Minor League Recap: Games of July 6, 2014

Tony Kemp

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

AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks: 5-4 loss to Iowa (CHC)

-> Robbie Grossman: 4-for-5, RBI, 2 R
-> Preston Tucker: 2-for-4, RBI
-> Marc Krauss: 1-for-2, RBI, 2 BB
-> Ronald Torreyes: 1-for-3, 2B
-> Matthew Duffy: 1-for-3, BB
-> Carlos Perez: 1-for-4, R
-> Joe Sclafani: 0-for-3, BB, R
-> Austin Wates: 0-for-4, BB, RBI, 2 SB

SP Rudy Owens: 6.1 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 5 K
RP Alex White: 2.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K (loss)

Too bad Owens couldn't keep the ball in the park tonight; the four runs he allowed came on three homers. Other than that, he was very, very good. Two of them came from Kris Bryant and Javier Baez, so there is an element of "just gotta tip your cap" in there; sometimes you just come up against elite talent and get beat. But Owens has been mostly dreadful of late, with a 6.02 ERA in his last ten outings; he's allowed four earned runs or more in eight of those ten.

Grossman is hitting .471 since being demoted again, and has limited himself to six strike outs in those nine games. Somehow he has to figure out how to translate it past that last jump. There were some signs during his MLB time that he was suffering from some bad luck on balls in play and such, but that didn't explain it all. Hopefully, if he gets another chance, he capitalizes on it.

Tucker is hitting .325/.357/.450 with a jack and a pair of doubles over his last ten games.

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 7-2 win over Tulsa (COL)

-> Tony Kemp: 4-for-5, 3B, 2 SB, 2 RBI
-> Ruben Sosa: 3-for-4, SB, RBI, 2 3B, 3 R
-> Delino DeShields: 2-for-3, RBI
-> Rene Garcia: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R
-> Leonardo Heras: 1-for-3, BB, SB
-> Telvin Nash: 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
-> Carlos Perdomo: 1-for-4, R

SP Brady Rodgers: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K (win)
RP Luis Cruz: 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K (save)

Rodgers still hasn't walked more than two batters in any appearance he's made this season, and owns a 1.57 BB/9 as a result. He has a 3.06 ERA over his last four games.

I don't think Kemp got the memo that he's out of the California League now. He's hitting .400/.472/.622 in 11 games since his promotion, with three doubles, two triples and a homer already.

DeShields is on a legit hot streak again, at last; .343/.478/.400 over his last ten games. Lots of singles, a bunch of walks and a pair of doubles have gotten him on base, and he's stolen six bases in six tries during this run. It would be nice if he could run this streak right through July and earn a promotion to AAA to finish the season there, but considering that he's still 21-years-old, there's no rush if they don't think he's quite ready yet.

And Heras continues to rock and roll as well; .324/.439/.441 over his last ten games. He has seven walks and just three strikeouts during that run. He's struck out just 11 times total in his last 26 games.

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 17-4 loss to Rancho Cucamonga (LAD)

-> Jack Mayfield: 2-for-4, 3B, solo HR
-> Jobduan Morales: 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI
-> Conrad Gregor: 1-for-3, 2B
-> Daniel Gulbransen: 1-for-4, R
-> Tanner Mathis: 1-for-4
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 1-for-5, solo HR
-> Rio Ruiz: 1-for-5
-> Chan Moon: 0-for-3, 2 BB
-> Roberto Pena: 0-for-4, R

SP Juan Minaya: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 3 K (loss)
RP Patrick Christensen: 3.0 IP, 8 R (5 ER), 10 H, 0 BB, 2 K
RP Jamaine Cotton: 2.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 3 K
RP Jobduan Morales: 0.0 IP, 4 ER, 1 H, 4 BB, 0 K
RP Austin Elkins: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K

A night after the JetHawks' fireworks show set their own stadium on fire (again!), the pitching staff was the thing that got lit the heck up. My goodness, just look at this mess. Jobduan Morales and Austin Elkins are position players, for anyone who didn't spot that.

If you needed any further proof that win-loss record for pitchers is beyond stupid, Minaya allows just one run in three innings and gets the loss, while the guys after him cough up sixteen runs in six innings.

Boy, there's barely anything to point out that's positive. Homer #15 for Hernandez and Gregor continuing his solid hitting is about it. Well, I shouldn't just say "solid;" calling a 1.092 OPS "solid" doesn't quite do it justice.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: Double-header!

