Opening Day In The Minors
Last night, the full-season minor leagues began. Jay has recaps of all four games over at his blog, but here are the highlights for those who want a short summary.
Jason Vargas struck out 7 over 4 innings of work. Mike Carp went 3 for 5 with a double in his Triple-A debut. Bryan LaHair and Chris Burke both played the outfield, as the team tries to find room for everyone on the roster. Michael Saunders is probably a month away from joining the team, by the way.
Carlos Triunfel went 0 for 3, but did draw a walk. Adam Moore homered, probably as a protest to being back in Double-A. Josh Fields’ pro debut didn’t go well – he walked four in 2/3 of an inning, and three of them scored.
Michael Pineda struck out 7 in 5 innings, but hit three guys and walked two others, so command wasn’t exactly his strength. Tyson Gillies went 2 for 3 with a couple of walks and stole a base. Alex Liddi doubled as well, as he tries to re-establish himself as a prospect. Phillippe Aumont pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
The M’s weren’t very nice to the LumberKings, so the prospect cupboard is a bit bare down here. Steven Hensley gave up three unearned runs, so his ERA is sparkly, but one strikeout in five innings isn’t very exciting. Denny Almonte went 1 for 3 and drew 2 walks, which is a nice improvement for him.
Anyway, we’re not going to do this every day, but since it was the first games, I figured we’d highlight some of the better performances. For regular coverage of the games, check out Jay’s blog.