AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 3-0 win over the Salt Lake Bees
Four Fresno hurlers combined for the six-hit shutout. Starter Tommy Shirley allowed all six hits but if you don't allow any runs that means he scattered those hits. That's official baseball lingo. He's yet to allow a run in 11 2/3 innings to start the season and has a WHIP under one. That's certain to garner some attention with the way some on the major league roster (cough Scott Feldman cough) are pitching right now.
Brian Stevenson noted yesterday that Colin Moran has reached base in every game this season, and that streak continued last night as Moran went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. With the way he impressed in spring training and his hot start, Moran is making a real case for some time in the big leagues. Danny Worth had another hit and stole a base, and Nolan Fontana had two walks and an RBI.
Tonight's Grizzlies game features a top prospect pitching duel as Michael Feliz faces the Angel's Tyler Skaggs.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 6-3 loss to the Springfield Cardinals
The only time red-hot Alex Bregman doesn't get a hit is when he doesn't play. I'll start the way-too-early speculation on his promotion to Triple A. Without Bregatron in the lineup, the Hooks offense couldn't overcome a rough start by Keegan Yuhl. The good news for Yuhl: six strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings. The bad news was six hits, a walk and five earned runs in those frames.
Teoscar Hernandez did a nice job in the leadoff spot, going 2 for 4 with a walk, a run and two stolen bases. J.D. Davis had three hits, a walk and an RBI, a nice thing to see after a slow start to the season.
Joe Musgrove finished out the remainder of the game, allowing one run over 3 1/3 innings. He had four strikeouts and zero (shocking) walks in the outing. It's a dominant start to the season for Musgrove, currently sporting an almost identical ERA (0.73) and WHIP (0.74). That's a nice trick when you can pull it off.
High A Lancaster JetHawks: 10-6 loss to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
A typical California League slugfest with the two teams combining for 24 hits on the night. JetHawks starter Elieser Hernandez got hit hard, allowing six runs on six hits and 2 walks in 1 2/3 innings. The bright spot on the pitching side was Riley Ferrell, who hasn't allowed a run yet this year in four one-inning outings. How's this for consistency: he's also had two strikeouts in each of those innings.
The top of lineup led the way for the offense with Bobby Boyd, Jason Martin and Ramon Laureano combining to go 5 for 12 with five runs scored. Laureano had two doubles and three RBI, and all three chipped in a stolen base.
Low A Quad Cities River Bandits: 4-2 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Starter Jose Hernandez turned in a nice start for the River Bandits, fanning six batters over 4 2/3 innings and only allowing one earned run. First baseman Dexture McCall showed he's more than just a great name going 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Second baseman Aaron Mizell drove him in, going 2 for 3 with a home run, a run scored and two RBI.
Top prospects Daz Cameron and Kyle Tucker each had an extra base hit on the night, Cameron with a double and Tucker with a triple. Ralph Garza earned a three inning save. allowing only one hit on the night with one strikeout.