Triple-A — Portland 5, New Orleans 4
Matt Antonelli: 2-for-6, BB
Jody Gerut: 2-for-7, SB
Chase Headley: 2-for-6
Brian Myrow: 2-for-3, 2B, 3 BB
Chip Ambres (CF): 2-for-6, 2B
Nick Hundley: 0-for-5
Craig Stansberry (SS): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 BB
Edgar Gonzalez (PH): 1-for-1, HR
Wade LeBlanc: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 5 SO, HBP
Dirk Hayhurst: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 3 SO
Jared Wells: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO
Paul Abraham: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 0 SO
Josh Banks: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 1 SO
The Beavers needed 12 innings to win this one. They left 17 runners on base, while the Zephyrs left 4. That would have been an irritating loss… Gerut has recorded two or more hits in 8 of his last 11 games… I don’t care how old Myrow is, he still deserves a shot somewhere… The game might have ended sooner but Portland ran out of position players, forcing Shawn Estes into a pinch-hitting appearance with a runner on second and one out in the 11th. Estes flied out to right, and then Hundley struck out swinging to end the inning and prolong the contest.
Double-A — Corpus Christi 3, San Antonio 2
Drew Macias: 1-for-5, 2B
Craig Cooper (1B): 1-for-5, HR
Chad Huffman: 1-for-3, HBP
Jose Lobaton: 1-for-3, SF
Will Inman: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 8 SO
Jonathan Ellis: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 1 BB 1 SO
Inman’s record in the low minors is sick, but his first exposure to Double-A — which came in 2007 — yielded mixed results. This year is a different story so far. He’s got a tidy 2.11 ERA and he’s holding opponents to a .197 batting average. Inman’s strikeout rate is 8.69 per 9 IP, so it’s not all smoke and mirrors. He’s also allowed just one home run, which is nice given that one of his biggest problems last season was a lingering case of gopheritis. The sample remains small, but this is encouraging.
In honor of my birthday, the California League took the day off. What a sweet gesture.
Low-A — Fort Wayne 4, Burlington 3
Luis Durango (DH): 1-for-5
Andrew Cumberland (SS): 1-for-4, E
Shane Buschini: 1-for-2, BB
Bradley Chalk: 1-for-4, SB
Felix Carrasco: 1-for-4
Yefri Carvajal: 1-for-4
Robert Woodard: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 0 BB, 3 SO
Wynn Pelzer: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 1 SO
That’s 10 errors in 24 games for Cumberland, who is hitting .240/.295/.302. Bright sides? He’s 19 years old and controlling the strike zone. It’s not much, but we take what we can get… Carrasco has fanned in 38 of his 90 plate appearances this year.
Logic tells me that high OBP teams have higher rates of LOB.
Just last week we were trumpeting the Pad’s minor league guys for drawing so many walks and getting on base at a good clip…today we poke them for LOB.
So, we should instead praise them for failing to convert those opportunities? I don’t see how that follows. Getting on base is great because it leads to more scoring opportunities, but getting on base is not the same as scoring runs. Yeah, we poke them for LOB.
Man Dirk Hayhurst may get a look from the big club this year if he keeps pitching like this.
E-Gon’s dinger was on the first pitch of the at-bat, and went about 350 feet or so.
#2@Geoff Young: I am more wondering what the relationship b/w OBP and LOB is. How much higher a rate of LOB is acceptable with the incrimental increase in OBP.
Oh, and Gerut was named PCL Player of the week. In that span he hit .421 4HR, 9 RBI. He’s trying to send a message to the Padres that’s for sure.
#5@Coronado Mike: I dont see how a higher rate should be acceptable. Thank kinda of like the saying a walk is as good as a hit, but none of your players can hit. This is where there can be problems with a bunch of guys thats hit .240 and get on base .350. You might not score runs because hitting can advance a runner more than 90 feet. For example with the Pads, when there is a man on second and 1 out and someone walks, its almost safe to declare the inning over. You know its gonna end with the good ole 4-6-3.
Oh hey, GY. The Beav’s didn’t run out of position players. They still had Luke Carlin on the bench, I would’ve used him before Estes. But for some reason Managers are afraid to use their back up catcher “Just in case”…drives me mad. It’s extra innings – you need to win the ball game. Send him up there, not a friggin’ pitcher.
#7@SDSUBaseball: You’re never going to hit (drive in runs with a base hit) at the same rate you’re going to get on-base. Teams that score a lot of runs will typically leave a lot of men on base, because they had more to begin with. I think that’s what CM is saying. So those teams will rank highly in the LOB category, but only because it’s a counting stat, not because they’re failing. The team that gets 3 men on an in inning and scores 1 has the same total as the team that gets 1 on and scores him, but the first team, sometimes, is going to put crooked numbers up. The second team can’t.
Runs are more dependent on OBP than any other component of hitting. But when a team is badly behind in the other areas, it’s going to hurt anyway.