Mason Williams Returns; Ben Gamel; Brett Gerritse; Ronnier Mustelier Homers AGAIN; Brett Marshall Grinds One Out; Jose Ramirez DominatesMinor Leagues Report — By Tom K on May 4, 2012 9:52 pm
Another grind-it-out type of win for the Riverdogs’ tonight as they defeated Lakewood 5-1. Charleston scored those five runs on only five hits, only one of which was for extra bases.
Mason Williams returned and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. I guess whatever the injury was, it wasn’t to his legs as he also stole his 9th base.
Ben Gamel had a double, two runs batted in, and a run scored, while Angelo Gumbs singled home a run and stole his 8th base of the year. Gumbs, who can play second, shortstop, and the outfield, is hitting .215/.308/.316 on the season. He is still only 19 years of age.
Brett Gerritse made the start, lasting four innings while giving up one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out four in his first start of the season (third appearance overall).
Phil Wetherell lowered his ERA to 1.06 with a scoreless ninth, allowing a walk while striking out a batter. ———————– Scranton:
Kevin Russo and Ray Kruml each had two hits and a stolen base, but Scranton’s offense went nowhere in a 3-0 loss to Rochester. Russo also walked twice.
Rough outing for Chase Whitley, who lasted two innings while giving up two runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out one.
Not much else to report here – Ramon Ortiz started..bleh. ———————- Trenton:
Ronnier Mustelier homered in his fourth straight game, but Trenton ultimately succumbed to New Hampshire 7-5 in 10 innings.
Mustelier had three hits overall, and also scored three runs.
Cody Johnson had two hits and a run scored, while Melky Mesa went 2-for-5 with two runs batted in. Mesa has shown some pop, but is only hitting .240/.327/.438 overall. For a younger prospect making his first Double-A appearance, these would be encouraging numbers; but Mesa doesn’t fit either category.
Brett Marshall started, lasting seven innings while giving up five runs (three earned) on 11 hits. He walked two and struck out two. You would think with all of those innings, runs, and hits that he would have thrown a zillion pitches – but he only threw 95. Marshall now has a 3.82 ERA (35.1 IP, 34 H, 18 R, 15 ER, 4 HR, 11 BB, 20 K) ————————- Tampa:
Jose Ramirez showed off his brilliant side, tossing six scoreless innings while striking out ten as Tampa defeated Bradenton, 2-0.
Ramirez allowed two hits and two walks as his ERA fell to 5.06 (32 IP, 42 H, 19 R, 18 ER, 4 HR, 8 BB, 31 K). The 22-year old has plenty of raw potential – but has yet to really put it all together.
Rob Segedin singled, drove in two runs, stole his fifth base, and drew a walk in the victory. Meanwhile, JR Murphy singled, scored, and stole his first base of the season. Segedin is at .306/.377/.472. He has maintained his hitting stroke all season, but has hit a bit of a slump in terms of power.
Mark Montgomery earned his fourth save with a scoreless ninth, striking out two. He now has a 2.02 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. On top of that, he entered tonight’s contest with a 4.00 GO/AO.