Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Minor League Schedule and Recaps

Tuesday's Games

DSL Astros
DSL Athletics
9:30 CST

GCL Astros
GCL Marlins
11:00 CST

6:00 CST
6:05 CST

6:05 CST
Corpus Christi
7:05 CST
Oklahoma City
7:05 CST
9:05 CST

Monday's Results

DSL Indians over DSL Astros 2-1 (completed early)
Elieser Hernandez (L, 0-2) got the loss despite allowing only two unearned runs on five hits over six innings. Yoel Silfa didn't help Hernandez out much as his two errors led to the runs being unearned; however, Silfa did his best to make up for his questionable defensive play by getting the only Astros hit of the day and scoring on an error himself.

GCL Marlins over GCL Astros 6-3
Brandon Culbreth (L, 0-2) got mugged early and often as he allowed all six runs over only three innings. Ricardo Batista and Agapito Barrios did a fantastic job out of the bullpen allowing no further runs and only four hits the rest of the way. Brett Phillips has already hit his fifth triple in only 12 games; this is a kid to watch. Darwin Rivera was three-for-four with an RBI, and Teoscar Hernandez was two-for-four.

Kingsport over Greeneville 5-4
Frederick Tiburcio (L, 0-1) had a rough start allowing four runs over only three innings and the Astros were able to match those first four, but not the final run allowed by Michael Dimock in relief. No hitter managed more than one hit and only Ariel Ovando had an extra base hit, a double.

Lexington over Asheville 6-5
Lexington needed this win badly and that's how they ended up getting it, badly. Luis Ordosgoitti pitched a great game through seven, but struggled in the eighth and left the game with a run in, bases juiced and two outs. Enter Dayan Diaz who allowed all three of Ordosgoitti's runners to score and what had been a comfortable 6-1 lead rapidly became a very uncomfortable one run lead. Mercifully Diaz regrouped in the ninth to get three quick outs to ensure the win. Delino DeShields showed off the power with his sixth home run, a two-run shot. Zach Johnson is definitely heating up at the plate as of late and went two-for-four with two doubles and his 66th RBI of the season. Jose Fernandez had a two-run double.

Corpus Christi over Tulsa 5-4
Jake Buchanan wasn't really fooling the hitters last night as he allowed three runs on nine hits in only 4.1 innings of work. Alex Sogard allowed one additional run in his 2.1 innings before Henry Villar and Jason Stoffel (W, 1-1) shut down Tulsa. Tulsa led 4-3 going into the bottom of the ninth but a two-run walk off home run by Jonathan Villar (his eighth home run of the season) put a nice exclamation point on the night. The other hero of the night was Jon Singleton. After a rather prolonged slump, his bat woke up with a vengeance last night as he banged out two doubles and a two-run home run.

Oklahoma City over Memphis 7-1
Brett Oberholtzer (W, 2-1) decided to show off for the boss last night as Jeff Luhnow was in attendance. Oberholtzer allowed only one run on six hits over 6.1 innings before handing things over to Mickey Storey and Enerio del Rosario. Oberholtzer also helped himself out at the plate as he got an RBI on a bases loaded walk. Marwin Gonzalez continues to do well in his rehab assignment as he went two-for-two with two RBIs; Mike Hessman had two hits, including his 25th home run, a solo shot; and Brandon Barnes (who is hitting .325 by the way) provided a two RBI single.

Lancaster over Modesto 8-7
Lancaster scored all of their runs by the third inning and led the Nuts 8-2 by the end of the third. After that it was just a matter of hanging on which turned out to be easier said than done. Tyson Perez (W, 6-2) allowed three runs, Brian Streilein allowed another two, and Jose Trinidad allowed yet another two runs and Modesto pulled within one run in the bottom of the seventh. Thankfully Trinidad pitched an effective eighth and Pat Urckfitz (S, 5) pitched an uneventful ninth to seal the deal. The JetHawks jumped all over Nuts starter Juan Gonzalez and forced him out of the game in the second inning. George Springer was four-for-five with a double and two RBIs. Erik Castro and Domingo Santana each contributed two hits and two RBIs. And Chris Epps added an RBI triple to the mix. Grant Hogue was only one-for-four with a walk (but he did manage to steal a base and score three runs) and his batting average plummeted all the way down to .523.

Game of the Day
Tri-City over Lowell 2-0
Brian Holmes, Travis Ballew and Blake Ford combined for a four hit shutout against Lowell. Tri-City only managed five hits, but made them count. Jesse Wierzbicki's lead-off double in the second and Joe Sclafani's lead-off triple in the fifth set the table for Jobduan Morales and Neiko Johnson to drive them in. Tri-City has now won ten games in a row.

What went right: Fantastic pitching and good situational hitting.

What went wrong: Not enough to mention.

Brian Holmes (W, 1-0) - 6IP 2H 0R 2BB 3SO
Travis Ballew - 2IP 1H 0R 1BB 2SO
Blake Ford (S, 6) - 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 0SO

Joe Sclafani - 1x4 3B BB SO R
Neiko Johnson - 1x3 RBI BB
Jesse Wierzbicki - 1x4 2B SO R
Jobduan Morales - 1x3 RBI 2SO

Player of the Day: Four-for-five with two RBIs? Yeah, I think I'll send a little love to George Springer today.

Pitchers of the Day: I have to go with Brian Holmes, Travis Ballew and Blake Ford for the combined four hit shutout. Nicely done, gentlemen!


  1. Singleton's bomb came on the first pitch he saw. I consider myself fortunate that I was able to get that one. Was really close to Villar's. The walk-off HR still eludes me.

  2. I have faith in you ... you'll get one, one of these days!!!