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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Minor League Scorebook



2006-05-24: New Orleans 0, Salt Lake 8 #
Willits, R: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 BB
Smith, C: 3-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Kendrick, H: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Gorneault: 3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI
Mathis, J: 0-4, 1 K
Eylward: 1-4
Pavkovich: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Saunders: (W, 6-2), 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 9 K, 0 BB, 2.89 ERA
Speaking of hidings, Bees pitching can do almost no wrong against the Zephyrs, as Joe Saunders pitched the team's second complete game shutout in three days, striking out one more than Jered Weaver did in his complete game on Monday. Nick Gorneault and Reggie Willits both had a multi-hit day (Willits got on base all but one plate appearance), Casey Smith homered, and Howie Kendrick got on base four of six tries with a pair of RBIs.

Saunders nearly lost the shutout in the sixth when New Orleans right fielder Mike Vento doubled and Larry Broadway got an infield single. Saunders bore down and struck out Brandon Larson and finished with three perfect innings.

2006-05-24: Arkansas 4, Frisco 5 #
Wood: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K
Day: 2-4, 1 K
Edwards: (L, 4-2) (in relief), 2.1 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 4.21 ERA
Brandon Wood's slump lightened up just a bit with a multi-hit day that was a triple short of the cycle; the home run was his first in 16 games. It wasn't enough, as Frisco centerfielder Kevin Mahar plated Kevin Richardson on a walkoff RBI single.
2006-05-24: Rancho Cucamonga 8, High Desert 1 #
Remole: 2-5, 1 K
Rodriguez, S: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Collins: 0-3, 1 K
Reilly: 2-5, 2 K
Johnson: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Toussaint: 1-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB
Green: (W, 5-2), 9.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 9 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 3.81 ERA
What is it with complete games in the Angels system? Nick Green came roaring back from early season struggles and four-hit the Mavs for the third complete game pitched by Angels system prospects this week. Rancho just plain bled High Desert white in this game, scoring runs in all but three frames. Sean Rodriguez, Ben Johnson, and Drew Toussaint all homered, with Toussaint getting on base three times and driving in three; Rodriguez also walked twice. Organizational filler Kyle Crist took the loss and seven earned runs.
2006-05-24: Cedar Rapids did not play
2006-05-24: AZL Angels did not play
2006-05-24: Orem did not play
2006-05-24: Las Vegas 0, Round Rock 3 #
Loney: 0-3, 1 BB
Guzman, J: 1-4, 1 K
Young, D: 0-3, 1 BB
Stults: (L, 3-5), 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 5 K, 4 BB, 5.44 ERA
Kuo: 1.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 3.72 ERA
Osoria: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 3.00 ERA
From going 8-3 between 5/7 and 5/16, the 51's have suddenly started slumping, getting swept by a red-hot Albuquerque, and now losing the series at Round Rock. Eric Stults, a usual suspect in these affairs, also got tagged with this loss, though he actually pitched a quality start, surrendering only one run over six innings. The Las Vegas offense was totally stymied by BA's top rated prospect in the Astros' system, Jason Hirsh. Hirsh went seven innings and struck out five; he's now 4-2 on the year with a 2.88 ERA. The feat was even more impressive considering the 92 degree temperatures at game time and a 14 MPH wind blowing out to left. It was the second consecutive shutout of the 51's and their high-powered offense by the Express.
2006-05-24: Jacksonville 6, Huntsville 4 #
Hu: 2-4, 1 K
Rohan: 2-5, 1 RBI
Kemp: 1-5, 2 RBI, 1 K
LaRoche: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Raglani: 2-4, 1 2B
Ellis: 1-2, 2 BB
Totten: 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 3.43 ERA
Simmons: (W, 1-0) (in relief), 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 2.08 ERA
Heath Totten didn't quite get a quality start but the Suns won anyway, with Jacksonville breaking a 3-3 tie in the seventh, scoring three runs off reliever Gerrit Simpson (0-2), who took the loss.
2006-05-24: Vero Beach 2, Lakeland 11 #
Russ: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Hoffmann: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Dewitt: 0-3
Dunlap: 0-2, 2 BB
Denker, T: 1-3, 1 BB
Bastardo: (L, 1-1), 2.2 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 4 BB, 2 HR, 3.60 ERA
Castillo, A: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 6.20 ERA
Alberto Bastardo gave up a two-run homer to Garth McKinney and a grand slam to Victor Mendez in the third inning; the Dodgers would never recover.
2006-05-24: Charleston 4, Columbus 12 #
Carter, B: 0-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
De Jesus: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Pedroza: 0-3, 2 BB, 2 K
Mooneyham: 0-3, 2 BB
Locke: 3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Harper: 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Godwin: 2-3, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Arias, M: (W, 5-3), 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 3.83 ERA
Back in low-A ball, the Catfish show some signs of life with their second consecutive win and their fifth in their last six outings; that followed a wretched five-game losing streak, mostly at the hands of the Rome Braves. Columbus scored in crooked numbers in four of their eight frames (they were the home team) while matching the RiverDogs in hits (nine apiece). Andrew Locke was the offensive star of the game, doubling twice, driving in a pair, and going 3-5; he's now hitting .355 on the season.
2006-05-24: GCL Dodgers did not play
2006-05-24: Ogden did not play

that team is none other than the present-day Wichita Wranglers

That would be too bad. The only AA game I've ever seen was in Wichita in 1997, and it's the only place I've ever caught a foul ball. Still have it. Had it autographed by Mick Fieldbinder after the game.
Jim Rome said David Glass was the worst owner in pro sports, and with the Kansas City Royals track since he's owned the team, I can't disagree.
Maybe it's just a case of familiarity breeds (more) contempt.
The Callis piece does not factor in that the Cardinals are getting by using Hector Luna and that even though Aybar would be an upgrade, they are already wondering about their future with four pitchers eligible for free agency next year and only Reyes, Wainwright,Tyler Johnson and Stuart Pomeranz available. Johnson is the weakest of the group and Pomeranz is probably two years away from starting in the bigs. World series or not, the Cards are more likely to trade someone else other than a possible no.2 that is ready now.

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