Thursday, July 03, 2008
Minor League Scorebook
- Just so's you know, I still haven't been able to find any of the data on Tuesday's GCL Dodgers @ GCL Mets doubleheader games; the GCL Dodgers schedule page doesn't show any games since June, so pretty clearly they're screwing up again. That seems to be pretty typical at this level, which is weird because the teams are all club-owned.
- Andruw Jones hopes his knee will hold up; the team's planning on having him come back after the All-Star break, but he would like to come back earlier.
- Rafael Furcal will miss at least eight weeks (and probably more) due to back surgery. Similar surgeries to Eric Gagne and Kevin Brown resulted in lost seasons.
- From Kevin Goldstein's Future Shock column at BPro:
Tough Times On The Farm: The Angels are usually known for having one of the strongest farm systems in the game, but that’s quickly becoming no longer the case. A quick review of their Top 11 prospects entering the season shows a list filled with players plagued with poor performances and injuries:
- Nick Adenhart, RHP: Command problems hounded him during his major league debut, and he has shown little sign of improvement at Triple-A.
- Brandon Wood, 3B/SS: His raw power remains enormous, but making no changes in his free-swinging approach have him making far too many outs.
- Jordan Walden, RHP: As good as advertised, with a 2.42 ERA at Low-A after three straight scoreless outings.
- Hank Conger, C: Has missed most of the first half of the year with a wrist injury, and his power has yet to return, as evidenced by just one home run in 20 Cal League games.
- Sean O’Sullivan, RHP: Primarily a command pitcher with little margin for error, Sullivan is not throwing as many strikes as he used to and is getting pounded at High-A, with a 5.91 ERA.
- Sean Rodriguez, SS: Did little to help himself with poor major league showing, but he's outhitting Brandon Wood by a sizable margin at Triple-A, with an impressive .276/.408/.578 line.
- Peter Bourjos, CF: Batting .347 with 41 stolen bases in 44 attempts; now he just needs a more patient approach to profile as a true leadoff man.
- Rich Thompson, RHP: A mysterious inability to throw strikes was somewhat solved when he went on the shelf in early May with nerve problems in his pitching shoulder.
- Matt Sweeney, 3B: A minor ankle injury morphed into major ankle surgery, which will cost him the entire year.
- Jon Bachanov, RHP: Tommy John surgery in the spring ended his season before it began.
- Mason Tobin, RHP: Had a 3.13 ERA in eight Low-A starts before hitting the DL earlier this month with shoulder soreness.
- The Dodgers signed Dominican 16-year-old pitcher Jose Morillo for $30,000 on the first day of eligibility.
- Also, the Dodgers re-signed starter Eric Cyr and assigned him to Inland Empire.
- I missed out on this earlier in the week, but Chin-Lung Hu is expected to have an eye examination according to Diamond Leung.
Rodriguez, S: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Sandoval, F: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Brown, M: 4-6, 1 2B
Wood: 2-4, 2 BB, 1 K
Brown, D: 0-4, 2 BB, 1 K
Wilson: 2-5, 4 RBI, 1 BB
Pavkovich: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Czarniecki: 2-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Alvarado, C: (W, 6-2), 6.1 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 3.83 ERA
Olenberger: 1.2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 4.30 ERA
Alert the media: Brandon Wood took two walks in a single game. No, that's not a typo. Salt Lake scored in every inning but two, starting with a four-run first, two runs of which came in thanks to a 3B Terry Tiffee throwing error. Bobby Wilson paced the Bees with four RBIs, and every starter except for DH (!) Dee Brown got at least two hits. Salt Lake's Giancarlo Alvarado got the win in a strong showing from him.
Heath Totten got the start for the Dodgers, and I wasn't even aware he had rejoined the organization after leaving it at the end of 2006. But this is actually his second start for the 51's, and his first loss, in quite a shelling, though four of his runs were unearned. Only Greg Miller among the four pitchers used in this one went unscored upon. John-Ford Griffin homered in the loss, a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth for his tenth of the year.
