AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 6-0 loss to Las Vegas (NYM)
It was a bit of a weird night for Fresno - it was just the third time all season (second time at home) that the highest scoring team in the minor leagues was shut out, and they were shut out en route to their fifth straight loss. Tony Kemp registered the only multi hit game, and all six hits for the Grizzlies were singles. Interestingly, Tyler White stole his seventh base of the season.
That should probably sum up this snooze fest. We’re discussing Tyler White stolen bases.
The pitching actually wasn’t bad from any one of the four Grizzlies pitchers this night, they just each gave up a run or two. David Martinez got the start and actually put up a Game Score of 58 by firing off seven innings of two run baseball, allowing seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts. He allowed a solo home run in the seventh as he was tiring. Reymin Guduan entered in relief in the top of the eighth and surrendered two runs that really basically put the game out of reach, Brendan McCurry had a bit of an off night in relief of Guduan and allowed a run of his own in a third of an inning, and then Andrew Thome entered in the ninth and allowed a run in his inning of work.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 2-1 loss to Tulsa (LAD)
2016 first round draft pick Forrest Whitley, in his first full year as a professional, made his Double-A debut Thursday night. As has been noted other places, the only other four pitchers to be drafted out of high school and make it to Double-A in their first full season in the last twenty years were Chad Billingsley, Dylan Bundy, Zack Greinke, and Clayton Kershaw.
It went pretty brilliantly.
Whitley fired 92 pitches (61 for strikes) and allowed only two hits (both singles, one of which was immediately erased by a double play ground ball) over six scoreless, jaw-dropping frames. He commanded four pitches (fastball, slider, cut fastball, and his utterly filthy change up) north and south as well as east and west, and while he didn’t use his curve ball much and it appeared not to be a great night for the pitch for him, the few that he snapped off varied between slightly off and average. He did hit one batter and throw the ball away on a pick off attempt once, but the bottom line was that he was overpoweringly dominant.
The offensive highlight of the night for the Hooks was Kyle Tucker, who went 2-4 with a double and a monstrous solo home run, accounting for the only earned run of the game for either team.
A+ Buies Creek Astros: 10-6 loss to Lynchburg (CLE)
Yordan Alvarez continues his High-A resurgent tear, going 2-3 with a single, a two-run home run, and three runs batted in. Alex De Goti added a solo home run of his own, and Myles Straw added a double. Stephen Wrenn tripled to round out the extra base hitting for Buies Creek, who also had three singles and two walks as a team in the contest.
On the pitching side of the equation, only three of the ten runs allowed were earned runs in one of the stranger box scores you will see. Two errors contributed to those shenanigans and can probably be described in the comment section better.