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4/13 MiLB Gameday: Salem Opener


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#1 Cuzittt


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:38 AM

Today's Games:

IL: Pawtucket (Aaron Cook) @ Rochester (Cole DeVries) [7:05pm]
EL: Portland (Chris Hernandez) vs.Binghamton (Zack Wheeler) [6:05pm]
CL: Salem (Rich Hill) vs. Myrtle Beach (Roman Mendez) [7:05pm]
SAL: Greenville (Matt Barnes) @ West Virginia (Zachary Fuesser) [7:05pm]
NYPL: Lowell - Season Begins June 18th.
GCL GCL Sox - Season Begins June 18th.
DSL DSL Sox - Season Begins Early June/Late May (No Schedule yet available)

Notes:

Drake Britton scheduled to follow the rehabbing Hill in Salem.

Media:

MiLB TV
MiLB Radio

Local Media:

Pawsox: Providence Journal, Pawtucket Times

Seadogs: Portland Press Herald

Salem: Roanoke Times

Greenville: Greenville Online

Lowell: Lowell Sun

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 02:05 PM



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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:21 PM

2 IP, 1 H, 3 K for Hill.

Edited by SoxScout, 13 April 2012 - 06:48 PM.


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:04 PM

No Lin in the lineup. He's probably in Boston tomorrow with Thomas getting optioned.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:10 PM

Barnes can't have too many more Greenville starts left. Even with the need to develop a routine, he needs to be at a level that poses some semblance of a challenge.

Edited by JakeRae, 13 April 2012 - 07:11 PM.


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:11 PM

Hassan breaks up an 0-24, getting his first AAA hit, a double.

Barnes can't have too many more Greenville starts left. Even with the need to develop a routine, he needs to be at a level that poises some semblance of a challenge.


Pretty sure they will have no problem letting him dominate for a while. Ranaudo lasted 10 starts, I'd bet it's close to that.

Edited by SoxScout, 13 April 2012 - 07:12 PM.


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:27 PM

Hassan breaks up an 0-24, getting his first AAA hit, a double.



Pretty sure they will have no problem letting him dominate for a while. Ranaudo lasted 10 starts, I'd bet it's close to that.

Ranaudo wasn't performing at close to this level. Right now, through 4 innings today, he is at 6 K, 1 H. Through 9 IP, he has 15 K, 2 BB, 3 H. If he keeps that level of performance up for another 3 or 4 starts, he needs to be promoted. Ranaudo didn't have a single start in Greenville that was close to as dominant as either of the starts Barnes has made so far.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:29 PM

Hernandez is a ground ball machine.

11 groundouts, 3 strikeouts, 1 flyout in 5 innings

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:01 PM

Three hits yesterday and two walks today have given me a little hope about Iglesias' bat.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:02 PM

Ranaudo wasn't performing at close to this level. Right now, through 4 innings today, he is at 6 K, 1 H. Through 9 IP, he has 15 K, 2 BB, 3 H. If he keeps that level of performance up for another 3 or 4 starts, he needs to be promoted. Ranaudo didn't have a single start in Greenville that was close to as dominant as either of the starts Barnes has made so far.


Why does he "need" to be promoted after 25 innings? if he pitches good this year, he will open next year in Portland. It could happen but I think it's pretty mice to open a kids career with some domination and stability for a while.

Other note. WMB still hasn't walked, but he homered again. Speaking of promotions, Linares needs to get the hell out of AA, and possibly onto the 40-man. Brentz with his first AA bomb.

Edited by SoxScout, 13 April 2012 - 08:11 PM.


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:19 PM

Portland comes back from 3 down, win 4-3.

Boxscore

Chris Hernandez went 5 innings, allowing 3 unearned runs on 6 hits (1 HR); striking out 3. Eammon Portice went an inning+, giving up 3 hits and a walk; striking out one. Caleb Clay went 2 perfect innings (while inheriting a bases loaded, no out situation). Aaron Kurcz pitched a perfect 9th, striking out 2.

Oscar Tejeda went 2/3 with a SF. Kolbrin Vitek and Juan Carlos Linares each went 2/4; Linares with HR #3. Bryce Brentz went 1/2 with a HR after replacing Peter Hissey who was hit by a pitch. Jon Hee went 1/3 with a HBP. Dan Butler went 1/4 with a double. Jeremy Hazelbaker went 0/3 with a HBP. Ryan Dent went 0/3. Derrik Gibson went 0/4.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:33 PM

Any early reports on how Lars is doing LF?

