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8/5 MiLB Gameday: Rehab a-go-go
Posted 05 August 2012 - 09:46 AM
IL: Pawtucket (Daisuke Matsuzaka) vs. Lehigh Valley (Tom Cochran) [1:05pm]
EL: Portland (Steven Wright) vs. Akron (James Avery) [1:05pm]
CL: Salem (Keith Couch) vs. Wilmington (Andy Ferguson) [4:05pm]
SAL: Greenville (Luis Diaz) vs. Hickory (Nick Martinez) [4:05pm]
NYPL: Lowell (Pat Light) @ Staten Island (Gabriel Encinas) [4:05pm]
GCL GCL Sox - OFF
DSL DSL Sox - OFF
Seadogs have won 10 of last 11 series at Hadlock.
Andrew Bailey is scheduled to appear in Portland today.
Pat Light will be followed by Tyler Wilson.
Pawsox: Providence Journal, Pawtucket Times
Seadogs: Portland Press Herald
Salem: Roanoke Times
Greenville: Greenville Online
Lowell: Lowell Sun
Posted 05 August 2012 - 10:39 AM
Portland activates Jason Urquidez from the TIA, taking Josh Fields' spot in the pen.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 03:51 PM
I figured I'd step in and update this for today. I hope I'm not stepping on any toes. All thanks go to Jonasi for setting up the template that I merely updated this one time.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 05:59 PM
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:07 PM
Pat Light went 3 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits and a WP. Tyler Wilson went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits (1 HR); striking out one. Jadd Schmeltzer went an inning, giving up a hit and striking out one.
Jake Davies went 3/4 with 2 doubles and a SF. Dreily Guerrero went 1/3 with 2 walks and a SB. Matthew Gedman went 1/3 with a HR, walk and HBP. Oscar Perez went 1/3 with a SF. Mike Miller went 1/4 with a double and a walk. Mookie Betts went 0/2 with 3 walks. Kendrick Perkins went 0/3 with a walk. Aneury Tavarez and Deven Marrero each went 0/4 with a walk.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:15 PM
Luis Diaz went 5 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks; striking out 3. Dylan Chavez went 2 1/3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk; striking out one. Nathan Striz went 1 1/3 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits and a walk; striking out 3.
Cody Koback went 2/4 with a HBP. Keury de la Cruz and David Renfroe each went 2/5; Renfroe with a double, de la Cruz with a double and a triple. Henry Ramos, Drew Turocy and Jose Vinicio each went 1/3 with a walk. Jordan Weems went 1/4. Boss Moanaroa went 1/5. Jose Garcia went 0/5.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:20 PM
Keith Couch went 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks; striking out 4. Manuel Rivera went 3 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits (1 HR), a HBP and a walk; striking out 3. Jeremiah Bayer went 2 innings, allowing an unearned run on 2 hits and a WP; striking out one.
Adalberto Ibarra went 4/5 with a double. Xander Bogaerts went 2/4 with a walk. Drew Hedman went 2/5 with a double. Shannon Wilkerson went 1/3 with a walk. Sean Coyle went 1/3 with a double and a walk. Carson Blair went 1/4 with a double. Michael Almanzar went 1/5. Brandon Jacobs went 0/4 with a walk. Heiker Meneses went 0/5.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:25 PM
Steven Wright went 6 innings, allowing a run on 5 hits, a HBP and 2 walks; striking out 2. Andrew Bailey pitched an inning, allowing a run on 3 hits; striking out 2. Caleb Clay went an inning, giving up 2 hits and striking out one. Ryan Pressly went an inning, giving up a hit.
Jeremy Hazelbaker went 3/3 with a HBP and a SB before being replaced by Ronald Bermudez who went 0/1. Marquez Smith went 4/4 with a double and a walk. Bryce Brentz went 3/5 with a double and a HR. Travis Shaw went 2/4 with a double and a walk. Derrik Gibson went 2/4 with a walk. Matt Spring went 2/5 with 2 doubles. Peter Hissey went 1/4 with a double and a walk. Ryan Dent went 0/3 with a sacrifice and a sacrifice fly. Jackie Bradley went 0/5 with a sacrifice fly.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:32 PM
Daisuke Matsuzaka went 3 innings, allowing 4 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, a walk, a WP and a HBP; striking out 3. Tony Pena went 4 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits and a HBP; striking out one. Alex Wilson went 2 innings, giving up a hit and striking out 3. Josh Fields pitched an inning, giving up 2 hits and striking out 2.
