Scranton: I wonder how long the Yankees will be able to keep Jesus Montero in the minor leagues.
It’s only a handful of games, but Montero put up a 3-for-5 night with a pair of doubles, while Jorge Vazquez contributed four hits of his own to go along with two runs batted in as Scranton defeated Rochester, 5-3.
Montero is now hitting .480 (12-for-25) with three doubles and a home run. Obviously, 25 at-bats means nothing – but if he is just cruising at Triple-A for the first month of the season, I think the Yankees will have a big decision to make. But we aren’t quite there yet.
Justin Maxwell contributed a two-run triple to the winning effort.
On the hill, Andrew Brackman tossed five innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out two. He induced six groundouts (two flyouts) and threw 46 of his 80 pitches for strikes. Not a terrible first outing; not a great first outing. But good enough.
Lance Pendleton threw three scoreless innings in relief to earn the win, striking out four while allowing one hit. Kevin Whelan earned his second save of the year, allowing two hits but no walks in a scoreless ninth.
The offensive woes of the Thunder continued tonight, as they were two-hit by Portland in a 7-0 blowout.
Both hits came courtesy of third-baseman Bradley Suttle. Suttle also stole his second base of the season.
Steve Garrison made the start, and was roughed up this time around. Last time out, he threw four shutout innings; this time, he went 3.1 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. He walked nobody and struck out two. Since he started tonight’s game, I doubt he was under immediate consideration to replace the injured Luis Ayala on the major league club; however, this performance probably destroyed any chance of getting to the big club within the next week or so.
Pat Venditte pitched a scoreless inning and sports a 4.50 ERA in three games (2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K)
Neil Medchill connected on his first home run of the season, but Tampa’s bats were mostly cold in a 4-2 loss to Brevard County.
Medchill, a 11th round pick in the 2009 draft, struggled mightily in 2010, putting up a .199/.280/.331 line with 12 home runs and 154 strikeouts.
Robert Lylerly contributed a couple of hits and an RBI to the losing effort. He is hitting .385 (10-for-26) on the young season. He has thus far shown the ability to hit in the minor leagues, though not for much on the power side.
Brett Marshall took the loss. He pitched better than he did in his last outing by going five innings, while allowing three runs on seven hits. He walked nobody and struck out four. He is now 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in the early season (9 IP, 12 H, 2 BB, 5 K).
Charleston was on the losing side of a 15-0 massacre at the hands of Greenville tonight.
Kyle Roller notched a pair of hits in the losing effort and is now 10-for-20 on the young season.
Slade Heathcott and Gary Sanchez both had the night off.
Shane Green made the start and got tattooed. He allowed seven runs on seven hits over three innings, walking two and striking out four. A far cry from his six shutout inning debut his last time out.
The other eight runs in the game were all unearned, as Charleston committed five errors. Rob Segedin made his fourth error of the season, while Anderson Feliz contributed a pair of errors as well.
Thomas Kahlne allowed four of those unearned runs, but also struck out five in his two innings of work.