Minor league games of 7/31/08:
—Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Matt Klinker had a dazzling debut with Sarasota, tossing 6 innings of shutout baseball, scattering 6 hits. Klinker struck out five and walked two to pick up his first win.
Great work, Matt!
–LF Shawn Cumberland, who turns 24 today, went 3-4 with a double. Since being promoted to AAA, Cumberland is hitting .296/.320/.408.
–1B Kevin Barker, a 33-year-old from John Battle High School in Bristol, VA, was 3-5 with a double and his 14th homer.
–LHP Bobby Livingston turned in another poor performance to drop to 0-2.
–Let’s just move on. Mississippi had a perfect game going into the eighth inning before a walk and a single broke it up. Ugh.
–21 year old CF Justin Reed, from Jackson, MS, had a nice day at the plate, going 3-4 with his 11th homer. On the season, Reed is hitting .252/.326/.421.
GCL Twins 3, GCL REDS 2 (Rookie)
–Not much to report here. The Reds used 8 pitchers in the game, and at the plate, only 19-year-old CF Alexis Oliveras stood out. Oliveras (.351/.427/.494) went 2-3 with a double and a run scored.
BILLINGS 7, Missoula 2 (Rookie)
–One of my college roommates was from Missoula, Montana. Just thought I’d throw that in.
–21 y/o SS Jose Gauldron (.255/.327/.436) had a big day at the plate, going 2-3 with a homer, 2 runs, and 2 RBI.
–22 y/o pitcher Andrew Bowman picked up the win, going 5 innings and allowing only one run.