Sunday, May 21, 2006
Minor League Scorebook
- I got a very nice e-mail today from Daniel Zappala, an associate professor at Brigham Young University, who forwards this fantastic slide show of a May 5 Bees/51's game at Salt Lake, with some good photos of Chad Billingsley. Heck, he even uses igal, too!
- For those who think the Angels are on the verge of a trade or a series of trades, the Rev runs down the possibilities in terms of desirability.
- T.J. Simers lashes out at Bill Stoneman, looking more like a jackass than usual; the implication being, as usual, that the Angels should have moved prospects to improve the offensive production in 2006. Mistake.
- The Suns finished their homestand Sunday with the highest-ever four-game attendance in Jacksonville history, averaging 9,627 per game.
- Cesar Izturis and Eric Gagné are expected to start rehab stints this week. I also expect that Cesar's half brother Maicer will be starting a rehab assignment presently, too.
Kendrick, H: 2-4, 1 K
Gorneault: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Morales: 3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Mathis, J: 0-3, 1 RBI, 2 K
Eylward: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Shell: (W, 1-1), 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 2.10 ERA
Kendry Morales led the Bees to a victory over Texas Rangers' AAA affiliate Oklahoma, who featured top pitching prospect Edinson Volquez. (Update: I'm informed his first name has changed to "Edinson", from "Edison", and that this is the second or third name change he's had. After this game, maybe he needs a pseudonym.) Steven Shell got his first AAA win in four tries, and Howie Kendrick had his second consecutive multi-hit game. The kid looks like he's regaining his confidence.
Aspito: 2-3, 2 RBI
Wood: 0-2, 3 BB, 1 K
Gates: 0-4, 1 BB, 4 K
Del Chiaro: 2-4, 1 BB
Rodland: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 K
Rodriguez, R: (L, 0-3), 3.1 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 11.08 ERA
Edwards: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 4.24 ERA
Helen says the Travs are begging us to come back, because they won both games we went to see while we were there. This game actually looks closer than it was because the Cards had a four-run fourth, bringing the score to 6-1, where it stayed until the seventh, when Matt Pali drove in a single run on a sac fly. The Travs scored three more in the bottom of the eighth, but that was as close as they'd get. Travs starter Rafael Rodriguez, who looked so dominant at Rancho, has turned into a real mess in Arkansas, and didn't survive the fourth.
Brandon Wood got three walks. If four strikeouts in a game is a golden sombrero, what do you call it when a player gets four walks?
Travs manager Ty Boykin pulled Aaron Peel in the fourth following an error, and some kind of "physical confrontation" ensued between the two. I'll keep my eyes on the local media to see what happened. Update: looks like it was just a cap-brim-to-cap-brim shouting match that ended up with Boykin sending Peel home ($$) following Peel's failure to hustle after a ball.
“We’ll handle it,” Boykin said. “We talk every day about respecting the game and playing the game hard. For me, there’s no reason to not hustle. The ball gets by him and in everybody’s opinion he didn’t hustle to get the ball. I know he can run faster than that. It’s one of those things, when you’re struggling especially, now is not the time to be messing up as far as I’m concerned.”
Rodriguez, S: 0-2, 2 BB
Collins: 1-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 K
Toussaint: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K
Ortega: (L, 0-1), 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 4.15 ERA
Beck: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0.00 ERA
Once again, not quite enough offense. Anthony Ortega got the loss in what appears to be his first start for Rancho, but it was a better job than 66er Mark Lowe put in; he faced three batters in the top of the first and walked all of them. Michael Collins then got a bases-clearing double off Cibney Bello, but after a Clifton Remole RBI single in the seventh, they never scored again.
Trumbo: 1-3, 1 BB
Infante: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Marek: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 2.33 ERA
Mattison: (L, 1-3) (in relief), 1.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 5.85 ERA
Another good-ish game for Stephen Marek, though you'd like to see fewer hits and more strikeouts. Mark Trumbo actually got a hit and a walk, perhaps a sign of progress.
Guzman, J: 0-3, 2 BB, 2 K
Meadows: 2-3, 2 RBI, 1 K
Truby: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Houlton: 0-1, 1 K
Young, D: 1-2
Houlton: 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 4 BB, 1 HR, 5.73 ERA
Hull: (L, 1-1) (in relief), 1.1 IP, 2 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 1.40 ERA
Kuo: 0.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 2.08 ERA
Houlton actually had things more or less under control for six innings, but Hong-Chih Kuo gave up the losing three-run shot. The Isotopes have won eight straight, and swept the series.
Kemp: 1-4, 1 K
LaRoche: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB
Brazell: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K
Ruggiano, J: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB
Raglani: 1-3, 1 RBI
Lundberg: 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 HR, 2.61 ERA
Thomas: (BS, 2)(W, 1-1) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 8.10 ERA
Spike Lundberg pitched well enough to get a win, but didn't anyway; the decisive blow, a two-run seventh, came on the heels of a double by A.J. Ellis, and singles by Wilkin Ruan, Tony Abreu, and Chin-Lung Hu.
Gonzalez: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Santana: 3-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Denker, T: 1-4
Westervelt: 1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Elbert: (W, 2-4), 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 2.44 ERA
Pimentel: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 4.12 ERA
Night of the Solo Homer: All the Dodgers' scoring came on solo homers by Adolfo Gonzalez, Carlos Santana (two of 'em), and catcher Chris Westervelt. Scott Elbert pitched a dominating game to collect the win, while Julio Cesar Pimentel pitched two very strong innings to close out the game.
Alvarez: (L, 1-5), 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 K, 5 BB, 5.62 ERA
Night after night... man, this is a bad team. Yet, somehow they're not in last place; in fact, there are still two teams trailing the 20-23 Catfish, 16-27 Savannah Sand Gnats (the Nats' affiliate, appropriately enough) and the horribly misnamed 8-34 Kannapolis Intimidators, the White Sox affiliate.
Uh....that's called stacking the sandwich deck and swapping the pickles for peyote.