Red Raider Road to the Show - July 13

Cameron Brock gives an update on all the former Red Raider baseball players that are in the Minors and the Majors right now.


A.J. Ramos, RHP, Miami Marlins

            Ramos took the mound during a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the ninth against the St. Louis Cardinals July 6. After a line out and a fly out, Ramos started Jon Jay with three balls. After working the count full, Ramos walked Jay. Shane Robinson pinch hit for Edward Mujica and singled. Jay was going to stop at third until Giancarlo Stanton committed a throwing error allowing Jay to score the walk off run. Ramos got hit with his third loss of the season.

            After two days off, Ramos was placed back on the mound to finish off Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Braves. Ramos gave up two hits and a walk in the eighth inning. The ninth was a different story going three up and three down. After all was said and done Ramos earned three strikeouts over two innings.

            Ramos did not pitch Wednesday and the Marlins did not play Thursday.

            The Marlins are currently sitting in last place in the National League East at 33-57. The Braves sit in first 19 games ahead of the fish. The Marlins will host the Washington Nationals in a three game series starting Friday.


60-Day Disabled List

Jeff Karstens, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

Josh Tomllin, RHP, Cleveland Indians



Zach Stewart, RHP, Charlotte Knights: Chicago White Sox

            Stewart continued his inconsistency July 6 in a 4-1 loss to the Norfolk Tides. Lasting five innings, the former Major Leaguer allowed three runs, two of which were earned. While Stewart was on the mound, eight hits were produced by the Tides. In addition, Stewart surrendered a pair of walks, committed a fielding error and got nailed with the loss. The final score ended up 4-1.

            Stewart threw five innings again Thursday on the road against the Durham Bulls. This time he gave up five hits, two walks and three runs. All of the runs were earned. Stewart received a no decision.


Roger Kieschnick, OF, Fresno Grizzlies: San Francisco Giants

            Kieschnick got a hit for the second straight night July 5. He would eventually score after hitting a single in the fourth with the Grizzlies down 7-4. The hit sparked a comeback featuring five runs over two innings. The Grizzlies won 8-7. Kieschnick finished the night 1-4 with a run.

            July 6 featured another multi-hit game for Kieschnick. The Grizzlies won 5-2 over the Sacramento River Cats with Kieschnick going 2-4 with an RBI and a strikeout.

            The hit streak stayed alive Sunday as Kieschnick singled in the ninth inning. The next batter, Todd Linden, was the final out.

            Kieschnick did not receive a plate appearance Monday, but did take the field in the ninth inning.

            Tuesday, Kieschnick earned his nineteenth double and scored a run in a 7-4 loss to the Reno Aces.

            One at bat is all Kieschnick received Wednesday night. He came into the game as a pinch hitter and he grounded out.

            Thursday, the man named Roger went 1-3 with a base on balls and a run batted in.

            Kieschnick is currently hitting .267. The Grizzlies play three games over the weekend in Sacramento. Roger will be a part of next week's all-star game playing for the Pacific Coast League.


Colt Hynes, LHP, Tucson Padres: San Diego Padres

            July 6, Hynes pitched two perfect innings to finish out a 5-2 loss to the Las Vegas 51s. In the process, Hynes recorded two strikeouts. Strike three came on a swing both times.

            Hynes tossed two innings Tuesday allowing a hit and a run. The run went unearned. A strikeout was recorded in the process.

            Hynes now has a 1.89 ERA. The Padres play are in the midst of a four game series with Las Vegas including a doubleheader Friday.

            Hynes will join Kieschnick July 17 as a teammate on the Pacific Coast League All Star team.


James Leverton, LHP, New Orleans Zephyrs: Miami Marlins

            Leverton could not be much better July 6 with a 5-3 lead. Three innings of perfection were tossed from Leverton's arm, but it was not enough. The Zephyrs still lost to the Oklahoma City RedHawks 6-5 after a ninth inning solo shot from Carlos Perez.

            After a postponement Sunday, Leverton threw another shutout inning Tuesday allowing one hit. The Zephyrs defeated the Iowa Cubs 9-0.

            Leverton currently has a 2.28 ERA. The Zephyrs have a doubleheader in Oklahoma City Friday. The series against the RedHawks concludes Sunday.



Nathan Karns, RHP, Harrisburg Senators: Washington Nationals

            The Eastern League All Star Game took much of the schedule for Karns and the Senators this week.

Karns pitched just 3.1 innings. That usually sounds like a dismal start. Karns final pitch was wild, but it's safe to blame that on the weather. After the wild pitch, the umpires decided a rain delay was necessary. The delay took over an hour and Karns was forced to give up the ball and start his all-star break early.

            Prior to the delay, Karns struck out four while allowing one earned run on just two walks and one hit.

            The Seantors play the Erie SeaWolves through the weekend. Monday starts a three game series against the New Britain Rock Cats.


Chad Bettis, RHP, Tulsa Drillers: Colorado Rockies

            In a matchup against Bobby Doran and the Corpus Christi Hooks, Bettis struck out eight over five innings. Although the only run scored on Bettis came from a solo home run, the number four Rockies prospect got nailed with the loss. Bettis ended the night giving up four hits, a walk and an earned run.

            His ERA is currently at 3.52 with a 2-4 record. Let's not forget, this is only his second start since coming off the disabled list. Bettis was on the DL all of 2012 and went back on it in May.

            Bettis next start is expected to be Sunday against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.


