Tucson 4 @ Tacoma 12
The big league club is doing pretty well in the starting pitching department, it's been the bullpen that's needed help, and perhaps that was the thought process Michael Gosling underwent shortly before he surrendered nine earned in six innings Wednesday. Gosling has now lost four of his last five decisions, and given up five or more earned runs four times this season, while going seven innings or more only once.
Luis Terrero's rehab in Tucson is going just about as smoothly as his last stop in Triple-A. In two games Terrero is now 1-8 with one walk and five strikeouts after K-ing twice Wednesday during an 0-3 performance.
On the bullpen front Jason Bulger was shaky, allowing two walks in one inning, but got the job done by not allowing a hit and getting two strikeouts in the ninth inning. Bulger's gone six straight games without allowing an earned run, notching two saves during that time.
Matt Kata would certainly rather be with the big league club, but he's producing in Tucson. Kata was one of only two Sidewinders with multiple hits on Wednesday and his two RBI brought his total to nine in his last seven games.
Third baseman Brian Barden had several streaks rolling into Wednesday's game. Barden had homered in three straight, grabbed at least one RBI in six straight and had also hit safely in six straight. The run production took the day off, as Barden failed to homer or grab a RBI, but his 2-4 day with one run scored stretched the hitting streak to seven and he's now scored a run in his last five.
Conor Jackson got the day off Wednesday. Though he's hitting .383, has 29 doubles, and has a ridiculous 44-18 strikeout to walk ratio, Conor Jackson remains stuck on six homers, having not his one since June 1st, a span of 18 games.
Tennessee 12 @ Montgomery 5
After a short stint on the DL lefty Clint Goocher has picked up right where he left off. Wednesday Goocher went six innings, scattering seven hits and giving up three runs, but only one earned. Goocher walked two and struck out three to improve his record to 6-3 on the season. After a tough May where Goocher took losses in three of his last four starts, despite one of those being a complete game where he gave up only one run, and carry an ERA of 6.06 for the month he has bounced back and is 2-0 in four June appearances (three starts) with a 3.93 ERA.
The Smokies bats are welcoming Goocher back as well. Every starter in the Tennessee lineup had at least one hit, led by the resurgent hitting of third baseman Jaime D'Antona. D'Antona, who has struggled through the first half of the year, has woken up in the last week. Wednesday he was 3-5 with two doubles, a triple, three runs scored and three RBI. The performance ran his hit streak to five games, during which he's 10-19 with four extra base hits, six RBI and seven runs scored.
Shortstop Jerry Gil continued his rehab in Tennessee and is showing signs that he might be ready for a call if needed. Gil was 3-5 as well with a double, RBI and run scored, and has now hit in six straight games himself.
Jarred Ball got some playing time and has refused to give it up. Ball was 2-4 with a double and a run scored, giving him five multi-hit games in his last eight.
Lancaster 2 @ San Jose 4
Jon Castellanos didn't pitch badly, giving up four runs in 5.2 innings Wednesday, but the JetHawks bats couldn't get rolling, and Castellanos suffered his first loss of the season.
But don't blame the loss on Jay Garthwaite. Garthwaite has three doubles and the only two RBI the JetHawks could muster in four trips to the plate Wednesday.
Chris Carter has played left field in eight of his last nine games, a sign that the Diamondbacks love the left handed bat, but know first base is going to be occupied by Conor Jackson.
Shortstop Keoni DeRenne knows that his time in Lancaster is limited to the time Stephen Drew spends on the disabled list, but he's making the most of his opportunity to play none-the-less, his 1-5 day Wednesday gave him hits in six of the seven games he's appeared in at the Hi-A level this season.
One day after launching his 20th and 21st homers of the season Miguel Montero was 0-4 on Wednesday. Still, in his last seven games Montero is 12-30 with five home runs, 13 RBI and nine runs scored.
South Bend was off today
In the Midwest League All Star game Jereme Milons collected MVP honors with his 2-2 day that featured a double, a stolen base, and three RBI. FutureBacks.com sends it's congratulations to Jereme.
Vancouver 9 @ Yakima 6
Chris Kemlo was shaky in his first start of the year for Yakima, but his defense didn't do him any favors, allowing four unearned runs to cross the plate during Kemlo's stint. Kemlo lasted just 4.1 innings, giving up eight hits, walking two, and striking out one. He allowed nine runs, but only five were earned, thanks to two errors, each by players who had logged time at Hi-A Lancaster during the first half of the year. Shortstop Derek Bruce and second baseman Ramon Downing both had boots that allowed runs to score.
The defense wasn't all bad however, as the Bears turned five double plays on the day.
Trey Hendricks continued his work at a new position, first base, and delivered at the plate as the only Bear to notch two hits in the game.
Shortstop Juan Olivares took the DH spot and was 1-3 in the game with a double and three RBI.
Helena 9 @ Missoula 8
Despite seven errors between the two teams only two unearned runs would cross the plate, one for each side, as the Rookie Level Pioneer League stretched its legs on day two of the 2005 season.
Derek Nippert got the start for Missoula, and the lanky right hander wasn't at his best. Nippert gave up 11 hits and six runs in five innings of work, striking out three but walking one and giving up a pair of homers on the day.
Several Osprey would have days to remember at the plate. Third baseman Rusty Ryal was 3-6 with two doubles, a RBI, and a pair of runs scored, but his three strikeouts on the day show that patience might be something to work on. In two games Ryal has had nine at bats, with four hits and four Ks.
Right fielder Greg Thomson also collected three hits on the day, and drew a walk as well, but was thrown out in his first professional attempt at a stolen base.
Jo Jo Batten made his first pro appearance, going 1-5 with two RBI on the day.