After an abbreviated report by me yesterday, the weather turned the tables and gave us an abbreviated minor league schedule. Both Albuquerque and Great Lakes were rained out early in the day, so there are only two games to report on tonight.
Minor League Player of the Day – Scott Van Slyke - 3 for 4, 1 HR, 1 2B, 3 RBI's. Van Slyke opened eyes with his .903 OPS in 2009, but that rate fell to .768 in 2010 after he failed to hit in AA. Scott's hoping to rebound in 2011 and Tuesday's performance is a good start. Falling just a triple shy of the cycle, Van Slyke now has 4 extra base hits over the past 2 days.
AAA – Postponed
AA – Chattanooga got 6 shutout innings from starter Michael Antonini and a solid effort out of their bullpen to beat the Huntsville Stars (Brewers) 4 to 1. Antonini allowed just 4 hits and walked 1 while blanking the Stars for 6, which is interesting because he had the exact same stats 5 days ago (6 IP, 0 runs, 4 hits, 1 BB). The only difference is that Antonini struck out 5 on Tuesday, compared to 4 K's on April 14th. Picking up the save in the game was Cole St. Clair, who pitched a perfect 9th to lower his ERA to 1.42 for the season. The Lookouts picked up 9 hits on the night, all of them coming from just 4 players. Scott Van Slyke had the big night, going 3 for 4 with a homer, a double, and 3 RBI's, and increased his average to .357. Alfredo Silverio and the newest Lookout Brian Cavazos-Galvez both had two hits, including the triple that Van Slyke needed for the cycle. Finally, Pedro Baez broke out of a 1 for 17 funk with 2 doubles of his own.
HiA – Vicente Padilla was solid in his second rehab appearance, striking out 3 in 1.1 innings, but Greg Wilborn wasn't quite as sharp and the Quakes fell to the Storm (Padres) 5 to 2. Wilborn allowed 5 hits and 4 walks in 3.2 innings, which resulted in 4 earned runs. Not the best outing for the lefty. Josh Walter picked up in the 6th and actually was great in relief, allowing just 1 hit in 3 innings, but the Rancho Cucamonga offense wasn't up to the challenge of a comeback. That being said, 3 of the Quakes best offensive players had multi-hit games, as Late Night Lemmerman, Austin Gallagher, and Angelo Songco all went 2 for 4.
LoA – Postponed