Minor League Wrap – April 16th, 2009

April 17, 2009

Las Vegas continues to struggle, they lost today to Salt Lake 5 – 7 and their record now stands at 1 win and 6 losses.  Dirk Hayhurst started the game for the 51s and he had a pretty bad outing.  He pitched 2.2 innings, gave up four runs, five hits, one BB and one K.  Brian Wolfe pitched three innings in the game.  He gave up two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits.  Offensively the 51s scored 5 runs on six hits.  All five runs were scored via the home run as they hit 3 homers on the day, two 2 run shots hit by Randy Ruiz and Brett Harper and a solo shot by Russ Adams.

New Hampshire won their 2nd straight 2-0 game.  Luis Perez got the start for New Hampshire and was spectacular.  He pitched 7.0 scoreless innings and gave up a single and a double and two BBs with six Ks on the day.  Estanga pitched a 1/3rd of an innings, with a hit and a K.  Zach Dials pitched 2/3rds of an inning with one K, and Leon Boyd pitched a scoreless ninth picking up his second save, he had two Ks.  Offensively the runs were Emaus and Gutierrez, both had one hit on the day which were both doubles.  Dopirak and Donovan both had one RBI, Donovan also had a double while Dopirak was the only Fisher Cat with multiple hits going 2/3 on the day.  Cooper also went 1/4 on the day.

Dunedin swept their series with Daytona, winning 6-4 today.  Brandon Magee got the start for Dunedin and he pitched 5.2 innings with one run, four hits, two BBs and two Ks.  Ross Buckwalter pitched 2.1 innings in relief with a hit and K.  Chad Beck pitched the 9th inning, he gave up a two runs homer in his one inning.  Eric Thames continues to hit well for the Blue Jays.  He hit 3 singles going 3/4 on the day, with two RBI and a BB.  Mastroianni and Jackson both had one double on the day, Jackson went 1/5 with two runs scored while Mastroanni was 2/5 with a run and RBI.  Raul Barron also went 2/4 while Kevin Ahrens continues to struggle going 0/4.

Lansing had the day off

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Minor League Wrap – April 15th, 2009

April 17, 2009

Las Vegas played a double header today against Salt Lake City due to yesterdays postponed game.  They ended up spliting the two games, losing the first and winning the second. Brian Burres started the first game and lost, he pitched 3.0 innings, giving up five ER on six hits, two BBs, and three Ks. Wade Miller pitched the 2nd game, he went 5.0 innings, giving up four runs on five hits, two BBs and eight Ks.  Bryan Bullington and Jeremy Accardo both pitched one scoreless inning in the 2nd game, Accardo picked up his first save of the season.  Brett Harper went 3 for 6 in the two games and hit his 2nd homer of the season in the 2nd game.  JP Arencibia played in the first game and went 2/3 on the day with a run, double and RBI.  Jason Lane was 2/4 in the second game and had two runs, a double and RBI.  Randy Ruiz went 2/6 on the day and had a homer in the first game and a double in the 2nd, he had two RBIs and three runs on the day.

After losing 2-0 yesteday, New Hampshire ended up winning 2-0 today.  Fabio Castro had his 2nd straight great outing, pitching 6.0 innings, giving up four hits and a BB, with two Ks.  Celson Polanco, Martin Shinskie and Leon Boyd pitched the 7th, 8th and 9th inning respectively, none of them gave up any hits or runs, and all had one K, Shinskie picked up the win and Boyd the save.  Offensively the Fisher Cats were not able to do much, they themselves only had five singles on the day with Sean Shoffit picking up two of them.  New Hampshire scored both runs in the 8th inning, the first scored when the bases were loaded and the pitcher threw a wild pitch and allowed the run to score, the 2nd was cashed in by David Cooper when he walked with the bases loaded.  David Cooper finished the day 1/3 with an RBI and a BB.

Dunedin won their 2nd straight game, while yesterdays game was a slugfest, this one was a low scoring affair with Dunedin winning 3-1.  Alan Farina got the start and pitched four good innings.  He gave up one run on the day on two hits, two BBs and had three Ks.  Timothy Collins pitched three innings in relief and won the game, he retired all 9 batters he faced with six Ks.  Bell and Farquhar both pitched 1 scoreless inning, Farquhar picked up his 2nd save of the season.  Offensively the Blue Jays weren’t able to do much, Jackson went 0/3 with three Ks and a BB.  Thames went 1/4 with a double, RBI, and run.  Moises Sierra also went 1/4 with a double and run.  Kevin Ahrens went 1/4 with a double and RBI and two Ks.

