Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Scores and Highlights from 5/14

Durham Bulls 1, Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 0
The Bulls took the series against the Yankees by winning the finale 1-0 on Monday. Both clubs dueled through six scoreless innings before Juan Miranda homered for the game's only run. Alex Cobb threw five scoreless frames to start but left with a no decision. Jhonny Nunez was the winner and Dane De La Rosa picked up the save.

Montgomery Biscuits 3, Jacksonville Suns 2
The Biscuits picked up a walk-off win against the Suns on Monday night. The Suns tied the game in the top of the ninth, looking to send the game into extra frames. But the Biscuits were having no part in extra innings as Hak-Ju Lee drove home the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Biscuits the win. Lee finished the night 3 for 5. Mike Sheridan and Omar Luna each went 2 for 4 with the plate. Kyeong Kang had the Biscuits lone extra base hit, a double. Shane Dyer allowed just one hit in 7 innings. Adam Liberatore picked up the win.

Charlotte Stone Crabs 13, Fort Myers Miracle 1
The Stone Crabs offense came alive on Monday night in a 13-1 beat down of rival Fort Myers. The Stone Crabs offense scored 13 runs on 16 hits including a big six run inning in the sixth and. The offense came up with a bunch of milestones including six RBI's by Cody Rogers, back to back homers by Derek Dietrich and Riccio Torrez and four triples in the game. Rehabber Jose Lobaton was the only starter not to reach base in the game. Of the 16 hits, 8 of them were for extra bases. The offense was in support of Grayson Garvin who turned in a great one run performance to earn his first professional win.

South Bend Silver Hawks 2, Bowling Green Hot Rods 0 (Game One)
The Hot Rods were shut-out 2-0 in the first game of Monday's doubleheader. The Hot Rods offense struggled in the loss, recording just one hit in the game. Drew Vettleson delivered a double in the fourth inning for the Hot Rods lone hit. Felipe Rivero suffered the loss, despite recording 6 strikeouts in 5 innings. Jason McEachern lowered his ERA below 2.00 by pitching 2 no-hit innings to close out the game.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 3, South Bend Silver Hawks 2 (Game Two)
The Hot Rods earned a split in the doubleheader by winning game two. South Bend took the lead early but by the end of the third, the Hot Rods had tied the game. It was Ryan Brett's RBI single in the fifth that would prove to be the game winner. Jeff Malm continues to swing a hot bat as he was 2 for 3 with a double and a homer. Drew Vettleson and Juniel Querecuto each had a double. In addition to plating the winning run, Brett also had 2 stolen bases. Jacob Partridge was the winner and is now 4-0. Charlie Cononie threw 2 no-hit innings for his third save of the season.

VSL Mariners 16, VSL Rays 6 
The VSL Rays kicked off the 2012 campaign with a big loss to the VSL Mariners. The Rays gave up the early and could not recover, surrendering runs in seven of the nine innings. Gianfranco Aldazoro was 2 for 3 with a home runs and 4 RBI's. David Colina and Iago Januario drove home the other Rays runs. Henry Centeno was charged with the loss.


  1. Is Oscar Hernandez going to play for the GCL Rays this season?

    1. That's where I have him on the depth chart. It'll be one of the 3 U.S. short-season teams, GCL is most likely since it's a complex-based league. Easier transition for language and culture plus more coaching resources available in Port Charlotte.

  2. He looks very promising at a young age. I hope he proves to be the real deal. Unfortunately, it is very early in his career to project.

  3. I am really curious about Craige Lyerly (IM NOT saying I think he is some allstar, by any means) My question though is what exactly is the rays deal with keeping him? He was called up to stonecrabs. He played 2 full games since he has been there. They both were in the first 4 days he was there. Since they he has only made an appearance in 2 other games and both were blowouts. He went in, in like the 7th. I am really confused how he never plays a game in the outfield. It has been a week since he has played a full game (7day week) They literally put anyone out there before him. Even the night the had 2 outfielders after morrison was called up, they all of a sudden moved tinoco back out there. Does anyone know what exactly is going on? I mean I know this is a blogger website, but yall have a great knowledge of the game and the rays system. There is literally not another player in the system that plays as little as him. Most guys even if there a "organizational" player still play once every 3 days or so. Even guys that are doing suckie play more than lyerly. Very similar situation to last year when he was called up to BG on an away trip (like it was such a priority) but NEVER was activated. If they have that little use for him, what exactly are they keeping him around for?

    1. I couldn't have said it better myself.Exactly, why ARE they keeping him around?

    2. I mean there's just no point in it. IF the boy was given a chance he might be able to prove himself. But you can't expect him to be able to produce when he doesn't even play a full game. I mean last night he goes and strikeouts on 3 pitches. What do they expect? You can't hit the ball if you NEVER see live pitching. Its a shame and a complete waste of talent. Because I have seen him play and the boy is a ballplayer but theres no way for him to prove it when never given a chance.

    3. It is never an easy situation for a ballplayer. But after not being drafted high, and two years of mediocre to poor play, Lyerly has developed the tag of on organizational player. Hopefully he can prove them wrong and break out sometime, but from his play on the field and the play that us fans don't see/hear about, they might just not see enough in him to force others out of positions.

      Since he appears to be an organizational player, the team will use him for whatever need they have that still allows him to keep his dignity. Port Charlotte had an opening and wanted an OF. I suspect they didn't want to promote anyone from BG, so Lyerly was the best candidate.

      As to why they keep them around, it is pretty simple. The Rays have 7 teams in the states. While the main goal of the minor leagues is to develop prospects, they also try to please the fanbases of the teams and to keep the game played in a professional manner. Because of this, they will keep the organization players to play professional ball. It isn't the major leagues, but they get the opportunity to play the sport they love and maybe prove someone wrong.

      Now if some team saw some upside in Lyerly and wanted to get him, I'm sure the Rays would have worked out a trade. However, I guess that just hasn't happened yet.

    4. Michael pretty much nails it. Lyerly is what he is, an OF that can play all 3 positions, and that's about it. If one of the teams needs an OF, that's where he goes. If they need him to play he does, if not he doesn't. That's basically what an org player is, someone for the prospects to play with, as needed.

      The only thing I would add is that Lyerly knows this, and is apparently ok with it. The talk about him almost sounds like he's in a bubble or a child who has no idea all this is going on. He does. His option is to ask for his release and go to indy ball and hope to sign back with another org at some point. Maybe he's decided he likes it with the Rays and doesn't want the indy ball life. I'm sure he still dreams of breaking out, and becoming a prospect-type that other org players fill in around. But how do you do that with the limited playing time. Again, I think he realizes all this.

  4. Thank you. I can promise you, I am one less person you will have to listen to whine about lyerly. lol. I appreciate the insight. I see it a lot clearer now.