Friday, April 9, 2010

Opening Night on the Farm Shows Mixed Results

Opening night on the farm proved that it’s not only the big club which has lots of pitching talent on their roster.

Las Vegas

Brad Mills showed that you don’t have to have overpowering stuff to be successful as a pitcher. Known for an average fastball but outstanding change, Mills struck out 9 and only gave up 2 hits over 6 innings and was never in trouble. Unfortunately, Trevor Reckling, one of the Angels top pitching prospects matched him for 5 innings and it took the 51’s until the 7th to score so Mills didn’t record the win. Sean Henn who pitched a scoreless inning as did Purcey and Rommie Lewis got the timely “W”. Overall the pitching staff only gave up 3 hits.

New Hampshire

Kyle Drabek showed overpowering stuff in 5 innings striking out 8, but walked 2 and gave up a first inning homer to allow 4 runs overall. Luis Perez followed with 3 perfect innings striking out 5. Daniel Farquhar had a perfect inning of his own in the 9th for the save. Brad Emaus continued with his spring performance recording 3 hits and 2 RBI, while catcher Brian Jerolman had 2 hits and 2 RBI of his own in support.


Our single A team couldn’t do anything right on opening night with only 1 of 5 pitchers having a scoreless outing and recording only 3 hits. The only saving grace was Travis d’Arnaud getting his first hit as a Blue Jay and hitting it in the seats for a 2 run homer.


The Jays got 5-2/3 of 3 hit, 1 run relief to support starter Ryan Shopshire who gave up 5 runs but it wasn’t enough as that single run occurred in the 11th and led to a 6-5 loss. Both Nestor Molina and Dustin Antolin notched 3 K’s and neither gave up a hit but Evan Crawford struggled and recorded the loss. Ryan Schimpf had an outstanding start to the season with 2 hits, a homer, and 4 RBI to go with Eric Eiland's 3 hits.

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