Lansing also played a double header today and they also split the double header with Sound Bend winning game 1 and losing game 2.  Henderson Alvarez started game 1 and pitched 5.0 innings, giving up one run on six hits and had three Ks.  Michael Barbera picked up the save in the game pitched 2.0 innings and striking out three.  John Anderson started game 2 and lost, he went 5.0 innings, giving up three runs and three hits, three BBs and had three Ks.  Matthew Daly pitched the sixth inning and he gave up a run on two hits and had a K.  On the offensive side of things, Brian Van Kirk had a big day at the plate, in game 1 he went 3/4 with a run, double and RBI.  In game 2 he went 1/3.  Johermyn Chavez went 2/4 in the first game with two doubles and a run scored, in the second game he went 1/3 with a run scored.  Tyler Pastornicky went 1/3 in game 1 with a run, triple SB and a BB, he also went 1/3 in game 2.  Justin McClanahan was the best hitter in game 2 going 2/3 with a two run homer.

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Minor League Wrap – April 14th, 2009

April 17, 2009

New Hampshire lost their 3rd straight game after winning their first 3 games of the year, there record sits at 3 – 3 on the season.  Reidier Gonzalez started the game for the Fisher Cats and pitched 8.2 spectacular innings.  Over the 8 and 2/3rds innings, he gave up fours hits and no BBs and striking out 4, all the hits were singles.  Gonzalez left the game in the 9th inning after recording the 1st two outs.  Lewis and Dials proceeded to blow the game allowing a single, single, walk then a double which scored two runs.  New Hampshires offense could not muster up that many hits in support of Gonzalez.  They had 5 hits all game with Kyle Phillips having two of them, he finished the game 2/3 with a BB.

Dunedin won their 2nd game of the year with a 8-6 victory over Daytona.  2008 draft pick Andrew Liebel got the start for the Blue Jays and had his 2nd straight bad outing.  He last 4.0 innings allowing five runs, four earned, on four hits, a BB and a K.  Cody Crowell pitched the fifth innings and picked up the victory.  2007 draft pick Magnuson pitched two innings, giving up one unearned run on three hits and a K.  Both Robert Bell and Daniel Farquhar pitched one inning, and both struck out the side without giving up a hit or BB, Farquhar got the save.  Offensively almost all of the Blue Jays hitters got at least one hit on the day.  Lead off hitter Justin Jackson went 1/4 on the day with a BB and K, and scored two runs.  Darin Mastroianni reached base all 5 times he went up to the plate and finished the day 2/2 with three BBs and three runs.  Eric Thames continued to hit well going 2/4 with two runs, a triple, three RBI and a BB.  Manuel Rodriguez also went 2/3 with three RBI.

Lansing continues to struggle this year with their 4th straight loss.  Josh Wells, who was signed in 2006 as an undrafted free agent from Australia, made the start for Lansing.  He only lasted 1.1 innings giving up six runs on the day.  He gave up seven hits and five BBs and only had one K.  Jonas Cuotto came into the game in the 2nd with the bases loaded and was able to get the final two outs.  He went 3.2 innings, giving up three hits and one ER.  He also had six Ks.  Offensively the young hitters in Lansing continued to struggle and had seven hits on the day.  Michael McDade went 2/3 on the day with a double.  Balbino Fuenmayor has had a rough start for the year going 0/3 and is hitting .071 in four games.

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Minor League Wrap – April 13th, 2009

April 17, 2009

Las Vegas lost again running their record up to 0 and 4 on the year.  Brett Cecil was the starting pitcher for the 51s.  He cruised through the first four innings, allowing only 1 run.  But in the 5th inning Cecil ran into some trouble and could not record a single out.  After allowing 2 singles, Cecil gave up a double to score the two base runners, then he committed a throwing error allowing another runner to score and then Campbell and Inglett both committed errors on a play to allow another two runners to score.  All in all Vegas committed 6 errors in the game.  Offensively the 51s were solid and they had 9 hits in the game, Randy Ruiz led the 51s going 3/4 with a double and homer and 4 RBI.  Scott Campbell went 1/3 with two runs and a BB and JP Arencibia went 0/3 with a BB and run.

New Hampshire lost their 2nd in a row after beginning the year with 3 straight wins.  Marc Rzepczynski got his 2nd start of the year but didn’t last too long, going 3.0 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, four BBs and four Ks.  The lone Fisher Cat run was scored via David Coopers first home run of the year.  Cooper finished the game 2/4 with a homer, run and RBI.  Brian Dopirak and Chris Gutierrez also went 2/4 on the day.

