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'Tees edge first place Mets
05/08/2012 10:22 PM ET
By Frank Longobardo / Brevard County Manatees

VIERA, Fla. - The Brevard County Manatees ended their three-game losing streak by edging out the top team in the Florida State League, the St. Lucie Mets on Tuesday night at Space Coast Stadium. The 'Tees won 3-2 and handed the Mets just their seventh loss of the season.

In a match-up of the FSL's two best pitching staffs, it was the Manatees (14-18) who came out on top as Brevard County pitching recorded 13 strikeouts on the night. Southpaw Jed Bradley (4-2, 3.38) earned the win as he went five innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He walked four and fanned four.

Brevard County's offense gave Bradley and the pitching staff all the run support they would need in the fourth inning as the Manatees plated three runs.

With two outs in the inning, Mike Walker and Shea Vucinich reached on back-to-back singles. Scott Krieger then drew a walk to load the bases. Adam Weisenburger and Franklin Romero Jr. then came up and hit consecutive RBI singles with Weisenburger's plating one and Romero Jr.'s bringing home two.

After Bradley exited the game, the 'Tees bullpen took care of the rest as they combined to throw four shutout innings and allow three hits. Alan Williams did the most damage out of the pen as in his two innings of work all six outs that he recorded came via the strikeout.

Williams and Brian Garman each earned a hold, while Casey Medlen shut the door to earn his sixth save of the season.

Shea Vucinich had the only multi-hit effort of the night as he went 2-for-3 and has now reached base in 14 consecutive games. After hitting just .178 in April, Vucinich is hitting at a .357 in the month of May.

Nick Shaw went 1-for-4 and has now reached base in 24 straight games.

Brevard County and St. Lucie (25-7) will continue their four-game series on Wednesday with a matinee beginning at 10:35 a.m.

The Florida State League leader in ERA and WHIP, Hiram Burgos (2-1, 0.79) will toe the rubber for the 'Tees on Wednesday morning. Burgos has allowed just one run in his last 25 innings of work and has not allowed a run in either of his last two starts.

The Mets will send Jenrry Mejia to the mound to start the game and he will be "piggybacked" by Angel Cuan (2-1, 3.14). Mejia is on a Major League rehab assignment as he recovers from Tommy John surgery that he had last season.

Box Score

Jed Bradley started and was good enough to earn a win, but it was not easy for him. 5 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 4 BB 4 K 1 WP 1 Balk 4:4 GO:FO 1 Pickoff. Bradley has been very, very impressive in his first taste of full season ball. But check out the pitchers drafted before him:

Gerrit Cole (A+): 28 IP 20 H 10 BB 34 K 3.54 ERA
Danny Hultzen: (AA): 30 2/3 IP 15 H 19 BB 34 K 2.34 ERA
Trevor Bauer (AA): 41 1/3 IP 27 H 25 BB 51 K 1.96 ERA
Dylan Bundy (A-): 20 IP 2 H 2 BB 33 K 0.00 ERA
Archie Bradley (A-): 31 IP 9 H 19 BB 34 K 2.03 ERA
Taylor Jungmann (A+): 43 IP 35 H 12 BB 30 K 2.93 ERA
Jose Fernandez (A-): 36 IP 22 H 10 BB 45 K 1.75 ERA

Add that to the line from the 19th overall pick:

Matt Barnes (A-/A+): 32 2/3 IP 16 H 5 BB 54 K 0.55 ERA

And it becomes clear that the 2011 class was one of a kind. Hopefully Jungmann and Bradley are not 2011 class afterthoughts in the end, but their upside is not close to some of these other guys.

Be sure to see the game log section to see what Alan Williams did tonight.

The offense did enough to win as Shea Vucinich (2-3) stays hot. Nick Shaw (1-4) continues his streak as well.

Game Log

The Horse's halves.

