Friday, August 19, 2011

Eddie's Farm: August 18

Oklahoma City (58-68)

OKC wins 6-3 over
Reno after a 5 run 7th inning outburst. Andy Van Hekken pitched 5 effective innings giving up 6H/1ER and 3K:4BB to keep the RedHawks close. Wesley Wright gets the win after going 2 IP with 1H/0ER and a strong 4K:0BB. Fernando Abad pitched the 8th with 0H/0ER 1K:0BB and Slingin’ Sammy Gervacio took the ninth and allowed 1H/2ER with 1K:1BB. Wright now has a 2.07 ERA in 65.1 IP at OKC and opponents are hitting just .207 against him. Surprisingly he’s having more success against right hand batters this season, holding them to just a .161 AVG.

Brett Wallace was 3x4 with 1 2B, 2R/2RBI and 1BB. Jordan Schafer was 2x4 with 1R/1RBI in his second rehab start for OKC.

Man of the Match: Brett Wallace.

Corpus (45-77)

The Arkansas Travelers had their way with the Hooks last night, beating them 12-0. Brett Oberholtzer was rocked early on a night in which all five Hooks pitchers gave up at least 1R. Oberholtzer went 3 IP allowing 8H/5ER with 3K:1BB. Jonnathan Aritil was next and lasted 1.2 IP with 2H/1ER and 1K:2BB. Daniel Meszaros gave the Hooks 2.1 IP giving up just a solo HR to finish with 1H/1ER and 1K:1BB. Jason Stoffel took the ball next and allowed 2H/1ER and 1K:0BB in his 1 IP. Finally, Chris Hicks pitched the night giving up 2H/4R/1ER along with 0K:1BB.

Offensively, not much happened. Jonathan Villar was 1x4 with 2K. Brandon Wikoff was 1x3 with 1 2B. Brandon Barnes wins the Golden Sombrero, going 0x4 with 4K.

Man of the Match: none

Lancaster (44-79)

Lancaster broke their losing streak against the Stockton Ports, winning 3-2. Wes Musick started and went 4 IP allowing 4H/1ER and 4K:3BB before hitting his pitch count limit due to his transition from bullpen to starter. Walder Alvino poached the win by going 2 IP allowing just 1H/0ER to go with 1K:2BB. Pat Urckfitz followed with 2 IP and 1H/0ER with 2K:0BB and Kirk Clark got his 18th save with 1 IP 1H/1R/0ER and 2K:2BB.

Grant Hogue led off and was 3x4 on the night with 1R and 1SB. Jio Mier was 1x3 with 1RBI and 1BB. Jonathan Singleton continued to impress, going 1x4 with a solo HR, his 3rd with
Lancaster in 71AB.

Man of the Match: Grant Hogue

Lexington (51-70)

Suspended in the bottom of the 1st due to rain. To be completed as part of doubleheader Friday.

Off Day Spotlight: Enrique “Kike” Hernandez – IF/OF. Acquired in the 6th round of the 2009 draft. Kike was the Astros GCL MVP in 2009 after finishing third in the league in hits and fourth in runs. Prior to the 2010 season Baseball Intellect ranked Hernandez 13th among Astros prospects with a “C” grade. Before this season he was used primarily as a 2B, and has spent there this season as well as LF. Hernandez is currently on the DL with an ankle injury, described as bone chips, torn ligaments, and cartilage damage. He is expected to be able to resume baseball activities in 3 months. Hernandez, who just turns 20 next week, was hitting .246/.341/.326 with 31BB:33K in 215 AB, showing an impressive increase in his BB rate while trying to play through the injury.

Tri-City (26-33)

The Valley Cats continue to be winless since the All-Star break (ok, it’s only been two games).

Tri-City SP Jonas Dufek went an effective 4 IP giving up 1H/1ER with 5K:1BB. Adam Champion took the loss in relief with 3 IP 4H/2ER and 2K:0BB. Mitchell Lambson pitched a scoreless ninth giving up 1H/0ER and 0K:0BB.

At the plate, Rafael Valenzuela went 2x4. Miles Hamblin went 2x3 with 1RBI, 1 2B and 1SB, but opposing runners stole 3 in 4 attempts against him. Chris Epps was 0x1 with 1R and 3BB. If Epps could make better contact his stock would rise very quickly, as he’s shown tremendous ability to take a walk, even during his time at Clemson University. On the year he has 31BB in just 169 PA between Tri-City and the GCL. His combined triple slash on the year is .294/.432/.471 but he also has 44K.

Man of the Match: Jonas Dufek

Greeneville (23-33)

Greeneville pulls out the victory in a back and forth game, winning 4-3. Ricardo Batista was your starter for Greeneville with a strong 6 IP allowing 5H/1ER and 5K:3BB. Rodney Quintero made things interesting in his .2 IP giving up 2H/2ER with 1K:0BB. Scott Zuloaga gets his first W by going .1 IP with 0H/0ER and 1K:0BB. Steve Martin had a wild and crazy 1 IP giving up 3H but allowing 0ER with 1K:0BB. Zack Dando closed out the ninth uneventfully after Martin gave up back to back singles to open the inning. Dando made a good play to get the lead runner on a sac bunt effort for the first out, then induced a game ending double play, finishing the night with 1 IP 0H/0ER 0K:0BB.

Ariel Ovando went 2x4 with 1 2B, 1RBI, and 2K. Luis Alvarez was 3x4 with 1R and Darwin Rivera went 3x4 with 1RBI

Man of the Match: Zach Dando

GCL Astros (16-33)

The Astros lost a back and forth game 10-8 in 11 innings against the Nationals. Seven pitchers took the mound for the Astros, led by starter Enderson Franco, who went 5IP allowing 5H/3ER with 1K:1BB. Krishawn Holley 1 IP 1H/0ER 2K:0BB; Zachary Hardoin .2 IP 1H/2ER 1K:1BB; Justin Gill .1 IP 1H/0ER 0K:1BB; Richard Rodriguez 1 IP 2H/2ER 2K:2BB; Blake Ford 2 IP 1H/1R/0ER 1K:1BB; and pitching the 11th for the loss was Pedro Gomez with 1 IP 3H/2ER 0K:0BB.

At the plate Javaris Reynolds went 3x5 with 2R and 2SB and an OF assist at home. Justin Shults hit his 3rd HR as he went 3x4 with 3R/2RBI, adding 1 2B and 1SB. Kelvin Vizcaino was 1x5 with his 1st HR and added a steal as well. In total the Astros had 5 steals, but were also caught stealing once and picked off twice.

Man of the Match: Javaris Reynolds

DSL Astros (25-40)

The Astros beat the RedSox 6-4 Thursday. Starter Luis Abad went 1.2 IP as he struggled with control, giving up 2H/2ER with 2K:5BB. Juan Delis pitched the next 4.1 IP with 4H/1ER 2K:2BB to get the win. Javier Saucedo finished the game with 3 IP 0H/1R/0ER 3K:3BB for the save.

Jose Solano was 3x4 at the plate with 2R, 1 2B and 2SB. Mario Gonzalez went 2x3 with 1R/1RBI, 2 2B, 2BB and 1SB. Mesac Laguna hit 2x4 with 1R/3RBI with 1HR.

Man of the Match: Mario Gonzalez.