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Minor League Recap: April 11, 2013

"Just keep the ball down and pitch in and you'll be fine." - David Rollins on pitching in the California League


Drawing a Blank

The Corpus Christi Hooks rode the right arms of David Martinez and Asher Wojciechowski and the bat of Austin Wates - who ended the game a double short of the cycle - to their fifth-straight victory and their second-straight shutout, 5-0.

Wates opened the game with a homerun and it would prove to be all the team needed to best the Springfield Cardinals (STL), though Domingo Santana also blasted his second homer of the year. Not to be outdone, Santana also stole his first base of the season.

Wojciechowski picks up his first save, to go along with the win in his first piggyback outing, and keeps his ERA at 0.00. In 9 IP, he's struck out 11 and walked 4. Opposing hitters are have just a .071 average against him.

The Hooks now stand 6-1 as they head into today's second game against Springfield.
  • Austin Wates, LF: 3/4, 3B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
  • Jiovanni Mier, SS: 1/3, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
  • Michael Burgess, DH: 2/5, 2 2B
  • Domingo Santana, RF: 1/2, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, SB
  • David Martinez, RHP: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Asher Wojciechowski, RHP: 4 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 4 K

Back to the Future

The Lancaster Jethawks returned to Modesto, the site of their California League championship in 2012. The Modesto Nuts' (COL) highly-touted offense was expected to challenge Lancaster's pitchers, headlined by the piggyback starters David Rollins and Tyson Perez. But Rollins and Perez combined for the complete game, allowing a single (unearned) run on just four hits - and those all came in the first two innings - as the Jethawks won, 5-1.

Rollins now sports a 2-0 record, 0.00 ERA, and a 1.13 WHIP through his first 8 innings, with 9 strikeouts and a single walk. When I asked him what the key is to pitching in the daunting California League, he replied: "Just keep the ball down and pitch in and you'll be fine." Of course, he admitted, it doesn't hurt that he doesn't have to face the Jethawks lineup.

The Jethawks improve to 6-1 on the season and will face Modesto again tonight at 7:05 Pacific time. You can listen to Jason Schwartz live with the call via Gameday Audio.

  • Nolan Fontana, SS: 1/5, 2B
  • Zachary Johnson, DH: 1/4, R, BB
  • Preston Tucker, LF: 2/4, 2B, R, BB
  • Matt Duffy, 3B: 1/3, R, RBI
  • Drew Muren, RF: 2/4, 2 R, RBI
  • MP Cokinos, C: 2/4, RBI
  • David Rollins, LHP: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Tyson Perez, RHP: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Double the Pleasure, Double the Rain

Oklahoma City's game against the Nashville Sounds (MIL) was postponed due to rain. They'll be back at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark tonight, 7:05 Central, for their home opener against the Memphis Redbirds (STL).

The Quad Cities River Bandits' home opener was also postponed, and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 11. They'll play their home opener tonight against the Peoria Chiefs (STL), beginning at 7 PM Central time.