Tyler Austin Homers Again; Gary Sanchez; Brandon Laird; Pat Venditte; Brett Marshall; Abraham Almonte

Minor Leagues Report — By on April 29, 2012 6:52 pm

Charleston:

Tyler Austin smacked a three-run home run in the first inning, but that is all of the offense Charleston got in a 12-3 loss to Hickory.

The home run was Austin’s 9th of the season.

Gary Sanchez, who is hitting .346, went 2-for-4 with a double while Cito Culver put up a 1-for-4 evening with a triple and run scored.

Rough outing for Caleb Cotham: 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K as his ERA rose to 2.86 on the season (22 IP, 23 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 16 K) —– Scranton:

Brandon Laird had three hits and a run scored, while Colin Curtis had a double and two runs batted in as Scranton roared past Lehigh Valley, 8-2.

Laird has brought his average up to .263…but is still struggling in the power department (.368 slugging) – and let’s face it, his raw power is his biggest asset. He is 11-for-28 vs. left-handed pitching.

Kevin Russo drew three walks, stole a base, and scored a pair of runs in the win.

Michael O’Connor started, giving up two runs on four hits over five innings. He walked nobody and struck out four (1-0, 2.87 ERA; 15.2 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 HR, 5 BB, 10 K). The only reason why I’ll write about guys like O’Connor is because they are suddenly on the radar…especially if Andy Pettitte has problems coming back.

Pat Venditte tossed three scoreless innings of relief, allowing three hits while striking out three (2.77 ERA: 13 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 6 BB, 12 K). Venditte gave up four runs in his debut this season, and has thrown 11 scoreless innings since. ——————– Trenton:

Ryan Flannery, after being featured in a Star-Ledger piece today, promptly gave up two runs in the bottom of the 9th as Trenton fell to New Hampshire, 4-3.

Brett Marshall was brilliant over 7.2 innings. He gave up two runs on four hits while walking nobody and striking out six. The only blemish is that both runs came on solo home runs. Marshall now has a 3.81 ERA on the season (28.1 IP, 23 H, 13 R, 12 ER, 4 HR, 9 BB, 18 K). His GO/AO ratio, consistently well over 1.00 in his minor league career, is at 0.89 this season so far. A tad concerning, given he is a right-handed pitcher in this organization, but nothing to be alarmed about just yet.

Abraham Almonte connected for a solo home run and scored a pair of runs (.279/.340/.465) while Yadil Mujica, a Cuban defector, had three hits and a run scored. He is 10-for-18 in his limited action thus far. ————————- Tampa:

Only three hits for Tampa today in a 3-0 loss to Dunedin.

Ramon Flores, JR Murphy, and Jose Mojica had the three hits – all singles. Flores is only at .185/.261/.210 thus far; Murphy is at .250/.305/.329.

A pretty good game for Jose Ramirez (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR). His ERA is at 6.23 as he is showing signs of power (21 K in 26 IP), but has also allowed 40 hits and four home runs.

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