AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks: 5-3 win over Colorado Springs (COL)
-> Ronald Torreyes: 2-for-3, BB, R
-> Preston Tucker: 2-for-4, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI
-> Max Stassi: 2-for-4, SB, 2 RBI
-> Matthew Duffy: 2-for-4, RBI
-> Jonathan Villar: 2-for-4, SB
-> Andrew Aplin: 1-for-4, R
-> Jiovanni Mier: 1-for-4, SB, R
-> Joe Sclafani: 0-for-3, BB, R
SP Asher Wojciechowski: 6.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 K (win)
RP Patrick Urckfitz: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K (hold)
RP Anthony Bass: 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K (hold)
RP Kevin Chapman: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K (save)
Four straight multi-hit games for Torreyes, and a seven-game streak overall. He has an .878 OPS in his last ten games. He's averaging less than one strike out every four games this year.
Wojo's slow climb back to full strength has been going better of late; he has a 4.02 ERA, 1.72 BB/9 and 6.89 K/9 in his last three outings. Aside from one bad game back in June, his control has been pretty solid on the season.
Since being demoted to work his problems out, Bass has been pretty solid; he has a 1.69 ERA in five appearances, totaling 5.1 innings.
Tucker has seven hits in the last three days, and five of them have been extra-base hits.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: Off Night
Appel goes tonight!
A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 4-2 win over Modesto (COL)
-> Brett Phillips: 3-for-5, 2B
-> Tyler White: 2-for-2, 2B, 2 BB
-> Jon Kemmer: 2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI
-> Rio Ruiz: 2-for-5, R
-> Chan Moon: 1-for-4, BB, SB, R
-> Ronnie Mitchell: 1-for-4
-> Jack Mayfield: 1-for-4
-> Jobduan Morales: 1-for-5, RBI, R
-> Tanner Mathis: 0-for-3, BB
SP Brian Holmes: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 9 K (win)
RP Evan Grills: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K (save)
Welcome to the California League, Brett! And really, they were on the road in Modesto, in northernish California, it's not as harsh up there as it is down in the desert where Lancaster plays, which makes the three hits look even better. This could be exciting. Who'd have thought he'd be a step away from AA just a year after floundering between Greeneville and QC? Not me. Awesome. Final numbers from QC: 103 G, 21 2B, 12 3B, 13 HR, 18 SB, .302/.362/.521, 146 wRC+
I don't know if Grills is "a guy" or not, but he interests me. He's pitched pretty well in Lancaster since jumping up, and at 22, he's not all that old for the league either. He doesn't miss a lot of bats, but he does get ground balls usually, and his control has been very good. In fact, he's walked just one batter in 22 innings (0.41 BB/9) in Lancaster. And he's a lefty. Like I said, interesting.
A- Quad Cities River Bandits: Suspended after five innings (Rain)
The game against Burlington was put on hold after five innings, tied at 3-3. They'll resume it tonight prior to the regularly-scheduled game. We'll have both games in a double header-style update in tomorrow's recap. J.D. Davis has a homer so far!
SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 4-3 win over Batavia (MIA)
-> Ricky Gingras: 3-for-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
-> Terrell Joyce: 2-for-3, BB, 2 R
-> Ariel Ovando: 2-for-4
-> Alfredo Gonzalez: 1-for-4
-> Alex Hernandez: 0-for-2, 2 BB
-> Jamie Ritchie: 0-for-3, BB
SP Austin Chrismon: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K
RP Aaron Vaughn: 0.1 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K
RP Jordan Mills: 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K (win)
RP Ryan Thompson: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K (save)
Derek Fisher was out yet again. I went hunting and managed to find this blog post about it. Apparently Fisher crashed into the wall trying to make a play, but the spot he hit just so happened to be part of a door with a steel post of some kind, and he seems to have hit his head on it. I haven't found anything more recent about it, but suffice it to say that when you're talking about a head hitting a steel poll, you could be talking about fractures, concussions and any number of nasty things with potential long-term consequences. If anyone else hears anything, be sure to share if you can.
