Unlucky 13th for D'Backs and Affiliates

Friday the 13th was looking a lot like Friday the 13th for the Diamondbacks up in Colorado, and for their minor league squads around the nation. In FutureBacks.com's daily minor league roundup we find all four D'Backs affiliates losing, and some of our hottest pitchers, like Clint Goocher and Kellen Raab getting slashed like co-eds at summer camp.

Tucson 5 @ Nashville 7

Left hander Billy Murphy made his second start of the season Friday against the Nashville Sounds and was victimized by three errors, which led to two unearned runs.  Murphy lasted only four innings giving up seven hits and walking four before giving way to Randy Choate, who started the fifth inning.  Murphy, who is coming back from a torn hamstring suffered the first week of spring training, never found the arm slot, but pitched better than his numbers would suggest.  He took his second straight no decision.

The Diamondbacks got on the board in the top of the first thanks to Matt Kata.  Hitting in the #2 spot in the order Kata doubled, stole third, and then after Scott Hairston walked, Kata scored on a Conor Jackson sacrifice fly.  In the bottom half of the inning however Nashville struck back with three runs on a double, two errors, and two walks.

In his third game since being sent back down to Tucson Matt Kata played his third position, third base, and had a good day, going 2 for 5 with a double, a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base.  Kata has hit safely in all three games but did commit his first error of the year.

Despite the error left fielder Hairston had a solid day at the plate, going 2 for 3 with two walks and a RBI.  Hairston is now 5 for his last 8 with four RBI in his last two games.

Josh Kroeger was hitting seventh Friday, the result of a 1 for 27 slump, but broke out of it with a 2 for 4 day that included a home run, his fourth of the year and first since April 22nd.  He drove in two runs, scored two, and snatched his third stolen base of the season.

Carolina 12 @ Tennessee 5

The Diamondbacks have been looking for first baseman Jesus Cota to regain his power stroke for nearly two years, and it looks as if their wishes may have been granted.  After blasting 16 home runs in just 272 at bats during his first year of pro ball, Cota has never improved on that number, hitting just 13 last year in 110 games split between Hi-A Lancaster and Double-A El Paso.  Cota came into the game with six round trippers in just 130 ABs and added two more dingers Friday night to bring his total to eight for the season. 

Cota was hitting behind third baseman Dan Uggla, and Uggla's patience paid off.  He walked three times on Friday, going 0 for 2 but collecting a run scored and his 27th RBI.

After winning his last three starts and giving up just two earned runs in his last 19 innings left handed starter Clint Goocher might have been due for a let down, but no one expected an outing like this.  Goocher was tagged for 12 hits and eight earned runs in just 3.2 innings, striking out one and walking one along the way.  It was by far Goocher's worst outing of the year, raising his ERA from a sterling 2.72 to 4.28 in one night.

Right fielder Jon Zeringue went 1 for 4 with a double on the evening, but struck out in the seventh, extending his streak of seven straight games with a K.

Reliever Justin Wechsler made his first appearance in more than two weeks Friday, and probably would have preferred waiting another day.  Coming in with two outs in the fourth Wechsler pitched only 1.1 innings, but walked two, gave up four hits, and four earned runs.

Marland Williams was 2 for 5 on the day and swiped his 13th and 14th bases.

High Desert 7 @ Lancaster 5

Miguel Montero has had better days.  Yes, the young catcher went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI, extending his hitting streak to nine games, but he also made two errors and was hit by a pitch.

Chris Kinsey on the other hand has got to be feeling a little confused.  Kinsey took his fifth loss of the season Friday after striking out eight and giving up only two earned runs.  A season high five JetHawk errors allowed three unearned runs to cross the plate though.  Kinsey dropped to 2-5 on the season, and has factored in the decision in every game he had pitched in this season.

Alex Frazier continued to make solid contact, going 2 for 4 and extending his hitting streak to 11 games on the year.  The left fielder raised his average to .304 on the season and collected his 25th RBI of the year.

Second baseman Erik Schindewolf continued to show off an impressive eye for the strike zone.  Though he was 0-3 on the day Schindewolf drew two more walks, raising his season total to 34, while striking out only 20 times on the year, his on base percentage now stands at an incredible .601.

The JetHawks have now given up 35 unearned runs through 35 games.

Kane County 8 @ South Bend 7 (10 Innings)

Since being moved into South Bend's starting rotation 6'6" lefty Kellen Raab had gone 2-0 with a 1.53 ERA in two starts.  Apparently three is not Raab's lucky number, as the lefty gave up seven runs (six earned) in five innings.  He did not factor in the decision.

Raab has walked one hitter in 18 innings since being moved into the rotation.  He has struck out 17.

Matt Elliot was the hard luck loser.  After retiring two of the three batters he faced in the ninth via the strikeout center fielder Brandon Simon made a two base error that was followed by a single that would score the run.  On the season Elliot has given up four runs in 12 innings pitched, but only two of those four are earned.

Catcher Wilkin Castillo was the DH for South Bend Friday, he went 3 for 6 with a double, only his fourth extra base hit in 83 at bats, and scored two runs.

Carlos Gonzales can do no wrong.  The right fielder was also 3 for 6 with a double, a run scored, and three RBI.  He's driven in seven RBI in his last four games and is hitting .367 at home on the season (.167 on the road).

Though Simon did make a costly error he was 3 for 5 on the day, his second three hit game of the season.

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