Stars of the Day:
AAA: Greg Reynolds / Leonys Martin, Yangervis Solarte, Ryan Spilborghs
AA: Mike Olt
Hi-A: Randy Henry / Jared Hoying, Brett Nicholas, Santiago Chirino
Lo-A: Victor Payano / Jorge Alfaro, Hanser Alberto AAA: Round Rock 5, at Albuquerque 2
Record: 29-38, -10.5
The top three in the order reached nine times. Leonys Martin was 3-5 and is batting .346 in seven games since returning from the DL. I wondered how Martin would handle the bat coming off hand surgery, and the answer so far is "just fine." Also 3-5 (with a triple) was Ryan Spilborghs, and 2B Yangervis Solarte singled twice and walked. Greg Reynolds lasted seven innings and allowed only two runs in the difficult Albuquerque environment.
AA: at Frisco 2, Midland 10
Record: 38-26, +4.0, magic number 3
In a morning game after Tuesday's 14-inning affair, Jake Brigham (4.02 ERA) fought through seven innings on a Frisco-high 111 pitches. Brigham struck out seven but allowed five runs on two homers, five other hits and four walks. Statistically, what's separating Brigham from Justin Grimm and Barret Loux is extra homers; his 13 allowed leads the team and already matches his high from any season. Historically, he's avoided this sort of trouble. On the other hand, his walk rate has improved significantly. Miguel de los Santos was pummeled for five runs in two innings on three hits and two walks.
Mike Olt (.318/.420/.622) went 2-2 with a double and walk.
High-A: at Myrtle Beach 8, Frederick 6
Record: 34-32, -7.5, eliminated
Randy Henry improved measurably on his first start, tossing four scoreless innings with two hits, two walks and three strikeouts. In case you missed it, Henry had never started professionally until last week. Jose Monegro (6.60 ERA) was not so fortunate, allowing six runs on six hits and two walks in 3.1 innings.
Jared Hoying (.291/.371/.427) doubled twice, and 1B Brett Nicholas (.272/.326/.386) singled and hit his second homer. 2B Santiago Chirino also homered, his third of the season. Low-A: Hickory 5, at Hagerstown 3 (10)
Record: 35-30, -7.5, eliminated
Hickory coughed up a 3-1 lead in the 9th but rallied in the 10th. Hagerstown scored twice without hitting the ball out of the infield (walk, HBP, run-scoring error on sac bunt, RBI groundout). In the 10th, Hickory scored on a passed ball and single by Jhonny Gomez (1-3, 2 walks).
Catcher Jorge Alfaro (.275/.326/.450) walked, singled and hit his first homer of the year. 3B Hanser Alberto went 2-5 with a double and his 15th stolen base. Starter Victor Payano (3.36 ERA) yielded a run in six innings on five hits and three walks. He struck out seven.
Five Years Ago Yesterday
"Dominican prospects RHP Fabio Castillo and SS Johan Yan appear to be headed to Spokane." Chris Davis replaced the promoted John Mayberry on the Cal League All-Star team. Oklahoma split a doubleheader at Albuquerque with complete games from Alfredo Simon and Mark Redman.
AAA: Neil Ramirez
AA: Tim Murphy
Hi-A: Nick Tepesch
Lo-A: Jerad Eickhoff
Newberg Report (newbergreport.com)