Dunedin followed their first victory with another loss.  They have started off the year with 1 victory and 3 losses.  Ryan Page started the game and pitched 5.1 solid innings.  He allowed two runs on six hits and two BBs with two Ks.  He cruised through 5.0 innings, in the sixth he got the 1st out and then proceeded to give up a single and double and left the game with runners on 2nd and 3rd.  Beck was brought in to get out of the inning, after striking out the 1st batter he faced he proceeded to allow the two base runners to score and then allowed three runs of his own to score.  Timothy Collins was then brought in and struck out the first batter he saw to get out the inning.  Collins ended up pitching 1.1 innings, allowing 1 double and struck out 3 of the 5 batters he faced.  Offensively Dunedin had 8 hits.  Jackson and Mastroianni continued to prove they are a deadly combination with Jackson going 2/4 on the day with a BB, and Mastroianni going 2/5.  Matthew Liuzza scored both runs for Dunedin going 1 for 3 with a BB

Lansing’s game was postponed due to rain.

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Minor League Wrap – April 12th, 2009

April 13, 2009

Triple A

Syracuse – Colorado Springs Postponed

Double A

New Hampshire off day

High A

Dunedin off day


Lansing off day

Minor League Wrap – April 11th, 2009

April 13, 2009

Las Vegas lost their 3rd game in a row, and now have an 0-3 record.  Brad Mills made the start for the 51s.  He picked up his first loss of the year and only lasted 3 and 2/3rds of an inning giving up six hits, six runs, three of which were earned, three BBs and a single K.  Both Brian Wolfe and Jeremy Accardo made their first appearances of the year and they both pitched one scoreless inning.  Wolfe surrendered 1 hit and had a K on the day, while Accardo also only gave up a hit on the day.  Syracuse scored 4 runs on the day with Randy Ruiz, Brett Harper and Howie Clark picking up the RBIs.  Ruiz was the best hitter going 3/5 on the day with a run scored, double and RBI.  Scott Campbell went 1/4 with a BB and run scored and JP Arencibia went 0 for 3 with a run.

New Hampshire lost their first game of the season and their record now sits at 3-1.  Luis Perez started for the Fisher Cats and picked up the loss, he went 5.0 innings giving up six hits, three runs, two ER, three BBs and five Ks.  Zach Dials made his 2nd appearance of the year and finished the game without giving up a run and pitched 1 and 2/3rds of an inning.  Offensively the Fisher Cats only had 3 hits all day.  Adam Calderone was responsible for the lone run scored with a solo home run, that was his only hit of the day and first of the season.  Jeroloman went 1/3 with a BB.  New Hampshires big sluggers David Cooper and Brian Dopirak have both started this season off slowly and neither had a hit yesterday nor did Brad Emaus who started off the season hot.

Dunedin picked up their first win of the season and halted their two game losing streak and now sit at 1-2 on the season.  Marcus Walden started and won the game.  He had a forgettable outing though going 5.0 innings with seven hits, five runs, four ER, three BBs and two Ks.  Trystan Magnuson came in relief and pitched to two batters, giving up a hit and getting 1 out.  Robert Bell who had a sensational year last year out of the bullpen didn’t have his best outing yesterday pitching 2.0 innings, giving up two hits and one run but had three Ks.  Offensively the Blue Jays scored 10 runs.  Everybody who went up to the plate had at least one hit.  Justin Jackson, Raul Barron and Darin Mastroianni both went 2/5; Kevin Ahrens, Moises Sierra and Manuel Rodriguez all went 2/4; and Eric Thames went 1/2 with two BBs.

Lansing like Las Vegas have also started the year off badly going 0-3.  They lost the game 9-0 mustering up only two singles on the day.  2008 22nd round draft pick Charles Huggins made the start.  He lost going 3.2 innings, giving up three hits, three runs, two BBs, and three Ks.  Ryan Koch had a forgettable day giving up eight hits and six runs in 3.1 innings.  Bryan Kervin 1/3 and Johermyn Chavez 1/4 had the lone hits for the Lugnuts on the day.  Kervin also walked once.  Lead off hitter Kenneth Wilson also walked twice on the day and picked up two steals.

