Tucson 10 @ Colorado Springs 3
Michael Gosling gave up two first inning runs but then settled down to throw
a solid game, going 6.1 innings, scattering 10 hits and walking only one, while
giving up just one more earned run after the first frame. It was his
longest outing since returning to Tucson from the Diamondbacks, his six
strikeouts were also a high since his return, and the win was his first since
coming back to Triple-A.
Mike Koplove didn't allow an earned run after coming on in the seventh to
replace Gosling, but he did allow one of the two inherited runners to score
after giving up a single to the first hitter he faced, something Koplove is
specifically working to avoid in his time in Tucson. After Koplove, Javier Lopez and Randy Choate both worked scoreless frames.
Top to bottom the Sidewinders lineup was producing Tuesday. Andy Green
reached base twice and scored a run, Keoni DeRenne, getting a rare start at
shortstop, extended his hitting streak to five games by going 2-5, Josh Kroeger
scored three runs during his 3-4 day, and Jesus Cota had his best day since
being promoted to Triple-A, going 3-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBI.
The Sidewinders used a pair of four run innings to power their way to
victory, and center fielder Carlos Quentin was neck deep in both of them.
In the third inning Quentin doubled after back to back singles by DeRenne and
Kroeger opened the inning, plating both, and in the eighth Quentin laced a
triple to left that once again brought home DeRenne and Kroeger. It was
the second time this season Quentin had four RBI in a game, though he's also had
a five, and a six, RBI game this year.
Third baseman Brian Barden also continued his torrid pace, going 2-4 with his
13th home run of the year and his 77th and 78th RBI. Barden has hit in six
of his last seven, and during that span has gone 13-32 with two homers, four
doubles, seven runs scored and eight RBI.
Tennessee 15 @ Birmingham 5
When your offense puts up 13 runs in the first four innings, it stands to
reason that as a starting pitcher you tend to relax, so it was no surprise that
Dustin Nippert cruised through his six inning stint Tuesday, allowing just four
hits and zero earned runs in route to his eighth win of the season. Rumors
have started flying about Nippert being one of the lucky few who makes the jump
from Double-A to the bigs when rosters expand September 1st, and right now it
would be hard to make a case against him. In Nippert's last five starts
he's 3-0, and in 35.1 innings he's allowed just 23 hits, walked nine while
striking out 24 and given up just three earned runs. That's more than
seven innings a start, with an ERA of 0.76.
Right hander Justin Wechsler struggled again, allowing three hits, two walks,
and four earned runs in his lone inning of work. It's been a tough year
for Wechsler, one of the Diamondbacks more highly thought of relief prospects
coming into the season. Tuesday was the fifth time this season he's
allowed four earned runs or more in an outing, and it's led to a 6.70 ERA this
All but one of the Smokies starting lineup had a hit Tuesday, and seven of
the nine had at least two as the bats were hot in Tennessee. Shortstop
Stephen Drew got himself back on track with a 2-5 day that included a double and
two RBI, but he was caught stealing for the third time in five attempts since
moving to Double-A. Jarred Ball broke out of a mini 1-18 slump coming in
with a 2-5 day that included a RBI and a run scored, and the meat of the order
was at top form. Second baseman Dan Uggla scored three times and had a
homer, and DH Chris Carter did the same. First baseman Jaime D'Antona was
3-5 with three RBI, and catcher Matt Morgan had a career day, going 3-5 with two
doubles, two runs scored and four RBI. In his last four games Morgan has
turned it on, going 7-15 with four doubles, three runs scored and eight RBI.
Lancaster 10 @ Bakersfield 1
Pitchers hate the California League, or at least they are supposed to.
The gusting winds and high, dry, desert air typically make pitchers crazy, as
they watch lazy fly balls clear the fences.
