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7/30 MiLB Gameday: Battle of Wood
Posted 30 July 2011 - 08:22 AM
IL: Pawtucket (Kevin Millwood) vs. Louisville (Travis Wood) [6:05pm]
EL: Portland (Brock Huntzinger) vs. Altoona (Kyle McPherson) [6:05pm]
CL: Salem (Drake Britton) @ Lynchburg (David Hale) [6:05pm]
SAL: Greenville (Brandon Workman) @ Charleston (Shane Greene) [7:05pm]
NYPL: Lowell (Jason Garcia) @ State College (TBD) [7:05pm]
GCL: GCL Red Sox vs. Twins [12:00pm]
DSL: DSL Sox vs. Brewers [10:30am]
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 12:11 PM
Francisco Taveras went 5 innings, giving up 2 hits and a walk; striking out 6. Matt Kramer went an inning, allowing an unearned run on a HBP and a walk. Alexander Mateo went 2 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits, a walk and a WP; striking out 3. Yunior Ortega pitched a perfect 9th.
Jesus Loya went 2/3 with 2 walks and a SB. Aneury Tavarez went 2/4 with a SB. David Chester went 2/5 with a double. Adalberto Ibarra went 1/2 with a walk before being replaced by Roberto Reyes who went 0/2. Bryan Johns went 1/4 with a double and a SB. Kendrick Perkins and Jose Vinicio each went 0/3 with a walk; Vinicio with a PO/CS. Jeremias Pineda went 0/1 with a walk before being replaced by Jose Colorado who went 0/2. Oscar Perez went 0/4.
Posted 30 July 2011 - 07:43 PM
It's going to be fun to follow Bogaerts, Coyle, and Jacobs as they rise through the system. All 3 are having very impressive showings in full season ball at very young ages.
X with a walk and a bomb. Stud prospect.
Posted 30 July 2011 - 08:01 PM
Posted 30 July 2011 - 08:04 PM
Drake Britton went 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits (1 HR) and 2 walks; striking out 3. Chris Martin went 4 innings, giving up 2 hits and a HBP; striking out 2.
Kolbrin Vitek and Alex Valdez each went 2/4; Valdez with a double and a HR. Dan Butler went 1/2 with 2 walks. Miles Head and Zach Gentile each went 1/3; Head with a walk, Gentile with a sacrifice and a CS. David Mailman went 1/4. Peter Hissey went 1/5 with a double. Bryce Brentz and Jorge Padron each went 0/4.
Posted 30 July 2011 - 08:08 PM
Brock Huntzinger went 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, 2 HBPs, a walk and a WP; striking out 2. Caleb Clay went 3 2/3 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits; striking out 2. Kyle Fernandes struck out the one batter he faced.
Jeremy Hazelbaker went 1/3 with a walk and a SB. Chih-Hsien Chiang, Tim Federowicz, Oscar Tejeda and Ryan Dent each went 1/4; Dent with a double, Chiang with a SB. Mitch Dening went 0/3 with a walk. Alex Hassan, Will Middlebrooks, and Mark Wagner each went 0/4.
Posted 30 July 2011 - 08:20 PM
Kevin Millwood went 5 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks; striking out 10. Jeremy Kehrt went 1 2/3 innings, striking out 3. Hideki Okajima went 1 2/3 innings, giving up a hit and a walk; striking out one.
Lars Anderson went 1/3 before being replaced by Daniel Nava who went 0/1. Hector Luna went 1/4 with a walk. Luis Exposito and Nate Spears each went 1/4. Nate Spears went 0/1 with 2 walks and a HBP. Che-Hsuan Lin and Ryan Lavarnway each went 0/2 with 3 walks. Brett Dlugach and Tony Thomas each went 0/4.
Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:02 PM
Jason Garcia went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, 3 walks and a WP; striking out 2. Hunter Cervenka went 3 1/3 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits, 3 walks and 3 WPs; striking out 2.
Tim Roberson went 2/4. Jayson Hernandez went 1/3 with a double and a walk. Matty Johnson, Jose Garcia and Keury de la Cruz each went 1/4; Johnson with a double, Garcia with a triple. Joantoni Garcia went 0/2 with a sacrifice. Seth Schwindenhammer went 0/3 with a walk. Boss Moanaroa and Matt Gedman each went 0/4.
Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:05 PM
Brandon Workman went 7 innings, allowing an unearned run on 4 hits and 2 walks; striking out 5. Charle Rosario went 2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks; striking out 2.
Xander Bogaerts went 2/3 with 2 HRs and a walk. Drew Hedman went 2/4 with a SB. Brandon Jacobs went 1/3 with a walk. Wilfred Pichardo went 1/3 with a triple. Christian Vazquez and Felix Sanchez each went 1/4; Sanchez with a SB. Sean Coyle went 0/3 with a walk. Henry Ramos and David Renfroe each went 0/4.