Juan Carlos Linares went 2/4 with a HR and a sacrifice. Jon Hee went 1/2 with 2 walks. Reynaldo Rodriguez and Mike Rivera each went 1/3 with a double and a walk; Rodriguez with a SF. Mauro Gomez went 1/4 with a walk. Jose Iglesias went 1/5 with a double. Jason Repko went 0/3 with 2 walks. Che-Hsuan Lin went 0/3 with a walk and a sacrifice. Andy LaRoche went 0/4 with a walk.
- Pitching Change: Phillippe Aumont replaces Justin De Fratus.
- J. C. Linares singles on a ground ball to second baseman Cesar Hernandez.
- With Andy LaRoche batting, wild pitch by Phillippe Aumont, J. C. Linares to 2nd.
- Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.
- Reynaldo Rodriguez doubles (1) on a ground ball to left fielder Michael Spidale. J. C. Linares scores.
- With Mike Rivera batting, passed ball by John Suomi, Reynaldo Rodriguez to 3rd.
- Mike Rivera walks.
- With Jonathan Hee batting, wild pitch by Phillippe Aumont, Reynaldo Rodriguez scores. Mike Rivera to 2nd.
- Jonathan Hee walks.
- Mike Rivera out at 3rd, catcher John Suomi to third baseman Pete Orr.
- Che-Hsuan Lin walks.
- Jose Iglesias grounds out, shortstop Andres Blanco to first baseman Cody Overbeck.
- Pitching Change: Jake Diekman replaces Phillippe Aumont.
- Jason Repko walks.
- Mauro Gomez walks. Jason Repko to 2nd.
- J. C. Linares out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Jake Diekman to first baseman Cody Overbeck. Jason Repko to 3rd. Mauro Gomez to 2nd.
- Jake Diekman intentionally walks Andy LaRoche.
- Reynaldo Rodriguez out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Kyle Hudson. Jason Repko scores.
Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:50 AM
Daisuke Matsuzaka’s second rehab appearance with the Pawtucket Red Sox received mixed reviews on Sunday.
Declining to speak directly to the media, the pitcher clearly seemed disappointed in the performance.
“The result tells it all,” he said in a comment passed along by interpreter Jeff Cutler. “I’m hopeful that I can pitch more and go deeper in the game next time.”
Pawtucket’s coaching staff had a different take on Matsuzaka’s outing.
“I don’t think his stuff was too bad, I really don’t,” said PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur, whose sentiments were later echoed by manager Arnie Beyeler. “I think it was better than what he thought.
“We didn’t play good behind him,” Sauveur added. “There was a key spot in the game, and we just didn’t play good defense behind him.”
Matsuzaka — who was placed on the disabled list on July 3 because of tightness in his right trapezius muscle, which stretches from the neck to the shoulder — pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up four hits, in his first rehab start, last Monday at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
But in Sunday’s outing at McCoy, Pawtucket trailed Lehigh Valley, 3-0, when Matsuzaka handed the ball over to Tony Pena Jr. with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. Having thrown 75 pitches, 49 for strikes, he gave up four runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Only four of Matsuzaka’s pitches topped 90 mph.
“His command probably wasn’t as sharp as I’m sure he’d like it, . . .but he was down in the zone and worked the contact, moved the ball around a little bit,” said Beyeler, noting that Matsuzaka probably threw about 18 more pitches than he should have in the second inning because of a misplayed grounder. “I don’t think his stuff was that bad at all. I thought he had pretty good stuff.”
After retiring the side in the first inning, the last two batters on strikeouts, Matsuzaka started off the second inning by hitting Jake Fox in the left arm.
He got John Suomi to pop up to the infield, but Lehigh Valley’s Cody Overbeck hit a grounder just out of third baseman Mauro Gomez’ reach.
