Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Minor League Scorebook
- Here's the weekly MILB.com league notebook post.
- Cedar Rapids' Jeremy Moore made Offensive Player of the Week honors for his 12-19 (.632) week with two homers and four RBIs. No Angel or Dodger prospect made Pitcher of the Week.
- Louisiana State buried UCI 21-7 on Sunday to advance to the NCAA baseball finals. CSU Fresno also advanced to Omaha, beating Arizona State, the first time in CWS history that a #4 seed has gone on to the finals.
- Missed the Prospect
Hot Sheet again!
No. 6 CLAYTON KERSHAW, LHPThe next one should be coming out tomorrow, I hope.
Team: Double-A Jacksonville (Southern)
Why He's Here: 0-3, 2.28, 43 1/3 IP, 32 H, 16 R, 11 ER, 0 HR, 15 BB, 47 SO
The Scoop: Kershaw didn't need much time in the minor leagues to reach the majors, but that didn't prevent the hype surrounding him and the expectations to build for the supremely talented lefthander. After dominating the Southern League as the league's youngest player, Kershaw had one of the most successful big league debuts in history for a pitcher his age, showcasing his low- to mid-90s fastball and wipeout curve to the world. Our frontrunner for Minor League Player of the Year heading into the season, Kershaw may not end up coming even close to the honor if he logs more innings in the major leagues than the minors.
- Here's a BA
piece on James McDonald and how he improved as a pitcher
after discovering his bat wasn't going to take him to the Show:
"Last year I feel like I gained two whole years by playing with Charlie Hough," McDonald said. "He talked to me a lot—he's helped my mechanics, but he helped me a lot mentally too.
"To this day, if I have a bad start or something, I might call him because he knows me so well. He's seen me so much that he'll know what I need to fix, so I just work on that in my next bullpen."
Working off a three-pitch mix McDonald had a 3.90 ERA, 62 strikeouts and 19 walks in 62 innings this year. In a start at Carolina in late May, McDonald showed an 87-90 mph fastball, a curveball that was at times a hard pitch that reached 77 mph but mostly sat at 71-72, and a devastating 74-77 mph changeup.
Morrissey: 1-1, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Sandoval, F: 2-4, 1 RBI
Pavkovich: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Smith, Coby: 2-4, 1 RBI
Green: 6.0 IP, 5 R, 5 ER, 8 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 2 HR, 4.93 ERA
Kennard, J: (W, 2-1) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 6.75 ERA
Bulger: (S, 4), 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 1.08 ERA
A see-saw battle with the lead changing hands three times, it was a pair of solo homers off the bats of Adam Pavkovich and Adam Morrissey in the bottom of the eighth that did the trick for the Bees. Reliever Jeff Kennard picked up his second win in relief.
Chone Figgins made his first rehab appearance, going 1-for-3 and scoring a run from first base on Christopher Walker's RBI triple.
Johnson: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K
Stavisky: 3-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Smith, Cor: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Toussaint: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Denham: (W, 5-5), 7.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 2.83 ERA
Nate Sutton hit a grand slam in the eight-run second, one of two dingers in that inning, the other being Ben Johnson's two-run homer later that frame. That was all the Travs needed. as Dan Denham continued his recent streak of quality plus starts, earning his fourth win in his last six tries.
Phillips: 1-4, 1 K
Trumbo: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Conger: 2-3, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Mount: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
Herndon: (L, 2-6), 6.0 IP, 7 R, 7 ER, 9 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 5.94 ERA
A 13 MPH wind to right and 84 degree game time temperatures led to a busy offensive game; Rancho's bullpen imploded for nine runs in the top of the ninth in what looked like an easy 8-3 win going into that frame. But the Quakes engaged in several self-destructive acts, including a walk of leadoff man Ryan Rogowski, giving up a baserunner on catcher's interference, and a wild pitch that moved up Andrew Locke to third (he would eventually score on Thomas Giles' RBI single).
The Quakes came back with four of their own in the bottom of the frame, but by that time the damage had already been done. Kenneth Herndon took the loss, and David Herndon got the win.
Gonzalez-Lopez: 0-2, 2 BB
Estrella: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Gronkowski: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI
Moore: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
Romine: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K
De Los Santos: 0-4, 2 K
Johnson: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K
Walden: 5.0 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 2.97 ERA
Davitt: (L, 2-5) (in relief), 2.0 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 5.36 ERA
Cedar Rapids had worked out a 5-3 lead by the end of the seventh, but reliever Michael Davitt's throwing error in the bottom of the fram on a pickoff with two men on base allowed both to score, and Garret Olson's sac fly to center was the ballgame. Jeremy Moore homered in the game, his eighth of the season.
Lindsey: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Griffin: 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Lizarraga: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Meloan: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 4.11 ERA
Koplove: (W, 1-1) (in relief), 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 3.00 ERA
Las Vegas trailed 4-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, at which time the floodgates opened to the tune of seven runs, three of which scored on John-Ford Griffin's homer. Jon Meloan made his first relief appearance of the year, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out two while posting a zero frame in the top of the sixth.
May: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K
Bellhorn: 2-3, 2 BB
Mitchell: 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB
De Jesus: 0-0, 1 BB
Berezay: 0-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
Arias, M: (W, 6-2), 5.0 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 2 HR, 5.28 ERA
Leach: (H, 2), 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 2.55 ERA
The lead changed hands several times in this game, but the Suns put it away for good in the top of the three-run sixth, mostly powered by Russell Mitchell's two-run homer, and an Adam Godwin RBI double. Mitchell blasted another two-run shot in the top of the seventh, his seventh and eighth homers of the year. The Suns scored one more time in the top of the ninth on a bases-loaded walk.
Marlon Arias got his sixth win despite pedestrian numbers.
Robinson: 4-6, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Santana, C: 2-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Giles: 3-5, 1 3B, 2 RBI
Pedroza: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Bastardo: (W, 3-5), 5.2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 3 BB, 1 HR, 6.63 ERA
Koss: 2.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 2.57 ERA
Lambo: 1-5, 1 K
Silverio: 3-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Mattingly: 3-4, 1 2B
Jansen: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Miller: (L, 2-4), 3.2 IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 10 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 2.88 ERA
Sanfler: 2.1 IP, 5 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 3.11 ERA
Brannon: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 5.25 ERA
I like to abuse Preston Mattingly because he seems to be fairly anomalous in the Dodgers system, a player chosen because of his bloodlines rather than his performance. Previous to this year, he really didn't seem to know what he was doing doing with a bat, but he's hitting .294/.294/471 in June, and he actually had a very good May, hitting .329/.365/.500. He went 3-for-4 in this game, his third multi-hit game of the month.
South Bend scored six in the fourth, and while that wasn't The End, it set the tone, because they came back for one more in the fifth and four in the fourth. With the win, South Bend pulled ahead of the Loons in the standings, taking over fourth place in the Midwest League's Eastern Division.