Sports

July 28, 2013

Boggs is moving around

Mitchell Boggs’ third stint in the Major Leagues this season was better than his first two.

But it still ended with a trip back down to the minors Saturday.

The 2002 Dalton High School graduate was called up July 20 by the Colorado Rockies and made two relief appearances last week — July 20 versus the Chicago Cubs and Thursday’s loss to the Miami Marlins.

In a 9-3 win versus the Cubs, Boggs pitched one scoreless inning, despite throwing 24 pitches and allowing one walk and one hit. In the 5-3 loss to Florida, Boggs pitched 2/3 of an inning, facing two batters and needing just five pitches to get both to ground out.

His ERA fell to 9.92, an improvement over where his ERA was when he was traded by St. Louis to Colorado earlier this year.

But despite the encouraging outings, Boggs was sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for starting pitcher Collin McHugh on Saturday.

Boggs received a roster spot with the Rockies after relief pitcher Rafael Betancourt had his appendix removed.

Betancourt will be sidelined two to three weeks since the surgery, which took place July 19.

“The question for me wasn’t whether I was good enough or capable. It was, ‘Am I going to do whatever it takes to get back to being there?’” Boggs said in an interview with the Denver Post earlier this week. “And I wanted to. That’s where I’m at now. That’s the challenge, and that’s what I’m working on every single day.”

Boggs, 29, started his career with the St. Louis Cardinals organization in 2008, and was part of the 2011 World Series squad.

He found success as a setup man through the 2012 season with a 4-1 record, 2.21 ERA and MLB-leading 34 holds. But he had faced ups and downs earlier this season in St. Louis as a fill-in after closer Jason Motte suffered a season-ending injury. With an 0-3 record with a pair of saves and an ERA of 11.05, he was sent down to Triple-A Memphis twice after struggling as the Cardinals’ closer.

His last appearance with St. Louis was May 30 versus the Kansas City Royals when he faced two batters and allowed one hit, one walk and two runs — one earned.

He was traded to the Rockies on July 9 and was assigned to Double-A Tulsa, where he pitched six innings in four appearances and allowed just one run with a 1.50 ERA.

Colorado was 50-54 entering Saturday’s road matchup versus the Milwaukee Brewers, but very much alive in the NL West, where the Los Angeles Dodgers are in first place and just five games ahead of Boggs’ new team.

“We’ll figure out where he fits in as we go along,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss told the Post. “He’s (got) a power arm with good ‘sink’ and a good, hard slider.”

Boggs was a standout athlete on the football field and baseball diamond for the Dalton Catamounts and later played for the University of Georgia. Attempts on Saturday to contact Boggs by The Daily Citizen were unsuccessful.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Todd roasted 1 mlh.jpg One last 'Goodbye' for coach Todd

    Charles Todd talks to parents and coaches before his going-away party Tuesday in the Dalton High School commons area.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fishing Lures3cw.jpg Turner lured into love of learning fishing business

    Fishing and tall tales go hand in hand, and after nearly three decades in a business supplying local anglers, Phil Turner has heard just about all of them.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • U.S. Amateur dreams over for local golfers

    Dalton golfers Chase Miller and Will Morrow traveled to Cincinnati on Tuesday in an attempt to earn a spot in the U.S. Amateur Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, but neither earned one of the three qualifying spots at the 6,588-yard, par-70 course at Camargo Club.

    July 23, 2014

  • Report: Boggs now with Giants

    Dalton’s Mitchell Boggs has signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants, according to baseballamerica.com. Contract information, along with which minor league affiliate Boggs, a pitcher, will start with, was not available in the report, and Boggs was not listed on any of the online rosters for any of the Giants’ minor league affiliates.

    July 21, 2014

  • SE wrestling practice 5 mlh.jpg Herndon leaving Raiders to coach at Calhoun; new coach named at SE Whitfield

    Michael Herndon’s successful three-year run as Southeast Whitfield High School’s wrestling coach has come to an end.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Hipp makes cut at qualifying tourney

    Chatsworth golfer Colby Hipp earned the chance to play on today in a U.S. Amateur qualifying tournament at Reynolds Plantation-Great Waters in Eatonton.

    July 21, 2014

  • 7on7 day 2 '14 17 mlh.jpg Devin Golden: Friday signals gridiron days’ official start

    Seven-on-seven football was a good placeholder, but it’s time to begin talking about the real thing.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • CCAC-B&W.jpg CCAC has strong showing at 14-and-under state meet

    The Carpet Capital Aquatics Club had 16 club records broken in a 12th-place finish at the 2014 Georgia 14-and-under Long Course State Championship meet Saturday at Georgia Tech’s swimming facility.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Loran Smith: Golf now in era of McIlroy after Open

    Royal & Ancient officials, under whose auspices the Open championship is conducted each year, were blessed with a sun-kissed start of the final round of the 143rd playing of this historic event.

    July 21, 2014

  • Motocross kid 6 mlh.jpg Dirt, gas and guts

    Lucas Amos is like a lot of other 6-year-olds who will be going into first grade at Tunnel Hill Elementary this school year.
    He likes to play the video game sensation Minecraft, building different structures and fending off zombies when the sun goes down. He likes to spend time with his grandparents, traveling around the Southeast with them most every weekend.
    And he likes to play in the dirt.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo