Las Vegas 3 @ Tucson 5
Edgar Gonzalez improved to 6-1 on the season with seven innings of three run baseball Monday. Gonzales has now gone at least six innings in 10 of his 11 starts this year, and walked only 12 on the season (71 innings). This was also Gonzalez's third straight start without surrendering a homer, last season Gonzalez gave up a whopping 30 homers in 140.1 innings split between Tucson and the big league club.
Kevin Tolar worked two perfect innings, striking out one, to earn his second save of the season. Tolar has given up only one earned run in his last five appearances (seven innings).
Hitting in the leadoff spot for the first time all season Scott Hairston was 2-5 with a double and triple, scoring a run and driving one in.
Shortstop Sergio Santos has been moved to the two spot in the lineup since his bat has started to come around. Santos has had at least one hit in his last 10 starts, and Monday continued that trend, going 1-5 with his seventh home run of the season.
The offensive star for the Sidewinders Monday was left fielder Doug DeVore who had a pair of doubles, a stolen base, and a pair of RBI in the contest. DeVore has become something of the forgotten man in a busy Sidewinders outfield that at one time or another this season has included Hairston, Conor Jackson, Carlos Quentin, Josh Kroeger, Andy Green, and Jose Cruz Jr.
Tennessee 2 @ Huntsville 8
Just six days after tossing a complete game in which he gave up only one run and yet still took the loss Clint Goocher was lit up to the tune of seven earned in four innings pitched Monday. Goocher, who allowed three home runs in his first seven starts, allowed another on Monday, bringing his total to seven, and four in his last three starts.
Third baseman Jaime D'Antona has struggled this season, but Monday he drove in the only two runs for the Smokies, going 1-4 on the day.
The Smokies managed only five hits as a team, and only catcher Mike Dirosa was able to hit safely more than once. Dirosa, who has seen his playing time skyrocket since Phil Avlas went down with a high ankle sprain, has gone 4-15 with three walks and three strikeouts essentially alternating starts with Matt Morgan.
Dan Uggla was 1-3 on Monday with a walk and a run scored. He's started the last seven games at first base, prior to this past week Uggla hadn't started more than three consecutive games at the same position all year, despite starting 46 of the Smokies' 51 games in 2005.
High Desert 3 @ Lancaster 7
Despite only two outing all season where he had given up more than three runs, Jon Castellanos hadn't had a 'W' put next to his name since April 13th, his second start of the season. Even more amazing, he hadn't had an 'L' put next to his name either. Monday Castellanos went 6.2 innings, allowing three hits, two walks, and not a single run, and the JetHawks rewarded him with run support, moving Castellanos' record to 3-0 on the year. Though he's only made one start this season without giving up a walk, Castellanos hasn't had a start all season where he's allowed more than two free passes, he's walked 15 and struck out 53 in 63.1 innings pitched this year.
Hitting streaks are fun, but it's pretty rare that we see one like this. Second baseman Derek Bruce has gone 10 for his last 10 at the plate. The versatile infielder had hits in his last two at bats Friday, then went 5-5 on Sunday, and 3-3 Monday tying a California League record held by three different players. During the last four games Bruce is 11-14 with two home runs, four doubles, six runs scored and six RBI.
"It's a great accomplishment," JetHawks Manager Bill Plummer said of Bruce's streak, "You give guys the opportunity but it's what they do with it." Still, Plummer said streak or no streak Tuesday is Bruce's day off, and that will stick. Tune in Wednesday to see if Bruce can break the record.
On paper Dustin Glant's 12th save might have looked easy, after all it was just one out, but Glant came on after Mike Watson had already allowed three runs to score and left the bases loaded, putting the tying run at the plate. Glant retired the first hitter he faced to end the game and earn the save.
South Bend 6 @ Cedar Rapids 4
It wasn't the best performance A. J. Shappi has turned in, but it was another where most of the bullpen got the day off, and Shappi got the win. The right hander improved to 8-1 on the season by giving up eight hits and four earned runs in seven innings, walking two and striking out three. It was Shappi's sixth straight start without giving up a homer, a streak that extends to 43 innings.
Six of the Silverhawks 11 hits went for extra bases, including two doubles for Augie Murillo who raised his season average to .349, third best in the Midwest League. The big blast came in the third inning when right fielder Carlos Gonzales yanked a ball over the right field wall for a two out, three-run homer, his third on the season. Gonzales now has three consecutive two-hit games and six RBI in those three games as well.
Shortstop Mark Reynolds was 2-2 with a walk on the day and has now had a hit in eight of his last 10 starts.
Allen Mottram started as the Designated Hitter and has now hit in five straight games, during the streak Mottram has had at least one extra base hit in each game.