Farm Wrap: 4.17.06
Posted by Jason A. Churchill on April 17, 2006
Well, I guess it was just a matter of time before the club's No. 2 prospect busted out, and he did just that in the final game of the series in Fresno.
Adam Jones went 3-for-5 with three RBI including his first two home runs of the season, both off Fresno right-hander Brian Cooper. Cooper's 167 2/3 innings of big-league experience didn't help him much, and Jones got the best of the 31-year-old.
His first long ball came with one out in the fourth inning with the score tied at one. The blast gave the Rainiers a 3-1 lead. The second bomb came in the sixth with one out and the bases empty and the score 5-2 Tacoma. Jones jumped on a 1-0 fastball and that was that.
The 20-year-old did strike out twice but has his average up to .257 – respectable for sure.
Shin-soo Choo continued his hot streak with three more hits and two RBI, coming on his third home run of the year, a two-run shot off Cooper in the fifth.
Choo also swiped his sixth base of the year and is currently the leading candidate for prospect of the month.
Right-hander Jesse Foppert offered up another mediocre outing throwing 76 pitches in 3 2/3 innings before being ejected. He allowed two earned runs, walked three but did strike out five batters. Tacoma (6-4) did win the game 9-5 and head for Sacramento, who swept the Rainiers at Cheney Stadium last week, looking for revenge.
Say hello to Johnny Doskow, Mike.
In the Texas League, LHP Travis Blackley did exactly what I predicted him to do in his third start of the year – flame out. He was due to get hit after three straight four-to-five inning stints where not a soul hit the ball on the nose.
Blackley went just 4 2/3 innings allowing 10 hits and six earned runs on the night. Two of the 10 hits were home runs. Blackley did avoid the base on balls, which is a good sign that he's not giving into a pure results and is trying to rehab the right way.
almost nothing interesting happened in Inland Empire's win today, but Wisconin's 4-3 extra-inning loss began with six strong innings from RHP Jason Snyder. Snyder allowed six hits and two earned run for the Rattlers, walking two and striking out six.
RHP Edgar Guaramato tossed a scoreless inning, getting two ground outs and a strikeout and his ERA is still non-existent.
It's been a disappointing offensive start to the season for the farm system.