Edited by DeisJJ, 13 April 2012 - 08:34 PM.


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:03 PM

Pawsox win 4-3.

Boxscore

Aaron Cook went the first 5 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits (1 HR) and a walk; striking out 3. Junichi Tazawa went 2 innings, walking one and striking out 4. Clayton Mortensen went 2 innings, giving up a hit and striking out 3.

Alex Hassan went 3/4 with a double. Will Middlebrooks went 2/4 with a HR. Josh Kroeger went 1/4. Daniel Nava went 0/2 with 2 HBPs. Jose Iglesias went 0/3 with 2 walks. Lars Anderson went 0/3 with a walk. Luis Exposito and Mauro Gomez each went 0/4. Nate Spears went 0/5.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:04 PM

Salem loses 8-6.

Boxscore

Rich Hill went 2 innings, giving up a hit and striking out 3. Drake Britton went 4 innings, allowing 6 runs (4 earned) on 4 hits (1 HR), 2 walks and a HBP. Jeremiah Bayer went 3 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits.

Travis Shaw went 3/5 with 2 doubles. Xander Bogaerts went 2/5 with a CS. Felix Sanchez went 2/4. Drew Hedman went 1/2 with a HBP before being replaced by Michael Almanzar who went 0/1. Jackie Bradley and Brandon Jacobs each went 1/4 with a double and a walk; Jacobs was caught stealing. Sean Coyle went 1/4 with a walk. Christian Vazquez and Shannon Wilkerson each went 0/3 with a walk.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:04 PM

Drive lose 3-2 in 10 innings.

Boxscore

Matt Barnes went 5 innings, giving up a hit and striking out 7. Jason Garcia went 4 1/3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits (1 HR), 2 walks and 2 WPs; striking out 5.

Garin Cecchini went 3/5 with 3 SBs. Jose Garcia went 1/2 with a double, 3 walks and 2 SBs. Jose Vinicio went 1/2 with a HBP, Sacrifice and Caught Stealing. David Renfroe went 1/3 with 2 walks and was picked off. Henry Ramos went 1/5. Keury de la Cruz went 0/2 with 2 walks, a HBP and a CS. Blake Swihart went 0/4 with a SF. Lucas LeBlanc went 0/4 with a CS. Matthew Marquis went 0/4 before being pinch hit for by Boss Moanaroa who went 0/1.

#16 TimScribble

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:18 PM

Hernandez was identical in the amount of groundouts as his first start. 11 out of 15 outs.

So that puts him at 22 out of 30 outs as groundouts or about 73%.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:27 PM

Not to be a turd in the punchbowl, but at what point removed from TJS does a "should Drake Britton be converted to relief" thread make sense? Is it after this season?

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:29 PM

Not to be a turd in the punchbowl, but at what point removed from TJS does a "should Drake Britton be converted to relief" thread make sense? Is it after this season?

Another month.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:43 PM

Not to be a turd in the punchbowl, but at what point removed from TJS does a "should Drake Britton be converted to relief" thread make sense? Is it after this season?


He's still 22, and had the TJ setback. I know things don't look promising right now, and it must be pure hell for him. But he still has a... top 3? ... arm in the organization. It might be one of those things that just takes a long time, and then just clicks. I wouldn't even consider it still 2014. Let him throw and throw and throw.

Edited by SoxScout, 13 April 2012 - 09:43 PM.


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:50 PM

He's still 22, and had the TJ setback. I know things don't look promising right now, and it must be pure hell for him. But he still has a... top 3? ... arm in the organization. It might be one of those things that just takes a long time, and then just clicks. I wouldn't even consider it still 2014. Let him throw and throw and throw.

2014 would be his last option year. The very latest they could wait before converting him would be the middle of next year. He probably stays a starter for the rest of this year but if he isn't showing progress by then he will likely get converted. it might happen sometime this year considering the organizational need for relief arms. My above comment about a month was mostly tongue in cheek.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:54 PM

Anyone else really encouraged by Junichi Tazawa? 9 K's so far in his 6 IP, with just 6 baserunners allowed. Any idea what his fastball has been reading on the gun?

