.
In the first inning, with Reading ahead 1-0, thanks to an Albert Cartwright sacrifice fly, Biddle loaded the bases after a lead-off double by left fielder Ramon Flores and two free passes to Rodriguez and center fielder Slade Heathcott. The 21-year-old Eastern League All-Star then took a deep breath, knowing that strike outs were ideal in such a spot. He got three of them in a row to thwart the Thunder threat.
On his effort against Rodriguez, Biddle offered some analysis, confessing why he felt he walked the 14-time All-Star.
“I was just trying too hard,” Biddle said. “I think I see him in the box and I want to strike him out and that’s really the only thing I have in my mind. So, I think I was just forcing it and I walked him.”
A-Rod, 38, came back to the plate in the 3rd frame, with the Thunder still trailing. Following a lead-off single by Flores, Rodriguez slugged a hitter’s count fastball from Biddle for a massive blast to left field, out of Arm & Hammer Park, to put Trenton ahead. Continue reading Biddle Serves Up Homer to A-Rod, Gets Revenge