Monday, July 23, 2012

Minor League Recaps

Sunday's Games

Burlington over Greeneville 9-3
Tanner Bushue got the start and it wasn't good. He gave up seven runs (six earned) on five hits and four walks in only 1.2 innings and was charged with his third loss of the season for Greeneville. Zach Dando gave up another two runs (only one earned) in 4.1 innings on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Michael Dimock pitched the last two scoreless frames. Down 7-0 after only two, it was an uphill battle for Greeneville and they never got much going after three straight doubles in the fourth from Terrell Joyce, Ernesto Genoves and Ariel Ovando.

Vermont over Tri-City 4-2
All good things must come to an end. Blake Ford proved that he is, after all, human. After getting out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth, he gave up three runs in the ninth for his first earned runs, his first loss and first blown save of the season after converting his first 10 saves. Lance Day had a very nice start giving up only one run on six hits in five innings. Travis Ballew, Brad Propst and Kenny Long all provided scoreless relief. The ValleyCats were held to only three hits and did all their scoring in the fourth on a two-run Joe Sclafani double.

Lexington over Greenville 13-7
Luis Cruz had a pretty tough outing, allowing all seven Greenville runs (six earned) in only 4.1 innings of work, but Euris Quezada (W, 1-2) and Dayan Diaz shut things down the rest of the way. Cruz really needs to buy Mike Kvasnicka dinner, though, because without his SEVEN RBI, Cruz most likely would have gotten charged with a loss. Kvasnicka hit a three-run bomb in the first and enjoyed it so much, he decided to add a grand slam to his resume in the eighth. Delino DeShields also had a great outing, going three-for-five with a walk, two runs and two more stolen bases to bring his total to 71 for the season. Zach Johnson, Brandon Meredith and Jose Fernandez also had multi-hit games.

Lancaster over Rancho Cucamonga 4-3
Bobby Doran earned his eighth win for Lancaster (11th overall) with a solid seven inning outing, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Andrew Robinson pitched a perfect eighth and Carlos Quevedo earned his third save. It was a small ball offense as runs were scored on a Telvin Nash single, a Jonathan Meyer single and a two-run bases loaded Carlos Perez single, in his first game with Lancaster.

Corpus Christi over Frisco 3-1
Jose Cisnero went to 9-6 on the season after throwing a complete game, allowing one run on five hits and no walks with seven strikeouts. An RBI double from Kody Hinze and sac flies from Adam Bailey and Jose Martinez accounted for all the scoring. Drew Muren and Drew Locke also doubled and Jake Goebbert was two-for-four.

Memphis over Oklahoma City 24-7
This one put the ugh in ugly. Paul Clemens only lasted three innings after giving up eight runs on 10 hits, two walks and a home run with no strikeouts, a throwing error and a wild pitch. But that wasn't the bad part. Enter Adalberto Flores in the fourth inning - single, single, single, pop out, grand slam, strikeout, walk, walk, walk, grand slam. Exit Adalberto Flores. Jonnathan Aristil mercifully gave up only one run in his 2.1 innings, but then Xavier Cedeno came in and coughed up another seven runs (five earned) in only a third of an inning before being bailed out by Mickey Storey who thankfully gave up no additional runs. The final inning was pitched by Jordan Kreke, the infielder. He actually didn't allow a hit or a run and had one walk and one strikeout. Kreke also went three-for-four with a triple and an RBI. Brandon Barnes, Jimmy Paredes and Angel Sanchez all had multi-hit nights as well; and Travis Buck and Brad Snyder contributed solo home runs. Brett Wallace earned the Platinum Sombrero, striking out five times. Now can we just forget that one ever happened?

Pitcher of the Day: I have to go with Jose Cisnero for his complete game, but Jordan Kreke deserves honorable mention for pitching in to help out a bullpen in need (and doing so quite nicely, I might add).

Player of the Day: Nobody else even comes close to Mike Kvasnicka with his two home runs and seven RBI. In his last 10 games, he is hitting .326/.333/.652 with 15 hits and 17 RBI.

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