Minor League Recap: Games of June 1, 2014

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

AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks: 2-1 loss to Memphis (STL)

-> Gregorio Petit: 1-for-3
-> Domingo Santana: 0-for-2, BB, R
-> Adron Chambers: 0-for-3, BB
-> Matthew Duffy: 0-for-3, RBI

SP Bobby Doran: 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 3 K (loss)
RP Josh Zeid: 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
RP Kevin Chapman: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Singleton was out of the lineup today, FYI.

Well, nothing much to mention here. Just a domination by the opposing pitching. Santana managed to strike out just once today, despite the fact that Memphis' pitchers were clearing feeling it, so I guess that's something.

Not long ago I speculated that the Astros might be moving Doran to the bullpen, but he's thrown 4.0 and 5.2 innings in his last two games now, so that appears to not be the case at this time. His strikeout rate has been slightly better in these last two, but it's certainly not a sample size we can say anything certain about yet.

Zeid's line on the season is now 2.70 ERA, 3.78 BB/9 and 9.18 K/9.

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 2-1 loss to Northwest Arkansas (KCR)

-> Andrew Aplin: 2-for-4, RBI
-> Nolan Fontana: 1-for-4
-> Jonathan Meyer: 1-for-4
-> Telvin Nash: 0-for-2, BB
-> Delino DeShields: 0-for-3, BB, R, 2 SB

SP Kyle Smith: 6.1 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 8 K
RP Michael Dimock: 0.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K (loss)
RP Alex Sogard: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K
RP Patrick Urckfitz: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Kyle Smith got knocked around badly in his first two post-promotion starts, but since then he's made it look easy; in his last four outings, he's tossed 22.1 innings and allowed just one run in each game, for a 1.61 ERA. He also has a 1.61 BB/9 and 8.87 K/9 in those four games.

Like OKC though, nothing doing on the offensive side this night. DeShields has back-to-back two steal games though, and he's up to 24-for-28 (85.7%) on the season in 36 games. To put that into perspective, if he kept that pace for a 162 game schedule, playing every day, he'd have 108 steals at the end of the year.

Four hits and a walk in three games for Aplin as he tries to break out of his slump.

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 3-2 win over Rancho Cucamonga (LAD)

-> Teoscar Hernandez: 2-for-4, HR, SB, RBI, 2 R
-> Rio Ruiz: 2-for-4
-> Carlos Correa: 1-for-2, 2B, SB, RBI, R, 2 BB
-> Roberto Pena: 1-for-4
-> Ruben Sosa: 0-for-2, BB

SP Gonzalo Sanudo: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 3 K
RP Kyle Westwood: 4.0 IP, 2 R (0 ER), 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K (win)

Hernandez was just 2-for-19 in his previous five games, so this was a nice rebound. He's been striking out a lot again recently, whiffing 15 times in his last ten games; he's fanned 68 times in 50 games on the year. The running game has returned though; he's 5-for-5 in steals during those last ten games, and up to 16-for-19 (84.2%) on the season.

Ruiz is on a nice little mini hot streak, with nine hits in his last four games, two of them being doubles. He's walked eight times while fanning just four times in his last ten games, and his OBP during that stretch is .432. Let's see how long he can keep this up. His 15 doubles leads the team, by the way.

In three starts from April 28 to May 9, Westwood coughed up 11 runs in 14 innings (7.07 ERA). Since then, he's made four appearances and owns a 1.59 ERA, 1.59 BB/9 and 4.37 K/9 during them. I just wonder how successful he'll be going forward with such bad strikeout ability; he has just a 4.38 K/9 on the season now.

Sanudo's four game tenure in Lancaster has been a light switch type of affair; bad start, good start, bad start, and now another good start. One thing that has remained consistent is the control; just one walk in 17 innings so far (0.53 BB/9).

Carlos Correa is 14-for-17 (82.4%) in stolen base attempts. I thought this guy couldn't run, right scouts? Right fancy subscription-only publications? LOLnope says Captain Correa. He's hitting .378/.500/.649 over his last ten games.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: Suspended, middle-5th inning, QC up 3-2 over Wisconsin (MIL)

Due to rain. They're scheduled to resume the game tomorrow, and then play tomorrow's game afterwards. So possible double-header update for you tomorrow from QC. Thurman is scheduled to start that second game.

Tomorrow's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Nicholas Tropeano vs. Angel Castro
AA: Off Day (Thomas Shirley goes on Tuesday)
A+: Lance McCullers vs. Tom Windle
A-: Andrew Thurman vs. Preston Gainey

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