Friday, April 27, 2007
Minor League Scorebook
NewsBrent Del Chiaro, previously seconded to the Salt Lake Bees as their reserve catcher, is now the Angels' bullpen catcher. Tom Gregorio has returned to his former duties as the roving catching instructor, but this leaves me to wonder what happened to the roving catching instructor who was there before him? Steve Soliz is still listed as the bullpen catcher on the Angels website.
Haynes: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K
Morales: 1-1, 1 RBI
Murphy: 2-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Gorneault: 1-4, 1 RBI
Mathis: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K
Evans: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
Saunders: 6.2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 6 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 4.05 ERA
Jones: (BS, 1)(W, 1-0) (in relief), 1.1 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 6.14 ERA
Joe Saunders had a solid first outing for the Bees, surrendering a solo homer in the third and getting singled to death in the seventh. Tommy Murphy and Jeff Mathis both had multi-hit nights, while third baseman Chone Figgins got on base twice, drove in the tying run, and scored a run. Kendry Morales had a game-winning pinch-hit RBI single. Greg Jones got a blown save but collected the win therefrom, and Marcus Gwyn got his second save pitching a scoreless ninth.
Jeff Mathis had a 2-4 day, and don't look now, but he's in the middle of a nine-game hitting streak in which he's posting a .410/.410/.590 line. The only bad news is he's had only five walks all season.
The real loser, literally and figuratively, was Jason Windsor, Oakland's seventh-ranked prospect according to the Baseball America 2007 Prospect Handbook. Windsor got lit up last year in brief trials at the major league level, including a five-runs-in-five-innings shellacking by the Mariners on September 27. In five starts this year, he has had only one win, but in his three losses and one no-decision, he has given up four or more earned runs. Windsor was in danger of becoming a quadruple-A pitcher going into the season, and this performance wasn't changing any minds.
Sandoval, F: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Rodriguez, S: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Collins: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K
Green: (W, 2-1), 7.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 5.00 ERA
Rodriguez, R: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 3.48 ERA
Arredondo: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 1.80 ERA
Nick Green posted his third quality start in five tries, recovering from an awful April 16 shelling by Midland, as the Travs cruised to a 7-0 shutout of Tulsa. Green, Ricardo Rodriguez, and Jose Arredondo combined on a one-hitter that marked the end of a four-game losing streak. Despite his success, Green was pulled in the seventh:
"I was kind of shocked, they came and told me I was done," said Green, who faced 23 batters. "Of course I wanted to stay in there, but you've got to respect the manager's decision."The Travs scored four in the first; Adam Morrissey had a solo homer in the fourth.
The starter said it took him several innings to realize his pitching line, making the early base hit even more frustrating.
"It kind of hit me, that hit was a little dinky one early in the game," Green said. "When it got late in the game, I was like, 'Golly, that one little hit. I wish I could get it back.'"
Statia: 2-7, 1 K
Renz: 2-5, 1 K
Sutton: 2-5, 1 BB, 2 K
Butcher: 7.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 8 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 0.99 ERA
Rodriguez: 5.2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 8 K, 0 BB, 2.84 ERA
Jepsen: (L, 0-1) (in relief), 1.2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 3.00 ERA
It took 16 frames to get through this one, including a 14th inning in which both sides traded single runs, High Desert on a solo homer in the top of the frame, and singles from Hainley Statia, Pat Reilly, and Dallas Morris in the bottom. Brok Butcher got another great start, fanning six while walking only one (but giving up seven hits). Francisco Rodriguez got a blown save in the eighth when he gave up an RBI double to Michael Saunders. Kevin Jepsen took the loss in relief.
Kemp: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Loney: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
LaRoche: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Young: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
Jones, M: 1-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K
Miller: 4.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 4 K, 4 BB, 2.55 ERA
Gonzalez, L: (W, 1-2) (in relief), 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 3.00 ERA
Hoorelbeke: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 5.11 ERA
Alexander: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 10.29 ERA
A win that marked the end of a three-game losing streak (a sweep at the hands of Sacramento), Matt Kemp got a two-run homer in the first off Tacoma starter and former Angel Jake Woods. It was Kemp's first homer in only his second appearance this year with the 51's; he last played on April 18.
Mitch Jones' three-run homer in the bottom of the third capped a five-run inning for the 51's, helped along by an earlier wild pitch from Woods that put Tomas Peres and Tony Abreu in scoring position; they both eventually did score on a Matt Kemp groundout and a James Loney single.
Starter Greg Miller gave up three runs, all in the fifth, only two earned thanks to an error by shortstop Tomas Perez that allowed Gookie Dawkins to reach and Mike Morse to score. Miller had loaded the bases on consecutive walks, and paid for it not only on that play, but when he plunked Brant Ust and allowed an RBI single to Adam Jones, his night was over without retiring a single batter in the frame. Luis E. Gonzalez got the victory in relief.
Dewitt: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K
Harper: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 K
Godwin: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Pinango: (L, 0-2), 6.0 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 4.50 ERA
Wade: 2.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 1.08 ERA
The score makes it look close, but in fact the 66ers trailed all the way. Miguel Pinango took the loss despite pitching a quality start.