Early pitching troubles spelled disaster for Rocket City, Tri-City endured their 8th offensive shutout of the season and Bryce Teodosio made quite a splash in his debut with Inland Empire on a wild and wacky Wednesday down the Angels Minor League system.
Player of the Game
Outfielder Bryce Teodosio quickly made a name for himself at the plate in San Bernardino, CA during his first game with Low-A Inland Empire 66ers. Fresh off signing a Non-Drafted Free-Agent contract with the Angels, the former Clemson Tiger clubbed four hits in five at-bats while driving in two and scoring twice. He flashed speed along the base path as well by stealing second on two occasions.
Before getting the promotion to Low-A, Teodosio played in eight games with the ACL Angles batting .240 with two home runs and seven runs batted in. During his final season at Clemson, Teodosio stole 18 bases and flashed the leather in the outfield with zero errors in 125 defensive chances.
Triple-A Salt Lake
With no game on Wednesday, Triple-A Salt Lake returns home to Smith’s Ballpark on Thursday to begin a six-game series against the Sacramento RiverCats (Giants). Previously, the Bees went 2-4 versus the Las Vegas Aviators (A’s), dropping the series finale Tuesday night by the final score of 10-9. Infielder Mike Stefanic flexed on the Aviators batting .370 with three home runs and six runs batted in. Stefanic is now swinging a .332 average (75-for-226) this season to accompany a .406 OBP and .518 SLG.
Stefanic gives the Bees the lead with his 3rd home run of the series pic.twitter.com/zQU6oW1rrl— Salt Lake Bees (@SaltLakeBees) August 11, 2021
Double-A Rocket City
As the Trash Pandas have put Minor League baseball on notice for their high-powered offensive capabilities, they received a taste of their own medicine against the Tennessee Smokies (Cubs) in a 10-5 loss. All of the Smokies offense came in just the second inning as they connected for 10 runs on seven hits against starting pitcher Jhonathan Garcia (eight earned runs), who had not factored into the loss column since June 17 versus the Biloxi Shuckers (Brewers).
Offensively, there was no rally to be found, however center fielder Ray-Patrick Didder led the charge with the lone multi-hit game (2-for-3, RBI, R) and a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Over the past nine games, the Aruba native is batting .324 (11-for-34) with a home run, seven runs batted and four doubles.
Reliever Kolton Ingram was a bright spot out of the bullpen tossing two scoreless innings, including three strikeouts. The 24-year-old southpaw has pitched for three of the four Angels affiliates (Inland Empire, Tri-City and Rocket City) combining to go 1-1 with a 3.79 ERA in 29 appearances.
With a record of 41-42, Rocket City is still tied for second place in the Double-A South-North standings, just four games behind Birmingham (White Sox).
Zero runs and five hits, does not get the job done in any type of baseball game, Minor League or Major League. The Tri-City Dust Devils fell in defeat to the Spokane Indians (Rockies) by the final of 6-0.
Reliever Ivan Armstrong, who was one of three players acquired in the Tony Watson trade (July 30), spun a strong multi-inning relief effort by shutting out Spokane for 2.1 innings and striking out two. After coming over from the Giants organization where he was 4-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 20 appearances with San Jose (Low-A), the 21-year-old has carried his impressive pitching over with a sub-two ERA (1.93) in three appearances in High-A.
Low-A Inland Empire
On a night where Angels No. 6 Prospect Jack Kochanowicz began the game on the bump, it was the bats that made the biggest noise as the 66ers fell to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers) in extra innings by the final score of 10-9.
After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the second via a Teodosio RBI Double, the Quakes bounced back in front with four unanswered runs between the third and fourth inning with two home runs from Edwin Mateo and Imanol Vargas.
Kochanowicz Final Line: 5 IP | 7 H | 6 ER | 3 BB | 4 K | 2 HR (now 4-2 with a 7.07 ERA in 15 starts)
A night of firsts continued for the 66ers as third baseman Paxton Wallace crushed his first professional home run into the California night, stirring up a 66ers rally. With a four-run fifth inning that featured RBI hits from Carson Matthews and Braxton Martinez, Inland Empire took a 8-6 lead into the eighth inning.
Paxton Wallace with his first professional HR for Low-A Inland Empire pic.twitter.com/KJeoGKmYSI— Angels MiLB (@AngelsMiLB) August 12, 2021
But just like their parent club, the 66ers bullpen failed to close out the game as the Quakes struck for the tie in the eighth and eventually took a two-run lead heading into the bottom of the 10th. The Sixers closed the gap to 10-9 on a wild pitch, but with one-on and two-out, Angels No. 7 Prospect D’Shawn Knowles struck out swinging to end the game. The 66ers fall to 3-4 in extra innings games this season and currently stand 5.5 games back of Rancho Cucamonga for first place in the Low-A West-South standings.
Triple-A: LHP Packy Naughton optioned to Salt Lake
Triple-A: RHP Chris Rodriguez optioned to Salt Lake
Double-A: RHP Nathan Bates activated from the 7-day Injured List
Double-A: 2B Carlos Herrera assigned to Rocket City from Tri-City
High-A: RF Francisco Del Valle placed on the 7-day Injured List
High-A: LHP Ky Bush assigned to Tri-City
High-A: 3B Jeremy Arocho assigned to Tri-City from Inland Empire
Low-A: OF Bryce Teodosio assigned to Inland Empire from ACL Angels
Low-A: RHP Brett Kerry assigned to Inland Empire
Low-A: CF Elijah Greene released by Inland Empire
Tennessee Smokies 10 | Rocket City Trash Pandas 5
Spokane Indians 6 | Tri-City Dust Devils 0
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 10 | Inland Empire 66ers 9 - F/10
4:00 p.m. PT: Rocket City (LHP Ryan Smith) @ Tennessee Smokies (TBD)
5:35 p.m. PT: Sacramento RiverCats (RHP Logan Ondrusek) @ Salt Lake Bees (TBD)
7:00 p.m. PT: Spokane Indians (RHP Will Ethridge) @ Tri-City Dust Devils (Ky Bush)
7:00 p.m. PT: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (TBD) @ Inland Empire 66ers (RHP John Swanda)