Gary Sanchez 3 (?) Stolen Bases; Angelo Gumbs; Where’s Dante Bichette?; Zoilo Almonte Injured; Adam Warren Impressive; Shane Brown; Jose RamirezMinor Leagues Report — By Tom K on April 19, 2012 10:03 pm
Blast from the past: Christian Garcia, once a very promising right-handed pitcher in the Yankees’ organization who just couldn’t stay healthy, pitched in relief against the Thunder tonight. He threw 1.1 perfect innings, striking out three. After pitching in 23 games in his first year in the organization, Garcia managed to throw in 32 games (24 starts) over his final five years in the organization – missing the entire 2007 season due to injury. He made one start in 2010, before again going down with an injury and missing the remainder of that season. ————————– Injury/promotion news: Dante Bichette, two days after being lifted in extra innings for a pinch-hitter, did not play tonight. Haven’t found any information yet as to why. Zoilo Almonte was lifted with an undisclosed injury in tonight’s Trenton Thunder game. Neil Medchill was promoted from Tampa to Trenton to take the place of Daniel Brewer, who was placed on the disabled list. ———– Charleston:
A 6-0 deficit feels like a 1-0 deficit to this clan.
Down 6-0 after four innings of play, the Riverdogs’ exploded for six runs in the fifth, one in the sixth, and two in the eighth to overtake West Virginia, 9-8.
Tonight’s star was Angelo Gumbs, who went 2-for-4 with a double, grand slam, and five runs batted in.
Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and three (!!!) stolen bases, while Mason Williams had two hits, a run batted in, a run scored, and his seventh stolen base of the season.
Remarkably enough, Sanchez is now 5-for-5 stealing bases. Entering this season, he was 4-for-7 over 129 games.
Tyler Austin contributed a double and an RBI. Casey Stevenson went 2-for-3 with a triple and three runs scored, and Anderson Feliz had a hit and two runs of his own.
A few nights after being taken out of the game in extra innings, Dante Bichette did not play tonight.
On the negative side, Bryan Mitchell started and pitched poorly: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. Charleston committed five errors on the night, which did not help the cause. —————————————— Scranton:
Like DJ Mitchell the night before, Adam Warren is making it known that he is more than ready if pitchers in the Bronx continue to falter.
Warren tosses six solid innings, while Steve Pearce belted a three-run homer as Scranton defeated Rochester, 5-3.
Warren allowed one run on four hits while walking two and striking out five. After a miserable first start (3 IP, 7 H, 6 ER), Warren has now thrown 12.2 innings, allowing three runs on 11 hits.
Ray Kruml had a hit, two runs scored, and two stolen bases to help in the winning effort. —————————————— Trenton:
Luke Murton belted his first Double-A home run, but it wasn’t enough in a 6-2 loss to Harrison.
Murton is 5-for-19 on the season. He is a 26-year old right-handed hitter who has come up the system one level at a time – but when you are drafted as a 23-year old, you end up being old for your league at every step. He hit .274/.342/.402 in Tampa last season. He has shown good gap power in his minor league career, but best case scenario for him is a cup of coffee type of role.
Zoilo Almonte went 0-for-2 with a caught stealing before being lifted from the game.
Josh Romanski started, giving up four runs in the first inning before settling down to shut out Harrison in the next six (7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). ——————————————– Tampa:
Eduardo Sosa doubled, tripled, and scored a run while Shane Brown had two hits and two runs batted in as Tampa took care of Daytona, 5-2.
This was Brown’s first game of the season. I assume he started the year on the disabled list. The 24-year old right-handed hitter put up a very impressive .366/.465/.473 line in 205 at-bats between Staten Island and Charleston in 2011. In his minor league career, he has walked 64 times with only 47 strikeouts in 414 at-bats.
Kyle Roller contributed two hits and a run scored.
Jose Ramirez started, and threw well: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K (1-2, 6.75 ERA; 16 IP, 25 H, 12 R, 3 BB, 14 K). It goes without saying that he needed this.