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June 1, 2009 – Tom O’Shea’s Minor League Report

June 1, 2009 – Tom O’Shea’s Minor League Report

SCHLICHTING PROMOTED TO PITCH FOR DOGS IN LA

Travis Schlicting, a 24 year old “converted” right handed pitcher has received his first call to the big leagues.  He has been promoted to the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Ball Club as of 5-31-09.  Travis, who sports a 94 mph hard biting, bat snapping sinker with tremendous late movement.  His second pitch is an 86 mph slider with good snap and sink.  Both pitches are thrown from the 3/4 arm slot and are virtually unhittable when Travis is in command of them both.  Since he has just the two pitches at present, it’s likely he’s headed for the Dodger Bullpen where he could be quite effective as a set man or short reliever.  If someone teaches him the splitter (Kuroda?) or change up (Honeycutt?) Look out!

tomsheaSchlicting pitched in 13.2 innings for the Lookouts (AA) over 9 games.  He went 1-0 with one save.  He gave up just one earned run, seven hits, and seven walks over those 12 innings  He struck out 12 and recorded an 0.66 era in his time with the Lookouts in 2009.

Travis is not only an overpowering pitcher but a truly fine person (according to sportswriter Tony Jackson) and should have no trouble adjusting to his new club and team mates.  God speed Mr. Schlichting!  Make everyone in Chattanooga proud to say you once pitched for their minor league organization!

THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES   AAA

The Isotopes beat Oklahoma City on Monday 4-2 behind the pitching efforts of  Haeger (6-3, 4.59) who twirled a 4 hit complete game, allowing 2 earned runs and 3 walks in addition to the 4 hits and striking out 3.  Haeger has been pitching very well of late and seems to be able to get the tough out when he needs it deftly changing speeds and throwing strikes.with the game on the line. He threw 124 pitches, 76 for strikes.

If Kuroda remains wild in the strike zone and Weaver continues to regress, might Torre give Haeger a call to see if he can fill the role of 5th starter for the big club?  He’s gutsy enough to have earned a look (in this writers opinion anyway.)

Haeger took a 4-0 shutout one out deep into the 7th inning when Royce Huffman (.282),  blooped a single to left and was promptly driven  in by Emerson Frostad (.213), who hammered a triple to right.  Juaquin Arias then drove in Frosted with a sacrifice fly and Oklahoma City was done, still trailing the ‘Topes 4-2.

The Isotopes began the scoring for the day in the third when catcher Danny Ardoin (.235),  walked, was sacrificed to second and  went to third on a wild pitch. He then scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by Luis Maza (.236), giving the ‘Topes a 1-0 lead.

In the 4th, the ‘Topes scored 2 more to take a 3-0 lead.  Hector Luna (.354), walked and was driven to third by Valentino Pascucci’s (.231), double.  Both men then scored on a solid single to left by Ardoin.

Albuquerque scored it’s last run to take a 4-0 lead in the top of the 6th when Dee Brown (.319),  started things off with a single to center.  Pascucci walked and Sergio Garcia sacrificed both runners along.  Ardoin then grounded a single to left to plate Brown. 

Ardoin had the big bat for our team going 3-3 and driving in 3 of the runs scored.  Pascucci  also smacked a double as indicated in the recap above. Altogether Albuquerque managed 6 hits. Hu (.228) managed a double but was left stranded and did not score or drive in a run.

 

THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS   AA 

The Lookouts looked sharp yesterday as they cruised to an 8-2 win over Mobile before a crowd of 2,334.  Batista (1-0, 3.00), started the game and turned in a quality start going 6 innings and giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, 7 walks and 1 strikeout.  J. Rodriguez (3.16) relieved him in the 7th and pitched two perfect innings striking out 1 in the process.  Sartor (2.84) once again pitched the 9th inning giving up no runs or hits and walking only 1 batter.

Mobile scored both their runs in the third on a solo home run by Ciriaco (.255) and rbi double Rahl (.290).

The Lookouts managed 9 hits overall and proved there was no power shortage in Chattanooga on June  1st this year.

Three hitters smashed home runs:  Bell 3b (.287), Giles PH (.143),  and future Dodger star LF Lambo (.268).  All were solo shots except for the pinch homer by Giles which was of the two run variety.

Two Lookouts clubbed doubles:  Mitchell RF  (.175), and Perez 1B (.250), both of whom drove in a run each.  Sellers SS (.267), and Bell 3b (.287), each had rbi singles.  Tomlin CF (.86), and Closser catcher (.254), each pitched in a single for the team but failed to drive home any runs.

The team RISP was 3-9.

THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS   A ADVANCED

The 66ers absolutely destroyed High Desert again on Monday by a score of 11-1 on 14 hits, 4 of which were home runs.  Withrow  (4-4, 5.18) started and got the win, going the minimum 5 innings and giving up 5 hits, the one earned run, walking 5 and striking out 3  He was relieved in the 6th by Meque (4.63), who pitched two scoreless innings giving up 2 hits, no walks and striking out 6 over that period.  Sanfler (3.99), finished the last two innings giving up n o runs on 1 hit, 2 walks and striking out 1.

High Desert scored their only run on a no out bases loaded double play.

The 4 66ers to hammer home runs were:  Garabedian (3) (.322), Robinson (2) (.310), Fuller (4) (.231) and Mattingly (3) (.307).

(The High Desert wind must have really been blowing out yesterday.)

66ers having multiple hit days included Mattingly (2-5), Van Slyke (2-4) (.317), Baez (2-5) (.284), Garabedian (2-5),  and Fuller (2-3).

Every starting 66er except the pitcher had at least one base hit.

Everyday should be as good as yesterday for the 66ers.

 

THE GREAT LAKES LOONS   A  

Were idle.

 

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