Minor League Player of the Day: Wladimir Balentien (Louisville) 2-3; 2 homeruns; 2 runs; 4 RBI; 1 walk
Aside from Balentien’s solid game, Drew Sutton had a fine day at the plate as well. Ã‚Â Sutton was a perfect 3-3 with a homerun, double, run scored, and 2 runs batted in. Ã‚Â 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. Ã‚Â The 3 runs scored on 4 hits and no walks. Ã‚Â Wood struck out 3. Ã‚Â Enerio Del Rosario struggled in his return back to Triple – A. Ã‚Â Enerio allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk while recording only 1 out in the 9th inning.
In his first start since being called-up to Double-A, Matt Fairel pitched well, but picked up the loss. Ã‚Â Fairel pitched 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4. Ã‚Â Matt was 5-1 with a 3.04 ERA in High-A Lynchburg before moving up to Carolina.
Bradley Boxberger had a weird stat line in this one. Ã‚Â He pitched only 4 innings, thus he did not qualify for the win. Ã‚Â He did not allow a run while on the mound and scattered just 1 hit over that span. Ã‚Â He did walk 4 batters and struck out 7. Ã‚Â 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.
Mike Konstanty pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the 9th. Ã‚Â This is significant because Mike is listed as a firstbaseman. Ã‚Â Perhaps someone can enlighten me on why Mike was pitching in this game. Ã‚Â 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).