Monday, August 29, 2005

Minors recaps 29 Aug 05

Portland:
Ben Johnson was called up to the Padres and started in rightfield for the aching Brian Giles. Johnson doubled and walked in 4pa. Sean Burroughs was still with the Beavers and drove in 2 runs with a homer and a single. Paul McAnulty(.340) and Nick Trzesniak(.406) both were left out of the starting lineup but the Beavers beat Tucson 4-3. Mike Thompson went 6 innings and allowed just 2 runs for his 4th win. Scott Cassidy picked up his 8th save with a perfect ninth. Kennard Jones was promoted from Mobile to replace Johnson and started in cf. He singled in 4ab's.
Beavers box

Mobile:
Brian Whitaker gave up 3 runs in 7 innings but took the loss as the Baybears were unable to come back against Carolina and lost 4-3. Joe Gerber had 2 of the 4 hits allowed by Carolina pitching.
Baybears box

Lake Elsinore:
The Storm and High Desert got together at High Desert for an old fashioned slugfest won by the Storm 11-8. Michael Johnson hit 2 homers, a double, scored 3 runs and drove in six. Colt Morton and Bret Bonvechio also homered. All this offense made a winner of Eddie Bonine despite him giving up 6 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks.
Storm box

Ft Wayne:
Lansing jumped on Joel Santo for 4 4th inning runs and held on for a 4-1 win over the Wizards. Pete Ciofrone had 2 hits and scored the only Wizards run. Sean Kazmar added 2 hits and Matt Bush was 1 for 3 and a walk.
Wizards box

Eugene(short season)
Grant Varnell gave up two runs in 7 innings but took the loss as the Ems were shut out by 3 Salem-Keizer pitchers. Chase Headly had 3 hits, including a double, in the loss.
Ems box

Arizona(rookie)
28 Aug 05
Scott Fogelson pitched 6.1 innings and allowed 6 runs(3 earned) but Grant Varnell would get the win in relief as he held the Cubs scoreless for 2 innings while the Padres came back to win 9-6. Varnell was promoted to Eugene and started the following day. lf Javis Diaz tripled, singled, walked twice and drove in 3 runs to lead the offense. Chad Steiner also drove in two with two hits. Pitcher Ernesto Frieri has been less dominating since his return from Lake Elsinore. His numbers (7-1 1.27era with 54k in 42ip) are still very good(even for rookie league).
AZL Padres box

5 Comments:

Blogger EdenHarvest_AD said...

Why is Michael Johnson still in single-A. His numbers are ridiculous (.304/.373./.638) and he's 25 years old.

8:42 AM  
Blogger LynchMob said...

He's been hurt a lot this season ... and he's never been "touted" ... and McAnulty was playing 1B @ Mobile until end of June ...

10:33 AM  
Blogger hank said...

Actually, Michael Johnson was a nr 2 pick and the Padres were kinda thinking he might be a power hitting firstbaseman that could replace the nevin/klesko generation. Unfortunately Johnson has not be able to stay healthy long enough to move through the chain. He could bypass AA and start next season at Portland depending on his spring training.

Probably the reason they didnt try to bump him up late in this season is that Lake Elsinore qualified for the playoffs with their first half record and then lost a lot of players. Carrillo was returned to help out the playoff picture and it could be that Johnson was held down for this same reason.

Its a good question and about all we can do is guess.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous David said...

Just a small correction - while MiLB is currently reporting Grant Varnell as the winner in Sunday night's game, he is actually up in Eugene already. The last two innings were, in fact, pitched by Geoff Vandel, the Georgia highschool kid who's absolutely ROCKED in his 20 professional innings this year (30 K's, 16 runners allowed, 0.45 ERA).

2:28 PM  
Blogger hank said...

David, thanks for that.. it sure had me wondering how a guy could pitch two innings one night and start a game for another team the next night. That kind of thing just isnt done anymore.

Hope you dont mind if I use ur input for a correction to the blog.

5:55 PM  

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