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:19 PM

The SeaDogs other than Linares are hitting .217 / .279 / .272 (OBP omitting SF and HBP). Now, that may be partly a collective slump, but it also tells you that they've been facing unusually tough pitching. Pretty much like the MLB club the first 6 games.

Linares is at .417 / .475 / .750. It's no secret that he's way too good for this league. With Ellsbury going on the DL, he should be in Pawtucket tomorrow. I don't think it would surprise anyone to see him in Boston within a few weeks after that.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:28 PM

Why does [Barnes] "need" to be promoted after 25 innings? if he pitches good this year, he will open next year in Portland. It could happen but I think it's pretty mice to open a kids career with some domination and stability for a while.


If he keeps pitching like this, he could be the ace of the Portland staff right now.

It might be fun to grab the box score lines of the first, say, 5 starts of some 1st round picks from 2005-6 to see how predictive they are. And I immediately find that at the same age, Mike Pelfrey, the 9th pick in '05, had a similar domination of high-A in April '06 and got promoted to AA after 4 starts. He made it all the way to MLB and ended up jumping from 36 to 20 in BA's top 100.

So there's a guy with a significantly better scouting rep who had a wildly successful first year and who turned out to be a mid/back of the rotation starter.

Still, wild success is better than suckage, :)

Edited by Eric Van, 13 April 2012 - 11:38 PM.


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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:56 AM

STORIES

PAWSOX

Game Story

A three run homer by Will Middlebrooks in the sixth inning was the difference as the PawSox topped the Red Wings 4-3 on Friday night in Rochester. Trailing 3-1, Jose Iglesias walked and Daniel Nava was hit by a pitch to set the stage for Middlebrooks. Carlos Gutierrez surrendered the blast and took the loss to fall to 1-1. Alex Hassan, who was 0-17 this season, registered his first three hits of the year. Hassan was a last minute addition to the lineup, when Che Hsuan Lin was scratched.

Aaron Cook was a winner for the second straight outing. Cook (2-0) allowed 3 runs (2 earned), fanning three. Junichi Tazawa had a stellar relief appearance. Tazawa struck out 4 in two scoreless innings of relief. Clayton Mortensen was equally effective out of the bullpen, earning the save with a pair of shutout innings.Mortensen struck out three. The PawSox bullpen has not given up a run in 19 and a third innings.


SEADOGS

Game Story

The Portland Sea Dogs reliever was handed the ball in the most difficult of circumstances Friday night against the Binghamton Mets. He came on in the seventh inning with the bases loaded, none out and his team trailing by two runs.
Clay made quick work of the situation. A popup and an around-the-horn double play got the Sea Dogs out of the jam and set the stage for a come-from-behind 4-3 victory in front of an announced crowd of 3,301 at Hadlock Field.
"I was talking to somebody in the dugout and they said they thought that was the turning point in the game," said Clay, who earned the victory with two hitless innings. "I think so, too.
"Bases loaded and no outs, basically you just have to try and limit the damage. I was just trying to get ground balls and let the defense work, and that's basically what happened."
The Sea Dogs (2-7) took advantage of the momentum shift with a pair of late-inning home runs.
Juan Carlos Linares hit a two-run homer in the eighth to give the Sea Dogs their first lead of the game, 4-3.
Linares, who has homered in back-to-back games and has three on the season, has been the Sea Dogs' most consistent hitter. He collected two hits, and scored two runs, and has hit safely in eight of nine games this season. He's reached base in all nine games.
"(Linares) has done a tremendous job and he's versatile on defense," said Portland Manager Kevin Boles. "We can put him at all three (outfield) positions. Offensively he's been a guy that's put together a real quality approach. He's an aggressive hitter and we definitely like what we're seeing."


SALEM

Game Story

Salem took an early 4-0 lead but couldn't hold it long, falling to Myrtle Beach 8-6 in front of 4,045 fans in the home opener at Salem Memorial Ballpark. The Red Sox fell to 2-5 while the Pelicans improved to 4-3.
TURNING POINT: The Pelicans took the lead for good with a two-run fifth inning that was aided by an error by second baseman Sean Coyle. Vinny DiFazio drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to center.
TUNING UP: Red Sox starter Rich Hill, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, was sharp in his first rehab appearance of the season. A member of Boston's 40-man roster, he tossed two scoreless innings, retiring six straight after allowing a leadoff single. He struck out three while working mostly in the low-90s. He hit 95 mph on the stadium gun with one tailing fastball in the second.
TOUGH NIGHT: Drake Britton, normally a starter, pitched in relief of Hill beginning in the third inning and endured another tough night. He allowed six runs (four earned) in four innings, including a three-run homer to Tomas Telis in the third that erased the last of Salem's four-run lead. A highly regarded prospect on Boston's 40-man roster, the lefty has a 12.96 ERA through two appearances.