Try telling that to Matt Chico. Since being moved back down to Hi-A
Lancaster at the beginning of June Chico has reestablished himself as a lefty
prospect to watch, and Tuesday simply made that even more clear. Chico was
nearly flawless in his seven innings of work, allowing four hits and striking
out eight without walking a batter. He started by retiring the first 11
hitters he faced, and then in the fifth inning, when he finally ran into
trouble, Chico bore down. Back to back singles opened the inning, and then
an error on third baseman Jay Garthwaite loaded the bases with nobody out.
Chico reached back to strikeout the next hitter, then got a fly ball to center
that wasn't long enough to get the runner home, and finally a weak ground out to
third to end the inning. It would be the closest the Blaze would get to
scoring on Chico, who has now gone seven innings in four of his last seven
Of course, it's always easier to pitch with the lead, and the JetHawks gave
Chico one right away when left fielder Alex Frazier doubled home shortstop Kenny Perez in the top of the first. In the second Lancaster would add two more
on a Danny Richar two run homer, his 15th of the year, fifth this month, and
third in the last five games. In the third the JetHawks would strike
again, loading the bases on two walks and a hit batsman then getting a two out
double from first baseman Javier Brito.
The JetHawk bats would be silenced until the seventh inning when center
fielder Steve Garrabrants (2-5, two runs) would lead off with a single, followed
by a Perez (2-4, BB, three runs) single, then right fielder Jeff Cook would
double to score Garrabrants, followed by a Frazier three run homer to put the
game out of reach.
Catcher Phil Avlas had himself a day, going 3-5 with three doubles and a run
scored. During his current five game streak Avlas has been on fire, going
10-19 with six doubles, a triple, four RBI and eight runs scored.
South Bend was off Tuesday
Eugene 1 @ Yakima 5
The stellar pitching continued Tuesday in Yakima, as left hander Ryan Schreppel had his best game this season. Schreppel worked 6.2 innings,
walking three and allowing just two hits and one run, unearned, as he evened his
record at 2-2 on the season. Schreppel also set a new high water mark for
himself in strikeouts, K-ing nine on the day. The bullpen stepped up
nicely in relief of Schreppel, as Enmanuel Duran and Greg Thompson both worked
The old adage is 'the bottom rolls the top,' meaning the bottom of the order
gets on, letting the top of the order roll them home, and that was taken to
heart by the Bears #9 hitter Tuesday, catcher Michael Biguenet. Biguenet
was 2-3 with a walk on the day, and put himself in position to be brought home,
which the top of the order did gladly, scoring him all three times he reached
base. In the third inning Biguenet led off with a single and was driven
home on a single by first baseman Trey Hendricks (1-4). In the next inning
Biguenet walked and scored on a single by center fielder Leyson Septimo (3-4,
two RBI), and after Biguenet's sixth inning single it was the shortstop, Juan Olivares who would use his only hit of the day, a triple, to bring Biguenet
Missoula 6 @ Idaho Falls 14
There will be work to do for Diamondbacks third round draft pick Jason Neighborgall this fall. For the second straight outing Neighborgall
couldn't find the plate, and he never officially recorded an out in Tuesday's
start, though there were official stats for his start. Neighborgall walked
the first four men he faced, then a Ricardo Cruz error allowed another run to
score, and after two more bases loaded walks Neighborgall was mercifully lifted,
with a final line that read, seven hitters faced, six walks, five runs, three
The bullpen came on, and though Lorenzo Church was able to get the next
hitter to ground into a double play, and record the third out of the first
inning on the next hitter, he too would run into trouble. Church allowed
three hits, three walks, and five earned runs in his 3.1 innings pitched, and
the next man out of the pen, right hander Peter Duda, would also find the plate
smaller than usual, walking three and allowing five hits and four runs, only two
earned, in his 3.1 innings. Only right hander Vince Evans would come out
unscathed, allowing just one hit and no runs in his 1.1 innings.
The Osprey bats were never able to recover from the early deficit. Only
shortstop Pedro Ciriaco would shine, going 2-4 extending his hitting streak to
12 games with a single and an eighth inning grand slam that followed three walks
to load the bases. It was Ciriaco's first professional grand slam, and his
second home run of the season.