Minor League Recap: Games of May 30, 2014

Michael Foltynewicz tossed his best game of the season - Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Your daily look at the previous night's Minor League happenings.

AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks: 2-1 win over Omaha (KCR)

-> Enrique Hernandez: 1-for-3, BB, R
-> Gregorio Petit: 1-for-3, BB, R
-> Carlos Perez: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI
-> L.J. Hoes: 1-for-4
-> Domingo Santana: 0-for-2, 2 BB
-> Austin Wates: 0-for-3, BB, SB
-> Jon Singleton: 0-for-3, BB

SP Michael Foltynewicz: 7.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 10 K
RP Josh Zeid: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Alex White: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K (win)

Kind of a similar game to what the Major League club had, yeah? The offense did just enough to support a really strong starting pitching effort.

Folty is the man of the hour tonight. His outs recorded were as follows;

1st: ground, ground, pop
2nd: ground, ground, strikes
3rd: strikes, strikes, pop
4th: strikes, ground (GIDP)
5th: strikes, ground, fly
6th: strikes, ground, ground
7th: strikes, strikes, strikes
8th: runner out going to third on hit, strikes

So yeah, that's pretty much an annihilation. One fly ball out, out of 23 total outs. And no walks. That works. That just works so well. Just...just more of that, please. Over his last nine starts, Folty has a 2.22 ERA, 3.51 BB/9 and 9.06 K/9 for 48.2 innings pitched.

By the way, that first out of the 8th inning there was ruled "Carlos Peguero doubles (6) on a pop up to shortstop Gregorio Petit. Carlos Peguero out at 3rd, shortstop Gregorio Petit to third baseman Matt Duffy." Maybe I'm just too sleepy to realize it, but I can't say I've ever seen anyone double on a pop up. I mean...wouldn't there have to be an error to even reach base on a pop up? Much less second base?

Anyway...

Seeing Santana walk twice is nice; seeing him not strike out at all is maybe even nicer. He's hitting .292/.364/.500 on the season, with nine bombs, 15 doubles and a triple. Singleton has reached base via hit or walk in his last five games, and he struck out just twice in his last eight games. Wates is 6-for-6 in SB attempts since returning from injury and he has a .915 OPS on the season.

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 7-2 win over Northwest Arkansas (KCR)

-> Telvin Nash: 3-for-3, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 R
-> Preston Tucker: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, R
-> Nolan Fontana: 1-for-3, 2B, R, 2 BB
-> Andrew Aplin: 1-for-3, BB
-> Leonardo Heras: 1-for-4, 3B, RBI, R
-> Tyler Heineman: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R
-> Jonathan Meyer: 1-for-5, 2 RBI
-> Chris Epps: 0-for-2, BB
-> Jiovanni Mier: 0-for-4, BB
-> Delino DeShields: 1-for-1, 2B, R (pinch hitter)

SP Mike Hauschild: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K (win)
RP Tyson Perez: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K (hold)
RP Patrick Urckfitz: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Hauschild's promotion continues to go pretty smoothly. Control remains his calling card, with just two walks in 22 total innings at AA. This was his first game with a more mediocre strikeout rate.

Fontana cooled off a bit this week, hitting less and striking out more, but the walks are ever-present with him; he has 12 walks in his last ten games, for a .467 OBP during that run. There's still not a lot of power to speak of, but he's going to end May with an OPS that's more than 150 points higher than his April one.

Tucker has two straight two-hit games. He's hitting .275/.341/.475 over his last ten games, and he's managed to strike out just 36 times in 54 games on the season.

Boy, Aplin has really disappeared recently; he has just three singles in his last ten games. Definitely a rough funk.

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 9-1 win over Rancho Cucamonga (LAD)

-> Rio Ruiz: 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R
-> Roberto Pena: 2-for-4, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Ruben Sosa: 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, R
-> Carlos Correa: 2-for-5, SB, R, 2 RBI
-> Jordan Scott: 1-for-4, 3B, RBI, R
-> Daniel Gulbransen: 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI
-> Anthony Kemp: 1-for-5, 2B, RBI, R
-> Conrad Gregor: 0-for-3, BB, R
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 0-for-4, BB, R

SP Josh Hader: 7.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 9 K (win)
RP J.D. Osborne: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K

Hader's dominance continues. He's allowed two runs or less in each of his last eight starts, during which he has a 1.59 ERA. On the season, he has a 2.44 ERA, 3.09 BB/9 and 11.22 K/9. That's a pretty silly strikeout rate. After this start, he's given up 36 hits in 55.1 innings, so it's clear that some BAbip luck is playing in his favor, but still, it's a heck of a first two months for such a young prospect in full season ball.

This was Ruiz's first multi-hit game since May 19 and he'd been slumping a bit, so it was especially nice. He's only struck out twice in his last ten games though, and just 12 times in 28 games in May, nice job.

Captain Correa is on fire; .378/.489/.676 with two doubles and a trio of long balls over his last ten games. That's a 1.165 OPS, to save you the trouble. He has an .862 OPS on the season, and his strikeout rate is at exactly 16.0%, which is exactly where he ended last season at, interestingly enough. I'll admit that he has a high BAbip, and had an even higher one last year, but with a talent like him, you have to expect him to hit for an above-average BAbip.

Tony Kemp has six walks and four strikeouts in his last ten games, and he has 30 walks and 25 strikeouts on the season, in 54 games. Now that we have essentially two months as a sample size, posting his splits might be somewhat meaningful; .369/.446/.518 against RHB, and .250/.381/.346 against LHB. He's a left-handed hitter, for those who don't know. So, there you go; maybe hitting same-side pitching is something you would point to for him to keep working on.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 7-3 win over Beloit (OAK)

-> Tyler White: 2-for-3, RBI, R, 2 2B
-> Brian Holberton: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R
-> Jon Kemmer: 2-for-4, 2B, R
-> Ronnie Mitchell: 1-for-2, GRAND SLAM, R, 2 BB, 4 RBI
-> Chan Moon: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
-> Brett Phillips: 1-for-4, 2B, R
-> Chase McDonald: 1-for-4, RBI, R
-> Jack Mayfield: 1-for-4

SP Edison Frias: 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 7 K (win)
RP Chris Cotton: 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K
RP Tyler Brunnemann: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K

Hah. Was there any doubt that Brunnemann would bounce back from getting knocked around by those cheaters last time? No, no there was not. 1.73 ERA, 2.08 BB/9 and 10.04 K/9 for him on the year now.

Holberton can't be stopped. He's up to .475/.488/.825 in his last ten games, and he's struck out just three times during that span. He has a .999 OPS on the season. Phillips is hitting .333/.364/.590 over his last ten games, the SLG being thanks to six XBH.

Jon Kemmer is demanding some attention; he's hitting .284/.352/.505 in 25 games this season, with nine doubles and four dingers. He has a 1.010 OPS in his last ten games. White is likewise hot; .314/.375/.543 over his last ten games.

Moon really cooled off this month, but he's still been pretty good, at getting on base if nothing else. On the season, he has a .368 OBP and is 23-for-27 (85.2%) in stolen base attempts.

Tomorrow's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Jake Buchanan vs. TBD
AA: Luis Cruz vs. TBD
A+: Mark Appel vs. Julio Urias
A-: Evan Grills vs. Zach Quintana

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