Here’s tonight’s lineups:
Chris Ellison RF
Josh Parr SS
Ryan Court 3B
Jon Griffin 1B
Stephen Cardullo DH
Eric Groff 2B
Fidel Pena C
Justin Bianco CF
Westley Moss LF
Taylor Siemens LHP
Dayne Read CF
Devin Lohman SS
Robert Maddox 1B
Drew Poulk LF
Nick O’Shea C
Kyle Waldrop RF
Junior Arias 3B
Danny Vicioso DH
Sammy Diaz 2B
Kyle McMyne RHP
Pre-game interview is Mike Bell, part 2 … we’re on at 6:50 MT.
Now to the news of the day:
– Robby Rowland is bouncing around like he normally does. He is slated to start on Thursday, but that is provided he is ready to go. Raymond Hernandez is ready to go if needed, and will likely pitch on Thursday no matter what.
– The D-backs made a roster move, sending down a pair of Osprey pitchers to Triple-A Reno. Both Esmerling Vasquez and Bryan Shaw head back to the minors. Vasquez (2004) posted a 1-1 record and 4.15 ERA (14 ER in 30.1 IP) with 13 walks and 20 strikeouts in 31 games with the D-backs. Shaw (2007) posted a 4.15 ERA (2 ER in 4.1 IP) with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts over 5 games with the D-backs in his first stint in the Majors.
Notes from the … yeah, game notes …
He’s listed as an infielder, but Tom Belza can play just about anywhere. And the bat is showing signs of coming to life as well. Belza made a start at second base on Monday, and collected a pair of hits and a RBI. Already this season, Belza, who has a .286 batting average in his first four games this season, has played at first and second base, but will likely see time at every infield and outfield position before the end of the season.
Osprey Alumni Update/Minor League Report:
The DSL D-backs (9-15) lost at the DSL Rockies, 2-0. Former Osprey outfielder Alan Santiago (2009) went 0-for-3, as his average slipped to .262 for the season.
The Arizona League D-backs (4-2) picked up a 6-0 win over the AZL Athletics on Monday. Former Osprey pitcher Blake Perry (2010) has made two starts, posting a 1.80 ERA, with seven strikeouts in 10 innings pitched.
SS-A Yakima fell to 3-8 after a 10-0 loss to Tri-City on Monday. Former Osprey shortstop Raul Navarro (2010) had one of the Bears’ five hits on the night, while relief pitcher Justin Albert (2010) pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
Class A South Bend (2-2, 36-37) picked up a win, while former Osprey right-handed pitcher Kevin Eichhorn (2008-10) had a good night for West Michigan. Eichhorn (5-3, 3.45 ERA) took a shutout into the ninth inning, but was charged with two runs while allowing just five hits and a walk, and collected five strikeouts. Outfielder Chris Jarrett (2010) had three hits and a run scored, while Roberto Rodriguez (2010) plated a run in the 4-2, 11-inning Hawks win.
Class A Advanced Visalia (1-3, 32-41) rallied with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat Inland Empire, 4-3. Adam Eaton (2010) hit a solo home run to start the rally for the Rawhide, while Bobby Borchering (2009) added a base hit and scored on a three-run homer. Right-handed reliever Christian Beltre (2007) struck out the only batter he faced to pick up the win (3-3, 3.34), while Yonata Ortega (2007) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his eighth save.
Double-A Mobile (2-3, 40-35) managed to use a double and two RBIs by Paul Goldschmidt (2009) and two RBIs by Taylor Harbin (2007) to beat Mississippi, 7-4. Jake Elmore (2008) added two hits and two runs scored, while Josh Ellis (2007) picked up the win in relief of starter Jarrod Parker (2007).
Triple-A Reno (47-32) received a strong start from left-hander Tom Layne (2007) in a 9-2 win at Sacramento on Monday. Layne improved to 7-3 with the effort. Jordan Norberto (2006) added a solid scoreless inning in relief.
AAA Reno at Sacramento
AA Mobile vs. Montgomery
A Adv. Visalia vs. Inland Empire
A South Bend at West Michigan
SS-A Yakima vs. Tri-City
AZL D-backs vs. AZL Cubs
DSL D-backs vs. DSL Reds