Shappi Wins Again; Bass Scoreless for Smokies

Shappi Wins Again; Bass Scoreless for Smokies

On Friday the 13th the Diamondbacks and all four of their active affiliates lost, one day later it was a whole different ballgame, with starting pitchers turning in great performances at every level. A.J. Shappi was his typical brilliant self, Garrett Mock is putting his money where his mouth is, Adam Bass has a 15+ scoreless innings streak, and Edgar Gonzalez is making everyone forget about 2004.

Tucson 4 @ Memphis 2

It was pretty easy to nail down what led to Edgar Gonzalez's miserable 0-9 record last season with the Diamondbacks.  In just 10 starts (46.1 innings pitched) last season Gonzalez walked 18 batters and surrendered 15 home runs.  Saturday night Gonzalez walked just one in route to his fourth win of the year with the Sidewinders.  Gonzalez went seven innings to earn the win, striking out three, and though he did give up a two run homer in the fifth inning it is just the sixth homer Gonzalez has given up in his eight starts (51.1 innings) in 2005.  In that same time he's walked just eight.

The Sidewinders managed only two hits and one run off Memphis starter Bill Pulsipher, but exploded for four hits and three runs in the seventh off reliever Mark Nussbeck.  Conor Jackson started the seventh with a single, his only hit of the night, and that was followed by one of Carlos Quentin's two hits.  Sergio Santos was 1 for 3 on the evening with a walk, and his single drove in Jackson, but it was catcher Juan Brito's double to right center than scored both Quentin and Santos and gave the Sidewinders control of the contest. 

Brandon Medders gave up only one hit, and no runs, in the ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the year.

Brian Barden cracked his second home run of the season, 12 of Barden's 40 hits this year have gone for extra bases.

Carolina 0 @ Tennessee 6

When you throw seven innings of five strikeout, one walk baseball you're supposed to end up with a 'W' at the end of the day.  Adam Bass did that last time out and received a 'ND' so Saturday Bass decided to up the ante a little.  In seven innings Bass allowed only four hits and extended his scoreless streak to 15.2 innings, notching his first win of the year for the Smokies.  Bass ha now given up exactly one run in his last three starts (20 innings) to lower his ERA to 4.23.

Frankly, Jon Zeringue had deserved to be hitting down in the #7 hole for most of this season, but in the last few weeks Zeringue has turned things around, and hitting out of the six spot is showing dividends.  The right fielder was 3 for 4 with a run scored and two more driven in on Saturday night.  When hitting sixth in the lineup this year Zeringue is hitting .327.

Managers love to see production from the bottom of their lineup, and Tony Perezchica must have been smiling ear to ear Saturday.  Zeringue, shortstop Adam Haley, and catcher Phil Avlas hit sixth, seventh, and eighth respectively, and combined to go 7 for 12 with four runs scored and three RBI on the day.  Haley had a double, his first extra base hit in more than two weeks, while Avlas swiped his fourth base of the season.

Southern League pitchers have finally figured out that giving Dan Uggla something to hit is a losing proposition.  Uggla got the start at second base Saturday, and though his 0 for 2 left him hitless for the second straight day, he's drawn five walks, scored a run, driven in two, and stolen a base. 

High Desert 2 @ Lancaster 8

In a recent interview with FutureBacks.com right hander Garrett Mock talked about how he needed to string together a few quality starts before he could start acting as a 'team leader' on the JetHawks.  Start acting.  Saturday night Mock turned in his fourth straight quality start, but that term almost seems an insult compared to Mock's numbers.  He went eight innings giving up six hits and striking out seven as the JetHawks cruised to the win.  On the downside Mock did set a season high in walks...with two.  On the season Mock has struck out 49 and walked only eight.

Steve Garrabrants returned to center field and led off the game off with a bang, cranking his second home run of the season, he would later add another RBI on a double. 

Alex Frazier went 0 for 4 on the day, ending his 11 game hitting streak, but Miguel Montero stretched his streak to 10 games with an RBI single in the first.

Chris Carter has always shown a good eye, taking walks when they are offered and rarely chasing bad pitches.  He was 2 for 3 Saturday with his 16th walk of the season and has struck out just once in his last 50 at bats.

Second baseman Erik Schindewolf went 2 for 3 with a double and a triple.  Half way through May Schindewolf is hitting .388 with an amazing .632 on base percentage.

South Bend 5 @ Southwest Michigan 3

Stop the presses, A. J. Shappi went only six innings on Saturday.  That's practically a day off for the right hander, who has gone at least seven innings in six of his eight starts this season, but it was good enough for Shappi to collect his fifth win.  Shappi gave up four hits, one walk, and one unearned run to lower his ERA to 2.33. 

Mark Rosen came on with one out in the ninth and struck out the only two batters he faced to earn his seventh save.  On the season Rosen has 19 Ks in 14.1 innings pitched.

Midwest League pitchers aren't giving first baseman Javier Brito much to hit, and it's not hard to see why.  Brito was 1 for 2 on Saturday, crushing his first home run of the year.  In his last three games Brito is 5 for 9 with a double, triple, and homer, two RBI, four runs scored, a stolen base, and five walks.

On Thursday third baseman Augie Murillo had his 11 game hit streak snapped, so he's just gone and started another one, Murillo was 1 for 5 on Saturday and is hitting .362.

Jereme Milons got the start in center and was 2 for 4 with a double, a run, and a RBI.  He also struck out once, giving him 12 Ks and only one walk in his last 10 games.

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