Monday, June 26, 2006
Minor League Scorebook
- It's going to be a slightly abbreviated news section today, because I have real work to do (I didn't follow the Dodgers game at all, horrors), and so the weekly league notebooks from MILB.com will get out tomorrow.
- In this week's Prospect Hot Sheet:
2. Jered Weaver, rhp, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake)From the "In the Team Photo" section:
Weaver continues to prove he's the best sixth starter in the business, leaving little doubt that he is ready for the Major Leagues. After a hiccup in his return to Triple-A, Weaver was dominant in his second start back, throwing a complete game shutout in which he struck out 14 batters while allowing just three baserunners.
James Loney, 1b, Dodgers (Triple-A Las Vegas): Seemingly the lone example of a Dodger prospect stuck in the minors, Loney has not slowed since Los Angeles sent him to Triple-A Las Vegas on April 24. In June, the first baseman is hitting .388, and proving there is power in his bat with a .573 slugging percentage for the month.
- Andy LaRoche will not require surgery on his shoulder:
He threw Saturday and he threw today and feels OK," Dodgers scouting director Logan White said on Sunday. "It's just now where he's throwing with no pain, though he hasn't really aired it out yet. So we'll see, but we're pleased with the way he's responded." LaRoche has been hitting off a tee and took some live batting practice over the weekend while the team was in Tucson. Since being called up from Double-A Jacksonville, LaRoche batted .333 with a pair of homers in just four games with Triple-A Las Vegas.Thanks to Jon for the link.
- Unsurprisingly, Jered Weaver is PCL Pitcher of the Week. No Dodgers were so honored this week.
- No Angel or Dodger prospect was an Offensive Player of the Week.
- I should probably mention that during today's Angels telecast, we learned that Casey Kotchman is expected back on the 25-man possibly as soon as within the month.
- Finally, I wanted to mention this Owlz game reporting that the user known as dummysr brought to my attention in the Orem Herald. I've given some thought to adding links to local newspaper coverage of the various team affiliates into the sidebar, but it's just not feasible given the space constraints, though using layers or something like that it could maybe work. Usually, these stories end up online way too late for me to get to them at my "press time", which is usually pretty late in the day.
Kendrick, H: 3-4, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Eylward: 3-4, 2 2B
Mathis, J: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 K
Budde: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Saunders: (W, 9-3), 7.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 5 K, 3 BB, 2.33 ERA
The machine called Joe Saunders — and who'd have thought I'd be writing those words at the beginning of the season? — keeps on ticking along, with yet another strong performance. He's had only three non-quality starts all year, and the last one was way back on May 8 — when he got a win anyway after surrendering only four runs over five innings.
Howie Kendrick had his first multi-hit game in five days, and he made it count by missing the cycle by only a double; he was also hit by a pitch, one of two consecutive batters to be so treated by Colorado Springs starter Miguel Asencio, the other being Mike Eylward. Neither scored thanks to a Jeff Mathis GIDP, though Mathis did end up drawing a pair of walks. Eylward also had a good night at the plate, going 3-4 with two doubles.
Porter: 0-2, 2 BB
Wilson: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Rodriguez, R: 6.0 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 8.07 ERA
Thompson: (L, 2-3) (in relief), 2.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 6.64 ERA
Rafael Rodriguez was the tough-luck loser in this game, and Rich Thompson the deserved loser. Brandon Wood at least had a decent night at the plate, homering (his 16th) in the loss.
Mendoza: 8.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 9 K, 3 BB, 4.66 ERA
Romero: (L, 0-3) (in relief), 0.1 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 4.26 ERA
Burlington led until the Kernels tied it up in the top of the ninth. The Burlington Bees, baffled most of the night by Tommy. Mendoza, got to Robert Romero in the bottom half of that frame.
Phillips: 0-4, 2 K
Johnson: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Ortega: (W, 1-1), 7.0 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 7 K, 0 BB, 0.79 ERA
O'Day: 1.2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 0.00 ERA
Orem's coming out strong from the gate; Anthony Ortega pitched a fine game and now has a ridiculous ERA to go with it. Casper outhit Orem, but didn't outscore them.
Conger: 0-4, 2 K
Veras: 3.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 3.00 ERA
Sauls: (L, 0-1) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 9.00 ERA
This was one of those games where everybody gets an inning or three and let's see who sticks. Mark Sauls just happened to be the guy on the mound who gave up the losing run. Three hit-by-pitches in this game, too.
Guzman: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Young, D: 0-4, 3 K
Lundberg: (L, 0-3), 7.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 8 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 5.62 ERA
Osoria: 1.1 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 4.64 ERA
Wunsch: 0.2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 8.31 ERA
I was keeping an eye on this with Gameday while the Angels game was going; just kind of a slow bleeding, with help from Franquelis Osoria.
Hu: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Abreu: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Langill: 0-4, 4 K
Totten: (L, 7-3), 6.0 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 9 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 3.34 ERA
Akin: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0.00 ERA
Adam Greenberg seems to be on a roll, and Heath Totten even pitched a decent game but got tagged with the loss anyway. All those missing pieces promoted to Las Vegas and LA are finally catching up to them.
Dewitt: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Hoffmann: 1-1, 1 RBI
Dunlap: 0-4, 1 K
Raglani: 2-3, 1 3B, 1 BB
Santana: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Wilson: (W, 2-4), 6.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 3.14 ERA
Diaz: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 0.00 ERA
Good offensive performances from Blake DeWitt, Anthony Raglani, and Xavier Paul, combined with a great game from Kyle Wilson made for a Dodger win.
Mitchell: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Mooneyham: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 K
Denker, T: 2-4, 1 BB
Wade: (L, 4-3), 3.2 IP, 10 R, 9 ER, 9 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 2 HR, 4.64 ERA
Ouch. Cory Wade got slaughtered for ten runs, nine earned, six in the first inning.
Bell: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K
Wall: 6.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 0.77 ERA
Brooks: (L, 0-1) (in relief), 2.2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 1.50 ERA