Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Minor League Scorebook
- MILB.com has an article up commemorating
Kenny Howrick'sHowie Kendrick's first start in the majors. Didn't go so well for him, and more on this in another post.
- Former Angel Alfredo Amezega made his first career start in centerfield for the Marlins. In the They-Oughta-Know-Better-Dep't, he batted second, and went, predictably, 0-5. Ironically, the man he replaced was former elite Dodger prospect Reggie Abercrombie. Amezega hit .385 for AAA Indianapolis last year.
- Via BTF, top Devil Rays prospect Delmon Young threw a bat at an umpire after arguing balls and strikes. I don't know which is worse, from management's standpoint...
- Finally, I point you in the general direction of the Chronicles' excellent periodic minor league watchlist results. Noting the striking absence of Gustavo Espinoza from the Kernels' roster, the Chronicler wonders out loud what might have happened to him. I dropped a line to Tim Mead, who informed me that Espinoza is scheduled to start the season at Orem, as he currently has shoulder tendinitis in his left, pitching shoulder. Generally, the thing prescribed for this is rest, which explains why he's not starting for Cedar Rapids, whose season has already begun; Orem won't get going until June 20.
Smith, J: (W, 1-1), 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 4.50 ERA
That's right, Brandon Wood drove in both Arkansas runs, making his second consecutive night with a home run. Heckuva night for sixth-round draft pick Jesse Smith, who dropped his early-season ERA to 4.50 from 6.92.
Collins: 0-3, 1 K
Lopez: 0-3, 1 K
Rodriguez, F: 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 3.27 ERA
Gonzalez: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 2.63 ERA
Torres: 0.1 IP, 3 ER, 2 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 5.00 ERA
Thppt. At some point, Joe Torres needs to prove he's going to have a career; he came into this game and gave up three runs, further burying the Quakes, while collecting only a single out. Meantime, Fernando Rodriguez retired a mess of Storms on seven strikeouts. They don't keep pitch counts at this level, but I wouldn't be surprised if he burned through a mess of 'em to get all those K's.
Renz: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Wipke: 1-6, 4 K
Martinez: 3-5, 1 RBI
Albano: 2-5, 2 K
Madrigal: 0-5, 3 K
Mosebach: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 2.08 ERA
Didjurgis: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 0.66 ERA
Mattison: (L, 1-1) (in relief), 1.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 2.38 ERA
I hate extra-inning games, and so, by now, do the Kernels and so do Blue Jays affiliate Lansing Lugnuts. Thirteen innings ended on a sour note for the Kernels, who lost on a Luke Hetherington homer.
How did Tim Didjurgis get overlooked in the prospect lists? Guys who can strike out three times as many batters as they walk while posting K/9 rates in excess of 10.00 aren't exactly nobodies, yet that's exactly what he did at Orem. Six strikeouts in four innings of relief and a 0.66 ERA earned over 13.2 IP with a 9.88 K/9. Still a little too early to tell if he's legit, but a really good start.
Otherwise, no offense for the Kernels; Warner Madrigal coughed up a Silver Sombrero (three strikeouts, my own locution).
Rohan: 3-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI
Dewitt: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 K
Carter, R: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Denker, T: 2-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K
Bruce: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Mooneyham: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Hoffmann: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB
Pimentel: 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 4 K, 4 BB, 1 HR, 4.29 ERA
Thomas: (W, 1-1) (in relief), 2.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 0.00 ERA
Akin: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0.69 ERA
Seeing Doubles: Five of the nine Vero Beach RBIs in this game came on doubles, and the guys we wanted to do well, did well. The Manatees led the game until the six-run seventh, when the Dodgers sent ten men to the plate.
May: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
Mitchell: 4-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI
De Jesus: 0-3, 1 BB
Rodriguez, J: (L, 0-1), 3.0 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 11.66 ERA
Ivan De Jesus had a nice but hollow six-game hitting streak, going (mostly) 1-x from 4/15 through 4/23, and hasn't had a hit in the two subsequent games. The Catfish made it interesting with a two-run rally in the ninth, but in the main were outpitched by the Rome Braves; starter Jesus Rodriguez didn't get into the fourth.