I’m on my way back home after a jaunt out of town, but here’s a link dump for your Monday morning. I’ll have a brain dump for Tuesday:
*Sunday’s game recap was the result of me speed-watching it on MLB.tv. If I missed anything crucial, drop it in the recap’s comments.
*Larry wonders how long it’ll take for the Sox to give up on Mark Kotsay, likening it to Darin Erstad’s situation in 2007.
*Erik says Greg Walker’s burden is to get his guys to stop hacking.
*Walker says his hitters need to remember who has the advantage with runners in scoring position.
*Andrew tries to figure out which small sample size cases could turn out to be reality.
Minor league roundup:
- Gwinnett 5, Charlotte 1
- Lucas Harrell was greeted with five first-inning runs before settling down to hold the Braves scoreless over his last 4 1/3 innings. Seven hits, one walk, one strikeout.
- Greg Aquino threw a scoreless inning, with one walk and one K.
- Jordan Danks went 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. He was caught stealing for the first time this season.
- Dayan Viciedo went 2-for-4; Stefan Gartrell doubled.
- Mobile 5, Birmingham 4 (17 innings)
- Jim Gallagher went 6-for-8 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.
- John Shelby had a mere four hits in eight ABs, doubling and striking out twice. He was also picked off.
- Brent Morel went 2-for-6 with two walks.
- Christian Marrero doubled and dropped down two sac bunts in eight PAs.
- Winston-Salem 7, Kinston 6
- Stephen Sauer’s control problems continue: six walks and zero strikeouts over five innings. He limited the damage to two runs on four hits.
- Jon Gilmore went 2-for-4 with an RBI. He’s hitting .366.
- Tyson Corley was also roughed up, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk over 1 2/3 innings.
- Gregory Infante allowed an inherited runner to score to tie it, but picked up the win by following up with a scoreless inning.
- Kannapolis 4, Hickory 3
- Trayce Thompson hit his first pro homer, and also doubled and came around to score the winning run.
- Nick Ciolli went 0-for-4.
- Justin Collop allowed two earned runs on five hits over six innings, with no walks and five strikeouts.
- Ryan Buch threw two perfect innings, recording one strikeout.
- Drew O’Neil picked up the save with a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and striking a batter out.