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Minor League Report: Tuesday 6/23

June 23, 2009
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Yesterday: The Clippers were held to three hits in the 3-0 shutout by Syracuse…Columbus led off the night with a single from SS ANDY CANNIZARO, but Chiefs’ righty Garrett Mock retired the next 21 batters en route to a complete game…Cannizaro, LF JORDAN BROWN and 3B NIUMAN ROMERO had the only Columbus hits…RHP JACK CASSEL allowed three runs (2ER) on nine hits in his second complete game of the season…The Clippers have lost six straight and 10 of the last 12 games.

News & Notes: OF JORDAN BROWN has hit safely in eight of his last nine, going 12-for-34 (.352) with 3 2B, HR, 3 RBI…In 20 June games, OF/INF MATT LaPORTA is 22-for-75 with 3 2B, 3HR and 11RBI…In the 20 games, he’s reached base safely in 17 of them…RHP VINNIE CHULK has had six straight scoreless outings (5.1IP) and in 12 of 13 games, he hasn’t allowed an ER (14.0IP, 13H, 3R/1ER, 3BB, 11K)…RHP MASA KOBAYASHI hasn’t allowed a run in each of his last five games (5.0IP) and has yielded just three in 10G (11.0IP, 14H, 3R/ER)…LHP ZACH JACKSON is 0-4 with a 5.56ERA in his last four decisions (22.2IP, 34H, 17R/14ER, 8BB, 14K) after winning his previous three with a 0.56ERA (16.0IP, 9H, 4R/1ER, 5BB, 11K)……The Clippers have scored only four runs in the last 28 innings of play.

Tonight at Rochester, 7:05 pm, LHP Zach Jackson (3-6, 4.30) vs. RHP Anthony Swarzak (3-4, 2.29).

Probable Rotation: RHP Ken Ray @ ROC, RHP Kirk Saarloos @ ROC, LHP Chuck Lofgren @ ROC


Yesterday: Akron had a scheduled off day and will begin a three-game set vs. Trenton (36-32) tomorrow at 7:05 pm with LHP Aaron Laffey (0-0, --) scheduled to be on the mound…Akron holds a 2-1 season series edge with the next three games being the last meetings during the regular season.

News & Notes: INF JARED GOEDERT is hitting .450 (9-20) with 4 2B and 4RBI in his last five games, including three straight multi-hit games…INF BEAU MILLS is hitting .316 (24-76) in 20 June games with 6 2B, 3B, 2HR and 14RBI…Over his last 12 games, INF MATT McBRIDE is 14-for-42 with 5 2B, 2HR and 10RBI…RHP VINNIE PESTANO’s 19 saves are the most in the Eastern League…Over his last 14G (14.1IP, 11H, 4R/ER, 6BB, 15K), he’s 1-1 with 10 saves and 11 app. have been scoreless…RHP CARLTON SMITH’s last five appearances (11.2IP) have been scoreless (6H, 4BB, 9K)…RHP ERIK STILLER has thrown scoreless outings in 8 of his last 9 (15.0IP, 5H, 1R/ER, 11K).

Tonight vs. Trenton, 7:05 pm, LHP Aaron Laffey (0-0, --) is scheduled to be on the mound.

Probable Rotation: LHP Ryan Edell vs. TRE, RHP Hector Rondon vs. TRE, RHP Josh Tomlin vs. BIN


All-Star Break: The Kinston Indians finished the first half 27-41 (3rd, 11.0GB) and will be off until Thursday, June 25th… INF LONNIE CHISENHALL, INF CORD PHELPS, and LHP ERIC BERGER are Carolina League All-Stars and will play the California League All-Stars today… INF LONNIE CHISENHALL will participate in the home-run derby prior to the game.

News & Notes: OF RYAN BLAIR is currently on a five-game hitting streak batting .471 (8-17) with 3 2B, 3RBI, 3RS… INF LONNIE CHISENHALL is batting .286 (72-252) with 13HR (T-3rd/CL), 15 2B, 3B, 52RBI (2ndt/CL), 41RS… He leads the league in hits among active Carolina League players… INF CORD PHELPS is 2nd in the league with a .396OBP… LHP ERIC BERGER is 3rd in the league with a 2.11ERA and T-5th/CL with 64 strikeouts in 72.2IP… RHP PAOLO ESPINO has allowed 18ER in 45.1IP and possess a 3.57ERA with opponents batting .225 against him… RHP GARRISON CAMPFIELD is 2ndt/CL with 26 appearances and yielded 34.2IP with 41 strikeouts… The K-Tribe leads the league in reaching base on walks with 276 and 2nd with 528 strikeouts by the pitching squad.

