Down on the Farm / Minors

Down on the Farm

Games Played on 08/03/11

Minor League Player of the Day: Nefi Soto went 2-4 and hit his 23rd and 24th homers. Tim Crabbe threw 7 innings 5 hit, 1 walk, shutout baseball.


The Bats had the day off.


Carolina 7 – Huntsville 6

Nefi Soto went 2-4 with 2 homers (#23 and #24), Quintin Berry went 3-4 with a BB.

Curtis Partch started his first AA game and struggled, going 4.2, allowing 7 hits and 6 runs (5 earned) while walking 4 and striking out 2.

Solid bullpen work by the Mudcats though, highlighted by Chris Mobley, who got the win, with 2 innings of hitless relief, striking out 3. Donnie Joseph picked up his 3rd save with a hitless 9th.

High A

Lake Elsinore 2 – Bakersfield 0 (10 innings)

The Blaze only had 5 hits, none for extra bases and no one had more than one.

They wasted a strong night on the mound for the Blaze, as Tim Crabbe threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 8. He was followed to the mound by Clayton Shunick, who threw 2 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits.

The loss went to Derrick Lutz, who gave up a 2 run homer in the 10th.

Low A

Dayton 3 – West Michigan 2

Dragons snapped a 5 game losing streak.

David Vidal went 2-4, newly promoted Drew Poulk went 1-4 with a double, and Juan Duran went 1-4 with his 11th homer.

Mitchell Clarke made his second start since being promoted to Dayton, going 5.1, allowing only 1 run, but 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5.

Rookie Ball

Missoula 6 – Billings 2

Nick O’Shea went 2-4 and Ryan Wright went 1-3 with a homer and walk.

AZL Reds 15 – AZL Brewers 1

Miguel Rojas (on a rehab assignment) went 3-3 with a double and walk and scored 4 runs. Chris Denove (on a rehab assignment) went 3-5 with a double. Juan Francisco (on a rehab assignment) went 2-5 with a double.

Juan Perez (who actually plays for the AZL Reds) went 3-6, scoring 2 runs and knocking in 3. (.364/.440/.509/.949)

Outstanding pitching for the AZL squad, highlighted by Carlos Gonzalez, who got the win, going 4 innings allowing 0 runs and 3 hits while striking out 5 in his second straight outstanding appearance.

2 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. Soto is on fire. Could he make a run at 1+ OPS? You got to like his trends. If only he could take a walk!

  2. @CP: Seriously! He needs to spend a little time with Garret in AAA to learn more plate discipline (I am very impressed with how he helped Cozart, Alonso, and Frazier develop plate discipline)!

    Soto is sub-200 lb kid hitting for monster power. He clearly has body control that is nearly impossible to teach. They need to get him to AAA ASAP. With just Dorn there at 1B, I don’t see why he is ‘blocked’.

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