It was a very busy day on the farm, Springfield and Peoria were both rained out on Monday so both squads had double headers to play last night. The system played 6 games in all, and ended up 4-2 on the day.
The top three hitters for Memphis did much of the damage. The combined line for Wong, Grichuk and Taveras was 10-14, 8 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 8 BB and no strikeouts. Grichuk's solo shot in the 1st put Memphis up for good.
Zach Petrick cruised for much of the game, setting down 13 straight at one point A 2 out rally in the 5th capped off by a 2 run triple chased Petrick from the game.
Jason Motte threw 14 pitches in his lone inning, 10 for strikes. He allowed a hit on a pop up behind third base that Jermaine Curtis lost in the sun.
Cody Stanley continues his nice rebound season. He's slashing .319/.354/484 with 3 homers and 5 stolen bases. He's showing some of the power he flashed in the low minors, and is 3 SB away from his matching his career high of 8 set in Johnson City in 2010.
Kyle Hald has done a nice job limiting walks in his last few starts. After walking 4 in each of his first 2 starts he has walked only 1 batter in each of the 3 games since.
Patrick Wisdom's double in the 1st game was his 10th of the year, which is good for a tie for 4th in the Texas League. He has also racked up 45 strikeouts which leads the team (2nd in the league) and is almost half again as many as many as the next man on the list James Ramsey.
Lee Stoppelman's appearance was notable in that he didn't walk anybody.
There was not much in the way of offense in Palm Beach either. The only run of the game was scored on a Breyvic Valera sacrifice fly.
Nick Petree was not quite as dominant as he was in his 1st start in the Florida State League, but he was able to scatter six hits and 2 walks over 7 innings. He induced a ground ball to escape a bases loaded jam in his final inning.
Kyle "Bear Claw" Barraclough's first appearance for Palm Beach was an adventure. He yielded a double, a single and a walk to load the bases with nobody out the 9th. He got the next batter to ground into the ol' 4-2-5 double play. Bear Claw struck out the final batter to earn a save in his Florida State League debut.
Alex Reyes pitched the 1st game for the Chiefs. His 4 walks were the most he had given up in a game since mid April, but he continues to pile up strikeouts. He now has 39 K through 29.1 innings.
Juan Herrara is having an interesting season so far. Herrera, who came over from the Indians organization in exchange for Mark Rzepczynski last season, stole his 12th base of the year which is already a career high. His walks are down a little bit this year, but his strikeouts are WAY down. Most seasons so far in his career he has had a strikeout rate in the high teens or low twenties, but he has only struck out in about 8% of his PA this season. His ISO is at .124 which is comfortably above his previous high of .109. Right now his BABIP is right around .300, it has never been below .335 in any previous season.
Carson Kelly's double in the 1st game was his 1st extra base hit in 10 days.
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