Game One: 5-0 win over Wisconsin (MIL)

-> Chase McDonald: 2-for-3, RBI, 2 R
-> Thomas Lindauer: 1-for-2, BB, HR, R, 3 RBI
-> Ronnie Mitchell: 1-for-3, 3B, RBI
-> James Ramsay: 1-for-3, 2B
-> Brett Booth: 1-for-3, R
-> Brian Holberton: 1-for-3
-> Jose Fernandez: 0-for-2, BB, R, 2 SB

SP Chris Lee: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 K (win)
RP Chris Cotton: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K

Game Two: 6-4 win over Wisconsin (MIL)

-> James Ramsay: 2-for-4, 3B, SB, 3 R
-> Brett Phillips: 1-for-3, BB, GRAND SLAM, R, 4 RBI
-> Marc Wik: 1-for-3, BB, RBI, R
-> Ronnie Mitchell: 1-for-3, RBI
-> Dayne Parker: 1-for-3, R
-> Thomas Lindauer: 1-for-3, SB
-> Brett Booth: 1-for-3

SP Jandel Gustave: 3.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K
RP Michael Feliz: 3.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K (win)

That second game, Phillips' grand slam? It came in the bottom of the seventh inning (minor league double header games only go to seven innings; it was the last inning, IOW) with one out, down by two runs. Come-from-behind-walk-off grand slam. That lifted my spirits a little after the rough run of the MLB club recently. Small victories.

That homer was Phillips' sixth on the season, in 80 games. You can do the math; that's solid double-digit HR pop from a guy who also has 12 doubles and 11 triples, and who could stick in CF if he continues to improve his defense (from what I've heard, he definitely needs to work on that still. Unsurprising, given him being a two-sport guy in high school).

Ramsay is hitting .306/.375/.528 with six XBH and five steals in six attempts during his last ten games. He has 43 walks and 58 strike outs in 77 games on the year, and 21 doubles and 22 steals.

Lee has his ERA back under 4.00 now at 3.91. In his last four games, he owns a 2.57 ERA, 0.86 BB/9 and 4.29 K/9. Obviously his strike out numbers, even on the year (6.18 K/9 in 71.1 IP) aren't great, especially for a guy who's not an awesome GB pitcher, but I'll take the success for now.

SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 11-3 win over Lowell (BOS)

-> Ryan Bottger: 4-for-4, BB, HR, 2 2B, 3 R, 4 RBI
-> Bobby Boyd: 3-for-4, BB, SB, RBI, 3 R
-> Jamie Ritchie: 2-for-3, BB, SB, R
-> A.J. Reed: 2-for-4
-> J.D. Davis: 2-for-5, 2B, HR, R, 5 RBI
-> Mott Hyde: 2-for-5, 2B, R
-> Terrell Joyce: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI
-> Alex Hernandez: 0-for-4, 2 R

SP Luis Ordosgoitti: 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 4 K (win)
RP Joe Musgrove: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Jordan Mills: 2.0 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K

Davis has a 1.125 OPS in his last ten games, and he's hitting .284/.398/.519 with four homers, five doubles and a triple on the season. He's drawn 13 walks and struck out a reasonable 18 times in 22 total games.

Ritchie is off to a white-hot start himself; he's hitting .426/.611/.577 in 11 games since joining the ValleyCats. He's stolen three bases, walked seven times and whiffed just...twice. Pretty much doing it all so far.

Similarly, Bottger is hot out of the gate; he's hitting .382/.488/.647 in nine games with Tri-City. He has a pair of bombs, three doubles, six walks...and just a single strike out.

Musgrove isn't what you would call hot, on the other hand, but he has limited opponents to just three walks in 19.2 innings so far (1.37 BB/9).

RK Greeneville Astros: 4-2 loss to Bristol (PIT)

-> Antonio Nunez: 1-for-3, R
-> Jason Martin: 1-for-4, 3B, RBI, R
-> Juan Santana: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Jacob Nottingham: 1-for-4
-> Ramon Laureano: 0-for-2, BB
-> Yonathan Mejia: 0-for-3, BB

SP Reymin Gudaun: 4.0 IP, 4 R (0 ER), 3 H, 4 BB, 6 K (loss)
RP Robert Kahana: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 3 K
RP Zach Davis: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 K

Small sample size fun; Davis has an 18.00 K/9 so far...in four innings.

Guduan is off to a hot start with a 1.76 ERA and an 11.15 K/9. The 7.04 BB/9 is less hot. But hey, you never know; if you've been following along, you've seen Jandel Gustave's control go from ghastly to great seemingly overnight from last season to this one.

Martin's overall number aren't dazzling, but he's really doing quite well; he has at least one hit in 10 of his 14 games with Greeneville, and he has seven in the last five days. He has three doubles and now four triples; no one else in the league has more than two triples. He's 4-for-5 in steal attempts, has a nice walk rate, and a very reasonable strike out rate, considering his age.

Today's Scheduled Starters

AAA: TBD vs. Anthony DeSclafani
AA: Ruben Alaniz vs. Richard Castillo
A+: Matthew Heidenreich vs. Tom Windle
A-: Off Day
SS: Troy Scribner vs. Fernando Perez
RK: Dean Deetz vs. Jonathan Sandfort

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