Stupid fun for a Wednesday…
- Phoenix 3, Saguaros 2 (box). Left-hander Will Startup worked an eight-pitch scoreless ninth. All Padres position players rode pine.
- Obregon 10, Mexicali 4 (box). Jared Wells gave up two unearned runs on two hits in the ninth.
- Navojoa 11, Hermosillo 8 (box). Two more hits for Oscar Robles, who batted second and played shortstop. Luis Cruz singled and drove in a run in three at-bats. He started at second base and moved to center in the seventh. Cruz has played at least three positions since the league started.
I missed this when it happened, but according to Baseball America, the Padres have granted Hiram Bocachica and Scott Cassidy free agency. Cassidy did some nice work for the big club in the first half of 2006 but has been a non-factor since. I liked what I saw of Bocachica in limited opportunities and hope he gets a chance somewhere else.
Another guy granted free agency was right-hander Jermaine Van Buren. He’s coming off a poor showing at Triple-A, but this is someone who has enjoyed success in the high minors in the recent past. I’d identified Van Buren in the Ducksnorts 2007 Baseball Annual as a potential bargain reliever and I still think he might be worth a look.