Games Played on 7/24/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: There were solid starting pitching performances at the top three levels of the organization, but I’m going to go with the guy they couldn’t get out. Jon Matthews was 3-for-3 with a walk for the Billing Mustangs. Matthews hit a homerun and also stole a base.

Syracuse 3 – Louisville 2

The Chiefs pitching scattered 6 singles and one double to limit the Bats to two runs. Billy Hamilton (1-for-4, RBI, CS) had an RBI single in the 3rd inning. Mike Hessman (1-for-4, 2B, RBI) added an RBI double in the 7th inning to give Louisville a 2-0 lead.

Louisville starter Chad Rogers threw 6 shutout innings, allowing 6 hits, walking 1 and striking out 4. Bats bullpen arms that have seen time with the Reds allowed a run in each of the final three innings: one run scored on Jose Arredondo in the 7th, and the other two runs belonged to Pedro Villarreal.

Pensacola 5 – Mississippi 2

Daniel Renken allowed just two hits and two walks over 6 shutout innings while striking out four. Lee Hyde added a perfect inning of relief, striking out one.

Mike Costanzo (3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI) and Travis Mattair (3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) had three hits each. Ryan LaMarre (2-for-3, BB, RBI) reached base three times.

High A
Bakersfield 11 – Modesto 2

Making his second start for the Blaze, Robert Stephenson allowed just 1 run on 6 hits and no walks over 6.1 innings. He struck out six. Kyle Lotzkar pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

Six different Bakersfield batters had two or more hits as the team pounded out 14 base hits. Kyle Waldrop (3-for-5, 2B, 3B, HR) provided the power, falling a single short of the cycle.

Low A
Lansing 7 – Dayton 1

Just like last week, Ismael Guillon coasted through the first 4 innings. Just like last week, he imploded in the 5th inning. Through 4 innings, Guillon had allowed just 1 hit, no walks, struck out 6 batters and most importantly allowed no runs. In the 5th inning, he issued 2 walks, allowed 5 hits (including a grand slam), and only got 1 out in the inning (on a strikeout) before getting pulled from the game. All seven runs occurred in that 5th inning and were credited to Guillon’s ledger.

No Dragon had more than one hit in the game. The lone run came on a solo homerun from Jeff Gelalich.

Ryan Ludwick started as the DH in the first game of his rehab assignment and went 1-for-2 with a walk. Tom Nichols wrote that “Ludwick’s three plate appearances produced a pop out to third base, a walk, and a sharp single to left field. He looked comfortable in his first live game action since suffering a separated shoulder that required surgery on opening day on April 1st.

Helena 11 – Billings 6

Luke Moran allowed 5 runs (4 earned) over 5 innings. He gave up 6 hits, walked two and struck out two.

Despite losing by five runs, the Mustangs outhit the Brewers 14-13. Jon Matthews was a perfect 3-for-3 with a homerun, a walk, and he stole a base. Ty Washington and Avain Rachal had three singles each in five at-bats. Jonathan Reynoso (2-for-4, BB) reached base 3 times in the leadoff spot. Phil Ervin was 2-for-5 with a double.

AZL Athletics 6 – AZL Reds 5

Kevin Franklin was 3-for-4 with a double, a homerun and a pair of runs scored. Dalton Carter was 2-for-4 with a double and a homerun.

Junior Morillo allowed 3 runs in his 4 inning start. He gave up 7 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 5.