Gingras' long ball was a two-run, come-from-behind, go-ahead, game-winning hyphen fest in the bottom of the eighth inning. Here's a highlight clip of the clout.
Joyce continues to help carry a depleted lineup (yes, Fisher was out again. Yikes). He has a 1.087 OPS during his last ten games. He's driven in nine runs in the last four games, which is 35% of all the runs the team has scored so far this month.
Like Jordan Jankowski, Chrismon is an organizational redraft; we took him in the 32nd round back in 2010 but he declined to sign. We then nabbed him again in the 26th round of 2013's draft. He's yet another fish in the ocean of polished college and JuCo arms with good control and ground ball tendencies that Luhnow's regime gulps in like a whale feeding on plankton. In his last seven games, he's posted a 1.48 ERA, 2.37 BB/9 and 6.84 K/9 in 30.1 IP.
RK Greeneville Astros: 12-0 win over Bristol (PIT)
-> Jacob Nottingham: 3-for-5, 2 R
-> Kristian Trompiz: 2-for-3, BB, 2B, 2 R
-> Jason Martin: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> Hector Roa: 2-for-5, HR, R, 4 RBI
-> Edwin Medina: 1-for-2, R, 3 BB
-> Jeffry Santos: 1-for-2, RBI
-> Ydarqui Marte: 1-for-3, HR, 2 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI
-> Cesar Carrasco: 1-for-4, BB, 2B, R
-> Bryan Muniz: 1-for-5, RBI, R
SP Agapito Barrios: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 K (win)
RP Devonte German: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K
RP Juan Delis: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
Barrios is doing well in his first go outside the Gulf Coast League; thus far, he owns a 2.63 ERA, 1.67 BB/9 and 7.17 K/9 in nine games. He's walked one batter in his last six games. Solid ground ball rate, too.
Peripherals continue to be mediocre, thanks to the small number of innings per outing contributing to a case of smallsamplis inflatitis that goes around among young pitchers. 3.27 ERA in 33 innings so far though, a solid debut. Won't be turning 20 years old until after the season.
Back-to-back multi-hit games for Martin, and a six-game hitting streak. Looks like he's back. He owns a .796 OPS on the season in 41 games.
DSL Astros Blue: 2-0 win over DSL Rays
-> Jake Bowey: 2-for-4, 2B, R
-> Bryan De La Cruz: 2-for-4, 2B
-> Wander Franco: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI
-> Cristopher Luciano: 1-for-3, BB, RBI, R
-> Jonathan Matute: 1-for-4
-> Marcos Almonte: 0-for-2, 2 SB
-> Oscar Campos: 0-for-3, BB
SP Erasmo Pinales: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 5 K (win)
RP Juan Cuevas: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K (save)
DSL Astros Orange: 9-4 win over DSL Angels
-> Wilson Amador: 4-for-5, 3 R
-> Orlando Marquez: 3-for-5, BB, 2B, SB, R, 3 RBI
-> Juan Fuentes: 3-for-5, RBI, R
-> Reiny Beltre: 1-for-3, BB, SB, RBI
-> Angel De Leon: 1-for-4, 2 R
-> Edgar Lorenzo: 0-for-3, 2 BB
-> Ihan Bernal: 0-for-3, BB, RBI
-> Anardo Peralta: 0-for-4, 2 BB, 2 R
SP Carlos Sanabria: 4.1 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 6 H, 0 BB, 4 K
RP Carlos Pizzolato: 3.2 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K (win)
RP Jose Ramos: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K
Today's Scheduled Starters
AAA: Alex White vs. TBD
AA: Mark Appel vs. J.C. Sulbaran
A+: Kyle Westwood vs. Matt Flemer
A-: Michael Feliz vs. Victor Alcantara
SS: Off Night
RK: Joshua James vs. Hector Garcia