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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Minor League Scorebook

2005-07-28: Salt Lake 5, Albuquerque 2
Callaspo, A: 0-5
Kotchman: 3-5, 2 HR
Gorneault: 0-4
Pride: 2-3, 2 BB
Gordon: 2-3
Saunders: (W, 2-1), 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 K, 4 BB, 2.49 ERA
Theoretical conversation:
Kotchman: But with my batting helmet on backwards, I can't see the pitcher. How'm I supposed to hit?

Obi Wan Kenobi: Your eyes can deceive you. Don't trust them.

So I guess he finally had enough of reading about how his career was tanking and decided to do something about it. Curtis Pride doubled for good measure. Not an especially good outing for Saunders despite the absence of earned runs, as he only got three K's but walked four and gave up six hits. Dusty Bergman got the save, his sixth.
2005-07-28: Arkansas 2, Wichita 13
Willits, R: 1-4
Aybar, E: 2-3
Kendrick, H: 0-4
Morales, K: 1-4, 1 HR
James: (L, 3-4), 4.1 IP, 5 ER, 1 K, 1 BB, 5.58 ERA
Pullin: 2.2 IP, 5 ER, 1 K, 2 BB, 5.73 ERA
Delvin James, so far as I can tell, is a failed AAAA guy from the Tampa Bay organization signed by the Angels as a minor league free agent over the 2003/2004 offseason. He's never been impressive anywhere over any extended period of time; in his only major league stint (2002), he racked up an 0-3 record with a 6.55 ERA. He's roster filler, with predictable results.

Brian Bass, the opposition pitcher, went eight innings and struck out five. Bass was ranked by Baseball America as the Royals' 19th best prospect. Even taking into account the fact that he's pitching in the Texas League, he doesn't have a good record (10-4, 5.56 ERA), but he's on the comeback trail from shoulder surgery, so some allowances must be made.

Interesting to note here that Morales has now had 140 at bats at AA (or so -- they take a while to update player stats), but only 90 at single-A Rancho; it's taken him about 50% longer to get the same number of home runs as he got at Rancho. He's still nowhere near repeating his average, and his plate discipline has completely fallen apart (8 walks, 24 strikeouts). His complete line is .243/.284/.371.

Update 7/29: John Sickels was in Wichita and took pictures, though only one of them turned out good. It sounds like he'll be there again tonight for the Friday game, with Daniel Davidson on the mound for the Travs.

2005-07-28: Lake Elsinore 6, Rancho Cucamonga 8
Wood, B: 1-3
Pali: 2-3
Brown: 2-4, 3 RBI
Lopez: 1-4, 3 RBI
Wilson: 3-3, 1 HR
Holcomb: 2.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 K, 3 BB, 5.64 ERA
DeLoizaga-Carney: (W, 1-1) (in relief), 3.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BB, 6.91 ERA
Buckley: 2.2 IP, 0 ER, 3 K, 1 BB, 4.80 ERA
Zimmermann: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 3.38 ERA
2005-07-28: Cedar Rapids 0, Fort Wayne 2
Casilla: 2-4
Collins: 2-4
Toussaint: 0-4
Rodriguez, S: 0-2
Rodriguez, F: (L, 6-6), 8.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BB, 4.57 ERA
2005-07-28: AZL Angels did not play
2005-07-28: Orem 5, Ogden 6
Boyer: 2-5
Martinez: 2-4
Trumbo: 2-4
Dini: 2-5
Hawkins: 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 3 K, 3 BB, 5.33 ERA
Romero: (L, 0-1) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 4.35 ERA
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2005-07-28: New Orleans 8, Las Vegas 11
Valentin: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Flores: 2-4
Aybar: 3-5, 3 RBI
Grabowski: 0-2, 2 BB
Ross: 0-2, 2 BB
Schrager: 1-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Nixon: 1-1, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Eckert: 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 2 K, 2 BB, 5.19 ERA
Osoria: (BS, 3)(W, 5-2) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 K, 1 BB, 2.30 ERA
Jose Valentin played left in this game. Willy Aybar's having a good time, isn't he, hitting .296/.362/.435; two of his hits were triples. By the way, what the heck is a Zephyr? It looks like a nutria, which I believe is Cajun for "rat".

Update: In this Las Vegas Sun article, it appears Valentin also got an outfield assist throwing a runner out at the plate. Sweet!

2005-07-28: Jacksonville did not play
2005-07-28: Lakeland 13, Vero Beach 7
Abreu, T: 1-2
Hu: 2-5
Kemp: 1-4
Dunlap: 1-4
Paul: 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Rohan: 2-4
Tiffany: (L, 9-6), 2.1 IP, 7 ER, 4 K, 1 BB, 3.86 ERA
Bott: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 K, 0 BB, 6.75 ERA
Just when you start to think the Dodger system is going to produce a good pitcher, too: Chuck Tiffany gets shelled. What a letdown from his last start on Saturday, a dominating 11-K one-run outing in six innings. A good game for Paul, who really needed it.
2005-07-28: Columbus 5, Rome 4
Pedroza: 3-5, 1 HR
Denker, T: 3-4
Dewitt: 3-5
Gutierrez: 2-5
Plummer: (W, 2-2), 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 K, 2 BB, 3.15 ERA
Castillo, A: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 K, 2 BB, 2.81 ERA
Two of Dewitt's hits were doubles.
2005-07-28: GCL Marlins 5, GCL Dodgers 3
Robinson: 3-5, 1 HR
De Jesus: 2-3
Carlyle: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 3.00 ERA
Johnson: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 7.88 ERA
Diaz: (L, 0-2) (in relief), 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 K, 1 BB, 2.93 ERA
Ramirez: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 K, 0 BB, 2.16 ERA
Your own personal DeJesus: Kid's a singles machine (.333/.375/.378) with not so much plate discipline (6/19 BB/K).
2005-07-28: Orem 5, Ogden 6
Soto: 0-2, 2 BB
Richmond: 3-4, 1 HR
Apodaca: 2-4, 1 HR
Rivera: 2-3
Arias, M: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5.14 ERA
Pratt: 1.1 IP, 2 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 3.18 ERA
Troncoso: (W, 3-1) (in relief), 1.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 K, 1 BB, 3.00 ERA

Comments:
Useless info: James was the other D-Ray's farm hand (along with Nick Bierbrodt) who was shot during an attempted robbery in 2002. He started a Major League game ten days later.
 

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