TOM O’SHEA’S MINOR LEAGUE REPORT 6-27-09
They finally located MANNYMAN and he played Saturday. He apparently had been skipping rocks into Lake Elsinore Friday night while the 66ers played without him. But Saturday he played, and looks like he’d be ready for the 3rd if he only had to face advanced A pitching. The 66ers had him lead off and he clobbered a home run in the first at bat of the game! He ended up 2-2 with a walk, 1 rbi and 2 runs scored leaving him with a 1.000 batting average with the 66ers and a .250 average overall. His OBP at A Advanced is a whopping 1.500 and .400 overall (that’s after 7 total abs in 5 possible games.
Management finally pulled their heads out of their butts and realized that if you don’t want Manny to slip in the wet outfield grass you can DH him. He DHed last night when the grass was dry which leaves me asking again, “What the duck is wrong with these guys? Who’s responsible for limiting Manny this way in his rehab?” He sits on his but when he could DH and then when he could play the field with no trouble you DH him? Makes lots of sense to me! NOT!
They even had HERRERA (.312) pinch hit for MANNY. I’ll bet you heard a collective groan from the sold out crowd of more than 8,000 when the moronic manager pulled that little caper.
That’s my rant for the week.
THE OGDEN RAPTORS ROOKIE
The Raptors win their 2nd in a row over Casper 8-6.
The Raptors pitching stunk up the place, as usual, while surrendering 6 runs The winner, SUITER (W, 1-0, 0.00), pitched 1/3 of an inning and walked 3 before getting the one out. Only RONDON, (S, 1, 0.00), pitched a perfect inning to get the save and managed a K in the process. If these guys are our future come 2013 we better hope the world ends in 2012 like the Mayans have predicted.
SANDS (.474), hit his 3rd home run of the young season, a solo shot in the 8th. MCGEE (.176), added his 2nd double.
MCGEE, SANDS and GUERRERO (.235) had 2 hit nights. SONGCO (.333), continued his torrential offensive output going 1-2 with an rbi and a walk. The Raptors managed 8 hits overall.
THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES AAA
The Isotopes beat Omaha 4-2.
RANDOLPH (W, 4-2, 5.10), looked good for a change, pitching 5 shutout innings on 4 hits, 3 walks and 2 Ks. VARGAS (3.00), would have looked better but for the gopher ball he served up in the 6th. He went 2 innings, gave up 3 hits, 2 earned runs, 0 walks and managed 3 Ks. SCHLICHTING (H, 2, 0.00), and STRICKLAND (S, 14, 3.65), continued to dominate as the Isotopes set up man and closer shutting down the Omaha Nine for the last 2 innings on just 1 hit.
MAZA (.261), and GONZALEZ (.222), both whacked doubles. Only GONZALEZ had a multi-hit game going 2-4. The Isotopes only had 5 base knocks for the game.
THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS AA
The Lookouts win 4-1 over Huntsville.
CHICK (W, 6-3, 3.82) is proving he needs to be promoted to the next level, or given a looksee with the big club come September with a “quality start” outing in which he went 7 innings and gave up only 1 run (earned) on 3 hits and 2 walks. He had 6 Ks for the night. GARATE (H, 3, 2.63), and SARTOR (S, 5, 3.02), continue to give their best impressions of major league set up man and closer by shutting down Huntsville with one shut out inning a piece. SARTOR’S inning was perfect and he struck out 1. I wonder if these two will ever taste AAA, or just come jup and stick with the big club come September call up. Of course, I could evaluate these guys more accurately if I could actually watch them play. There’s only so much a box score can teall ou, particularly about a pitcher.
GILES (.297), managed 2 home runs, his 5th and 6th. GILES went 3-3 with a walk for a perfect night and was truly the difference for the Lookouts with his bat. NIVAR (400), and SELLERS (.291) both 2-4. NIVAR went 2-4 with a walk. These 3 players accounted for 7 of the 9 Lookout hits.
THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS A ADVANCED
The 66ers beat Lake Elsinore 7-4.
Attendance was 8,099 once again proving the mere rumor of MANNY’s presence packs them in at the minor league level. Dodger fans still love MANNYMAN.
JOHNSON (W, 6-4, 3.87), got the win going 7 shutout innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 walk, while striking out 7!
MCCARTER (2.66), stunk for the first time in my memory, giving up 4 earned runs while getting 2 outs. PRADO (S, 2, 3.94) got the save going 1.1 perfect innings.
MANNY RAMIREZ (1.000), hit the only home run, a solo shot in the first. LARA (.272), hit his 3rd triple. 5 doubles were hit by 4 66ers: BAEZ (.296, hit 2), VAN SLYKE (.296, hit his 24th), HERRERA (.312), and ORTIZ (.254). The 66ers had 11 hits on the evening, 7 of which went for extra bases. Not bad, eh?
THE GREAT LAKE LOONS A
Loons beat West Michigan in 11 innings 5-4.
MARTIN (4.27), pitched just 4 innings as the starter and gave up just 2 unearned runs on 3 hits, 2 walks and 3 Ks. EOVALDI (4.25), pitched 3.2 innings giving up 1 run (earned) on 3 hits, 3 walks and 2 Ks. ST. CLAIR (W, 2-0, 3.46), got the win going 3 innings and giving up 1 run (earned), 2 hits, 3 walks and 3 Ks. SMITH (S, 1, 3.45), got the save by getting the last out.
6 Loons hit 7 doubles: DELMONICO (.270, hit 2 his 13th and 14th), HATCH (.270, hit his 20th), PEDROZA (.276, hit his 20th), GALLAGHER (.261, his 11th), and RUSSELL (.286, his 24th).
5 Loons had 2 hit games: GORDON (.312), DELMONICO, RUSSELL, HATCH, SILVERIO (.270). The Loons had 13 hits, 7 of which were for extra bases.