TOM O’SHEA’S MINOR LEAGUE REPORT 8-09-09
THE OGDEN RAPTORS ROOKIE ADVANCED
The Raptors were idle yesterday.
THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES AAA
Tacoma squeaked by the Isotopes 6-4.
DURBIN (L, 0-3, 6.11), went 6 innings and gave up 4 runs on 6 hits, 3 walks and 2 Ks. LEACH (BS, 1, 8.44), went 2 innings and gave up 1 run (unearned) on 3 hits, 1 walk and fanned 2.
JONES (.291), hit his 2nd triple of the season and went 2-3. 4 Topes whacked doubles: MAZA (.289), his 17th; BROWN (.305), his 29th; DeWITT (.256z), his 18th; and ELLIS (.298), his 6th.
THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS AA
Suns of Jacksonville shut out the Lookouts 4-0.
The Lookouts pitched the game by committee again, making sure that in the next year or two our organization will have more developed set up relievers than ever before in the history of major league baseball!
ADKINS (L, 5-8), started and went 4 innings, giving up 4 earned runs on 5 hits and 4 walks while fanning 8, count ‘em, 8!!! BATISTA (2.22) followed with 4 innings of his own and shut out the Suns on 3 hits, 1 walk and 5, count ‘em, 5 strike outs! GUERRA (4.24), mopped up by pitching 1 perfect inning in which he struck out 1. Lookout pitchers fanned 10 altogether making the committee look pretty good except for the 4 earned runs surrendered by ADKINS early on.
MITCHELL (.220), hit his 21st double. There were no multi-hit games for the Choo-choos, which is to be expected when you get your butts shut out on 6 hits.
THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS A ADVANCED
Stockton crushed our lame 66ers 8-1.
SEXTON (L, 7-11, 3.34), started and was pretty bad–although he certainly wasn’t helped by a terrible 66er defense. SEXTON went 5 innings and gave up 8 runs, (4 earned), on 8 hits, 1 BB and 1 K. He threw 3 gopher balls to further undermine his own effort. SANFLER (4.80), followed with 2 innings of shut out ball wherein he gave up 2 hits and 3 walks while fanning 3. MCCARTER mopped up in style going 1 perfect inning and struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced in the process.
The 66er offense was as miserable as SEXTON’s masquerade as a pitcher managing just 3 hits–none for extra bases. HERRERA (.307), was the only 66er who had the right to hold his head high as he managed to go 2-4. ROBINSON (.307), got the only other hit for our Inland boys from the Empire.
THE GREAT LAKES LOONS A
The only positive note on the day (other than the fact the Raptors didn’t lose because they didn’t play) was to be found in the lowest echelon of the farm in Great Lakes. Our Loonies whacked West Michigan 6-0!
WALTER (W, 8-4, 3.23), continued his “above average” efforts (must be from Lake Woe-be-gone) by twirling a quality start shut out for 6 innings. He surrendered 6 hits and 2 walks while fanning 5 during those 6 excellent innings of work. SMITH followed with 2 perfect innings–although he didn’t strike anybody out. Boothe finished with a perfect inning of his own in which he did strike out 1 of the 3 batters he faced. A tip of the Colbert hat to all three hurlers for saving what would otherwise been a day of complete gloom and doom for the farm teams of the LA Dogs.
SILVERIO (.282) smacked his 10th tater of the season in the 3rd along with his 26th double to go 2-3 for the game. LOPEZ (.163), hit a 3 run shot, his 2nd home run of the season in the 4th.
HATCH (.273) and SANDS (.150), both cracked triples–SANDS being newly promoted from the Raptors to join SONGCO who was similarly promoted a couple of weeks back. Both players were absolutely tearing up the Rookie league and both n ow seem to be having their problems with A ball pitching. I find it hard to believe there would be that much of a dramatic difference in the quality of pitching between the two leagues–but the proof is in the pudding. We’ll continue to watch these two as the season winds down.
RUSSELL (.270), added his 29th 2 bagger. Only SILVERIO had a multi-hit game as the Loonies were very efficient in converting hits into runs. They managed only 7 hits and 3 walks overall and were able to cash in 6 runs.