TOM McSHEA’S MINOR LEAGUE REPORT 06-17-09
THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES AAA
The Isotopes won 8-1 over Memphis.
Knuckleballer CHARLIE HAEGER (W, 8-4, 3.90), pitched lights out last night going 8 innings and giving up just one run, earned, on 3 hits and 1 walk. He struck out 3. HAEGER mixed his knuckleball with a surprisingly swift heater. The dancer made his fastball seem like 100 mph. He had good command of both pitches. He occasionally mixed in a breaking ball. Fans who have seen him say he is a lot of fun to watch when his control is on. I’d like to see him get a chance like Mitch Jones. He has consistently pitched “quality starts” when his number is called at AAA. POLLOK (5.29), finished up for HAEGER pitching a scoreless 9th.
REPKO (.263) has been on fire In the last 3 days he’s hit 2 homers and 3 doubles–2 of them coming last night. GONZALES (.286), PASCUCCI (.207), and an old friend (DE WITT (.266) also all hit doubles.
REPKO, HU (.253), DEWITT, and GONZALES all had 2 hit games. HU’S new glasses are working well as he’s raised his average from MENDOZA-city (.220) to an almost respectable (.253) in just a few short weeks.
REPKO’s ready to make some team a fine outfielde
THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS AA
The Lookouts crushed Mississippi 13-3.
CHICK (W, 5-2, 4.23), twirling 6 innings of 4 hit ball giving up 1 run (earned) on 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. GARATE (3.13), and DURBIN (1.35) both pitched 1 inning of shutout ball. CORCORAN (5.19), pitched 1 inning as well giving up 2 runs, 1 earned.
In terms of offense, it was literally “Katie bar the door” as the Lookouts banged 15 hits.
BELL (.271), and MITCHELL (.184) both hit their 6th homers of the year. PEREZ (.313), MERCEDES (.161), and GILES (.236) all smacked doubles. Only the catcher (ROSE (.239) and the pitchers did not get at least one hit on the night. LAMBO (.271), MITCHELL, and GOODWIN (.275) all had 3 hit nights. PEREZ (.313), chipped in with 2 hits.
LAMBO is also on the rise, having added at least 12 points to as average in a little more than a couple of weeks.
THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS A ADVANCED
The 66ers lose to Lancaster 7-5.
WITHROW (L, 5-5, 5.08) gave up 6 runs in 4 innings to draw the loss. SANFLER (3.96), looked better, pitching 3 innings and giving up just one run on a solo shot. McCARTER (0.98) pitched one inning of no hit, no walk, no run ball.
It wasn’t for want of extra base hitting that the 66ers stunk up the place last night. VAN SLYKE (.302) launched his 10th home run in the 5th. ROBINSON (.308), ripped his 6th triple of the season. And both BAEZ (.282), and VAN SLYKE whacked doubles. For VAN SLYKE it was his 21st two bagger of the year. It was BAEZ’ 10th.
Only BAEZ and VAN SLYKE turned in 2 hit performances. The 66ers managed just 7 hits altogether.
THE GREAT LAKES LOONS A
The Loons won both ends of a doubleheader over Lansing last night by scores of 4-0 and 2-1.
WALTER (W, 4-1, 2.34), and GARCIA (3.23) combined on the shutout with WALTER going 5 innings and giving up 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4. GARCIA went 2 perfect innings and struck out 1.
The Loons managed 12 hits over 7 innings.
BUSS (.264), HATCH (.256), and RUSSELL (.280) all managed to smack doubles. For Russell it was his 18th. Hatch his 14th.
GORDON (.296), RUSSELL, BUSS, and HATCH all had 2 hit games for the Loons.
BLEVINS (W, 5-4, 4.57) got his 5th win pitching 6 innings of 3 hit ball shut out ball. He gave up 0 walks and struck out 4. GUERRA (S, 15, 1.62) gave up one run, earned, in the 1 inning he pitched for his 15th save.
There were no extra base hits for our Loons. Only HATCH (.261) had a multi-hit game going 2-3.