Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Minors: Gerrit Cole has best start since promotion but bullpen blows it

The State College Spikes were the only affiliate with the day off. It was a scheduled off day.

AAA - Indianapolis Indians (68-44) - Lost to the Buffalo Bisons 5-4 in 11 innings. Chris Leroux pitched six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out five. Logan Kensing served up a two run home run in just 1-3 of an inning. Bryan Morris, who many believed would get called to the big club before the Chad Qualls acquisition, pitched 2-3 of an inning scoreless. Jose Diaz struck out two in one scoreless inning. Tim Wood struck out four in two scoreless innings. Doug Slaten (3-1, 0.51 ERA) took the loss after allowing a run on two hits in one inning. Jeff Clement (.299) went 2 for 4 with a solo home run, his 15th of the year. Brandon Boggs (.263) went 2 for 5 with two double and three RBI.

AA - Altoona Curve (54-54) - Lost to the Trenton Thunder 2-1. Gerrit Cole pitched six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out six. Hunter Strickland (2-1, 4.91 ERA) took the loss after allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits in two innings. Oscar Tejeda (.252) drove in the only run for the Curve with a solo home run, his seventh of the year.

High A - Bradenton Marauders (49-59) - Beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 6-2. Casey Sadler (3-5, 3.44 ERA) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out two. Jason Townsend pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Mel Rojas (.258) went 4 for 4 with a double. Kirk Singer (.250) went 1 for 4 and drove in a run. Dan Grovatt (.250) went 2 for 4 with a double, a triple, and three RBI. Kawika Emsley-Pai (.182) went 2 for 3 and drove in two runs.

Low A - West Virginia Power (45-64) - Beat the Hagerstown Suns 4-2. Robby Rowland (6-3, 3.39 ERA) pitched 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out four. Robert Kilcrease pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings and Nathan Kilcrease pitched a scoreless inning to earn his eighth save. Gregory Polanco (.325) went 1 for 4 with a double and drove in all four Power runs. Dan Gamache (.277) went 2 for 4.

GCL - GCL Pirates (21-17) - Lost to the GCL Phillies 8-6. Tyler Glasnow pitched four innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and striking out four. Wilson Lee gave up two runs on three hits in two innings. Yhonatan Herrand (1-1, 11.17 ERA) took the loss after giving up three runs on three walks. He didn't give up a hit or record an out. Bryton Trepagnier gave up a run on two hits in two innings. Jimmy Rider (.239) went 1 for 2 and drove in a run. Jin-De Jhang (.307) went 1 for 5 and drove in a run. Harold Ramirez (.318) and Kevin Ross (.111) each went 1 for 3 and drove in a run. Elvis Escobar (.246) went 2 for 3.

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