Next Game: June 25 vs. Salem, 7:00 pm, LHP Ryan Morris (3-7, 5.60) will start the 2nd half on Thursday.

Probable Rotation: RHP Paolo Espino vs. SAL, LHP Russell Young vs. SAL, RHP Eric Berger vs. MYR, RHP Bryce Stowell vs. MYR


All-Star Break: The Lake County Captains completed the first half of their season 31-46 (7th, 10.5GB)… They will be off until June 25th… RHP ALEXANDER PEREZ and second baseman KAREXON SANCHEZ have been chosen to represent the Captains at the South Atlantic All-Star Game in Charleston, WV. today.

News & Notes: In June, INF ABNER ABREU is hitting .339 (21-62) with 8 2B, HR, 5RBI and 11RS… INF CHRIS NASH has batted in a run in four straight games batting .333 (6-18) with 3 2B, 4RBI and 3RSOF DONNIE WEBB leads the league with 9 3B and T-2nd/SAL with 23 SB… RHP MATTHEW LANGWELL has not allowed an ER in the last seven appearances (10.2IP) while striking out 14… RHP ALEXANDER PEREZ has yielded 71.2IP while striking out a team-high 72 batters and has a 2.89ERA… Opponents are batting .205 against him… LHP T.J. HOUSE possess a 2.74ERA striking out 58 batters in 69.0IP and has yielded 21ER…In the last five outings he yielded 29.0IP allowing 4ER while striking out 28 batters… LHP CHRIS JONES has appeared in three games this season yielding 13.0IP allowing 2ER on eight hits while striking out 11.

Next Game: June 25 vs. Hagerstown, 7:00 pm, LHP Chris Jones (1-1, 1.38) will start of the 2nd half on Thursday.

Probable Rotation: LHP T.J. House vs. HAG, RHP Danny Salazar vs. HAG, RHP Trey Haley vs. HAG, RHP Alexander Perez vs. HAG


Yesterday: The Scrappers continued their winning ways defeating the Spikes, 7-6… The offense was hot early and RHP BRIAN GRENING was able to close the door to earn his 2nd save… RF STEPHEN HEAD banged a much needed insurance run with his 1st HR of the season resulting as the game winning run… 9th rounder in the 2009 draft, RHP PRESTON GUILMET made his professional debut yielding 4.0 shutout innings while ringing five… 4th rounder 3B KYLE BELLOWS went 2-4 with a RS… 14th rounder SS KYLE SMITH went 2-4 with 2RBI.

News & Notes: OF JOHN ALLMAN has started red-hot batting .500 (7-14) with 3 2B, 6RBI and 3RS… 6th round pick INF BEN CARLSON is hitting .333 (4-12) with a RBI… 14th round pick INF KYLE SMITH is batting .571 (4-7) with 3RBI, 2RS… 19th round pick LHP NICK KIRK struck out seven in his first professional career yielding 3.1IP allowing a run.

Today vs. State College, 7:05pm, RHP Marty Popham (0-0, --) will make his season debut.

Probable Rotation: LHP Ryan Anthony vs. SC, RHP Clayton Cook @ WIL, RHP Brett Brach @ WIL, RHP Preston Guilmet @ WIL


Yesterday: The Indians earned their first victory of the season in dominant fashion by shutting out the Padres, 6-0… RHP ALEXANDER MORALES making a comeback from a season-long left knee ACL reconstruction injury from the 2008 season threw 5.0IP while ringing eight…RHP CARLOS MONCRIEF followed and was lights out as he struck out the side throwing 2.0 innings…33rd round pick 3B CHRIS KERSTEN came through with his 1st HR of his professional career and went 2-4 with 2RS and 2RBI… RF DARLING READ had a tremendous offensive night going 3-3 with a 2B and a BB.

Today vs. AZL Royals, 10:00pm, LHP Francisco Jimenez (0-0, --) will make his season debut.

Probable Rotation: LHP Kirk Wetmore vs. AZL Mariners, OFF DAY, LHP Daniel Jimenez vs. AZL Dodgers, RHP Jose Campos @ AZL Mariners

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