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7/29 MiLB Gameday: Stolmy and Stroup
Posted 29 July 2011 - 10:49 AM
IL: Pawtucket (Brandon Duckworth) @ Lehigh Valley (Brian Bass) [7:05pm]
EL: Portland (TBD) vs. Altoona (Michael Colla) [7:05pm]
CL: Salem (Stolmy Pimentel) @ Lynchburg (Chris Masters) [7:05pm]
SAL: Greenville (Kyle Stroup) vs. Charleston (Steve Evarts) [7:05pm]
NYPL: Lowell (Luis Diaz) @ Mahoning Valley (Joseph Colon) [7:05pm]
GCL: GCL Red Sox vs. Twins [12:00pm]
DSL: DSL Sox vs. Brewers [10:30am]
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 02:28 PM
Zach Good went 1 2/3 innings, allowing 4 unearned runs on 4 hits, a walk and a WP. Jacob Dahlstrand went 2 2/3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits, a walk and a WP. Renny Parthemore went 3 1/3 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits, a walk and a HBP; striking out 5. Jadd Schmeltzer went 1 1/3 innings, striking out one.
Kendrick Perkins went 4/4 with a triple and a walk. Williams Jerez went 3/4 with a double, triple, SF and walk. Matthew Gedman went 3/5. Oscar Perez went 2/4 with a double and a walk. Jose Colorado went 1/4 with a double and 2 walks. Bryan Johns went 1/4 with a walk. David Chester went 1/5 with a SF. Roberto Reyes went 0/4 with a walk. Dreilly Guerrero went 0/4 with a sacrifice.
Posted 29 July 2011 - 08:53 PM
Charlie Haeger went 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits (1 HR) and a walk; striking out 4.
Mark Wagner and Tim Federowicz each went 2/3; Wagner with a double and a HR. Jeremy Hazelbaker went 2/4 with a SB and a CS. Chih-Hsien Chiang went 1/2 with a double and a HBP. Will Middlebrooks and Ryan Dent each went 1/3; Middlebrooks with a double, Dent with a PO/CS. Alex Hassan went 0/2 with a walk. Jon Hee and Heiker Meneses each went 0/3.
Posted 29 July 2011 - 08:58 PM
Luis Diaz went 5 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits and a HBP; striking out one. Braden Kapteyn went 2 innings, walking one and striking out 5. Kevin Brahney went an inning, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.
Keury de la Cruz went 2/4 with a HR and a HBP. Roberto Ramos went 2/4 with a SB. Drew Turocy went 1/3 with a walk. Matty Johnson went 1/5 with a CS. Leonel Escobar went 0/2 with 2 walks. Travis Shaw went 0/1 with a walk before being replaced by Jose Garcia who went 0/2. Boss Moanaroa went 0/3 with a walk. Seth Schwindenhammer and Joantoni Garcia each went 0/4.
Posted 29 July 2011 - 09:47 PM
Brandon Duckworth went 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, a walk, a HBP and a WP; striking out 2. Royce Ring went an inning, walking one and striking out one. Jason Rice went 1 1/3 innings, giving up 2 hits. Tommy Hottovy went 2/3rds of an inning, walking one and striking out one. Scott Atchison went the final inning.
Luis Exposito went 2/4 with 2 doubles. Lars Anderson went 1/2 with 2 walks. Hector Luna went 1/3 with a walk. Jose Iglesias, Nate Spears, Daniel Nava and Che-Hsuan Lin each went 1/4; Lin with 2 SBs and a walk, Nava with a double and a walk, Spears with a double. Ryan Lavarnway and Ronald Bermudez each went 0/4.
Posted 29 July 2011 - 09:51 PM
Stolmy Pimentel went 4 innings, giving up 3 hits, a walk and a HBP. Anatanear Batista went an inning, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 4 hits (2 HRs); striking out one. Tom Ebert went 3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits (1 HR), a walk and a WP; striking out 6.
Dan Butler went 3/4 with a HR and a walk. Shannon Wilkerson went 1/3 with 2 walks. Alex Valdez and Bryce Brentz each went 1/4 with a walk; Valdez with a double. Derrik Gibson went 1/5 with a SB and a sacrifice. Kolbrin Vitek went 0/3 with 2 walks. Miles Head went 0/3 with a walk and a HBP. Vladimir Frias went 0/3 with a sacrifice and a HBP. Jorge Padron went 0/5.
Posted 29 July 2011 - 09:56 PM
Kyle Stroup went 4 2/3 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits and a walk; striking out 7. Tyler Lockwood went 2 1/3 innings, giving up 2 hits and striking out 4. Scott Gleason went 2 innings, giving up a hit and striking out 2.
Sean Coyle and Xander Bogaerts each went 2/4; Coyle with a HR and a SB, Bogaerts with a double. Felix Sanchez and Brandon Jacobs each went 1/3 with a walk; Sanchez with 2 SBs. Henry Ramos went 1/4 with a SB. Carson Blair went 0/2 with a walk. Michael Almanzar went 0/3 with a walk and a PO/CS. James Kang went 0/3. David Renfroe went 0/4.
