Friday, September 2, 2011

Scores and Highlights from 9/1

Charlotte Knights 2, Durham Bulls 0
Chris Archer provided seven shut-out innings but in the end it wasn't enough to beat the Knights. Both starting pitchers dueled through seven innings of scoreless innings before the Knights reached the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Bulls offense struggled on the evening, just recording three hits on the night. Mike Ekstrom surrendered both runs and was charged with the loss. The Bulls magic number to reach the playoffs is still one and two to clinch the division.

Chattanooga Lookouts 8, Montgomery Biscuits 3
The Lookouts jumped out to an early lead by scoring two runs in the first inning. The Biscuits cut the lead in half on an RBI double by Isaias Velasquez. But the Lookouts turned in another two run inning in the fourth to extend the lead to three runs. The Biscuits pulled to within a run of the lead in the fifth thanks to a two run homer by Henry Wrigley, his 17th of the year. The Lookouts countered with a four run sixth to put the game out of reach and hand the Biscuits the loss. Jim Paduch was charged with the loss, allowing 8 runs on 13 hits in 5 2/3 innings. Paul Phillips pitched the remainder of the game and did not allow a run or a hit while striking out 4.

Charlotte Stone Crabs, Bradenton Marauders (Suspended)
The Stone Crabs/Marauders game was suspended in the second inning due to heavy rains. It will resume as part of a doubleheader today at McKechnie Field. The game will pick up where it left off, in the bottom of the second inning with the score tied 0-0.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 7, Dayton Dragons 5
The Hot Rods jumped out to the lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Taylor Motter that scored Keith Castillo. Motter helped add to the lead in the fourth with a two run homer to left. The Hot Rods extended the lead even further with a four run fifth inning. Phil Wunderlich plated a run with an RBI double, Castillo followed with a 2-run homer and then Kevin Kiermaier drove home the final run of the inning. The Dragons posted a four run inning of their own in the sixth and then another run in the ninth to bring us to the 7-5 final score. Omar Bencomo tossed 3 scoreless innings for the win. George Jensen, Lenny Linsky and Austin Hubbard were also scoreless on the mound for the Hot Rods. Chris Rearick notched his 20th save of the season.

Connecticut Tigers 5, Hudson Valley Renegades 1
The Renegades found themselves in an early hole as they game up three runs in the bottom of the first inning. They pushed across their lone run in the third inning when Cesar Guillen scored on a ground ball by Juniel Querecuto. The Tigers added a run in the third and another in the fifth to hand the Renegades the loss. Parker Markel was charged with the loss for the Renegades.


  1. another Jack by Wrigley. next stop Durham!

  2. Taylor Motter had a great debut for Bowling green last night. Lets hope there is plenty more of that to come.

  3. Tough to recognize the Durham lineup these days, guess I missed when Matt Carson came aboard. But very good to see Archer with another exceptional AAA start.

  4. What an impressive year in limited duty from Keith Castillo. Not including Longoria's rehab assignment, Castillo is 2nd among all Rays minor leaguers in OPS at 1.016, behind Oscar at 1.236. And in 3rd place is Taylor Motter at .945. What a great debut for Taylor too, guess they won't be needing Lyerly!

    Wrigley is up to .778 btw. He's almost caught Hak-Ju Lee who's at .789. Anyone notice Lee's batting average is down to .296? Wrigley is also ahead of Tim Beckham who's at .744.

    Speaking of Beckham, not sure I understand all of the "he's finally proving he's at top prospect!!1!" talk I've read elsewhere. Yes, he's young and at AAA, but how is he even close to being as good as Reid Brignac was in the minors?

    Not with the glove, and not with the bat (go ahead and remove Reid's year in Visalia/CalLg if you want and just look at common teams). Might be better to post this as an article of it's own but I'm not seeing Beckham > Brignac, and look how Reid has struggled in MLB. Before anyone points out age differences, here they are:

    18 - Rookie (Princeton)
    19 - Full-season A
    20 - A+ and AA
    21 - AA
    22 - AAA

    18 - Rookie (Princeton)
    19 - Full-season A
    20 - A+
    21 - AA and AAA

    And it wasn't like one guy was "age 21" but really played the year at 22, Brignac's birthday is January 16th and Beckham January 27th.

    Other than moving to AAA at age 21 and doing well so far in a small sample size, what has Beckham done to show he's better than Brignac?

  5. What is that suppose to be guess they want be needing lyerly? Has lyerly been given a chance yet?

  6. Lyerly doesn't even play the same position as motter or castillo. He is an outfielder.

  7. Yes, I know Castillo is a catcher, Motter is SS/3B, and Lyerly OF. Castillo just had a nice night is all, wanted to point out his year too. Motter took the last spot on the roster, the one that everyone thought Lyerly was going to get. That's why I mentioned him. I still think Lyerly will be added. They have three OFs (Schwaner, Kiermaier and Tinoco) but the only backup is really Estrada. That's not safe if they go very far in the playoffs.

  8. Any chance Moore and Archer fighting for a rotation spot next year or how about even a september call-up to see them against big league competition? BTW love the site and try to visit everyday...

  9. Great info on Brignac-Beckham ! Didn't realize Brignac advanced so quickly. Giving a shout out to Wrigley.....Amazing !....I would love to see an organizational tally for Home Runs...Ops...Triple...Double...Rbis ! keep up the good work !

  10. It would be cool to look once a week to see an organizational tally for Pitch & Hit stats that goes beyond the top 5 as shown on MilB's "Tampa Bay Affiliates" - it would be a comparative list with disregard to qualifying requirements or competition levels - just a side by side ranking/listing of all pitchers / hitters. I also like BurGi's comparisons, however it seems that most listings could show more than the popular prospects and would show more of the pretty high flying low radar guys who performances would fit in with the listed performers, like the absence of pitchers like Rearick, Liberatore, and many others... I enjoy your site and love to read anything posted because it seems that you all present an insider's point of view to the Rays minor leagues and isn't just a regurgitated Baseball America viewpoint.