Game Notes from July 21 – Part 2

More from today’s game notes … specifically the Minor League Report:

Osprey Alumni Update/Minor League Report:
The AZL D-backs are currently 9-15 on the season. Victor Acosta (2010) has been very solid this season, going 1-1 with a 1.42 ERA in nine appearances, striking out 11 in 12 2/3 innings pitched.

The DSL D-backs  (17-28) have received steady play from outfielder Alan Santiago (2009), who is hitting .250 with five doubles and 17 RBIs in 37 games, plus has only committed one error in the field in 35 appearances in the outfield.

Of the former Osprey playing for Yakima (11-22), one of the biggest surprises has been right-handed pitcher Teo Guitterez (2010). In seven starts, Guiterrez has posted a 3-0 record and a 2.93 ERA, logging 43 innings pitched in seven starts without surrendering a home run.

South Bend (10-15, 44-50) continues to rely on the consistent bat of Raywilly Gomez (2009), who is hitting .292 with 12 doubles, a pair of home runs and 39 RBIs. Gomez is second among the Silver Hawks in batting.

Visalia (11-15, 42-53) – who recently lost closer Yonata Ortega (2007) to Mobile – has received steady play from second baseman David Nick (2009) all season long. With some of the big names on the Rawhide roster, it’s easy to overlook Nick, who has a team-best .296 batting average with 24 doubles, a triple, nine home runs and 41 RBIs in 92 games.

Mobile (20-6, 58-38) continues to run and hide in the second half in the Southern League’s South Division race, and part of the reason was the promotion of Adam Eaton (2010) to the BayBears’ roster. Eaton is hitting .333 with two doubles, two triples, three home runs and 14 RBIs in 17 games – of which the BayBears are 15-2 in those games. Eaton is already second on the team in times hit by a pitch (six) and his .997 OPS rivals only that of Paul Goldschmidt (2009), who is hitting .300 with 27 home runs and 84 RBIs, but who has struck out more since the All-Star Break (now 83 Ks to 69 walks in 94 games), and has his OPS slip a bit, to 1.033.

Reno (59-37) continues to run away with the Pacific Northern Division of the Pacific Coast League. Jordan Norberto (2006) has been a steady contributor out of the bullpen for the Aces, going 6-1 with a save and a 4.10 ERA.

Schedule:
AAA Reno  – off day (All-Star Break)
AA Mobile vs. Birmingham
A Adv. Visalia vs. Rancho Cucamonga
A South Bend vs. Clinton
SS-A Yakima at Boise
AZL D-backs – off day
DSL D-backs vs. DSL Rockies

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