Around The Farm: April 9, 2013
Delvi Cid (CF, Akron) - 2-4, 3 R, 1 3B, 1K - While Delvi's path to the big leagues is blocked by not only the Big Club's current star-studded outfield, but also some higher ceiling prospects catching up to him very quickly, performances like tonight's show why he's still in the system. Cid batted leadoff and did what a leadoff hitter needs to do: He got on base and, when he got there, he scored. While this wouldn't necessarily be a feature performance on most nights, with the Captains rained out and the remaining three affiliates having rough nights in all phases of the game, this performance stands heads and shoulders above the swamp of mediocrity.
Giovanny Urshela (3B, Akron) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 K - Finally! A Gio Urshela-like night from Gio Urshela! Urshela doubled his season hit total tonight and showed his first real signs of adjusting to the AA level. While it would have been nice if he could have shown some more signs of getting his power bat back, the positive stat line was still a relief to see next to his name on the Aeros' box score. Keep in mind that such difficulties are not unusual for Gio when making major leaps in level. His last big jump, to full-season ball with Lake County in 2011, was marked by similar numbers to what he is putting up so far this year with the exception of a higher slugging percentage (in 2011).
- Joe Martinez (SP, Columbus) - 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR - Martinez's second outing does not go as smooth as his opening night outing. Hopefully just a bump in the road and not a sign of inconsistency.
- Roberto Perez (C, Columbus) - 0-3, 2 K - Not surprisingly, Roberto Perez struggles in his Triple-A debut. The importance of this emergency stint, however, lies not in the stats but in the opportunity for the Tribe to evaluate him against more veteran opposition in Triple-A.
- Rob Bryson (RP, Columbus) - 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP - Albeit in the baseball equivalent of "garbage time" a solid outing outside of the wild pitch.
- Chun Chen (DH, Akron) - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K - The AA veteran contiues his solid start to the season. If he keeps this up, he may earn a shot at AAA Columbus if/when a 1B or DH opening comes up there.
- Danny Salazar (SP, Akron) - L (0-2), 2.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB, 3 K - Salazar drops to 0-2, but does not have a lack of run support to blame this time
- Fabio Martinez (RP, Akron) - 0.2 IP, 5 H, 9 R (all earned), 2 BB, 1 HBP - It's early, but Fabio's first two outings have not been positive. He now stands at a 54.00 ERA, 5.40 Whip, and 0.25 K/BB.
- Edward Paredes (RP, Akron) - 2 IP, 1 H, 5 K - A dominant outing which helped keep the Aeros result from getting completely out of hand.
- Rob Nixon (RP, Carolina) - 2 IP, 1 H, 4 K - Very similar situation to the Paredes outing in Akron.
- Grant Sides (RP, Carolina) - 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP - Much like Fabio Martinez in Akron, Sides continues a rough start to his year in his second relief outing of the regular season. In Grant's case, however, the damage is of a much more limited extent.
Pitching is really bad as Salazar, Carrasco, Myers all were shelled.
Attendance plummeted in Cleveland.
Trying to be optimistic here, but it is hard.