St. Lucie Top of the 7th

Pitcher Change: Alan Williams replaces Brian Garman.
Robbie Shields strikes out swinging.
Wilmer Flores called out on strikes.
Richard Lucas called out on strikes

St. Lucie Top of the 8th

Cesar Puello strikes out swinging.
Blake Forsythe strikes out swinging.
Rafael Fernandez doubles (3) on a ground ball to right fielder Miguel Velazquez.
Alonzo Harris strikes out swinging.


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Sounds Lose Series Opener To Sky Sox, 7-4
05/08/2012 10:50 PM ET
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Second baseman DJ LeMahieu ripped a bases-loaded triple with two outs in top of the ninth inning to power the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to a 7-4 victory over the Nashville Sounds on Tuesday evening at Greer Stadium.

LeMahieu's game-winning three-bagger, which caromed off the top of the wall in left-center, came against Sounds left-hander Juan Perez, who inherited the bases-loaded jam from Mike McClendon. The Sky Sox filled the bags against the right-hander on a pair of singles sandwiched around an intentional walk.

Nashville (9-22) fell to 1-8 in series openers this season and has dropped five of its last six contests overall.

Logan Schafer homered and drove in two of the Sounds' four runs on the night, while shortstop Jeff Bianchi went 3-for-4 on the night and has opened his Nashville career with five hits in his first seven at-bats.

The visiting Sky Sox took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning against Nashville starter Mike Fiers. Ex-Sound Wil Nieves got things started with a leadoff double and scored on a one-out double off the bat of another former Sound, Hernan Iribarren. LeMahieu (2-for-4) followed with an RBI single up the middle that extended the Sky Sox lead to two. Later in the frame, Andrew Brown ripped a two-out, run-scoring double to right-center to make it a three-run advantage.

The Sounds responded in the home half of the frame, pulling back within a run with a pair of two-out scores against Sky Sox right-hander Brandon Hynick.

After the first two batters of the inning were retired, Schafer crushed his third home run of the year, a solo shot to right, to put Nashville on the board. Caleb Gindl kept the rally going with a line-drive double down the right field line and scored on an RBI single from Bianchi to make it a 3-2 contest.

Colorado Springs shortstop Tommy Field increased the visitors' lead to 4-2 in the fourth when he slugged a one-out solo homer to left off Fiers, his third roundtripper of the year.

Fiers helped his own cause in the fifth, ripping a leadoff double and later scoring on Bianchi's third knock of the contest, a two-out single to left. Fiers' two-bagger in the frame was the first extra-base hit recorded by a Nashville pitcher this season.

Nashville tied the game at 4-4 in the seventh against Sky Sox reliever Edgmer Escalona. Eric Farris led off with a single, moved to third on a well-executed, hit-and-run single by pinch-hitter Hainley Statia, and scored the tying run on a bunt single by Schafer.

The Sounds missed a chance to pull ahead in the eighth when they put runners on second and third with two outs against Dustin Molleken, but the right-hander struck out Martin Maldonado to escape the jam unscathed.

Molleken (2-0) was the recipient of the late Sky Sox rally and was awarded the victory following one scoreless inning of relief. Zach Putnam retired the Sounds in order in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the win and notch his fifth save of the year.

McClendon (1-2) was saddled with the loss for Nashville after being charged with three runs in his two-thirds of an inning of action.

The teams continue the series with an 11:05 a.m. Education Day game on Wednesday morning at Greer, when thousands of area schoolchildren will pack the stands as a reward for reach their goals in the popular Nashville Sounds Reading Club program.

Right-hander Seth McClung (0-3, 7.71) (sorry kids) will toe the rubber for the Sounds to face Colorado Springs right-hander Guillermo Moscoso (1-3, 7.91).

Box Score

Lots of audio snippets for tonight. Enjoy.

· AUDIO: Bianchi RBI Single
· AUDIO: Schafer Solo Homer
· AUDIO: Fiers Scores Third Run
· AUDIO: Schafer Bunts Home Farris

Logan Schafer (2-5 HR) and Eric Farris (2-3 BB SB) produced while Jeff Bianchi (3-4) can smell the putrid MLB SS situation all the way from Greer Stadium. I should mention that I personally witnessed Ceasar Izturis' jack tonight. It really did happen. I was there.

