Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday Wrapup, Monday Open Thread

Durham Bulls 5 -at- Gwinnett Braves 1

- Only extra-base hit was a double by C Nevin Ashley, who was 1-3 with a walk and 2 RBI.

- SS Tim Beckham was 1-5 with a strikeout, now hitting .227.

- RF Brandon Guyer was 1-4 with a sacrifice and 2 RBI, hitting .179 on the season.

- RH Jim Paduch made the start after being called up from Montgomery to replace Alex Cobb. His line: 3.0 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Paduch and LH Adam Liberatore will rejoin the Biscuits on Monday.

- Only error was by 3B Matt Mangini, his first of the year.

- Current standings for the Bulls and the rest of the organization are on the right sidebar.

Monday starter at Charlotte: LH Alex Torres. Not sure who will start Tuesday in Bryan Augenstein's #3 spot, Ryan Reid threw 28 pitches over 2+ innings on Sunday (and got the win).

Montgomery Biscuits 3 -vs- Mobile Bay Bears 11

- Montgomery was the last team in MILB to have their home opener (others were Sunday too, but Biscuits started latest).

- Starter Shane Dyer only lasted 1 inning due to a groin injury, giving up 3 ER on 3 hits and a walk.

- Of the 5 Biscuits pitchers on Sunday, only Greg Sexton didn't allow a run. The 27 year-old third baseman made his professional pitching debut to close out the rout, going 2.0 IP and only allowing 1 hit while striking out 1.

- SS Hak-Ju Lee ended his slump going 2-4 with a walk, raising his average to .200.

- C David Wendt was also 2-4, with a run scored and an RBI.

- 3B Cole Figueroa continued to hit, 1-3 (triple) and a walk, now batting .349.

- DH Henry Wrigley was 0-2 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. He's hitting .211 on the year.

- After RF Isaias Velasquez left with an injury, Kyeong Kang replaced him and hit a 2-run HR in the 9th inning, lifting his average to .111.

- More on the injuries: Velasquez was hit in the head by a fly ball and taken to the hospital, Dyer is day-to-day with the groin, and Omar Luna injured his shoulder in a collision at 2B.

- Top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer started for the Bay Bears and held the Biscuits to 1 run over five innings, but did walk 5 Biscuits while only striking out 2.

- Attendance for the home opener was 6,308.

Monday starter: Unknown. This is Alex Colome's #2 spot, which was to be filled by RH Jim Paduch, who was called up for an emergency start in Durham to replace Alex Cobb, who was called up to Tampa to...

Charlotte Stone Crabs 4 -vs- St. Lucie Mets 6

- All 4 Charlotte runs came with 2 outs in the 1st inning off St. Lucie starter Angel Cuan.

- 1B Phil Wunderlich hit a HR. It was only the 2nd HR of the year for the Stone Crabs (Riccio Torrez had the 1st).

- CF Mikie Mahtook was 0-5, now at .250 on year.

- 3B Riccio Torrez was 1-4, has a hit in all 10 games this year.

- SS Derek Dietrich was 3-4, now hitting .314.

- 2B Hector Guevara was 1-4 and is hitting .324. He was also caught stealing. The Stone Crabs now have 8 SB and 11 CS this season.

- RH Wilking Rodriguez had a nice start: 5.2 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. His ERA is now 2.61.

- Eliazer Suero relieved Wilking and took the loss with 4 ER in 1.1 IP.

- Attendance in Charlotte was 975.

Monday starter vs St. Lucie: LH Grayson Garvin.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 22 -at- Lake County Captains 12

- The wind was blowing out in NE Ohio and the Hot Rods set new franchise records with 22 runs, 23 hits and 6 home runs.

- A combined 34 runs were scored yet the game only lasted 3 hours and 9 minutes. Also, there were no errors.

- The only pitcher on either team (out of 8) who didn't allow a run was Jacob Partridge, who faced only 3 batters (walking one) but was awarded the win for the Hot Rods.

- I'll touch on some highlights, but it's probably best to just look at the box score yourself.

- The Hot Rods only had hit 2 HRs all season entering Sunday. Sunday's six home runs: 2 by 3B Tyler Goeddel, others by DH Ryan Brett, RF Todd Glaesmann, LF Jeff Malm, and Drew Vettleson (his 1st extra-base hit of the season).

- Glaesmann also hit 2 doubles, giving him 4 hits on the day. Goeddel also had 4 hits.

- Goeddel had 6 RBI, Glaesmann and Vettleson 5 each. Vettleson did it despite not entering the game until the 8th inning, when he came on as a pinch runner for 1B Cameron Seitzer.