Posted 30 July 2011 - 06:26 AM
Posted 30 July 2011 - 07:55 AM
Jonathan Aro went 6 innings, giving up 4 hits and striking out 3. Jose Espitia went 2 2/3 innings, allowing a run on a HR and 3 walks; striking out 2. Ellis Jimenez went 4 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out 4. Leonel Vazquez pitched the final inning, walking one.
Ynoel Aguero went 2/4 with 2 walks, a sacrifice and a SB. Jair Bogaerts went 2/6. Andres Garcia went 1/6 with a walk. Alixon Suarez went 1/6. Deiner Lopez went 0/3 with 3 walks, a sacrifice and a SB. Aneudis Peralta went 0/5 with 2 walks. Cleuluis Rondon went 0/5 with a walk and a SB. David Sopilka went 0/6 with a SF (and a RBI groundout to end the game). Anthony Amaya went 0/6.
Posted 30 July 2011 - 08:21 AM
The PawSox eked out a 4-3 win on Friday night in Allentown, beating Lehigh Valley and pulling to within 2 games of first place in the North Division. Che-Hsuan Lin played the role of spark plug for Pawtucket. In the top of the first, Lin got an infield hit, stole second and eventually scored on a single by Lars Anderson. Lehigh tied it in the bottom of the second as Delwyn Young doubled and scored when Josh Barfield singled him in. In the fourth, both teams scored two runs. Back to back doubles by Nate Spears and Luis Exposito made it 3-1. Shortly after, former PawSox infielder Kevin Frandsen tied it at 3-3 with a sacrifice fly. The PawSox scored what proved to be the game winner in the sixth. Exposito belted his second double and scored on a base hit by Jose Iglesias.
Brandon Duckworth won for the fourth straight time since the All Star break. Duckworth (8-6) allowed 3 runs in 5 innngs. Royce Ring, Jason Rice, Tommy Hottovy and Scott Atchison finished off the Iron Pigs. Atchison retired the side in the ninth on 4 pitches, earning his third save. With the win, the PawSox (60-47) finish the road trip at 5-3.
The knuckleball is back in Portland.
Not since Charlie Zink danced his pitches for the Sea Dogs from 2003 to 2007 have Hadlock fans watched a true knuckleball thrower.
Haeger, 27, signed as a free agent by the Boston Red Sox last Saturday, made his Sea Dogs debut Friday night and picked up the victory as the Sea Dogs beat the Altoona Curve 6-2 in a game shortened to six innings because of rain.
"I felt good, in command of the game," said Haeger, who has pitched for three major league teams. "And it's nice when the team gives you a cushion."
Will Middlebrooks swatted a two-run double, Wagner added a solo home run and an RBI double, and Chih-Hsien Chiang (14-game hitting streak) and Tim Federowicz (2 for 3) each had an RBI.
Haeger was a 25th-round draft pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2001. He originally was a standard fastball pitcher but, like a lot of knuckleball pitchers, he eventually turned to the knuckler when a pitching coach noticed him throwing it for fun.
Haeger reached the majors with Chicago in 2006, and since then has been with the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Haeger started last season in the Dodgers' rotation. He struck out 12 in his first start, but was designated for assignment in June with an 8.40 ERA.
He had minor back surgery prior to this season and pitched for Seattle's Triple-A team in Tacoma. The Mariners recently released him after he compiled a 7.74 ERA, and the Red Sox scooped him up.
"Never found a rhythm (in Tacoma), with the exception of my last start (a four-hitter)," Haeger said. "The Red Sox and I have had talks over the years. They were the first to throw their name in the hat."
On Friday, Haeger mixed his knuckler with an occasional 80-mph fastball, holding the Curve to two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out four.
For the 17th time this season, the Salem Red Sox lost a game by a single run.
This time, a two-out double by Joey Terdoslavich in the bottom of the eighth proved to be the difference in an 8-7 Hillcat victory over the Red Sox on Friday night at City Stadium.
Salem had runners on second and third with one out in the top of the ninth, but Shannon Wilkerson struck out and Derrik Gibson flew out to end the game.
For the second straight day, the Sox were an out away from entering the ninth in a tie ballgame, but a two-out rally in the eighth changed the circumstances.
Phil Gosselin's two-out single off Tom Ebert gave the Hillcats life, and Terdoslavich delivered a double down the right-field line, scoring Gosselin from first and giving Lynchburg an 8-7 lead.
Things were relatively calm in the first half of the game, as Salem entered the bottom half of the fifth with a 1-0 lead.
Stolmy Pimentel had tossed four three-hit innings in his most encouraging start in a Salem uniform before giving way to Anatanaer Batista in the fifth.