Mike Fiers started and got hit more than preferred. 7 IP 7 H 4 R 4 ER 1 BB 7 K 1 HR 7:4 GO:FO. Mike did slug a double for the Sea Cows. Mike McClendon needs a reboot on the 2012 season.

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Self-check game log tonight. Let me know if you see something cool.


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LeMahieu Triple Gives Sox 7-4 Over Nashville
05/08/2012 10:52 PM ET

DJ LeMahieu hit a two-out, three-run triple in the top of the 9th inning to break a 4-4 tie as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox defeated the Nashville Sounds by the score of 7-4 on Tuesday night. The win gets the Sox off to a great start as they begin an eight-game road trip in Tennessee.

Colorado Springs got out to an early 3-0 lead in the third inning on RBI hits by Hernan Iribarren, LeMahieu and Andrew Brown but the Sounds struck right back in the bottom half of the inning with two runs of their own. The Sounds' runs came on a solo homer by Logan Schafer and a RBI double by Jeff Bianchi.

Shortstopp Tommy Field blasted his third homer of the season in the fourth, a solo bomb, to give the Sox a 4-2 lead before Nasvhille chipped away to tie the game. They put up lone tallies in the fifth and the seventh innings to set up the heriocs in the 9th.

In the top of the 9th, two hits, a sac bunt and a walk against reliever Mike McClendon (1-2) loaded the bases for the Sky Sox with one out before Juan Perez came on and struck out Iribarren to bring LeMahieu to the plate. On the first pitch of the at bat, LeMahieu drilled the ball to the left-center field gap to chase everyone one and give the Sox their 7-4 lead.

Sox closer Zach Putnam worked a perfect ninth inning while striking out two batters to notch his fifth save of the season and make a winner of reliever Dustin Molleken (2-0).

Game two of the four-game series is set for 11:05 AM (CST) tomorrow with RH Guillermo Moscoso (1-3, 7.91) facing RH Seth McClung (0-3, 7.71).


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Final: Cedar Rapids 5, Wisconsin 4

Kernels end Rattlers win streak
Wiscosin strands nine in 5-4 loss and watched their eight game winnings streak end
By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

GRAND CHUTE, WI - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers had many opportunities to extend their longest winning streak in nine seasons. But, the Rattlers missed out on those chances and fell 5-4 to the Cedar Rapids Kernels 5-4 Tuesday afternoon at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. The loss ended Wisconsin's winning streak at eight games.

The Kernels (14-18) scored three times in the top of the second to take their first lead in the four game series. Matt Scioscia singled and went to second on a balk. He was still at second with two outs, but a double to right by Abel Baker got Scioscia to score the first run of the game. Wendell Soto made it a 3-0 lead with a two-run homer.

Wisconsin (20-12) got one run back in the bottom of the second. Yadiel Rivera doubled to start the inning and went to third on a single by Ben McMahan. Tyler Roberts grounded into a 4-6-3 double play that allowed Rivera to score.

The Rattlers went a more traditional route to tie the game in the bottom of the third. Chadwin Stang walked to start the frame. Then, Brandon Macias belted his second homer in as many days. The blast from Macias tied the game 3-3. But, the tie did not last long.

Scioscia led off the Kernels fourth inning with a line drive homer to left. Later in the inning, Soto struck again with an RBI single and the Kernels were up 5-3.

McMahan pulled the Rattlers to within a run in the bottom of the sixth. Greg Hopkins had doubled with one out. McMahan tripled to center with two outs to send Hopkins home and make the score 5-4.

Wisconsin received five innings of scoreless relief to keep the game close. Michael Strong, the 10th round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2011 draft, made his Midwest League debut in the fifth inning and worked three scoreless frames. Stephen Peterson took over for Strong in the eighth and put two more zeroes on the scoreboard.