Posted 30 July 2011 - 11:28 PM
Posted 31 July 2011 - 07:55 AM
Sully Bonnely went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and 4 walks; striking out 2. Edwin Osorio went an inning, allowing a run on a hit and 2 walks.
Ynoel Aguero went 3/3 with a sacrifice. Andres Garcia went 1/2 with 2 walks. Deiner Lopez went 1/2 with a walk. David Sopilka went 0/2 with a walk. Aneudis Peralta, Alixon Suarez, Cleuluis Rondon, Aly Gonzalez and Anthony Amaya each went 0/3.
Posted 31 July 2011 - 08:13 AM
Despite a season-high 10 strikeouts from Kevin Millwood, the PawSox dropped their series opener to the Louisville Bats, 3-2, on Saturday night.
Millwood fanned his 10 batters in 5 2/3 innings, but he was on the short end because he yielded singles to the last three men he faced, allowing the go-ahead run to score for Louisville. Millwood dropped to 6-2 by allowing three runs on eight hits.
The PawSox were left to ponder their missed opportunities against Bats starter Travis Wood. Wood held Pawtucket to three hits in five innings, but he walked eight men and hit another. The PawSox stranded the bases loaded in both the third and fifth innings, with Brent Dlugach making the final out in each frame.
Louisville got on the board first in the third inning, when Denis Phipps drove in a pair with a double over the head of Tony Thomas in left. Pawtucket answered in the bottom of the inning. After Wood walked the bases loaded with one out, Lars Anderson singled home a run and Luis Exposito drove home the tying tally with a groundout.
Exposito was robbed of an RBI in the fifth when Hector Luna was gunned down at home on the catcher’s base hit by a perfect throw from Phipps in center field.
Before Saturday’s PawSox game, Anderson reflected on the trade rumors circulating around him.
“It used to be a lot more,” he said, even referring to his “height of prospectism.” “I remember hearing something in the off-season a few years ago, and I got pretty, you know, … I like this organization a lot, and I wasn’t into that trade. I was like, ‘Man, I really hope that doesn’t happen.’ Now, that might be what needs to happen for me to really have a shot. You never want to close off options or close your mind. It’s important to be open to all things and kind of ride that wave when it comes. I’m kind of in a neutral position and accepting of whatever comes.”
Anderson found himself in a bit of a “funny situation,” in his words. With Adrian Gonzalez locked in at first base for the Red Sox through 2018, Anderson knows his best chance is likely with a different organization.
“For me personally, it’s not the most ideal situation,” he said. “I think I’d have a better opportunity with another team for my position. But you never know how it’s going to work out.”
Pitching for the Altoona Curve, a Pirates' affiliate, McPherson is dominating with a pinpoint 90-mph fastball, solid curveball and a killer change-up.
McPherson (5-3) struck out 10 in 62/3 innings as Altoona topped the Portland Sea Dogs 5-1 Saturday night before 7,242 at Hadlock Field.
One scout in attendance provided a one-word assessment of McPherson: "Nasty."
The Sea Dogs would agree.
"It's hard to find a guy who can pitch to our lineup like that," said Sea Dogs catcher Tim Federowicz, who was 0 for 3 with a strikeout against McPherson before singling in the ninth.
"We're a fastball-hitting team and he threw us a lot of fastballs -- and that change-up."
McPherson showcased command, with one walk and 20 of 25 first-pitch strikes. He gave up four hits and one run, lowering his ERA to 2.88.
Although he had never pitched higher than in Class A, McPherson, 23, was put on the Pirates' 40-man roster before the season. He began 2011 at Class A Bradenton and nearly had a no-hitter, allowing a hit in the ninth.
Promoted to Double-A in June, McPherson made an easy transition. One memorable start was against Trenton on July 3. He faced rehabbing Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and struck him out with three pitches.
When Josh Reddick made his first appearance in Portland, he was 20 and even skinnier than he is today. He slipped unnoticed onto the Sea Dogs' playoff roster in 2007, replacing the injured Bubba Bell.
Why call him up from low Class A Greenville for only a few games?
"The organization is high on this kid," explained one Red Sox official.
And they are still high on him, so much so that Reddick has taken over the right-field job in Fenway Park, supplanting a slumping J.D. Drew and saving the Red Sox from having to make a major trade for an outfielder.
Reddick, 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, is batting .345 with four home runs and 21 RBI in 36 games.
"We get a big kick out of watching guys that come through our system have success," Red Sox Manager Terry Francona said. "I think it is a little bit of a misrepresentation -- I know we're a big market and we're fortunate enough to sign free agents -- but we love when our guys come through the system. We're really proud of that."
For a while it looked like another player in the system (Ryan Kalish) and a big-money free agent (Carl Crawford) were going to mean an exit for Reddick out of the Red Sox organization.
"With us getting (Crawford) and them being so high on (Kalish) -- the way he performed last year, they kind of fell in love with him," Reddick said, "I didn't really expect to come up here and have happen what happened."
