Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Minor League Scorebook
NewsLate because we had company over for Memorial Day.
Profile in courage:
Haynes, a first-round pick from the 1997 draft by Oakland (32nd overall), has had eight surgeries and had never made the majors previously. As you can imagine, he thought about quitting:
There were three knee surgeries, three hernia operations and one surgery for torn thumb ligaments, but the most devastating injury was a tear in his left hip, which limited him to eight games in 2004 and 2005.Haynes got a hit in his first major-league at bat yesterday, a single off Mariners reliever Jon Huber.
"Oh, yeah," Haynes said, when asked if he considered retirement. "Eight surgeries and not reaching your goal will do that. But I always said one day in the big leagues will make it worth it. I got my day."
Haynes left as a minor league free agent after 2003, but player development director Tony Reagins promised him in 2006 that if he was healthy, he would re-sign him. Haynes played 31 games in Gary, "and Tony kept his word," said Haynes, who played 68 games last season at double-A Arkansas and Salt Lake.
To make room for Haynes on the 40-man roster, the Angels requested unconditional release waivers on lefty Phil Seibel, which means the Brendan Donnelly trade has come perilously close to being worthless. Donnelly has a 3.86 ERA, but more importantly, lefties are hitting .269/.367/.346 off him. By contrast, lefty specialist Darren Oliver is allowing .571/.600/1.048 versus lefties this year. Seibel had season-ending elbow surgery on his left (pitching) arm earlier this year.
- Here's a Times piece on Rick Reichardt, the man whose $205,000 bonus sparked the first-year player draft.
- The weekly MILB.com league summaries are up.
- No Angels or Dodgers prospects made Player of the Week or Pitcher of the Week honors.
- Jason Schmidt will start a minor league rehab assignment for Inland Empire starting Wednesday.
- The Dodgers are also considering promoting Hong-Chih Kuo for the start against Pittsburgh now that Brett Tomko has been demoted from the rotation.
Wood: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K
Evans: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Gorneault: 0-4, 1 K
Bulger: (W, 2-1) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 2.53 ERA
The offense pulled Kasey Olenberger's chestnuts out of the fire after he gave up a 2-0 lead with a three-run fourth. Fortunately, the Bees tied things up 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth; Salt Lake won the game in the bottom of the tenth with consecutive doubles from Casey Smith and Adam Pavkovich.
Brandon Wood returned to batting third after being relegated to the six hole earlier, perhaps fallout of Nathan Haynes' promotion. Wood's offense has fallen off a cliff in the PCL, hardly what was expected from him; he's hitting .226/.328/.381 on the season, which can only be termed a disappointment. He struck out three times in this game, and in fact he has more strikeouts (47) than hits (35). At the rate he's going, he'll find himself repeating the level next year. Fortunately, he's still young...
Jason Bulger got the win in relief by pitching a scoreless tenth. He has not allowed an earned run since April 28.
Rodriguez: (L, 2-2), 4.1 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 4 BB, 1 HR, 4.57 ERA
The damage for the Quakes mostly came in the seven-run fifth, which saw Inland Empire send 11 men to the plate, and Rancho send three pitchers to the mound: starter Francisco Rodriguez, and relievers Tim Mattison and Chris Hunter. Rodriguez allowed a run to score on a botched pickoff attempt with one out, and Blake Dewitt's homer. The only pitcher for Rancho who did not allow an earned run was Darren O'Day, who has allowed two earned runs all year.
Little-used Alberto Bastardo got the win in his first quality start of the year.
Nieves: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Trumbo: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Conger: 1-4, 1 RBI
Sweeney: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 K
Johnson: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Phillips: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Schoeninger: (W, 7-2), 5.0 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 8 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 2.80 ERA
Holler: 2.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 4.44 ERA
The Kernels posted crooked numbers in each of the first three innings and never looked back as Tim Schoeninger improved his record to a Midwest League-leading 7-2 despite only pitching the minimum for the win. (He is tied with Dayton's Rafael Gonzalez, who is 7-1.)
RF Ben Johnson, 1B Mark Trumbo, and DH Abel Nieves all homered, with Johnson going 3-5 on the day, missing the cycle by a triple. Ryan Mount went 0-6 at the top of the order and got a golden sombrero besides.
Aaron Cook pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth and allowed only one earned run this year, this despite only seven strikeouts in 14.1 innings.
Loney: 2-5, 1 K
Kemp: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB
Young: 1-4, 3 RBI
Bigbie: 1-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Garcia: 3-4, 1 K
Kuo: 0-2, 2 K
Kuo: (L, 0-1), 4.2 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 3.60 ERA
Not a great start for Hong-Chih Kuo, who takes his first loss of the season. Portland's seven-run fifth, which saw 11 men come to the plate, drove the stake in Las Vegas; the Beavers never trailed thereafter.
The bad outing wasted several good offensive performances. Wilson Valdez went 3-for-5 in his second appearance and first five at-bats for Las Vegas this year. Matt Kemp missed the cycle by a homer. Larry Bigbie homered in his only hit of the game, a solo shot.
Raglani: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Lindsey: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Gonzalez, J: 2-4, 1 BB
Ellis: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Rohan: 2-4, 2 RBI
Hu, C: 1-4, 1 2B
Orenduff, J: (W, 1-1), 5.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 7 K, 2 BB, 3.00 ERA
Wright: 2.2 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 4.35 ERA
Meloan: 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 3.00 ERA
Xavier Paul's leadoff homer in the first set the tone for a walloping of the Barons that included a five-run second inning by the Suns. Justin Orenduff pitched an impressive if not-quite-dominant game by working five innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts and only two walks and two hits.
Anthony Raglani homered and drove in another run on an RBI single. In all, six Suns had two hits apiece in a game they outhit Birmingham 14-7.
De Jesus: 2-4, 1 BB, 2 K
May: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Bastardo: (W, 1-2), 6.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 9.88 ERA
Perez: 3-5, 1 K
Bell: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 BB
Van Slyke: 2-5, 2 RBI
Mattingly: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K
Fuller: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 K
White, C: (W, 4-5), 5.0 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 4 BB, 1 HR, 3.33 ERA
Ramirez: 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 0.95 ERA
The Loons led from the fourth inning on, as Cody White pitched a wobbly five innings for the win, walking four and striking out five. Miguel Ramirez pitched a scoreless inning and a third for his third save of the year. He has allowed two earned runs all season.