The Rattlers offense had many chances in the final three innings to at least tie the game.

In the seventh, Carlos George singled and Stang beat out a bunt single. But, Macias was next and he popped a bunt up the third base line. Kaleb Cowart made a diving attempt and got the ball in his glove, but could not hang on for the out. George was out easily at third. Cedar Rapids brought left-hander Stephen Tromblee to face lefty Max Walla with runners at first and second and one out. As Tromblee and Walla faced each other, Stang broke for third on an attempted steal. But, Kernels catcher Abel Baker's throw to third beat Stang for the second out. Tromblee struck out Walla for the final out.

In the eighth, Jason Rogers doubled to left against Ty Kelley. Greg Hopkins beat out a bunt single to put runners on the corners with no outs. Rivera was asked to bunt Hopkins into scoring position and he did. But, Kelley got out of the inning with back to back strikeouts of McMahan and Roberts.

Stang started a Rattlers rally in the bottom of the ninth. He drew a walk with one out. Macias followed with a single to left that put the tying run at third and the winning run at first with one out. Kelley escaped by striking out Walla and getting Rogers to ground out to third.

Wisconsin stranded nine runners in the game, including five in the last three innings.

HOME RUNS:
CR:
Wendell Soto (2nd, 1 on in 3rd inning off Kevin Shackelford, 2 outs)
Matt Scioscia (1st, 0 on in 4th inning off Kevin Shackelford, 0 out)

WIS:
Brandon Macias (2nd, 1 on in 3rd inning off Eswarlin Jimenez, 0 outs)

WP: Eswarlin Jimenez (1-2)
LP: Kevin Shackelford (1-2)
SAVE: Ty Kelley (4)

TIME: 2:47
ATTN: 1,040

Nine after 9 (well after 9) for May 8, 2012

Wisconsin Box Score
Man was I hoping the T-Rats would go on a historic run besting the franchise record for consecutive wins but it wasn't meant to be. Someone should ask Chris why we are velocity mavens, there has to be a better term! About the only thing Chris didn't cover on the pitching side was Shackelford's balk, but otherwise he nailed all the rest.

Chadwin Stang(covered in the 9), Brandon Macias, Gregory Hopkins, and Ben McMahan all had 2 hits a piece. Stang, Hopkins, Jason Rogers, and Yadiel Rivera doubled while McMahan tripled and Macias blasted his 2nd HR.

Wisconsin Play By Play

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Final: Huntsville 2, Jacksonville 1

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Just gotta love our MiLB pitching from AA on down so far this year, it's been fantastic. Evan Anundsen went 5.1 innings allowing 4H, 1ER, and 1BB against 5SO. Darren Byrd followed Anundsen and had one of his better if not best outing of the season going 3 full innings allowing 1 hit and striking out 3 with a huge pickoff in the 8th. Mitch Stetter came on to face a lefty in the 9th and walked him, thus entered Rob Wooten to close it out with 2 fly balls.

Josh Prince managed the only multi-hit game and XBH for the stars going 2-4 with a double though he did get caught stealing a base and the Stars played a clean game defensively.

Huntsville Play By Play
The Stars got all they would need in the 5th.
Huntsville Top of the 5th
    Lee Haydel walks.
    Matt Cline singles on a ground ball to center fielder Denny Almonte. Lee Haydel to 2nd.
    Kentrail Davis flies out to left fielder Chris Pettit.
    Josh Prince doubles (5) on a ground ball to left fielder Chris Pettit. Lee Haydel scores. Matt Cline scores.
    Scooter Gennett called out on strikes.
    Hunter Morris grounds out to first baseman Rich Poythres

Byrd with my nomination for play of the game.
Jackson Bottom of the 8th
    Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Daniel Carroll replaces Kalian Sams.
    Daniel Carroll singles on a ground ball to shortstop Josh Prince.
    Gabriel Noriega out on a sacrifice bunt, catcher Anderson De La Rosa to second baseman Scooter Gennett. Daniel Carroll to 2nd.
    With Francisco Martinez batting, Daniel Carroll caught stealing 3rd base, pitcher Darren Byrd to third baseman Matt Cline to second baseman Scooter Gennett to pitcher Darren Byrd to shortstop Josh Prince.
    Francisco Martinez grounds out, third baseman Matt Cline to first baseman Hunter Morris.

