Trenton was rained out tonight.
JR Murphy and Slade Heathcott are showing the type of difference one year can make.
Murphy went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in, while Heathcott contributed a 2-for-6 night with a couple of runs scored as Charleston revenged Greenville’s 15-0 slaughter last night with a 11-2 slaughter of their own.
Murphy is now 9-for-29 (.310) with three home runs and seven runs batted in. The 19-year old catcher held his own in Charleston for most of last year – looks like he is trying to break out this year. Heathcott is now 13-for-30 (.433) with nine extra base hits and nine runs scored. On the negative side, all four outs he made tonight were via the strikeout, meaning that 9 of his 17 outs have come via the K. Also, after surviving last year on his ability to take some walks, he has actually yet to walk this year. But all in all, can’t really complain.
Not to be outshone, Ramon Flores went 4-for-6 with a home run, double, and two runs batted in. Flores is 10-for-25 on the season. He is also only 19 years old, and put up a .303/.390/.419 line in 234 at-bats across three levels in 2010. Most of that time was spent in the short-season GCL. He is a left-handed hitting outfielder.
Rob Segedin and Kelvin DeLeon each delivered two hits and two runs batted in. They each also doubled.
The win went to lefty Nik Turley, who rebounded after a miserable first start. Turley, a 50th round pick in 2008, went five innings, allowing one run on five hits. He walked two and struck out four.
Jenry Mejia was too much for the Scranton hitters to handle as the Triple-A version of the Mets defeated Scranton, 4-0.
Jesus Montero went 1-for-4 in the losing effort, as did Jorge Vazquez.
David Phelps pitched very well through five innings, but tired in the sixth. His final stat-line consisted of 5.2 innings of 4-run (3 earned) 9-hit ball. He walked two and struck out five. Phelps is now 0-2 on the young season with a 7.20 ERA (10 IP, 15 H, 4 BB, 6 K).
George Kontos pitched 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, allowing a hit while striking out three. Kontos is a 25-year old right-handed pitcher with stuff that could translate well to the bullpen. This was his first strong appearance of 2011, following two shaky ones.
You haven’t seen me reporting much on Brandon Laird this season, and for good reason: He hasn’t been hitting. He did earn a hit tonight, a double (his first extra base hit of the season – last year, he compiled 55). That raised his average to .154.
Sean Black pitched 6.1 effective innings, while Robert Lylerly kept his hot hitting going, but Ronny Marte imploded in the 9th as Tampa lost, 11-5, to Brevard County. Marte allowed SEVEN (!!!!) runs in the 9th inning to take the loss.
Black (who got a no-decision) allowed two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out six. He has a 2.38 ERA in his first two Tampa starts (11.2 IP, 11 H, 3 BB, 9 K). Black is about to turn 23, and although he is far from a flashy prospect, I think he has a shot to work himself into a major league conversation in a few years. He has been mostly solid since being drafted in the 7th round of the 2009 draft.
Lyerly went 3-for-4 to improve his average to .433 on the season (13-for-30).
Zolio Almonte contributed a triple and a run scored while Neil Medchill hit his second home run in two days for the High-A squad.