Minor League Player of the Day: Wladimir Balentien (Louisville) 2-3; 2 homeruns; 2 runs; 4 RBI; 1 walk


Louisville 9 – Gwinnett 6

Aside from Balentien’s solid game, Drew Sutton had a fine day at the plate as well.  Sutton was a perfect 3-3 with a homerun, double, run scored, and 2 runs batted in.  Travis Wood helped his own cause by going 1-3 at the plate with a double and 2 runs scored.

On the hill, Wood picked up a quality start by going 6 innings and allowing 3 runs.  The 3 runs scored on 4 hits and no walks.  Wood struck out 3.  Enerio Del Rosario struggled in his return back to Triple – A.  Enerio allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk while recording only 1 out in the 9th inning.


West Tennessee 3 – Carolina 2

Brandon Yarbrough went 2-3 with a double and a run scored while Devin Mesoraco hit his 1st homerun in Carolina (11th of the season) in a 1-3 game.

In his first start since being called-up to Double-A, Matt Fairel pitched well, but picked up the loss.  Fairel pitched 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4.  Matt was 5-1 with a 3.04 ERA in High-A Lynchburg before moving up to Carolina.

High A

Lynchburg 7 – Frederick 2

Jose Gualdron went 2-4, driving in 2 runs and scoring 2 more while Carlos Mendez and Kevin Coddington each went 2-3.  Mendez doubled and scored a run while Coddington scored a run and had an RBI.

Bradley Boxberger had a weird stat line in this one.  He pitched only 4 innings, thus he did not qualify for the win.  He did not allow a run while on the mound and scattered just 1 hit over that span.  He did walk 4 batters and struck out 7.  My guess is he had a high pitch count after 4 innings with the 7 strikeouts and 4 walks, and thus had to exit the game before qualifying for the win.


West Michigan 7 – Dayton 4

Henry Rodriguez went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  Josh Garton and Andrew Means had 2 hits each.  Garton drove in a run while Means scored a run.

Mike Konstanty pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the 9th.  This is significant because Mike is listed as a firstbaseman.  Perhaps someone can enlighten me on why Mike was pitching in this game.  On his player page on MiLB.com, here are his 2008 highlights:

In 2008, in his first professional season batted .253 with 10 HR and 43 RBIs in 52games with Rookie Billings…in his first pro game on 6/18 at Missoula belted his first career home run…his grand slam on 7/1 vs Great Falls was the first ever homerun hit in Billings’ new Dehler Park…had a season-high 10-game hitting streak from 6/27-7/16 (15-36, .417, 10 doubles).