Friday, July 04, 2008
Minor League Scorebook
NewsA very busy day for news, which is why this took so long getting out the door ...
- Here's a longer MLB.com piece on Cedar Rapids' Sammy Leon's one-hit 9-3 victory on Wednesday.
- Ned Colletti thinks
he's accountable but apparently isn't quite sure:
I had at least one of our scouts tell me that Esteban Loaiza was healthy and would help. I had somebody else tell me that they had a pretty good feel that he was going to get claimed by somebody ahead of us in the standings in the league and after us in the process. Knowing that you never have enough pitching, we did it. That is an example of me being impatient. I should have been more patient and just let it play itself out and see where we were going be.And then, this:
But as we try to make it as good as we can as soon as we can, sometimes you'll have that mistake. I think I'm accountable for it, but I've never done nothing here on my own. I've never just gone out and everybody said, "Don't do it, don't do it, don't do it," and I go do it. I trust scouts. I trust people who watch the game and understand it.
Q: Given how you've encountered unpredictability when it comes to acquiring players through free agency, how might you change going into the future?
A: I think with each passing year we want to spend less on free agency. I can't tell you how much we're going to depend on it and how much we're not going to depend on it, but the plan is to depend less and less on it.
But coupled with that -- and this is important -- is if you're of a mind to build from within, to give young players the opportunity to play, to mature, to make mistakes, to learn from their mistakes and to get better ... if that's the path that you hitch your wagon to, which we have, the only other way you're going to be able to fill that hole is to disband some of that group. And that's where we always think twice and say, "You know what? Let's be patient."
- Nothing interesting doing in this
week's Prospect Hot Sheet, but the accompanying
chat is useful:
Q: Big Dave from Arkansas asks:
What pitcher threw the filthiest pitch you've seen this year?
A: Ben Badler: Kershaw's curveball. I only saw it for that one inning in the game right before the Dodgers decided to promote him to LA, but it was impressive. And Chris Volstad's two-seam fastball isn't a pitch that looks nasty, but he gets plenty of weak contact grounders with it.
Q: Joe from San Diego asks:
Is Bourjos a future star in CF?
A: Ben Badler: [Bourjos] is a little aggressive right now, but he has the instincts, speed and range in center field to be above-average there, and the line-drive approach and the ability to hit to all fields make for a potentially strong offensive player if he can get a little more patient at the plate.
- Two Salt Lake Bees were named to the PCL All-Star team, RHP Jason Bulger and INF Matt Brown. Former Angel Dallas McPherson also got the nod for the Albuquerque Isotopes. Las Vegas got to call two of their own as All-Stars, 3B Terry Tiffee and RHP Jason Johnson.
Brown, M: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Wood: 0-4, 1 BB
Brown, D: 2-5, 1 2B
Wilson: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Pavkovich: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
Czarniecki: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Adenhart: 7.0 IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 2 HR, 5.34 ERA
Kennard, J: (W, 4-1) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 5.57 ERA
Bulger: (S, 10), 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0.68 ERA
At this rate, you begin to wonder when Nick Adenhart will get demoted to Arkansas. This is the third game this year where he's given up multiple home runs. Adenhart actually pitched five shutout innings without a batter getting past first base, but he imploded in the six-run sixth, giving up a leadoff double to Wilkin Ruan, a three-run homer to John-Ford Griffin, and a two-run jack to A.J. Ellis. Fortunately, his offense got him off the hook, rallying against PCL All-Star (and former major leaguer) Jason Johnson in the ninth on a two-out RBI double by Bobby Wilson, and Adam Pavkovich's ensuing two-run homer. Jason Bulger made it stand up, but not before giving up a two-out triple to Wilkin Ruan.
Jason Schmidt made the start in rehab, going 2.1 bumpy innings he attributed to fear of reinjury:
More than a year after undergoing career-threatening shoulder surgery, the 35-year-old three-time All-Star has regained much of his velocity but is still struggling with his command.Schmidt hit 90 MPH in yesterday's rehab assignment; he's headed to Los Angeles to get re-evaluated instead of following the team on a road trip to Colorado Springs. He's expected to rejoin the team next week and increase his pitch count from 58 to 70, with 100 pitches as a threshold for rejoining the Dodgers.