The tying run made it as far as 2B in the 9th.
Jackson Bottom of the 9th
    Eric Campbell grounds out, shortstop Josh Prince to first baseman Hunter Morris.
    Pitcher Change: Mitch Stetter replaces Darren Byrd.
    Joseph Dunigan walks.
    Pitcher Change: Robert Wooten replaces Mitch Stetter.
    With Rich Poythress batting, Joseph Dunigan steals (6) 2nd base.
    Rich Poythress flies out to right fielder Kentrail Davis.
    Denny Almonte flies out to center fielder Juan Sanchez.

edit. Mass noted James Paxton earlier in thread and because it was so late I was going to skip over that, but for those who are wondering why he was the #52 prospect in BA's top 100 prior to the season and the #4 in Seattle's system. He's only the 3rd best pitcher on his own AA staff as Taijuan Walker(#20)(#2) and Danny Hultzen(#21)(#3) and are on the same team and ranked ahead of him. I wish we had all 3.


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Cardinals’ Tyrell Jenkins Fans Career-High 10

Current scouting report and blog post linked above, here's the BA scouting report from the 2010 draft:
Jenkins may be the most athletic pitcher in the draft. Baylor's top quarterback recruit, he also lettered in basketball and ran a 49-second quarter-mile in a relay race this spring—without any training. The next day, he was throwing 92-93 mph fastballs in the seventh inning. Jenkins has a loose, quick, whippy arm that can deliver fastballs up to 95 mph. There's a lot of projection remaining in his 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame, and lots of room for improvement with his secondary pitches. He can spin a curveball and also throws a slider and changeup. He should develop more consistency once he focuses on baseball and does a better job of repeating his delivery. He's raw but has tremendous upside, making him a perfect fit in the sandwich round for teams with multiple picks. Jenkins is considered much more signable than fellow Texas high school pitcher/quarterback Zach Lee.

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This post covers the Pirates A+ team and contains good information about some of the better prospects on that team.

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Rizzo goes deep twice, plates six
Top Cubs prospect records fourth multi-homer game of season
By David Heck / Special to MLB.com

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Anthony Rizzo is batting .357 with nine homers and 31 RBIs through 30 games. (Iowa Cubs)

Anthony Rizzo doesn't know why exactly his home runs have generally come in pairs this year, but he's certainly not complaining.

The Cubs' top prospect left the park twice and drove in six runs on Tuesday, helping Triple-A Iowa Cubs blow out the Fresno Grizzlies, 13-2.

Rizzo has now recorded four multi-homer performances this year. The only time he hit just one longball in a game came on April 8, the fourth day of the season.

"I try not to waste at-bats," Rizzo said. "When I do have a game where I have hit a homer, I'm not necessarily trying to hit another. But the main thing for me is not wasting at-bats and taking advantage of the opportunities provided to me. I wish there was some secret, but there's really not."

The 22-year-old first baseman wasted little time making an impact on the game, taking a 1-1 pitch from Grizzlies starter Eric Hacker over the center-field wall for a three-run homer.

"Both [homers] were in RBI situations," Rizzo said. "I was up there looking for a good pitch up. I got a breaking ball up and was able to take advantage of that for the first homer."

After a pair of groundouts -- one of which resulted in a double play -- Rizzo stepped to the plate in the sixth with one out and two men on. He went deep again, this time sending a 1-1 pitch from lefty reliever Wilmin Rodriguez over the right-field fence.

"Once again in that situation, we had runners on base and I was looking for something up to drive," Rizzo said. "I got it up in the air and it flew out for me."

