Minor League Notes
Players of the Week (May 15-21)
Player: 2B Peeter Ramos, Clearwater. During 7 games, he batted .385 with 2 doubles, 4 RBI. Included was a 4-hit game. For the month of May, he’s batting .338. A right-handed hitter, the 24-year-old Ramos was a triple-A rule 5 draft selection last December.
Pitcher: RH Carlos Carrasco, Lakewood. In 1 start, he struck out a season-high 10 in 7.2 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits. For the season, Carrasco, 19, is 3-2 with a 1.90 ERA for 8 starts. His 57 strikeouts rank fifth in the South Atlantic League. He was signed as an amateur free agent out of Barquisimeto, VZ, at age 16.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
RHP Brian Sanches picked up a couple of saves in 2 appearances as the Red Barons went 4-4 for the week, ending the 8-games with a loss Sunday to David Wells who was on a rehab assignment for Pawtucket . . . 2 of the wins were back-to-back shutouts on Friday and Saturday . . . A string of 20 consecutive scoreless innings ended when Patwucket scored 4 in the first inning Sunday against LHP Eude Brito . . . RHP Seung Hak Lee improved to 4-2 with 5.1 shutout innings on Friday . . . 4 pitchers combined for another shutout the next day . . . SWB’s bullpen has been lights out, led by 5 RHPs: Ryan Cameron (2-1, 0.98 ERA, 3 SV, 14 of 16 scoreless appearances, 23 SO, 18.1 IP, .167 opponents average) . . . Dan Giese (1-1, 1.29 ERA, 14 SO, 14 IP) . . . Clay Condrey (2-0, 1.19 ERA, 1 SV, 17.1 current scoreless innings streak, 11 of 13 scoreless appearances, .129 opponents BA) . . . Sanches (2-2, 1.42 ERA, 4 SV, 14 of 16 scoreless appearances, .113 opponents BA) . . . Travis Miniz (0-1, 2.00 ERA, 1 SV, 8.1 current scoreless innings streak) . . . 3.18 team ERA ranks third in International League.
Long road trip to other end of Pennsylvania was very long, 1-6 playing in Altoona and Erie . . . Offense was 6-for-48 (.125) with runners in scoring position during the trip . . . RHP Scott Mathieson allowed 4 runs over 2 starts (1-0), fanning 15 in 14.1 IP. During Tuesday’s win, he retired 19 of the last 21 batters. His 67 strikeouts lead the Eastern League and rank second in all of the minor leagues . . . C Tom Gradoville (.310) sustained a broken jaw after being hit in the face by a pitch on Thursday; he’s out a minimum 6 weeks . . . C Jeff Winchester was promoted from Clearwater and homered in his first AA at-bat on Saturday, first game . . . Tonight, public address Dave “French” Bauman will announce his 2,000th consecutive Reading Phillies game at FirstEnergy Stadium when the Akron Aeros open a homestand. The Lancaster, PA, native took the microphone on April 14, 1978, and hasn’t missed a home game since. Price of gas was 60 cents a gallon when he started.
Greg Legg’s team totaled 12 runs in losing 5 games but scored 24 in winning twice . . . 18 of those runs came on Thursday, 18-4, over Jupiter. C Tuffy Gosewisch had his biggest game in his 2-year pro career, 4-for-5, with 2 doubles, a homer and 5 RBI . . . RHP Julio De la Cruz topped out at 96 mph on the radar gun and struck out 10 in 6.1 IP to pick up his second win that night . . . LHPJames Happ gave up 3 earned runs over 2 starts and lost both. Sunday, 3 of the 5 hits he allowed were solo homers in a 4-2 setback. On Tuesday, he fanned 8 in 5 IP, but 4 unearned runs did him in. His 53 strikeouts are tied for third in the Florida State League.
4 wins, 2 losses, 1 rainout (Monday at Citizens Bank Park) against Hagerstown and Delmarva . . . The Blue Claws are 22-20 after starting the season 0-9 . . . Including last night, 32 of Lakewood’s 43 games have been against Hagerstown (16) and Delmarva (16) in the quirky South Atlantic League schedule . . . The BlueClaws begin an 8-game road trip tonight against two different teams, Lake County and West Virginia . . . LHP Matt Maloney picked up his fourth win with 7 strikeouts in 6 IP on Wednesday . . . RH reliever Andrew Barb recorded his sixth save and extended his scoreless inning streak to 14.2. For the season, Barb has a 0.69 ERA. Opponents are batting .161 against him. He last game up an earned run on April 20 . . . RF Julian Williams had 4 doubles among his 8 hits for the week . . . 1B Clay Harris closed out the week with a 5-game hitting streak and had 8 RBI for the week . . . Lakewood’s 8 shutouts are top in the SAL.