TOM O’SHEA’S MINOR LEAGUE REPORT 8-6-09
Breaking News: HU goes 3-5 with 2 triples, 2 rbis and 3 runs scored to raise his average to .283! WOW!!! This kid has one thing I admire: Guts! Guts and perseverance! His batting average was at the high end of the Mendoza line just a few weeks ago, but he never quit! Even with his floating eye ball excuse! He’s going to be in a dog fight for playing time on the big club next year with Abreu and DeWitt. I smell a trade coming. We can’t keep all 3 of these players unless we cut 3 of our present reserves, (or starters), loose.
STULTZ was also pulled after 3 innings, indicating he’s probably got his bag packed and is ready to replace Schmidt the next time the #5 slot comes up for the Dogs.
BELISARIO (0.00), pitched his last rehab inning and is now waiting to be promoted back to the big club. He went 1 shutout inning, giving up 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 2.
THE OGDEN RAPTORS ROOKIE
Raptors nip Idaho Falls 4-3. (If you get nipped by a Raptor you’d best seek immediate medical attention.)
PIMENTEL (6.04), started, and came within a whisker of pitching a quality start, going 5.2 innings and giving up 3 earned runs on 9 hits, 0 walks and 4 Ks. SOLANO (W, 1-0, 3.50), and RONDON (S, 5, 4.30), pitched one hit, shut out ball the rest of the way. SOLANO, went 2.1 innings and walked 3 while fanning 3. RONDON went 1 inning and walked 0 while striking out 1.
In addition to the clutch pitching, the Raptors got some key doubles from 4 different players: MCGEE (.256), who also went 2-4; CAVAZOS-GALVEZ (.333), who went 3-4; YOUNT (.301), and SANDS (.350).
We’ve got some talent at the entry level to the farm system!
THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES AAA
The Isotopes beat the Portland team like a rented mule, 12-7.
STULTZ (4.25), was pulled after just 3 innings, but he pitched well during his stint–giving up just one earned run on 2 hits, 2 walks and 3Ks. CHOI (W, 7-1, 2.13), followed and “vulched” another win from the relief spot, going 3.0 innings and giving up 2 earned runs on 6 hits, 0 walks and 4 Ks. You have to wonder if the Dogs will give him a cup of coffee looksee before he starts to geeze. Yesterday wasn’t his finest hour, but a 2.13 ERA and 7-1 record is nothing to sneeze at for a rookie. WADE (2.89), went 2 innings and gave up 1 earned run on 2 hits, 0 walks and fanned 1. LEACH (13.50), finished up and had nothing–giving up 3 earned runs on 3 hits and 1 walk in just 1 inning. Had he not been pitching mop up he might have had trouble getting out to his car after a performance like that. It’s hard to believe that 3 earned runs in 1 inning would actually lower his era to 13.50. If his era for the game was 30.00 and it left him at 13.50, his ERA coming into the game must have been near 99.50? He’ definitely in contention for the worst pitcher in AA for 2009.
HU (.283), hit two triples and went 3-5 with 2 RBIs. LUNA (.353), also added a triple, his 6th of the year. BROWN (.302), hit 2 doubles, his 26th and 27th of the season, and went 2-5. GARCIA (.230), and the pitcher STULTZ (.400), both added doubles as well. REPKO (.253), went 3-5. DEWITT (.246), also went 3-5.
THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS AA
The Lookouts rally to squeeze by Jacksonville 3-2.
RODRIGUEZ (3.41), went 5 innings and gave ujp 2 earned runs on 3 hits, 3 walks and 1 K. SCHREIBER (1.00), went 2.0 innings of no run, no hit ball, walking 1 and striking out 3. GARATE (1.99), went 1.2 innings of shut out ball, giving up 2 hits, 1 walk and fanned 2. SARTOR (W, 4-4, 3.51), finished and “vultched ” the win going just 2/3 of 1 inning and giving up no runs, no hits, no walks and striking out 1 of the 2 batters he faced.
The hitting, like the pitching, was good in the clutch as we scored 2 runs in the last inning to come from behind and win the game. The Lookouts managed 3 doubles: NIVAR (.346), hit his 15th, LAMBO (.264), hit his 32nd, (!), and TOMLIN (.310), hit his 18th. PEREZ (.282), went 2-3 with a walk for the only multi-hit game.
THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS A ADVANCED
Rancho Cucamonga kicks the 66ers butts again, 5-3.
The Cucamongas have the 66ers number of late. The 66ers played well for 8 innings and then gave up the 2 winning runs in the top of the ninth to snatch a loss from the jaws of victory! BELISARIO (0.00), pitched his last rehab inning and is now waiting to be promoted back to the big club. He went 1 shutout inning, giving up 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 2. ALVAREZ (4.60), followed and went 5.2 innings of 4 hit ball, allowing 3 earned runs and 2 walks while fanning 4. Up next was TORRES (BS, 1, 0.00), who managed a neat trick, blowing a save while not giving up a run. He went 1.1 innings and pitched shutout ball on 1 hit, 0 walks and 1 K. PRADO (L, 1-2, 4.35), finished and took the loss going 1 inning, allowing 2 earned runs on 1 hit, 1 walk and 1 strike out.
VAN SLYKE (.299), hit his 19th home run and 35th double as he went 2-3 with a walk. HERRERA (.307), hit his 3rd triple.. LARA (.268), and ORTIZ (.243) also added doubles. GARCIA (.241) went 2-4.
THE GREAT LAKES LOONS A
The Loons blasted Dayton, 10-1.
EOVALDI (3.18), started and went 3 innings and gave up 0 runs on 2 hits, 1 walk and 2 Ks. The next pitcher up in the short reliever tag team contest dictated by the Dodger brass was MARTIN (W, 5-6, 4.13), went 3 innings and gave up 1 earned run on 3 hits, 0 walks and he struck out 3 in the process. The Loonie’s last pitcher was PRATT (S, 2, 4.67), who went 3 innings of shut out ball on 3 hits, 2 walks and he managed to strike out 5! Good work, although we’re going to have a pitching staff of nothing but short relievers if we don’t trade some of these guys.
Offensively, it was a cakewalk! 4 Loons had home runs: RUSSELL (.266), his 24th; HATCH (.275), his 7th, Hatch was also 3-4 with a BB; SILVERIO (.271), his 9th; and WALLACH (.256), his 3rd. WALLACH was also 4-5 for the night. PEDROZA (.257), hit his 4th triple. BUSS (.252), hit his 10th double and went 2-4. SONGCO (.160), recently promoted from the Rookie league with the Raptors where he was tearing the cover off the ball, also went 2-5 with 2 RBIs. Overall, the Loonies smacked 15 hits and only GORDON (.306), managed not to get at least one hit on the night.
We need more games like this one. We’ll stockpile more set up men than anyone else in the game!