Memphis beats Colorado Springs 5-3
- Kolten Wong (2B), 1 for 4, K, RBI
- Shane Robinson (CF), 1 for 3, BB, SB, R
- Oscar Taveras (LF), 1 for 4, SB, RBI
- Stephen Piscotty (RF), 0 for 4, 2 Ks
- Pete Kozma (SS), 2 for 3, 2 Runs
- Joey Butler (PH), 1 for 1, 2 RBI
- Angel Castro, 6 1/3 IP, 4 Hits, 2 ER, 2 BBs, 2 Ks, HR
- Keith Butler, 2/3 IP, K
- Sam Freeman, 1 IP, K
- David Aardsma, 1 IP, ER, H, BB, 2 Ks
The Memphis Redbirds faced Tyler Matzek, the 11th overall pick in 2009, whose stuff has kept him on many Rockies prospect lists in spite of his terrible walk rates. He pitched pretty well against the Redbirds from a DIP perspective, striking out seven against a single BB. Unfortunately the six singles he surrendered came in paired together across three innings. Mixed in with some sacrifices, stolen bases, and bad relief pitching, those six singles and that walk were converted into four runs.
Piscotty has really cooled off lately. .243/.263/.405 in his last 10 games for a pretty pedestrian .287/.323/.415 season line after a month. Obviously it's nothing to get worked up over, but it was definitely more fun when he was hitting close to .400.
Springfield loses to Northwest Arkansas 4-6
- Mike O'Neill (LF), 1 for 5, Fielding Error
- Rafael Ortega (DH), 1 for 4, 3B, 2 Runs
- James Ramsey (CF), 1 for 4, HR, R, 3 RBI
- Patrick Wisdom (3B), 1 for 4, K, Throwing Error (9th error)
- Kurt Heyer, 5 2/3 IP, 5 Runs, 3 ER, 7 Hits, 2 BBs, K, 2 HRs
I'm starting to think O'Neill is not going to sniff the MLB, especially in St. Louis. I still think he can hit a bit, but he's stuck in LF, which would be hard enough given his limited power profile, but this is not a good organization to be a middling OF prospect right now.
Like his draftmate Piscotty, Ramsey has been struggling hard in his last 10 games: .205/.326/.282. Given that, it's even nicer to see him knock one out of the park.
Palm Beach loses to Jupiter 3-5
- Charlie Tilson (CF), 0 for 5, 2 Ks
- Breyvic Valera (2B), 1 for 4, SB, R
- Starlin Rodriguez (DH), 1 for 4, 3B, 2 Ks, R
- Anthony Garcia (LF), 1 for 3, K, R
- Casey Rasmus (C), 2 for 3, 2B, RBI
- Jue Cuda, 5.0 IP, 12 Hits, 5 ER, 2 BBs, 6 Ks
- Sam Tuivailala, 1.0 IP, 0 ER
Colin Moran was 1 for 4 with a strikeout in the game.
Peoria loses to Beloit 1-3
- C.J. McElroy (CF), 2 for 4, SB, CS
- Juan Herrera (SS), 0 for 4
- Carson Kelly (C), 0 for 4
- Ronald Castillo (DH), 0 for 4
- Kenneth Peoples-Walls (LF), 0 for 3, 2 Ks
- Arturo Reyes, 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks, Throwing Error
- Chris Perry, 2.0 IP, ER, H, HR, 2 BBs, 3 Ks
Kelly threw out one of three would-be basestealers in this game.
McElroy is now hitting .325/.385/.386 on the season. However, that's mostly on the strength of a BABIP well over .400; he's still striking out 24% of the time, and walking a bit under 7% of the time. McElroy is quick, so he could have a better BABIP than most, but if he's going to keep posting solid offensive numbers he's going to have to strike out less.
Memphis: Tim Cooney
Palm Beach: Thomas Lee
Peoria: Jimmy Reed