Red Sox Minor League Roundup: The spinning wheel for Daniel Bard, Stolmy Pimentel comes back, Bryce Brentz and the BB
|06.30.12 at 1:30 pm ET|
— There have been glimpses of promise for Daniel Bard during his time in Triple-A Pawtucket. But to date, they have disappeared almost as quickly as they’ve emerged, leaving the picture of a pitcher whose mechanics are not close to major league ready right now.
Bard had perhaps his worst outing since being sent back down to Triple-A, retiring just one of the six batters he faced after coming into the game for the top of the seventh inning against Charlotte, the Triple-A affiliate of the White Sox. Bard permitted a leadoff single and steal, and after getting a fly out, walked one batter, hit another, then walked two more to force in a pair of runs. He threw just nine of 26 pitches for strikes.
After nine minor league appearances, Bard has a 7.15 ERA with 14 strikeouts and eight walks in 11 1/3 innings.
“He just can’t repeat with consistency, which is why he’s here, and then you see the wheel start spinning and things kind of snowball,” PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler told the Providence Journal. “That’s the whole deal — trying to get that feel and that consistency to try to repeat.”
— In the first game of his rehab assignment with Pawtucket, Scott Podsednik went 0-for-3 with a walk while serving as the designated hitter.
— Andy LaRoche, in his first game since signing with the Sox, went 3-for-4 with three singles and a strikeout.
— Alex Wilson had a strong outing in relief of Bard. He inherited a bases-loaded, one-out jam and escaped by inducing a rare double play ball, then sailed through the next two innings, striking out three, walking one and allowing just one single. The 2 2/3 innings was his longest as a reliever.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 9-3 WIN VS. NEW HAMPSHIRE (BLUE JAYS)
— Outfielder Pete Hissey has been a dynamic performer since coming off the DL this month, and he continued a string of impressive performances by going 2-for-3 with a double and two steals on Friday. In 13 games this month, he’s hitting .333 with a .356 OBP, .500 slugging mark and .856 OPS along with four steals.
— Right-hander Stolmy Pimentel ended an eight-start winless streak, tossing six innings while allowing three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four. It was his third straight outing in which he permitted just one walk. However, he also permitted a homer for the second straight outing.
— Bryce Brentz continued his run as an on-base machine, going 2-for-4 with a walk. In his last eight games, he’s 10-for-25 (.400) with nine walks, good for a .559 OBP during that span.
— Jeremy Hazelbaker went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a walk, a steal and four runs batted in. He’s driven in 19 this month after collecting 14 RBI in April and May combined. The 24-year-old is hitting .274/.371/.512/.883 with five homers in June.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 4-1 LOSS VS. POTOMAC (NATIONALS)
— It is a testament to Brandon Workman‘s consistency in Salem this year that his yields of four runs and eight hits allowed both matched season highs. He worked six innings, walked one (his fourth straight outing of one or no walks) and struck out four while giving up his first homer in six outings.
SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 10-2 WIN AT CHARLESTON (YANKEES)
— Keury De La Cruz went 2-for-5 with a double and RBI, and he’s now hitting .371 with a .418 OBP, .516 slugging mark and .934 OPS in June. His consistency has been striking for a 20-year-old this year, as his month-by-month OPS marks this year have been .932, .939 and .934.
— Garin Cecchini went 1-for-2 with a walk and a steal but left in the middle of the game for a pinch-runner, apparently due to cramping.
SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 2-1 LOSS AT VERMONT (ATHLETICS)
— Mike Miller, in his fifth pro game, collected a career high three hits while going 3-for-4. The 22-year-old was taken as a college senior out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, with the Sox having been impressed by his all-around game aptitude, both offensively and defensively. He’s already played second, third and short, in deference to his likely path up the farm system ladder as a utility player.
ROOKIE LEVEL GCL RED SOX: 5-2 WIN AT GCL TWINS
— Jacoby Ellsbury, in his first game since suffering a shoulder subluxation on April 13, went 1-for-4 with a double, walk and strikeout in five plate appearances for the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Red Sox, who were playing the Twins in Fort Myers. Ellsbury served as the designated hitter. Fellow rehabber Carl Crawford went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks and a strikeout in six innings while catching a few fly balls in left field.
With Friday’s game, Ellsbury started the 20-day clock on his minor league rehab assignment, which — barring further injury — can run through July 18. Crawford has now played four games, going 2-for-11 with a double, three walks and two strikeouts. His rehab clock runs through July 12.
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 6-0 WIN VS. DSL MARLINS
— Randy Perez, an 18-year-old left-hander, tossed five shutout innings in which he permitted just one hit while walking two and striking out two.
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