Two for Tuesday

The count is at 27 days before the season opens in Helena, 29 days before those Brewers come calling in the home opener, and a dozen days before Ticket Day – which is June 4.

- Derek Eitel (2010) worked a perfect game into the sixth, and took a no-hitter into the seventh before settling for a seven-inning, one-hit effort in Visalia’s 14-2 rout of High Desert on Monday.

- The Arizona Diamondbacks will try to keep their win streak going today, when they play a doubleheader at Colorado. They’ll face former Osprey left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (1999) in the opener of the four-game, three-day series at Coors Field. Here’s a preview – note the handle of the blogger.

- One roster move we did not mention in yesterday’s blog – South Bend placed Bobby Stone (2008-10) on the DL on Friday. It turns out to be an injury to his left arm, which occured after Stone threw a runner out at the plate in a game on Thursday. It’s a retroactive move to Thursday, which means Stone could be ready to go as soon as Friday, but it all depends on how his arm responds to treatment.

- Stone has had an, shall we say, eventful time with South Bend over the past couple of years, as it pretains to either getting injured, or somehow avoiding injury. The amazing part of the video below – after making this catch, he stayed in the game. We’ll have to dig the audio up from the interview with him from last summer about this catch and post it on here … but here is the video from the flip at West Michigan last season.

- Staying with the SilverHawks for a moment – the weekend produced a great outing for reliever-turned-starter Bradin Hagens (2009), who picked up a win on Friday and some attention from the MiLB.com folk.

- Pedro Ciriaco’s promotion has a backstory to it, apparently it was one that involved something that wasn’t. And the Pirates front office wasn’t happy about it, either.

- Goldy Watch: 1-2 with two walks against a top prospect. There’s also more of a look at Eitel’s season here as well, including some numbers which would put a D-backs’ observer at ease when it comes to the R0se-Hulman product’s numbers this season.

- If someone has an update to this list, let us know … because it may be a trivia question on the air this summer.

- Cool little nugget with Daniel Schlereth’s dad, Mark. Schlereth made his professional debut with the Osprey in August, 2008, and has the mark as the fastest-rising former Osprey to make his Major League debut – a span of less than a year.

Minor League Update:

- Triple-A Reno: The Aces beat Round Rock on Monday, 9-7. Bryan Shaw (2008) made his Reno debut, allowing a run on two hits with two strikeouts. Daniel Stange pitched the ninth inning to pick up his first save of the season.

- Double-A Mobile: The BayBears were knocked off by Tennessee, 6-5, on Monday. Outside of Goldschmidt (who scored twice in the game), Ollie Linton (2008) had a hit and a run scored, while Taylor Harbin (2007) was 1-for-4 on the night. Taylor Sinclair (2008) made his Double-A debut, and despite allowing two hits and two walks, did not surrender a run and collected a strikeout.

- Class A Advanced Visalia: While Bobby Borchering (2009) was treating High Desert pitching like he was back at Bishop Verot (three doubles, triple, 6 RBIs), Adam Eaton (2010) put together his typical line – 3-for-3, 4 runs, a walk and a hit by pitch. One of those hits was a double, and he also drove in a run. David Nick and Chris Owings (two runs, including a home run), who were teammates with Borchering in Missoula in 2009, had two hits and a RBI each, while Keon Broxton (yes, 2009), had a hit and a run scored. Rossmel Perez (2008) was the lone player not to get a hit in the Rawhide lineup, but he was busy catching Eitel’s run at perfection.

- Class A South Bend: The SilverHawks managed to get some power from an unlikely source – Raywilly Gomez (2009) – in an 8-3 win over Great Lakes on Monday. Gomez – who hit three home runs last season in Yakima – hit a solo shot in the second, while Chris Jarrett (2010) hit one in the sixth to cap off the Hawks’ scoring. Gomez had two hits, as did Jarrett (two runs), and two of Raywilly’s teammates in Missoula in 2009 – Ender Inciarte (two runs) and Matt Helm (three RBIs) . Helm also played in Missoula in 2010, as did Jeff Shields, who went five innings and allowed just two runs on five hits and a walk to pick up the win on the mound. Blake Cooper (2010) pitched a scoreless ninth to close the deal.

Today’s games (and Osprey probables):
AAA Reno (27-18) at Round Rock.
AA Mobile (23-20) has an off-day today, they will be at home on Wednesday.
A Adv. Visalia (21-24) has an off-day today, they will be at home on Wednesday.
A South Bend (21-24) will start a series at home against Lake County, with Patrick Schuster (2009-10) getting the call on the bump.

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