Mount: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Ortiz, W: 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Trumbo: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Norman: 2-3, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Phillips: 0-5, 1 K
Haynes: (L, 0-1), 2.1 IP, 8 R, 7 ER, 8 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 11.30 ERA
Bootcheck: 1.2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 4.66 ERA
Rancho was on the wrong end of a whipping by Inland Empire, and yes, there was a 9 MPH wind out to right, though only a couple homers; catcher Carlos Santana delivered his 11th homer, a two-run shot in the eighth. But much of the damage was done on eight extra-base hits by the 66ers, who battered five of six pitchers called to the mound. That tally included starter Jeremy Haynes, who lasted only 2.1 innings and took the loss, and a rehabbing Chris Bootcheck. Inland Empire scored in all but two innings of this blowout.
Estrella: 2-5, 2 RBI
Brossman: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Fuller: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Perez: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
De Los Santos: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
Fish: 1.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 5.01 ERA
Leon: (W, 2-1) (in relief), 4.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 1.53 ERA
Carmona: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 7.45 ERA
Cedar Rapids jumped out to a four-run lead in the second and never looked back despite a three-run rebound in the bottom of the frame, setting up a win for reliever Sammy Leon, who took over for starter Robert Fish after a 90-minute rain delay. Jay Brossman homered and went 3-for-5, extending a brief hitting streak to six games.
Jimenez: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Perez, J: (W, 1-0), 6.2 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 3.63 ERA
Taylor: (S, 2), 2.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 1.59 ERA
Pitching saves the day again for Orem as the team made a three-run first inning stand up the rest of the way. Starter Luis Perez got a win in his fourth attempt, and only his first decision; it's also his longest outing to date between three levels, as he was previously at Rancho and Cedar Rapids for one game each in the early part of the season.
Farnsworth: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI
Torres: (W, 3-0), 5.1 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 4 K, 4 BB, 2.20 ERA
Keller: (S, 3), 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 2.84 ERA
The Angels won this one on a five-run fourth, making a three-time winner of Alexander Torres.
Griffin: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Chavez, A: 2-4, 2 2B
Totten: (L, 1-1), 3.1 IP, 7 R, 3 ER, 10 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 1 HR, 6.48 ERA
Miller: 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 4.91 ERA
Sturtze: 2.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 3.72 ERA
May: 0-3, 1 K
LaMura: 5.0 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 3.86 ERA
Sierra: (W, 4-0) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 5.45 ERA
Leach: (S, 5), 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 2.64 ERA
The first of a doubleheader, B.J. LaMura came within six outs of a complete game, but it was Eduardo Sierra who got the win in relief. The Suns rallied from a 3-2 deficit to tie it in the fifth on Jamie Hoffman's bases-loaded sac fly, and took the lead on Adolfo Gonzalez's scoring groundout in the sixth.
Bellhorn: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
May: 0-1, 1 K
Elbert: 3.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 2.95 ERA
Hammes: (L, 2-5) (in relief), 2.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 5.80 ERA
A split of the doubleheader, as Scott Elbert only lasted three innings; I can't tell if that was due to a rain delay (which they don't mention in the game recaps, pity).
Santana, C: 3-7, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K
Locke: 4-5, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Giles: 4-6, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI
Van Slyke: 2-5, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Fuller: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Robinson: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K
Wall: 3.1 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 6.17 ERA
Jones: (W, 3-3) (in relief), 4.2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 3.62 ERA
Gordon: 1-3, 2 BB
Baez: 1-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K
Orr: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
Ruggiano: 1-2, 1 3B, 2 BB
Aguasviva: 6.0 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 6 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 2.82 ERA
Stanke: (W, 1-1) (in relief), 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 9.26 ERA
A strong game by Geison Aguasviva, who nevertheless was robbed of the win by his offense failing to show up. It turned out that Cal Stanke vultured the W, thanks to late rallies of six in the seventh and four in the eighth; third baseman Pedro Baez capped scoring in the sixth with a three-run jack, his third of the season, and Kyle Orr also hit his third in the eighth with a man on.
Guerrero: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 K
Jacobs: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Collado: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Garcia, J: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Bert: 0-4, 1 BB
Perez, E: (W, 1-0), 5.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 2.57 ERA