March 11, 2012; Scottsdale AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies catcher Matt McBride (72) talks to Colorado Rockies catcher Lars Davis (not pictured) prior to a game against the Chicago White Sox at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-US PRESSWIRE
Hey there sports fans,
Bryan's internet connection bailed on him and he was unable to get yesterday's minor league action for you.
We'll run full recaps of all the games tomorrow, but because I know our farm squad is itchin' to report their findings, we'll use this as the discussion point for now. Muzia went ahead and wrote the recaps for Bryan because A. he listened to most of the games anyhow and B. he's obsessed. So three cheers for Muzia, and here are your minor league recaps:
Las Vegas 9, Colorado Springs 2
Guillermo Moscoso was hit hard once again, allowing 8 hits and 7 ER in 5.1 IP, striking out only 2. His ERA is now up to 7.91 for the season. Offensively, the Sky Sox only managed 6 hits on the day, led by Matt McBride's two hits (including a double). The forgotten man of the Ubaldo Trade is having himself a stellar AAA campaign, batting .355 with a .879 OPS. Charlie Blackmon hit a triple and Brandon Wood hit his 2nd HR of the season.
Tulsa 6, Springfield 5
Joe Gardner had a very average day on the mound, with control issues limiting him to 4.0 IP, allowing 3 ER. Joey Williamson had his first rough outing of the season, allowing 4 hits in 1.1 IP. The Drillers got the winning run in the 8th inning as Angelys Nina scored on a throwing error from the center fielder. Nina, the diminutive utilityman, was the offensive star of the game with a grand slam in the 6th inning and doubling in the 8th inning.
Arenado went 2-5, raising his batting average back up to .350 for the season.
Modesto 7, Stockton 2
The Nuts were finally able to beat the Ports, riding a quality outing from Josh Slaats (5.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 K, 5 BB) who was able to limit damage. Slaats definitely struggled with the command of his curveball during this game and had to depend on his fastball for the majority, hitting 92-93 on the gun. Slaats faced bases-loaded situations in the first two innings of the game, but escaped with only a single run allowed. The much-maligned Nuts bullpen threw 4 solid innings to finish off the win.
Offensive stars of the game were Rafael Ortega (3 for 5) and Corey Dickerson (again). Christian Adames matched absolutely terrible at bats earlier in the game with his first triple of the season.
Rome 6, Asheville 1
The Tourists' mighty offense was completely shut down by Rome's pitching, managing just 4 hits on the day. Will Swanner had two doubles to bring his season average to .324 with a studly 1.024 OPS. We should really, really be talking about this kid more. David Kandilas also hit a double on the day, but that was basically it for the Tourists offense.
Vianney Mayo followed up his complete game 3 hitter from last week with a gutsy performance on a day when he didn't have his best stuff. The fastball was there (hitting 96 on the gun) but the curveball command was absent. Still, Mayo did an effective job limiting damage by striking out 6 Braves hitters. The bullpen again picked up the slack, allowing only 4 total hits the last 5 innings of the game.