Minor League Wrap 7.15.2011

Toledo 3, Scranton 7 (Yankees)

This one was tied at three until the top of the 8th inning when Scranton put up 4 and hung on to win by that margin. In a starting role, Duane Below looked good and threw a quality start: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5K. His ERA on the year is 3.13.

Ortega took the loss after allowing 3 of the 4 ER in the 8th inning.

Carlos Guillen played 2B and went 1-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored. Guillen is hitting .316 in the minors. Cale Iorg (SS) drove in 2 runs to lead the Mud Hens but was 0-2 from the plate.

Erie 1, Altoona 3 (Pirates)

Jacob Turner took the loss in this one: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. In his last 10 starts Turner has posted a 4.01 ERA over 67 1/3 innings. In that same stretch, he’s K’ed 50 and walked 21. Turner has a high ceiling, which is not in question; however, I’ve been hearing rumors that he may get a mid-season promotion to fill in as the 5th starter. Given his inconsistency, I think Turner needs to continue to develop at Erie. If I was DD, I would be looking at trying Duane Below for a start or two – then looking to acquire a SP before the 7/30 deadline if Below is not ready to produce at the major league level.

In any event, the sole RBI for Erie came by way of Bryan Holaday (C) who went 1-2 on the night.

Lakeland 2, St. Lucie 1 (Mets)

The 4 Lakeland pitchers all looked great. Drew Smyly (LHP) improved to 5-3 after 5 innings of 1-run ball in which he struck out 7 batters. He was replaced by, in order, Morrsion, Putkonen, and Little who combined to allows 4 hits over 4 innings with no runs. Matt Little (RHP) earned his second save.

Jordan Lennerton (DH) had the only RBI and went 1-2. Julio Rodriguez (C) and Brent Wyatt (LF) scored Lakeland’s 2 runs. In addition to the R, Wyatt was 1-2 with a double and a walk

West Michigan 5, Wisconsin 4 (Brewers)

Alex Burgos (LHP) did not factor in the decision as the SP for West Michigan. Over 4 1/3 IP, he allowed 5 hits and 3 walks which turned into only 1 ER. Impressively, he struck out 9 batters over that span. Reliever Clemente Mendoz (RHP) earned his 2nd win after throwing 2.1 scoreless innings.

James Robbins (1B) had the by far the best night offensively. He was 3-5 with a run scored, a double, and two RBI. Jason Krizan (RF) was 2-5 with an RBI. Hernan Perez (SS) was 1-3 with a double, a RBI, run scored, and 2 walks. Castellanos was 0-4 with a walk, 3 K’s, and a run scored.