Batista immediately gave up a solo home run to Marcus Lemon to tie the game at one. After a groundout, four consecutive Hillcats reached with Gosselin driving in two on an RBI single and Terdoslavich providing the exclamation point with a two-run blast to deep right field, giving Lynchburg a 5-1 advantage.
Salem third baseman Kolbrin Vitek is tied for fifth in the Carolina League with a .281 batting average this season, thanks to a scorching hot streak over the past two weeks.
"I feel like I've been swinging the bat a little bit better lately," Vitek said. "I'm staying more relaxed, letting myself do what I can do instead of trying to press."
Vitek has 24 hits in his past 69 at-bats (.349) over Salem's last 17 games, and he took an eight-game hitting streak into Friday's game at Lynchburg.
He said only realized he'd been pressing at the plate after he stopped.
"Looking back, I could tell that I was pressing," Vitek said.
While Vitek, the Boston Red Sox's first-round draft pick last summer, has been adjusting to hitting in the Carolina League, he has also been learning to play third base. He was a pitcher and second baseman in college.
It hasn't been easy. Vitek is learning everything from footwork, to positioning, to throwing mechanics, all while baseballs have been flying at him with alarming speed at what is known as the "hot corner" for a reason.
Vitek has 23 errors, more than any other third baseman in the Carolina League (To be fair, his 23 errors have come in 80 games while Potomac's Justin Bloxom had 21 in 40 games).
"I take errors as a learning process," Vitek said. "It'll only make me better, if I learn from it and try to do it the right way the next time.
"I've had a great time with it. And I'm getting a lot better there. I feel like a real third baseman."
Just like in the series opener, the contest remained scoreless until the top of the third when Charleston broke through against Greenville starter Kyle Stroup.
Garrison Lassiter drew a leadoff walk, and crossed to third on a double by Jose Mojica. Anderson Feliz reached on a fielding error by Drive second baseman Sean Coyle two batters later, scoring Lassiter from third for a 1-0 RiverDogs lead.
A walk spurred Greenville on as well in the bottom of the third versus Charleston hurler Steve Evarts (1-4). Carson Blair worked a one-out walk, Felix Sanchez flashed his speed again with a bunt single, and Brandon Jacobs played the role of run producer with a RBI single to center field to knot the score at 1-1.
Stroup was sharp, but three Drive errors and numerous deep counts only enabled him to work 4.2 innings. Making his fifth start of the year against the RiverDogs, the right-hander yielded the one run on three hits and a walk, while notching seven punch outs.
One swing propelled the Drive in front, 2-1, in the bottom of the sixth. Coyle cranked an Evarts offering deep over the center field fence for his 11th home run of the campaign.
Evarts appeared strong in making his first start in exactly two weeks. The 23-year old southpaw logged 6.0 innings, surrendering the two runs on five hits and two walks, while fanning five batters.
Sanchez ran at will again to help the Drive pick up a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. After walking to start the frame against RiverDogs reliever Tommy Kahnle, he stole both second and third base and scored on a Henry Ramos RBI single. Ramos then took a page out of Sanchez's book by taking second base, before coming plateward on a Xander Bogaerts RBI two-bagger for a 4-1 Greenville cushion.
Keury De La Cruz once again tried to put the Lowell Spinners on his back, driving in three Spinners runs, but the effort was not enough as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers would not let the Spinners overcome a 4-0 deficit, as Lowell dropped the rubber-game of a three-game set at Eastwood Field, 8-4, Friday night.
The game was a pitcher's duel through four innings, as a Matty Johnson lead-off single in the fourth inning for the Spinners and Jerrud Sabourin third inning single under the glove of Roberto Ramos at second base represented the only hits for either team.
Mahoning Valley (23-18) got to Spinners starter Luis Diaz in the fifth after Diaz needed just 33 pitches through the first four frames. Alex Lavisky led off the inning with a double and Diaz hit the next Scrapper, John Barr, to put the first two men on. After playing a comebacker off his shin for a force out and inducing a shallow pop to Ramos, Sabourin lined a double to right field to put the Scrappers ahead, 2-0. Aaron Siliga followed with a triple over the head of Keury De La Cruz in centerfield, scoring Sabourin, before coming around to score when Ramos booted a routine ground ball to put Mahoning Valley on top, 4-0.
Lowell (19-22) got on the board in the top half of the sixth inning when Leonel Escobar led off the inning with a walk. Ramos replaced Escobar at first base after grounding into a force out, stealing second base and advancing to third on a throwing error by the catcher. The extra-effort was unnecessary however, as De La Cruz blasted a two-run home run into the Scrappers bullpen in right field, cutting the deficit in half.
The Spinners would add a run in the eighth inning when Ramos led off the inning with a bunt single up the first base line. Ramos advanced to third when a pick-off throw by the Scrappers got past the first baseman, scoring on a line-drive single by De La Cruz to right field, reducing the Scrappers lead to 4-3.
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