- Goeddel also led the way with 4 runs scored.

- Goeddel ended up with 10 total bases, Glaesmann was next with 9.

- The only Hot Rods player without at least 2 hits was 2B Juniel Querecuto, who was 0-5, but he did draw a walk and scored a run.

- Somehow Jeff Malm managed to strike out 3 times, but he still went 2-5 with a walk.

- Mr. Diamond Tom is barred from complaining about the offense until at least the month of May. :)

- Roberto Gomez made his 2nd start of the year and gave up 4 ER in 4.0 IP, leaving him with a 5.40 ERA.

- Andrew Bellatti had the toughest outing for BG, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits (2 for HRs) in 1.1 IP.

Monday starter vs Great Lakes: RH Jake Floethe.


  1. Vettleson ran for Seitzer not Goeddel

    1. Thanks! I meant to put that note under the RBIs, not total bases. Fixed it.

  2. Just read the PR from Joe Davis on the Montgomery game, no mention of Monday's starter there either.

  3. Whats up with Kes Carter? Hasn't played in 2.5 games

    1. When they get home tomorrow Micheal Compton, the BGDN beat writer, should have something if he's hurt. I hadn't even noticed.

      With all of the injuries I would expect guys to start joining teams from extended spring training soon. Not sure how they are going to handle the rotations, esp Durham and Montgomery (if Dyer misses a turn and Colome doesn't return soon).

    2. I just asked Micheal on Twitter about Carter leaving early on Friday and missing Saturday and Sunday. He doesn't know why yet but should find out later Monday if there is an injury or what the reason was. If you like the Hot Rods and have twitter I recommend following him, its @mcompton428. Real nice guy too. And if you don't have twitter, he also has a blog here.

  4. sweet thanks for the insight. i would love to see some guys from ext get a chance, even if it is short lived. gotta make the most out of opportunties :)

  5. - Mr. Diamond Tom is barred from complaining about the offense until at least the month of May. :)

    OK, I will hold off on the hitting until May. Now there is the matter of pitching, 12 runs and 18 hits today.

    1. Eh, thought I'd sneak that one by you. Should've known not to throw a curve to a BG guy on a windy day.

      I'm pretty proud of them. They finished 5-2 on a week-plus trip through Michigan and Northern Ohio in mid-April. Most days it was in the 40s, there was rain too, and then up into the 80s on Sunday with crazy wind. And these are young guys, some of them probably have never been on such a long road trip. Gotta be considered an overall success.

      The problem I think we'll see with this team is inconsistency. They are talented but they are also young and inexperienced. I expect lots of highs and lows as the season goes on. Fun but frustrating sometimes. One thing to watch is the defense, so far they've kept their concentration, only Hager and Motter have more than one error, and they are SS and 3B so not bad. If that holds I think the pitching will be fine. Hubbard is the only real disappointment to me so far, he's older and this is his 2nd go-around in BG, expected a better start.

      Still like this team more than any of the others. Should make the playoffs.

  6. This is Tampa Bay's "stacked" DREAM TEAM. So was Princeton, last year. BUT, Princeton-with many of the same players, fell apart by the end of the season. I agree with you- I think this team will be inconsistent--lots of highs and lows---but will come out on top.

  7. Chris Murrill---where are you? I hope TB is looking for you to bring you back to Montgomery.

  8. The Rays acquired RHP Matt Buschmann from Washington for cash and sent him to Montgomery. I added him to the Depth Chart in the 2nd spot in the rotation, as if he'll pitch today. I don't that yet, but there was the opening and someone has to start today. He spent his whole career in the Padres org after being a 15th round pick in 2006, hasn't played in 2012. His stats the past couple of years are meh, but he can start and what do you expect for basically nothing. Click on his name in the Depth Chart for his career stats.

  9. If I recall correctly, radio broadcast said Kes Carter had tight hamstring

  10. More moves in addition to Liberatore and Paduch going down to Montgomery: Velasquez to Montgomery DL from fly ball to the face; Cobb back to Durham; Gomes to Tampa; Tinoco active on Stone Crabs; FDLS to start for Montgomery tonight; Nunez to start for Durham on Tuesday.

    Montgomery roster shows as 2 over on the Depth Chart, but Upton doesn't count against their active limit and the new guy Buschmann hasn't been officially activated yet, so they really are at 25. I just have run out of room on the Montgomery DL/RES spots to list Buschmann there. Once he is active someone will have to go, but they are fine for now.

  11. Does Tampa Bay own stock in the airlines? With all this shifting, I'm starting to wonder. lol
    Glad to see that Steven Tinoco is finally activated. But why is Cobb back at Durham?