Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Minor League Scorebook
- Luis Jimenez was a double away from the cycle in last night's championship game.
- Former Angel Dallas McPherson received the Joe Bauman Trophy and a check for $8,400, $200 for each home run.
- Every now and then I hear the preposterous argument that the best competition in the minors is really at AA, for reasons that the arguer is never able to articulate. Here's a comment from someone who should know, Brandon Wood in today's Register:
“[The Arizona Fall League, where he hit a league record 14 home runs] was totally different,” Wood said, smiling. “You didn't have guys who threw off-speed. If they did, they couldn't command it. You had a lot of fastballs, which didn't move, didn't sink, and I got to see a lot of them in 2-and-0 and 2-and-1 and 3-and-1 counts. I could just sit dead red and wait for it to come.
“Class-A was like that. Double-A wasn't much different except the pitchers threw harder. Triple-A was the toughest. Some of those pitchers had five, six years of major league experience. After going through that, I think I'm a lot better hitter than I was in 2005.”
Wing: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Jimenez: 4-4, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI
Brooks: 2-3, 1 BB
Boshers: (W, 1-0), 5.1 IP, 5 R, 5 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 2 HR, 8.44 ERA
Thorne: (S, 1), 1.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 9.00 ERA
Orem advances to the Pioneer League Championship series fueled in part by an outstanding performance by Luis Jimenez, who fell a double shy of the cycle. Buddy Boshers struck out five in 5.1 innings of work and got the win despite allowing five runs, all earned; he also surrendered back-to-back two-out homers in the top of the first to Anthony Delmonico and Steven Caseres.
The Raptors staged a ninth inning rally with men on the corners and one out to make it interesting, but after Nick Buss hit a scoring groundout that left Devaris Gordon in scoring position, Owlz closer Jeremy Thorne got Anthony Delmonico to pop out to first to end the game.
Caseres: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Baez: 1-4, 2 K
Calfee: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Ruggiano: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K
Dutton: (L, 0-1), 3.0 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 8 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 12.00 ERA
Prado: 2.1 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 3.86 ERA
Rondon: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 2.08 ERA