Mercado Granny; Gonzalez K's 7 in Six

Gonzalez is getting sharp

Lancaster was off Monday, but the South Bend Silverhawks and Kane County Cougars did their best imitation of the California League, combining for 27 runs in nine innings; Enrique Gonzalez had his best outing of the year in Tennessee; and Mike Gosling made his first start after being sent down to Triple-A Tucson. All that and more in the FutureBacks.com Minor League Round Up

Tucson 5, Fresno 4

 

For the tenth straight game the Sidewinders got double figure hits, but it took a wild pitch and an error to help spark the five run seventh that would send the Sidewinders on to their fifth straight win and the top spot in the Pacific Coast League on Monday. 

 

Michael Gosling made his first start since being sent down to Tucson.  He lasted four innings, giving up two earned runs, including a solo homer in the second inning.  He struck out one and didn't walk a batter.

 

Kerry Ligtenberg pitched a scoreless eighth inning to drop his ERA to 1.08, after the game there were rumors Ligtenberg might be called up to the Diamondbacks as early as this weekend.

 

Corey Myers got the start behind the plate.  He went two for four with a run scored but Fresno also stole two bases against him.

 

Tennessee 4, Birmingham 1

 

Enrique Gonzalez had his best outing of the year giving up only four hits and one earned run while striking out seven in six innings as the Smokies knocked off the Birmingham Barons Monday.

 

Jesus Cota hit his second homer of the year in the seventh after notching his third double in the third inning.  The two for three performance raised his average on the season to .364, hitting almost exclusively in the clean up spot.

 

Catcher Matt Morgan had his first triple of the season and drove in two runs, Morgan, who has seen time at first base, second base, and third base, as well as behind the plate, is hitting lefty pitching at an almost .500 clip this season.

 

Outfielder Jon Zeringue, who had seen his average dip below the Mendoza line last week, has started to come around, getting a hit in his third straight game and scoring a run on Monday.

 

Lancaster was off Monday.

 

South Bend 13, Kane County 14

 

Angel Rocha was shelled in his second straight outing, lasting only an inning and two thirds Monday and despite battling back closer Mark Rosen only retired one of the six men he faced as the Silverhawks dropped a barn burner to Kane County Monday night.

 

After giving up only three earned runs in his first two starts (11 innings) this season Rocha has been tagged for eight in his last two (four and two-thirds) raising his ERA to 6.32.  Ironically, he had five wild pitches in his first two outings, with zero in his last two.  Opponents are hitting a robust .348 against Rocha with runners in scoring position.  Perhaps control is overrated?

 

Starting in left Jereme Milons went four for five with two doubles, a walk, and three runs scored.  When hitting in the two hole Milons is crushing at a .348 clip, nearly 80 points higher than when he hits lead off.

 

Catcher Orlando Mercado Jr. broke a four game hitless streak with a two for four performance culminating in an eighth inning two-out grand slam.  Both Mercado's homers and all seven of his RBI this season have come on the road.

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