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Minor League Wrap – April 10th, 2009

April 12, 2009

Las Vegas lost their 2nd game in a row to Colorado Springs 4 – 5.  Dirk Hayhurst got the start for the 51s, after having a successful spring training Hayhurst had a forgetable outing going 2 innings surrendering four hits and three runs, 1 earned, with two BBs and a K.  Former 1st overall pick Bryan Bullington relieved him and pitched well enough going 4 innings giving up four hits, two runs, 1 ER, and two Ks but ended up picking up the lost.  Joe Inglett who played at SS in this game had his 2nd straight 3 hit game going 3 for 5 with a run and two RBIs.  Scott Campbell went 0 for 5 on the day and JP Arencibia had the day off.

New Hampshire won their 3rd straight game running their record up to 3-0.  Fabio Castro who was picked up in the Matt Stairs trade from Philadephia got the start.  He was spectacular going 5.2 innings giving up six hits, no runs and striking out 5 along the way.  Nathan Startner who had a good season last year in Lansing pitche the final two innings, he gave up two hits and no runs.  Brian Jeroloman had a big day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a double run and  RBI.  Bradley Emaus finally had a bad day going 0 for 3 with a BB.  David Cooper went 1 for 4 with two Ks.

Dunedin like Las Vegas has also lost their first two games.  Brandon Magee got the start, going 5 innings surrendering five hits, four runs two of which were earned, two BBs and a K.  Alan Farina had a forgetable first outing of the year, after missing significant time last year with an injury, he went 0 innings giving up four hits, six runs, five ER, and two BBs for an infinite ERA.  The lone bright spot on the pitching side was Tim Collins who pitched 3 scoreless innings in his Dunedin debut with four Ks. The Dunedin offense on the other hand had a good day.  Multiple players had muliple hit days including Justin Jackson 3 for 5 with two runs, Darin Mastroianni 3 for 5 with a double and two runs , Eric Thames 2 for 5 with a double and two RBIs and Moises Sierra 2 for 4 with triple and RBI.

Lansing lost today to run their record to 0-2.  John Anderson started the game, he went 5 innings giving up four hits, two earned runs, two BBs and six Ks.  Jonas Cuotto relieved him and picked up the loss.  Cuotto went 2 innings, giving up 3 hits, two earned runs, one BB and struck out two.  Frank Gailey pitched relieved him and pitched two scorless innings.  Lansings offense could only muster up four hits.  One of them was a big one though, Balbino Fuenmayors double in the first brought in 3 runs.  Unfortunately Lansing could only score one more run in teh 8 innings after that.

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Minor League Wrap – April 9th, 2009

April 9, 2009

Today was opening day for the other 3 affiliates as Las Vegas, Dunedin and Lansing begun their seasons.  Unfortunately all 3 affiliates lost today while New Hampshire, who began their season yesterday, were today’s only winners.

Major league veteran Wade Miller made the start for Las Vegas, he had escaped early trouble in the first four innings but in the 5th Colorado finally broke the game open.  He went 4 and 2/3 innings allowing 6 runs, 2 of which were earned with 2 hits, 7 BBs and 2 Ks, not a good day for Miller who is trying to make it back to the majors after injury problems which forced him to miss the entire 2008 season.  Joe Inglett went 3 for 6 with a double and run scored in the game.  JP Arencibia went 2 for 5 in the game with a double and RBI and Scott Campbell went 2 for 4 with a BB and RBI in his AAA debut playing 3rd base.

For New Hampshire Riedier Gonzalez got the start and won, he went 6 innings allowing 2 ERs, with one BB and K.   Brad Emaus followed up his 3/4 day yesterday with another 3/4 day with a double and 3 RBIs.  Catcher Brian Jeroloman also had a good day at the palte going 2/4 with a double and two runs. 2008 first rounder David Cooper had a bad day going 0 for 4 with two Ks.

2008 Draft pick Andrew Liebel started the game for Dunedin.  Unfornutately he was rocked, giving up 7 hits and 5 ER in only 3 innings, 2007 draft pick Trystan Magnuson who had a terrible 2008 season made his Dunedin debut putting up a scoreless inning with a BB in the 9th.  The Dunedin offense was only able to muster up two hits.  2007 1st rounders Kevin Ahrens and Justin Jackson made their Dunedin debuts going 0/1 with two BBs and a HBP and 0/4 respectively.  2008 draft pick Eric Thames finally made his professional debut going 1 for 4 with an RBI.

In Lansing Henderson Alvarez got the start today, he pitched a respectable game going 4 innings surrendering two runs, one of which was earned with 4 hits, 4 Ks and no walks.  Lansing also had a poor offensive day only picking up four hits on the day, one each by Wilson, McDade, Talley and Chavez.  Balbino Fuenmayor made his single A debut going 0 for 3 on the day.

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