Originally selected by the Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2007 Draft, Rizzo has been traded twice in his career -- once to the Padres and again to the Cubs. He performed well for Triple-A Tucson last year, batting .331 with 26 roundtrippers and 101 RBIs in 93 contests, but struggled following a promotion to the Majors. In 49 games with the Padres, he hit just .141 with one homer and nine RBIs.

But Rizzo is building a good case to get back to the big leagues. Through 30 games, he is batting .357 with nine homers and 31 RBIs.

"Guys in front of me have put me in good situations to succeed," Rizzo said. "I don't really have to do too much to get a base hit and drive some guys in. The lineup has really contributed to a lot of hits that I've gotten. The team's just a lot of fun to be around, and I think it makes it easier to play when you have a team that likes to go out and have fun."

Despite his success, Rizzo is not hung up on when he will get his next chance to play at the highest level.

"One day, that's going to be exciting to be able to experience going up to Chicago and playing with those guys," Rizzo said. "I'm just taking it day by day, trying to help Iowa win games and get back into the divisional race. I'm working on the things that I have to work on that are going to get me to Chicago and [help me] stay for there for years and years."

No. 11 Cubs prospect Josh Vitters also enjoyed a strong game Tuesday, going 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and four RBIs.

Iowa starter Chris Rusin (3-2) earned the win after yielding one run on three hits over six innings.

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Well Oscar Taveras wasn't seriously hurt the other day...

Gast continues hot start for Cardinals
Springfield's Taveras homers to support lefty's fourth win
By Danny Wild / MLB.com

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John Gast has allowed three runs or fewer in all seven starts.

John Gast has allowed three runs or fewer in all seven starts. (Mark Harrell/Springfield Cardinals)
A third season in the Minors meant a new third pitch for John Gast, and on Tuesday it all added up to his fourth win.

Gast posted his best line of the season and Oscar Taveras hit his ninth homer as Double-A Springfield shut out Arkansas, 4-0, on Tuesday afternoon.

Gast, who added a curveball to his fastball-changeup combo this winter, lowered his ERA to 2.03 after holding the Travelers to five hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings. He struck out five, throwing 60 of his 93 pitches for strikes in his seventh start this season.

"It was just getting ahead of hitters, getting strikeouts down, and my fastball command was right there," he said. "I was able to get a bunch of ground balls."

The left-hander out of Florida State entered the season ranked as the Cardinals' top southpaw in the Minors after reaching Double-A in his first full season in 2011. With Springfield last season, he went 4-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 13 starts after a promotion from Class A Advanced Palm Beach.

St. Louis' sixth-round pick from 2010 did all that with just a pair of pitches. This year, he's cut his Double-A ERA in half.

"I think last year I was relying a little more on two pitches, and this year I've worked on my curveball a lot in the offseason," he said. "When you're just throwing two pitches, they can eliminate one of them -- 'I won't swing at a changeup' -- so being able to offer three pitches that are all pretty decent, it's been a real big help."

Gast also got help from his bullpen and the system's top hitting prospect.

Sam Freeman struck out the side in the eighth and Eric Fornataro added another strikeout in a perfect ninth to seal the five-hitter for Springfield.

Taveras, Springfield's center fielder, slugged his ninth homer in the eighth inning, a three-run shot off Travs reliever Chris Scholl that moved him into a tie for second place in the Texas League in home runs.

For Gast, consistency this season has been a big different, and the stats back that up -- he's held opponents to three runs or fewer in all seven starts.

"It's just being able to throw a lot of strikes down in the zone and being consistent with that," he said. "That's been the biggest key. Last year I was a little more spotty -- I had a few good starts and then a bad one. So now I'm just focusing on being more consistent."

Gast worked without a lead for the first four innings before Kyle Conley delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the fourth. Gast said the low scoring affair worked to his advantage in a way.