"Part of the reason I can't locate is I've still got the fear factor in the back of my mind, 'Is (my shoulder) going to pinch on this pitch? What's it going to feel like?' " said Schmidt, who allowed three earned runs on six hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings of the 51s' 9-6 loss to Salt Lake on Thursday at Cashman Field in front of a crowd of 11,599. "I'm not pain-free, and I may never be pain-free again, but the biggest thing is if I can pitch pain-free enough to be able to get guys out and be able to locate."
Denham: (L, 6-7), 6.0 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 3.60 ERA
Marek: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 2.84 ERA
Dan Denham pitched a quality start in his second post-All-Star start, but he wasn't as good as Midland's James Simmons, who posted the best game of his short professional career, a four-hit shutout over eight innings. Only one Arkansas baserunner got as far as third.
Phillips: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Trumbo: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Toussaint: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Mount: 1-3, 1 BB
Norman: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 K
O'Sullivan: (W, 9-4), 5.0 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 5.88 ERA
Rembisz: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0.00 ERA
Bell: (H, 1), 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 5.12 ERA
Herndon: (S, 8), 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 5.24 ERA
The 66ers jumped on Quakes starter Sean O'Sullivan for three in the first, but Alberto Bastardo wasn't able to make it stand up. Bastardo gave up three of his own in a typically Angels-riffic inning that included an RBI single that Peter Bourjos got nailed trying to leg into a double, and a scoring wild pitch that cashed in P.J. Phillips.
Rancho employed reliever Bryan Rembisz for the second time this season, earning his second hold of the season. The Quakes got single runs in the fifth and sixth off reliever Javy Guerra for the win. Trevor Bell, used only the third time all season in relief (and his second with Rancho), also picked up a hold, his first at this level.
Brossman: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
De Los Santos: 0-3, 1 K
Walden: (L, 4-6), 7.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 2.33 ERA
Cedar Rapids trailed from the first on, as Quad Cities starter Richard Castillo retired the first ten batters he faced in order. The Kernels' only run scored on Jay Brossman's one-out homer in the ninth.
Jacobo: 2-2, 1 BB
Giovanatto: 2-3, 1 K
Short: (L, 0-1), 4.1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 4.67 ERA
An intensely frustrating game for Orem, who stranded nine baserunners and couldn't get a hit with RISP to save their lives.
Farnsworth: 3-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Alliman: 3-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Fox: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Correa: (W, 2-0), 6.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 10 K, 0 BB, 1.56 ERA
Manuarys Correa earned his second straight win with a ten-strikeout game. RHP Kyle Hurst made his first appearance at this level (he had previously played two games with Orem) and pitched a scoreless seventh.
Martinez, R: 2-5, 1 RBI
Griffin: 2-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Ellis: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
Schmidt: 2.1 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 7.20 ERA
Johnson: (L, 10-5) (in relief), 6.2 IP, 5 R, 5 ER, 7 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 4.22 ERA
Hoffmann: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
May: 0-3, 1 BB
Mitchell: 2-4, 1 RBI
Gonzalez, J: 2-3, 1 BB
Gonzalez, A: 2-3, 2 RBI, 1 K
Rodriguez, J: (W, 1-1), 6.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 8 K, 4 BB, 4.09 ERA
Meque: 2.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 7.11 ERA
Sierra: (S, 7), 1.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 5.55 ERA
Jacksonville scored one in the second on three straight singles, and took a lead they never surrendered. Starter Jesus Rodriguez earned his first AA victory with a strong showing, eight strikeouts, one hit, and four walks over six shutout innings.
Gallagher: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Bastardo: 4.0 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 6.04 ERA
Guerra: (L, 1-3) (in relief), 3.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 5.02 ERA
Morris: 5.1 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 3.67 ERA
Sartor: (BS, 3)(W, 4-2) (in relief), 3.2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 5 K, 0 BB, 3.59 ERA
Mattingly: 0-3, 2 K
Kanaby: 0-1, 2 BB
Melgarejo: 5.2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 3.80 ERA
Rondon: (W, 4-7) (in relief), 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 5.60 ERA
Calfee: 0-4, 4 K
Baez: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Wallach: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K
Poole: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K
Watt: (L, 0-2), 4.2 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 4 K, 4 BB, 6.00 ERA
Uh.. how can we have both an INF and a Pitcher named Jason Bulger??
I believe that it's Matt Brown and Jason Bulger that made the team...