Steve Susdorf followed with a grounder up the middle. Pawtucket shortstop Jose Iglesias fielded the ball and tossed it to second baseman Jon Hee, but the throw sailed over Hee’s head, allowing the IronPigs to load the bases.
Fox then scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Michael Spidale.
Overbeck and Susdorf each advanced on a wild pitch and went on to score on Andres Blanco’s double off the right-field wall to put Lehigh Valley up, 3-0.
Matsuzaka walked Overbeck and gave up singles to Susdorf and Spidale to start the fourth before he was relieved by Pena..
“I think he let his emotions get to him in that stretch when the error was made,” Sauveur said of Matsuzaka. “I just saw that it bothered him. And it was a hot day. You shouldn’t let that figure into the equation, but I think it did.”
Rehabbing reliever Andrew Bailey, the cornerstone figure in an off-season trade with Oakland, pitched an inning of relief in the Portland Sea Dogs 11-2 victory over the Erie SeaWolves.
Bailey allowed one run on three singles, striking out two. He threw 23 pitches, 16 for strikes. His fastball topped out at 94 mph.
"Everything went good today," said Bailey, who has been out all season after having surgery on his right thumb. "I felt strong, I felt healthy. So I'll head back and catch up with the guys in Boston (on Monday). It's all about going forward."
And that's something the Sea Dogs have been doing since the All-Star break. Sunday's win was their fourth in a row, completing a 5-1 homestand and the team's first three-game sweep of Erie since June 8-10, 2010. Portland knocked out 17 hits, 10 coming from the 2-3-4 batters in the lineup: Marquez Smith, Jeremy Hazelbaker and Bryce Brentz. The trio also scored eight runs and drove in six -- a career-high five by Brentz.
"On a day when everything seemed to fall in for us, it seems easy," said Brentz, who hit a towering three-run home run over the left-field wall in the fourth. "But it really isn't."
Knuckleballer Steven Wright, acquired in a deadline-day trade from Cleveland, made an impressive debut. He allowed just one run and five hits in six innings, settling down after a shaky first.
Given a 7-0 lead after two innings, he baffled the SeaWolves with his hard knuckleball.
"That makes it a lot easier to relax," said Wright. "Try new things, change speeds. You've got that nice little run, takes a burden off your back and you can just concentrate on executing pitches."
Bailey relieved Wright in the seventh, the first time in his rehab he has come out of the bullpen. It was his third rehab appearance.
"It was good to see," said Kevin Boles, the Sea Dogs manager. "Obviously we want him to be healthy. He got his one inning in with us and now it's next to Pawtucket.
"He's a true professional, the way he went about his business. It's good to see him back from his injury. He looked good. He's got good stuff, obviously. He comes right at you. There's a reason he's a closer in the big leagues."
SALEM FALLS: The Wilmington Blue Rocks beat the Salem Red Sox 5-4 in 10 innings in Carolina League action Sunday at Salem Memorial Ballpark.
In the 10th, Wilmington's Geulin Beltre had an infield hit, advanced to second on reliever Jeremiah Bayer's errant pickoff attempt and scored on Luis Piterson's RBI single to center.
RED SOX RALLY: Blue Rocks starter Andy Ferguson allowed just one run in 6 2/3 innings, but his bullpen let him down.
Down 4-1, the Red Sox scored three runs in the eighth. Reliever Chase Boruff allowed Michael Almanzar's RBI single and Sean Coyle's run-scoring sacrifice fly.
The Red Sox tied the score when reliever Nick Rogers surrendered an RBI double to Carson Blair, who was demoted from Class AAA Pawtucket back to Salem on Friday.
"I knew going in it wasn't going to be a permanent move [to Pawtucket]," said Blair, who had been promoted to Pawtucket on July 31. "The next promotion's for good, hopefully.
"Hopefully that [double] will get me going. I've been struggling the last couple games."
Rogers struck out Heiker Meneses with the bases loaded to end the eighth.
FIELDS HOMERS AGAIN: Wilmington's Matt Fields, the Carolina League player of the month for July, hit a solo homer in the seventh. It was his 14th homer in just 40 games with the Blue Rocks this season.
