Charleston Finally Loses; Tyler Austin Homers; Rob Segedin; Mikey O’Brien; Mark Montgomery

Minor Leagues Report — By Tom K on April 26, 2012 9:30 pm


All good things must come to an end; such as the Riverdogs’ 10-game winning streak as Lexington takes a 5-2 decision tonight.

Tyler Austin (who else?) hit a solo home run in the loss, his 6th of the season. Oh, he also singled, doubled, and scored two runs on top of that….giving him 17 extra-base hits in 17 games played.

Slumping Dante Bichette singled in a run. He is hitting .254 on the season. Angelo Gumbs drew two walks and stole a base.

Scottie Allen took the loss (5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) as Charleston committed three errors. ——– Scranton:

A 6-4 loss for Scranton tonight – and as per usual, not much to say about it. Ramon Ortiz started and pitched horribly (isn’t Sidney Ponson available?)

Pat Venditte did throw a scoreless inning, allowing a walk and striking out two (3.60 ERA; 10 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 6 BB, 9 K)

DeWayne Wise hit a solo home run to raise his meaningless batting average to .396, while one-time cup-of-coffee man Kevin Russo had a single, two doubles, two runs scored, and a run batted in. ——- Trenton:

There is something about giving up seven runs in the first inning that instantly makes you think it’s going to be a long night.

That’s what Erie did to Craig Heyer tonight as they romped by Trenton, 9-2.

To Heyer’s credit, he did come back to throw four shutout innings after the horrible first. But it was way too little too late (5 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 1 K). As a control pitcher, that four walk line is not good. As mentioned before, he is really not much of a prospect – he is already 26, doesn’t have overpowering stuff, and has to rely completely on his command and his defense. His ability to get groundballs is a plus; but another warning sign is that his walk rate has spiked since reaching the upper levels. And to be even reasonably effective, he has to pretty much put up Bob Tewksbury-like walk rates.

Neil Medchill hit his first Double-A home run in the loss, while Cuban defect Yadil Mujica had three hits and a run scored.

Abraham Almonte doubled, walked, and drove in a run. (.274/.329/.452; 6-for-7 sb) ————— Tampa:

A long, grueling extra-inning game didn’t end the way Tampa wanted as they lost in 11 innings to Brevard County, 2-1.

JR Murphy tied the game up with an RBI single in the 9th, his second hit of the game. He is off to an OK start, hitting .266..but so far with not much power (3 extra-base hits)

Rob Segedin had two more hits and a run scored, while Kyle Roller hit a double. Segedin is off to a very promising start.

Mikey O’Brien started and pitched extremely well: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K as he dropped his ERA to 4.50 (20 IP, 22 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 0 HR, 5 BB, 19 K). As is sometimes the case with early-season sample sizes, the ERA is a bit misleading – as he gave up eight of those runs in one of his four starts. He is a bit on the smallish side, but is a legit prospect.

Mark Montgomery tossed two scoreless innings, allowing a hit while striking out three (2.61 ERA; 10.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 15 K). Montgomery has 66 strikeouts in 38.2 minor league innings since being drafted in 2011. A name to keep an eye on.


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