Before we get to Opening Day for the minor leagues, I’d like to give a belated congratulations to Brian Barton, Uncle Rico, and Kyle McClellan. All three enjoyed a measure of success in their major league debuts, with Barton singling in his first at bat, Uncle Rico getting an RBI double in his second at bat, and Kyle McClellan mowing through the heart of Colorado’s linup in successive days (he did give up a run on Wednesday, but a little bad luck was involved there). I was a little surprised that LaRussa went back to McClellan on Wednesday, while keeping Reyes unused in the bullpen (Reyes was used on Thursday with great success, striking out the side). It is nice to see that LaRussa is trusting McClellan with important situations, though. The highlight of the season for me so far was the smile on Barton’s face after getting his first major league hit.
The minor league teams went 1-2 with a rainout on Opening Day. Details after the jump.
Memphis 3, Oklahoma 4 (10 innings)
- Colby had a nice start to his last season in the minor leagues, going 3-5 with a double, a run scored and a stolen base.
- Big Joe Mather‘s Spring success has carried over as he went 2-4 with a double, triple, run scored and a walk.
- Josh Phelps went 2-5 with an RBI.
- Amaury Marti hit a two run homer, but struck out three times in going 1-5.
- Mike Parisi struggled, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out a pair.
- Hugo Castellanos only gave up one hit in his 1.1 ip.
- Jason Motte struck out three in two scoreless innings.
- Ron Flores struck out both batters that he faced.
- Note that Kevin Mench was held to an 0-5 night with an rbi and Jarrod Saltalamaccia went 1-4 with a double off of Motte and a run scored.
Frisco 6, Springfield 3
- Shane Robinson provided the bulk of the offense as he went 3-3 with an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base.
- Jon Jay went 1-3 with a walk.
- Tyler Green went 1-4 with a run scored and 3 strikeouts. Ouch.
- PJ Walters gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, over 5 innings, while striking out 5. He also gave up 8 hits and did not issue a walk.
- Nick Webber had a terrible night, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits, a walk, and a hit batsman in his only inning.
- Rob Zimmerman was the bright spot on the mound, striking out 3 in his two perfect innings.
- Jon Mikrut struck out the side in his inning, but he also gave up a run on 2 hits.
Jupiter 4, Palm Beach 5
- Our precocious outfielders started the season off on the right foot, with Tommy Pham going 2-4 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, and 2 rbi (and 2 strikeouts) and Daryl Jones going 3-4 with a stolen base.
- Steve Hill went 2-4 with an rbi out of the DH spot.
- Brandon Buckman went 2-3 with an rbi and also cost the team a run when he was struck by a batted ball while running the bases.
- Donovan Solano went 2-4 with a double and a run scored.
- Daniel Descalso went 1-3 with an rbi and a run scored.
- Tyler Herron got the start and struck out 4 in 4 innings, but gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk.
- Josh Dew picked up the victory, getting 2 strikeouts while giving up 2 hits in his 1.2 innings.
- Kenny Maiques grabbed the save, pitching a scoreless 9th. He walked a pair, although one was intentional.
- Note that Jeremy Hermida of the Florida Marlins batted cleanup for Jupiter on a rehab assignment. He was held to a 1-4 night with a double off of Herron. He also drove in a run and scored a run.
Wisconsin at Quad Cities: Rained Out
We’ll have to wait at least another day for the debut of the Quad Cities squad.