"I hate to say it, but keeping the game rolling helps a lot instead of sitting for 20 minutes while they score some runs," he said. "But the pace of the game helps to get you into a rhythm. You just try to go out and get three quick outs."

Giving up the ball after seven innings wasn't easy, but Gast knew his pitch count had started closing in on triple digits.

"Obviously I want to go out and throw as many innings as I can," he said. "I noticed they were getting someone warm, after I worked that inning. I kind of understood the inning was a little longer with the walk -- I threw about 10 pitches to [Jeremy] Cruz -- so I knew I maybe threw 22 pitches in my last inning."

Taveras' homer in the eighth was the fourth long ball for the Dominican prospect in his last 10 games. Gast said it's been a treat to watch the 19-year-old.

"He's awesome. I haven't gotten to play with him until now, but you hear people talk about guys in the offseason, during Spring Training," Gast said. "You get to watch him play, it's awesome, he's outstanding."

As for Gast's future with the reigning World Series champs, he knows the path will only get easier if he can post more outings like Tuesday's.

"I think you can look and see I get hurt by giving up home runs, and that's one aspect I can improve on," said Gast, who's allowed five roundtrippers this season. "Not making those mistakes over the plate with runners on and cutting down on walks, I think that'll help anybody. You can never have too few walks."

Gast overshadowed a fine outing by Arkansas starter A.J. Schugel (1-4), who allowed one run on three hits and three walks over six innings.

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Florida State doesn't have the power arms the program used to produce in the early 1990s. Its top arm this year was supposed to be Gast, whose career never quite got going in the right direction. He had Tommy John surgery after his senior season in high school and came back quickly, pitching in mid-April of his freshman year. His relief worked helped the Seminoles get back to the College World Series for the first time in eight years, and he stayed in a relief role as a sophomore. Early in his junior season, Gast was flashing his high school form, reaching 92-93 mph with his fastball and working with an upper-70s power curveball. However, as the season wore on, he no longer was showing the kind of stuff to go in the first three rounds. His ERA had soared to 6.33, mostly because of his lack of command. When he gets ahead of hitters, he still can finish them off with his curve.

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STARS OUT SHINE GENERALS

JACKSON, Tenn.- A two-run double off the bat of Josh Prince gave the Huntsville Stars (19-14) their second victory in as many games against the Jackson Generals (20-13) in a 2-1 victory Tuesday night at Pringles Park.

Bats were quiet on both sides until the top of the fifth. Left fielder Lee Haydel drew a walk to lead off the inning. Third baseman Matt Cline singled to advance Haydel before Prince hit a double through the hole at short to score both Cline and Haydel.

The only other time the Stars had a runner in scoring position was thanks to a wild pitch and throwing error by Generals’ starting pitcher James Paxton in the second and third innings.

Jackson didn’t have a runner advance past first until the bottom of the sixth. Third baseman Francisco Martinez doubled to right-center followed immediately by a two-bagger off the bat of second baseman Eric Campbell. Martinez scored to chase Stars starter Evan Anundsen from the game. Anundsen had a solid outing for his second win of the season, giving up just one run on four hits over 5.1 innings. He allowed just one walk and struck out five batters.

The Generals managed to just get one more hit on the Stars pitching staff before reliever Rob Wooten notched his eighth save of the season, pitching 0.2 innings.

Jackson starter Paxton went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits. He struck out seven and walked three en route to his third loss of the season.

The Stars look to take their four series in five attempts tomorrow with RHP Kyle Heckathorn (1-1, 3.86 ERA) on the mound against Generals RHP Tijuan Walker (3-1, 1.30 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 a.m.


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Brad Krause adds insight well beyond the box score lines within his own very nice blog; a player such as LHP Mike Strong gets a nice gift in photos from his first game above the rookie ball level within Brad's gallery.


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I don't know much about Bianchi but it makes me feel a little better that we might have a better option at shortstop and he is only 25. Also looking at the box score nice to see the Hurricane try to make it back to the big leagues.


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How is Bianchi's D?


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