Minors Report for 8/5/10 (Brandon Laird; Ivan Nova; Corban Joseph; Hector Noesi Struggling)

Scranton: (65-47, first place by 7.5 games)

Brandon Laird went 2-for-4 (to drop his AAA average to .667), and Jesus Montero drew a couple of walks…but not much else positive happened in a 5-0 loss. Laird is now 8-for-12 as a member of Scranton. Montero is at .270/.347/.457. He is in a bit of a slump (6-for-31).

Ivan Nova started and was pitching well into the sixth inning. But the three runs he allowed in that inning turned his night into a pedestrian six innings of five run ball. He allowed eight hits, walked one, and struck out eight while allowing two home runs. In 21 starts, he is 10-3 with a 3.02 ERA (131.1 IP, 129 H, 43 BB, 102 K, 10 HR). It was his first loss since May (8-0 with a 1.92 ERA in June/July)

Romulo Sanchez threw two scoreless innings in relief, striking out four. Sanchez is 8-8 with a 4.04 ERA in 25 games (96 IP, 86 H, 54 BB, 84 K). As a reliever, he has thrown 23.2 innings, allowing 19 hits while walking nine and striking out 25. He has a 1.90 ERA. —————————————————————————————————————————– Trenton: (66-47; tied for first place with New Hampshire)

Trenton put up a big four spot in the ninth inning tonight…too bad they were down 8-0 entering the frame.

Corban Joseph went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored while Daniel Brewer went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks in the loss.

Joseph is 4-for-14 since his promotion and is at .301/.375/.441 overall with 29 doubles, four triples, six home runs, and 57 RBI. He has walked 43 times and struck out 75 times in 395 at-bats. Very respectable numbers. Brewer has raised his line to .248/.330/.388 in 399 at-bats. He is 13 for his last 37 (.351) and is hitting .284/.337/.407 in 81 at-bats since the All-Star Break.

On the hill, Hector Noesi’s big slump continued. He only lasted 3.2 innings in this one, allowing six runs on seven hits. He walked two hitters and struck out six. He is now 6-4 with a 3.68 ERA for Trenton (80.2 IP, 74 H, 17 BB, 68 K). However, in his last three starts, he has allowed 19 runs (all earned) in 11.1 innings. His 120 innings this season is now a career high. (He threw 117 last season) ——————————————————————————————————————————- Tampa:

Charleston: (21-19 in the second half; 52-57 overall; 2 games out of first for second-half title)

Charleston was hanging on to 1-0 lead entering the 8th…and gave up a run in each of the last two innings to lose, 2-1.

Brett Marshall went five innings of shutout ball, allowing three hits while walking two and striking out three. In eight starts, he is 1-2 with a 3.95 ERA (41 IP, 38 K, 18 BB, 34 K).

Robert Lyerly went 2-for-4 with a double (31) and Charleston’s lone run batted in. Slade Heathcott came back in a hurry, and went 1-for-3 with a walk and Charleston’s lone run scored. He also stole his 11th base in 16 tries. ——————————————————————————————————————————– Lower Minors:

Eduardo Sosa went 1-for-4 with a double in Staten Island’s loss tonight….2010 draftee Zach Varce started the game and took a no decision to remain winless at 0-4. He dropped his ERA to a sparkling 6.14 with five innings of two run, seven hit ball….Cito Culver went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the GCL Yankees victory. He is at .281/.338/.383 in 128 at-bats and is 15 for his last 42….Gary Sanchez went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI. He is only hitting .378/.448/.611. Joe Mauer? A mere child compared to this guy….18-year old second baseman Anderson Feliz went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in. (.261/.308/.410)….18-year old Jose Rosario contributed four hits and three runs scored. The infielder is 16-for-60….Matt Richardson earned his first win of the season (1-4) with five innings of four run, five hit ball. He walked one and struck out four. (33.1 IP, 28 H, 17 BB, 27 K, 1 HR, 4.32 ERA)….

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