Fields had been playing in the Frontier League, an independent league, before being signed by Wilmington's parent club, the Kansas City Royals, on June 22.
He hit 13 homers for Wilmington in July, tops in all of minor league baseball for the month.
"I was swinging okay [in the Frontier League]. I definitely wasn't swinging like this," Fields said. "Coming here, I had to switch up my approach and kind of go back to the basics, try to keep everything center to right, gap to gap."
Fields had been in the Frontier League since being released from the Tampa Bay organization after the 2010 season. He was not expecting another major-league team to give him a chance.
"I'm definitely grateful and happy to be here," he said. "Surprisingly, Kansas City came knocking and I definitely appreciate it."
Late innings challenged the Greenville Drive Sunday for the second day in a row.
Hickory broke another 4-4 tie with two runs in the eighth to beat Greenville 7-4 at Fluor Field before a crowd of 3,835.
Saturday night, the Crawdads got out of a 4-4 tie with three runs in the seventh en route to a win.
In the eighth Sunday, Greenville relief pitcher Dylan Chavez (0-1) walked the leadoff hitter and gave up a run-scoring double an out later. Nate Striz came on with two outs but surrendered a walk and a run-scoring double to give Hickory (60-53, 24-20) a 6-4 lead.
The Crawdads added another run-scoring double in the ninth.
Drive starting pitcher Luis Diaz worked out of trouble early on but couldn’t do so in the sixth. He gave up two doubles to start the inning and then walked a batter. Hirotoshi Onaka, just called up to Hickory, singled in two runs to tie the game at 4-4.
Greenville again slipped into an offensive malaise in the latter innings.
“We weren’t able to do anything after the fifth inning,” Greenville manager Carlos Febles said. “We have a tough time scoring runs late.”
Trailing 1-0 and hitless going into the bottom of the fourth, the Drive finally got some offense. Keury De La Cruz led off with a triple to deep center. Two outs later, Henry Ramos broke out of a 0-for-14 slump with a towering 2-run homer to right field for a 2-1 lead. Greenville then loaded the bases but failed to score.
“He’s been struggling lately,” Febles said of Ramos. “It was a great at-bat. Hopefully that will give him some momentum, and he’ll start swinging the bat better.”
Ramos delivered defensively in the fifth. With two outs and a runner at second, Hickory’s Drew Robinson singled to right. Zach Cone headed for home, but Ramos threw to catcher Jordan Weems for the out to end the inning. Hickory manager Bill Richardson was thrown out for arguing the call.
Greenville (55-58, 21-22) added to its lead in the fifth. Cody Koback started the inning with a single, and De La Cruz followed with a double off the wall in right. After one out, Boss Moanaroa laced a single past the first base bag to drive in two, giving Greenville a 4-1 advantage.
First baseman Jake Davies ripped three hits, including a pair of doubles, and knocked in three runs, and the surging Lowell Spinners capitalized on 10 walks and a hit batsman by Staten Island pitchers and throttled the slumping Yankees 10-3 Sunday for their fourth straight win.
Lowell 10, Yankees 3
The win was also the eighth in the last nine games for the Spinners (20-27) and 11th in their last 14. The Yankees dropped their ninth in a row.
The Spinners snapped a 1-1 tie in the third after loading the bases on walks to Deven Marrero and Dreily Guerrero, while Matt Gedman was hit by a pitch. After Gabriel Encinas walked Mookie Betts to force in the go-ahead run, Davies greeted reliever Dietrich Enns with a two-run double.
Aneury Tavarez brought in the final run of the inning with a ground out as Lowell grabbed a 5-1 edge.
Davies doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Oscar Perez in the sixth, and Matt Gedman slugged his third homer of the season in the seventh.
After Taylor Dugas hit a two-run homer for the Yankees off Tyler Wilson (3-0) in the eighth, the Spinners tacked on three more runs in the ninth.
Bases-loaded walks to Guerrero and Betts forced in runs, and Davies capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
Pat Light, Wilson, and Jadd Schmeltzer limited the Yankees to eight hits and did not walk a batter. Spinners pitchers have compiled a 1.85 ERA during their 14-game run, lowering the staff ERA from 4.79
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