Fans

He sat alone and content. On the top row of Salem Memorial Ballpark, deep down the left-field line, Russell Hawkins leaned back in his seat with his Red Sox hat pulled low to protect his eyes from the setting sun.
"Spring," Hawkins said, when asked what the home opener means to him. "Spring's officially here. The way the weather has been, spring arrived a couple of months ago.
"But officially, now that baseball's back? It's spring."
A crowd of 4,045 turned out to celebrate that occasion and welcome minor league baseball's return to the valley. And although the Salem Red Sox fell to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 8-6, the ballpark buzz was back.
Several dozen fans sat in the same section as Hawkins - something they could not have done a year ago. Among the most significant changes to the park this season is the absence of the two tarps in left field that had covered roughly 800 seats for the past three years.
"We had bad storms in the fall that wiped 'em out," Salem general manager Todd Stephenson said. "God said, 'Take the tarps down.' Once they came down, we were just kind of like, 'You know what? No reason to waste resources putting them back up. Let's just roll with it.'
"So we've got 6,000 seats now. Let's fill 'em up."


DRIVE

Game Story

After being dominated by Greenville Drive pitching for seven innings Friday, West Virginia broke through in the eighth and the Power went on to a 3-2 win in 10 inningsat Appalachian Power Park.
With two out in the bottom of the eighth, West Virginia’s Willy Garcia belted a two-run home run to left to tie the game at 2-2. It was the second hit of the night for the Power.
In the 10th, the Power had runners on first and third with one out when Greenville’s Jason Garcia threw a wild pitch that allowed Alen Hanson to come home with the game-winning run.
Greenville starter Matt Barnes allowed no runs and one hit in five innings. He had no walks and seven strikeouts. Garcia (0-1) allowed three runs on five hits in 41/3 innings of relief to take the loss. He had two walks and five strikeouts.
Sloppy play and missed opportunities cost Greenville.
Drive batters were 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position, and left 11 runners on base. Greenville baserunners were caught stealing three times and picked off once. The Drive also made four errors and two wild pitches.



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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:07 PM

Anybody else getting a, "Hmm, just what do we have here," vibe out of Travis Shaw?

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 01:50 PM

Three hits yesterday and two walks today have given me a little hope about Iglesias' bat.


Those three hits more than doubled his total on the young season, and with the walks bring that OPS up to .459. I want him to hit as much as anyone, but going backwards in his second go-around at AAA (SSS of course) is not what will give me hope.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 02:01 PM

Anybody else getting a, "Hmm, just what do we have here," vibe out of Travis Shaw?


They did like him enough to draft him twice.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:18 PM

With Lin heading up to Boston, will Linares make the move back up to Pawtucket?

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:45 PM

Why does he "need" to be promoted after 25 innings? if he pitches good this year, he will open next year in Portland. It could happen but I think it's pretty mice to open a kids career with some domination and stability for a while.

Other note. WMB still hasn't walked, but he homered again. Speaking of promotions, Linares needs to get the hell out of AA, and possibly onto the 40-man. Brentz with his first AA bomb.

Need was too strong a word choice, but I don't think a completely dominant pitcher benefits from being at too low a level. The way he is pitching right now, he'll be more than dominant in Salem to get any sort of confidence boost he could possibly gain from dominating plus he'll get a boost from the rapid fire promotion.

I don't think he has anything to learn in low-A and, if his early performance is any indication, could fly through Salem too. I would like to see an aggressive track because it upgrades his timetable and the organization currently lacks high-end starting pitching talent. Getting to Salem a bit earlier means he might get a taste of AA late this year and could be in AAA by the middle of next year. I am not saying that he will be on that pace as that's a very optimistic pace, but the sooner he gets up to the next level, the sooner he might be able to get to the level after that. If he has another few starts at this level of dominance, it will be clear that there is nothing he can learn at Greenville. He's not getting even remotely challenged right now.