Games Played on 08/11/11

Minor League Player of the Day: Billings Mustang, Sean Buckley went 3-5 with a homer and a stolen base. It was his 13th homer in approximately 185 PA.

AAA

Toledo 6 Louisville 5 11 innings

Chris Valaika went 3-5 with 2 doubles, Denis Phipps went 2-4, Juan Francisco went 2-5, Jeremy Hermida went 1-5 with his 15th homer as the Bats blew a 4-0 lead.

Carlos Fisher threw 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit, walking 2 and striking out 2. Jordan Smith threw 2 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit, striking out 1.

Jared Burton threw .2 giving up 3 runs (all earned) on 3 hits, striking out 1, raising his ERA to 7.71.

AA

Montgomery 6 – Carolina 4

Didi Gregorius was 2-3 with a homer and a walk, Mike Costanzo went 2-5 with a double, and Quintin Berry went 2-5.

Tim Gustafson went 2 scoreless/hitless innings, striking out 2.

None of us has mentioned that Yasmani Grandal has been placed on the DL with a concussion a few days ago. That’s all I know at this point.

High A
Rancho Cucamonga 6 – Bakersfield 3

The Blaze only collected 6 hits and no one had more than one, though Devin Lohman went 1-2 with a double and 2 walks and Ryan LaMarre stole his 42nd base.

Scott Gaffney threw 1.2 hitless innings of relief, walking 1 and striking out 1.

Low A

Dayton 7 – West Michigan 2

Dayton continues their very strong second half, winning their 5th straight and are 30-15 in the second half.

Jefry Sierra was 3-4, David Vidal was 1-2 with a homer (17) and 3 walks, Juan Duran was 1-5 with a homer (12).

Pat Doyle threw 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, giving up 2 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 3.

Rookie Ball

Billings 10 – Great Falls 6

Sean Buckley went 3-5 with a homer (13) and a stolen base, Kyle Waldrop went 3-5 with a homer (3), Robert Maddox went 2-4 with a double and homer, Spencer Dickinson went 2-4, and Kurtis Muller went 2-5 with a stolen base.

Daniel Jensen got the win, going 2.2 hitless/scoreless innings, walking one and striking one out.

AZL Reds 7 – AZL Diamondback’s 4

The Rookie Reds are fighting for a division championship, only 1.5 games back of the Dodgers.

Gabriel Rosa went 3-4 with a double, Steven Selsky went 2-4.

Justice French got the win, going 6 innings, allowing 8 hits, 2 runs, walking 0, and striking out 3. Jamie Walczak went 1.2, allowing 1 hit and striking out 3.

9 Responses

  1. RiverCity Redleg

    It’s good to see DiDi Gregorious back and healthy. Is it possible the HE’S our SS of the future and not Billy Hamilton.

  2. littleleo1

    Anyone know what is going on with Yorman Rodriguez at Dayton . He has not played since July 31st. Is he injured too?

  3. Bill Lack

    Last I heard was that Rodriguez had a “bruised shoulder”, but they can’t find anything wrong with it. I was told the DDN had an article hinting that the team is beginning to question his desire to play. I have not seen the article.

    I do know that before the season, I was told that this was a concern about both Rodriguez and Duran concerning “work ethic”. Duran was pulled from a game by the manager a few weeks ago for loafing and last Friday night (in a game that I saw), he was very lackadaisical going after a ground single (with a runner on second), the 3rd base coach saw this and didn’t even hesitate to send the runner to the plate, there wasn’t even a throw. Then later in the game, Duran made a nice diving catch in LF.

    Now, both of these guys are young, very young, so I don’t want to go off the deep end; but just want to state that it is a concern that I’ve heard.

  4. CP

    Is Buckley really this good? Hard to get too excited about rookie ball stats but .305/.383/.616 is pretty darn fantastic.

    Moral of the lesson: nepotism works!

    • Bill Lack

      Is Buckley really this good?Hard to get too excited about rookie ball stats but .305/.383/.616 is pretty darn fantastic.

      Moral of the lesson:nepotism works!

      It is impressive….but I’ve been told that you can’t put much stock in rookie league numbers. Let’s see he does in A ball next year.

  5. pinson343

    Too bad about Burton. It’s way too soon to tell about his comeback from surgery, but at this point it feels like a long shot that he’ll ever make it back to form.

  6. OhioJim

    I saw yesterday where Juan Francisco had been named “Best 3rd Base Arm” in the International League by Baseball America. The choice was based on voting by the league managers. Maybe we all, starting with myself, need to remind ourselves that stereotyping somebody because of a previous experience with someone else of like nationality and appearance is something to be avoided. Francisco may or may not turn out to be a good 3B but let’s at least let him
    start on a level field.

    Also Devin Mescoraco was named best defensivie catcher in the same poll. Time’s awasting. Let’s get him up for a look and acclimation before next season.

    • Bill Lack

      I saw yesterday where Juan Francisco had been named “Best 3rd Base Arm”in the International League by Baseball America. The choice was based on voting by the league managers. Maybe we all, starting with myself, need to remind ourselves that stereotyping somebody because of a previous experience with someone else of like nationality and appearance is something to be avoided. Francisco may or may not turn out to be a good 3B but let’s at least let him
      start on a level field.

      Also Devin Mescoraco was named best defensivie catcher in the same poll. Time’s awasting. Let’s get him up for a look and acclimation before next season.

      The knock on Francisco has never been his arm…it’s the thing on the other hand, plus his lack of selectivity at the plate.

  7. littleleo1

    @Bill Lack: Thanks .. Lets hope desire and maturity happen for both these guys ..