Monday, June 1, 2015
Triple-A: Salt Lake Bees
SP Tyler DeLoach, he of the infinitesimal ERA, was the hard-luck loser yesterday. He only gave up two earned runs, but he could have given up half a run and it still wouldn't have made a difference, as the Bees were completely stumped by Redbirds (STL) starter Tyler Lyons, who threw a CGSO (seven innings, but still very much complete). Maybe Weave could call DeLoach and advise him to get used to it. He might also want to tell him to lay off the BBs: Tyler doled out four free passes against only four strikeouts.
C.J. Cron (1B), D'Arby Myers (CF) and Ryan Jackson (LF) each recorded a single. That's it.
In the game scheduled to make up for Sunday's rainout, the Redbirds picked up where they left off...and then some. They pounded the Bees, 8-2. Memphis did it with the long ball, the double (both courtesy of super-prospect and DH Stephen Piscotty), the single and the timely hit. That's what you get when you play game two of a double-header and a collection of so-so relievers take the hill. [Editor's Note: Recently promoted reliever Kurt Spomer is enjoying a great start to the year, but he gave up a dinger in the bottom of the third, so he is in 5thStarter's doghouse.]
The offense scattered six hits and two runs over seven innings, notching nothing of note other than an Alex Yarbrough (2B) RBI.
Double-A: Arkansas Travelers
The Travs had an off-day yesterday. They'll start a road trip tonight against the San Antonio Missions (SDP). Southpaw Nate Smith will go up against...TBD. Smith will look to make it two wins in a row against a team that he beat his last time out.
Class A Advanced: Inland Empire 66ers
It was a rocky start for SP Sean Newcomb, but he settled down and finished off strong. Giving up two earned runs in the first and one in the third, Newcomb still looked pretty dominant as he punched out eight Giants (SFG). The pitch count continues to be an issue, though. 93 pitches and two BBs in five innings isn't very efficient, but baby steps. Newcomb was certainly better than last time. Speaking of positives, one thing to note is how Newcomb responded to adversity last night. In the third inning, after giving up back-to-back doubles to allow his third run of the night, Duke struck out the side. That's good poise. Check out the recap of the top of the first too. That could have spiraled out of control quickly, but Newcomb minimized the damage with a sacrifice fly and a pair of Ks.
The offense unhooked Newcomb from the...uh, well, hook...after scoring five runs in the sixth. Salivate over the recap of the sixth. Bo Way's (CF) triple, Eric Aguilera's (DH) double (his second of the night), all those patient approaches at the plate and some two-out hits? That's hot. As was Aguilera's team-leading seventh homer of the year in the seventh.
Class A: Burlington Bees
Sigh. SP Keynan Middleton lost again. Don't worry, Keynan, you're still my guy. Or, wait...maybe you should worry. Being my guy has led to serious [redacted due to court order]. In five innings, Middleton gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits and one walk. However, he struck out seven River Bandits (HOU), which is a very nice sign and hopefully a sign of things to come.
Fran Whitten (1B) did all he could, smacking an RBI double and a solo shot, but that was all for the runs. Not for lack of trying, though, as the rest of the lineup collected nine hits. NHL royalty Trevor Gretzky (DH) got into the fun with a single, and Jake Yacinich (SS) went 2-for-3 with a walk.
Rookie: DSL Angels