So--my brother and I have been lazy this week. Let's see how the little boys did the last couple of days. There were a lot of really great performances from Carter, Cardenas, Weeks, Spina, Matt Smith, and others...
Saturday, W 11-5
Pennington 2B: 4-5, 3 R, 2 2B, RBI
Carson CF: 2-5, 2 2B, 5 RBI
Cunningham LF: 2-3, 3 R, HR, RBI, 2 BB
Buck RF: 3-5, R, HR, 2 RBI
Simmons (W, 3-4) 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K Three pretty nice starts in a row. Let's hope that he's turned a corner this season.
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Pennington SS: 2-5, R, 2B, 3 K Haven't seen Patterson at the top of the order for a few days.
Everidge 1B: 3-5, R, 2B, RBI, K .357 in AAA
Cunningham DH: 1-2, 2 BB
Eveland (L, 6-1) 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 3 K
Demel went .2 IP and now has 2+ IP with 0 ER.
Saturday W, 6-4
Cardenas DH: 2-4, R
Carter 1B: 3-4, R, 2B, RBI
Donaldson C: 1-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI
Brown, C CF: 1-4, R, 2B, 3 K First game in over two weeks.
Godfrey: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 8 K Might see a call-up to Sac in the next couple of weeks. Has really performed well over the last several months.
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Sulentic RF: 3-6, 2 R,
Cardenas 3B: 3-4, 3 R, 2 BB Batting .352 and at this point is a singles machine.
Carter 1B: 2-3, 2 R, 2B, HR (13), 6 RBI, BB He has some pretty incredible stats right now. He leads the league in R, second in RBI, first in Total bases, first in walks, 5th in hits, third in doubles, second in HRs, and 6th in OBP. Can't wait to see what he plans on doing for July.
Valdez DH: 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, BB, K Batting .318 right now. Midland's team needs to be moved up to AAA...with so many crushing the ball.
Spencer LF: 2-5, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
Banwart (W, 6-3) 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Sat, L 1-7
Weeks 2B: 2-4, 2B, K I'll talk about him from Sunday's game
Storey: 1 IP, H, K Is having the best season of any minor league pitcher. I know he's a reliever and isn't getting the innings of others like Hornbeck, but has been absolutely dominant. Combined 18.1 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 24 K If he continues to excel, he might be in Midland by the end of the season. Really cool to see of out of a 31st Rnd pick
Sunday: There was another game in High A, final score 33-16
Mitchell DH: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, 3 BB
Keough LF: 3-5, 2 R, RBI, BB
Weeks 2B: 3-6, 2 R, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI Batting .400 in his 22 game hit streak to start season. .400/.481/.711 line. I like the OBP, the slugging will not last, but it shows that he's quite a bit more advanced than high A players. Here's his profile pick on milb.com, Pic Looks like he's straight out of 1980s...love it.
Desme CF: 1-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, 3 K
Kleen 1B: 4-6, 3 R, 3 2B, RBI
Smith, M 3B: 3-4, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB Career best game by far. Nice job Matt, upped his average to .241.
Hornbeck: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 8 K Threw a few too many pitches and didn't qualify for the win.
Friend: IP, 3 K Having a nice season with 46 K in 41+ ip for a 2007 13th Rnd pick.
Kane County: Played a Double Header on Sunday
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Arrieche LF: 3-3, RBI
Christian 2B: 1-3 Appears the A's are trying to make him a more versatile player.
Poirier: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K Did not get help from the defense
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Coleman SS: 1-2, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB, K Increasing his BB totals. Has 9 BB in his last 10 games. Good to see.
Barfield RF: 2-4, R, 3B, 2 RBI
Paramore C: 2-3, 2 R, BB
Spina 1B: 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI Nice break-out game for the young first baseman.
Haviland (W, 6-3) 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K Was a 33 Rnd pick last season. With Storey/Hornbeck/Haviland the A's have gotten nice returns so far from late draft pick pitchers
The young kids went 1-1 over the weekend. On Saturday the noteable performances were from...
Crisostomo RF: 1-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB Has been a nice table starter to start off the season
Leyja 2B: 1-4, 2K
Dixon LF: 0-3, R, 2 BB, 3 K I'd be interested to see if his strike-outs were looking, didn't hit the ball much on Saturday.
Christensen (W, 2-0) 3 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 4 K Has been coming out in relief to start the season...looking to avoid another injury. Has pitched 6 innings and has 7 ks on the season. Definitely someone to watch this season
From sunday's loss
Crumbliss 2B: 1-2, 2 BB
Dixon LF: 1-4, K
Ramos (L, 0-2) 6 IP, 5 H, R, 2 BB, 3 K
Can't wait to see Carter and Weeks in the future's game. Quick recap and my thoughts, Buck/Everidge/Cunningham are creating a very nice problem for the A's--a glut of patient hitters that need to be tested in the majors. The Rockhounds are absolutely destroying the ball. I am really excited about this Valdez kid, even though he was born in '84, I think the A's have something there. Where he'll play--no idea.
I'm a little concerned about Weeks. All he's doing is putting himself in position to get more injured. Getting on base so much is bound to hurt his legs in some way. If he went 0-whatever it might be good for him to not run so much. Love that kid.