Bonafacio Granny; Stockman Injured

Bonafacio Granny; Stockman Injured

Jesus Cota had two other hits, but the one that mattered ended the game, Emilio Bonafacio's grand slam broke it open for the Silverhawks, and Phil Stockman left Wednesday with an injury. All part of a <b>FREE PREVIEW</b> of the daily FutureBacks.com update of the minors.

Colorado Springs 9, Tucson 6

 

Phil Stockman was cruising before being lifted in the fourth inning due to injury.  Stockman had given up two runs, but only one earned, as Sergio Santos made his first error of the year allowing the second run to score.  The Sidewinders bullpen let Stockman down as Mark Freed allowed six runs to cross the plate in the fifth. 

 

Doug DeVore started slowly, but his solo homer Wednesday extended his hitting streak to seven games.  DeVore started in right field, moving to left after Andy Green moved from left to second base.   DeVore also struck out once, he's struck out at least one time in all but one of his 11 starts this season.

 

Brian Barden's 3 for 4 night raised his season average to .422.  Barden has had multiple hits in his last five games and is hitting .650 with eight RBI during that five game streak.

 

Former Atlanta Braves closer Kerry Ligtenberg was signed to a minor league contract by the Diamondbacks April 16th and made his second appearance in Tucson Wednesday.  He threw two innings, striking out four and giving up one run.  In his first appearance on the 18th Ligtenberg earned the win, throwing an inning and a third of shutout ball.  The Diamondbacks have actively been looking for veteran leadership to help the big league club's bullpen, so expect Ligtenberg at the BOB soon.

 

West Tenn 6, Tennessee 7

 

Mike Schultz picked up the win while in the clubhouse after pitching the top of the ninth and then being ejected, but the day belonged to Jesus Cota, who is healthy for the first time in two years and showing it.  Cota went 3 for 5 with three RBI including a walk off double that gave the Smokies a 7 to 6 victory over the Chicago Cubs Double-A West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx. 

 

Cota's night raised his average to .389.  After starting the season with a seven game hit streak Cota has started a new one, hitting safely in his last four games.  He's failed to get a hit in only one of the Smokies 12 games this season.

 

Smokies starting pitcher Enrique Gonzalez struggled, giving up 10 hits and five runs in five innings, but kept the Smokies in the game long enough for Cota and company to come to the rescue.  The Smokies bullpen was sharp, giving up just two hits and one run while striking out six in four innings of work.

 

Lancaster 2, Inland Empire 7

 

Sam Smith dropped his third decision of the year after giving up seven runs in five innings as the Inland Empire 66ers beat up on the Lancaster JetHawks 7-2. 

 

The JetHawks managed only six hits against the 66ers, two by center fielder Jay Garthwaite.  Miguel Montero continued a torrid start to the season, smacking a double to left center and scoring on Garthwaite's double three pitches later. 

 

Hitters are crushing at a .400 clip against Smith with runners in scoring position.

 

Ryan Coffin was strong in relief for the JetHawks going three innings without giving up a hit and striking out two.  The outing dropped Coffin's ERA to 1.69.

 

First baseman Chris Carter went 0-4 with two strikeouts, ending his six game hitting streak.  The JetHawks now own the worst record in the California League (5-9).

 

South Bend 8, Fort Wayne 3

 

Silverhawks lead off hitter and second baseman Emilio Bonafacio crushed a Grand Slam in the sixth that put the game out of reach but it was third baseman Augie Murillo's three run shot that opened the door for the win against Fort Wayne.  Angel Rocha lasted only three innings because of a more than two hour rain delay, so Josh Perrault earned the win after going three innings and giving up three runs.  Matt Elliott earned his third save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

 

All eight Silverhawk position players reached base safely in the game. 

 

Silverhawk pitchers struck out twelve batters, but surrendered seven walks.

 

Murillo has hit safely in his last four games and carries an average of .404.  He's reached base safely in all but one of the Silverhawks 12 games this season.

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