What happened -- becoming a starter in the majors -- has been the culmination of an up-and-down journey for Reddick.
For seven innings Saturday night, things looked bleak for Salem, as Hillcat starter David Hale had held the Red Sox to just three hits.
But Salem exploded for six runs in the final two frames off the Lynchburg bullpen, coming from behind to knock off the Hillcats 6-3 at City Stadium.
Salem took advantage of the shaky Hillcat relievers, scoring four times in the eighth and an additional pair in the ninth.
Leading 3-0, Matt Crim came on in relief of Hale to start the eighth and gave up three consecutive base knocks to the bottom third of the Salem order, one of which was Alex Valdez's RBI double that got the Sox on the board.
Crim was removed in favor of Andrew Russell, who didn't fare much better. Peter Hissey greeted Russell with a two-run double to left-center, tying the game at three.
Kolbrin Vitek then beat out an infield single that the second baseman, Barrett Kleinknecht, threw away, enabling Hissey to score from second and give Salem a 4-3 lead. Vitek was thrown out trying to advance to third on the play.
Greenville claimed its fifth straight victory to improve to 19-16 this half and 57-48 overall, while Charleston dropped its fifth in a row to fall to 15-20 and 41-64.
The RiverDogs wasted no time offensively against Drive starter Brandon Workman (3-6), staking claim to a 1-0 lead two batters into the game. Jose Toussen grounded a single through the originator, and cruised around to score when Greenville left fielder Brandon Jacobs made an errant throw back to the infield on Anderson Feliz's double.
Felix Sanchez jumpstarted the Drive once again to tie the game at 1 apiece in the bottom half of the first against Shane Greene (3-11). Sanchez reached on an infield single and then moved into scoring position with his 43rd stole base of the season. Christian Vazquez ushered him to the plate moments later with a two-out RBI single up the middle.
Greenville played long ball to surge in front in the fourth, as Xander Bogaerts launched his eighth home run of the year over the left field wall for a 2-1 Drive lead.
The fourth inning was it for Greene, who yielded the two runs on four hits and three walks, while fanning five batters.
Bogaerts went deep for the second time of the night off Charleston's Manny Barreda in the sixth inning, upping the Greenville advantage to 3-1 with a homer to left. Drew Hedman stepped to the dish next and cracked a single, before coming home to score on a Wilfred Pichardo RBI triple.
The Lowell Spinners lost in heartbreaking fashion Saturday night, as a wild pitch by reliever Hunter Cervenka in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the State College Spikes a walk-off 3-2 victory.
Lowell (19-23) broke a scoreless tie in the third inning as Jayson Hernandez led off the inning with an opposite-field double, and after it seemed he would be stranded there, Jose Garcia lifted a fly ball into deep left field that hit the base of the wall for an RBI triple. The white-hot Keury De La Cruz followed with a single to bring in Garcia for an early 2-0 lead.
State College (13-29) tied the game in the fifth on a two-run error by newest Spinner Matt Gedman. After the first two batters of the inning reached via walk and infield single, Gedman botched a tailor-made groundball hit to third base, airmailing the throw to second that allowed two runs to score.
The game stayed tight until the ninth, when Cervenka walked the leadoff batter on four pitches and advanced him to second on a wild pitch. After a sacrifice bunt put the winning run on third, Cervenka bounced a fastball by Hernandez that ended the game.
Lowell starter Jason Garcia, one of three Garcias on the lineup card for the Spinners tonight, cruised through four innings, allowing just two hits and a walk before running into trouble in the fifth. He finished his night with five innings of two-run ball, walking three and striking out two. Cervenka (0-5, 5.83), who had been working out of jams in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, was charged with the loss, his team-leading fifth of the season.
Posted 31 July 2011 - 09:07 PM
AVG OBP SLG OPS G AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO .239 .321 .500 .821 39 142 34 6 2 9 16 43
Didn't read the Greenville paper until tonight. I still owe Cuzzit a link (fail). On Bogaerts: Bogaerts hit solo home runs in the fourth and sixth innings to lead the Greenville Charge.
"I wasn't really looking for them." Said Bogaerts, who has nine home runs. "I made good contact with the bat and they just went. They both came on fastballs. Once the guy made a mistake and left it high a little up in the middle so I hit it out.
"The next one (hitting coach Luis Lopez) told me he was going to throw a fastball because he was blazing fastballs by all the guys. I just said 'I am going to take a rip at it.' I thought it was foul, but it ended up being fair."
(I will stick this in his prospect thread also so it is not lost). This kid is 18 in Greenville? Really?
One other note from the article about Workman:
"If he hadn't had his accident around the All-Star break, he probably would have gone further," Greenville manager Billy McMillon said of Workman. "But we have kind of been working him out since the all-star break to lengthen him back out."
"He was an impressive as a starter has been all year."
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