Jay Johnson, LHP, Reading Fightin Phils: Philadelphia Phillies

            Johnson's weekend started out rough. Saturday, Johnson inherited two runners in the seventh inning. Both runs scored on a single. Johnson then hit a batter before committing a throwing error. Things seemed better after a strikeout, but Johnson was pulled after walking his final batter.

            The series against the Trenton Thunder ended on a better note Monday. Johnson gave up two walks, but struck out two.

            Thursday, Johnson threw a perfect inning against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He struck out one batter.

            The series against the Fisher Cats continues throughout the weekend.


Bobby Doran, RHP, Corpus Christi Hooks: Houston Astros

            The Corpus Christi Hooks won 4-2 to give Doran a win over fellow Red Raider Chad Bettis Monday in Tulsa. Doran threw a total of six innings and held a shutout until his final inning. A two run blast were the only runs that Tulsa could put on the board against Doran and the Hooks.

            His final line included four hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Doran is now 7-2 with a 3.29 ERA in AA.


Duke von Schamann, RHP, Chattanooga Lookouts: Los Angeles Dodgers

            The Duke had one of the worst outings of his career Tuesday. The Jacksonville Suns pounded von Schamann for eight hits four runs, all earned, and two walks. Duke only racked up one strikeout and wound up with the loss. The final score was 9-3 in a seven inning ballgame.


A Advanced

Zach Fowler, LHP, Frederick Keys: Baltimore Orioles

            The past week may have been Fowler's worst of his career.

A blown save was given to Fowler Monday after he inherited a bases loaded jam and gave up two runs. Those two runs happened to come in the bottom of the tenth. Frederick scored once in the top of the inning, thus making the second Wilmington Blue Rock run a walk off. It is Fowler's first blown save of the season.

            Fowler got hit with another loss Thursday when he walked in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth.

            The Liberty-Eylau product is now 3-4 with a 2.23 ERA.

The Frederick Keys host the Carolina Mudcats until Monday.


Daniel Coulombe, LHP, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes: Los Angeles Dodgers

            The Rancho Cucamonga bats erupted July 6 and Daniel Coulombe received his fourth hold on the season because of it. A 16-6 victory over High Desert featured Coulombe throwing 1.1 innings for two strikeouts. Not all was bright as Coulombe surrendered four walks and a hit.

            Coulombe tossed three shutout innings Thursday only allowing two hits. The number of strikeouts that night hit five.

            His ERA is now 4.71. After a game against High Desert Friday, the weekend holds in store a three game series against the Bakersfield Blaze.


Kelby Tomlinson, SS, San Jose Giants: San Francisco Giants

            Tomlinson's hit streak ended July 5, but he still managed to do something productive. A sacrifice fly garnered Tomlinson an RBI. Prior to Friday, Tomlinson had yet to go hitless since he came off the disabled list and finished a rehab assignment June 28. He ended the night 0-4 with one run batted in.

            July 6, Tomlinson went 1-4 in a 5-1 victory over the Visalia Rawhide.

            After a day off Sunday, Tomlinson's bat went back to work Monday. Tomlinson went 2-4 with a double scoring two runs and driving in an RBI. He also walked and struck out, but the Giants defeated the Lake Elsinore Storm 12-1.

            Tuesday saw Tomlinson go 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout. Tomlinson got to celebrate though as teammate Ricky Oropesa hit a walk off solo shot for the only run in the game.

            A rough night for Tomlinson took place Wednesday going 0-5 and wearing the sombrero.

            Tomlinson came back Thursday on a mission. The man they call Kelby went 3-5 with a double, a stolen base and three RBIs. Not all went well as he was charged with his fifth fielding error.

            One more game with Visalia takes place Friday before a three game series at Lake Elsinore.


Robert Kilcrease, LHP, Bradenton Marauders: Pittsburgh Pirates

            The ERA Kilcrease is sporting is absolutely phenomenal. He currently has a 1.25 ERA and on July 5 he tossed two shutout innings. Kilcrease added three strikeouts, but allowed two hits in a 7-3 loss to the Fort Myers Miracle.

            Thursday marked another shutout performance by Kilcrease. This time the man known as Robbie threw two and two-thirds innings. The negative note was giving up two hits and a walk.

The Marauders are on the road against the Tampa Yankees until Monday.



Barrett Barnes, OF, West Virginia Power: Pittsburgh Pirates

            The Pittsburgh Pirates prospect walked twice and struck out twice July 5 for the Power. He finished 0-3.

            Some rough weather prevented the Power from seeing the field until Tuesday.

            When the Power finally got to take the field again, Barrett Barnes got a hit and drove in a run.

            Barnes was out of the lineup Wednesday and for game one on Thursday. He ripped a three run homer in game two

            The Sugarland product has four home runs on the season, but is hitting .241.

            Friday starts a four game series in Asheville.


John Neely, RHP, Quad Cities River Bandits: Houston Astros

            Neely started the weekend off rough. After teammate Juri Perez allowed three earned runs, the River Bandits turned to the Texas Tech graduate. Neely ended up surrendering two runs on two hits, a walk and a 7-6 lead. Neely did produce a strikeout over the two-thirds innings he pitched, but the Kane County Cougars shut down Quad Cities in the ninth for an 8-7 victory. Neely was nailed with not only the loss, but also his third blown save.

            Neely did not get to make another appearance. Monday's game at Kane County was cancelled.

            A final game against the Bowling Green Hot Rods takes place Friday. The River Bandits then host the Dayton Dragons until Monday.


Jamodrick McGruder, OF, Clinton LumberKings: Seattle Mariners

            After his bat caught fire, the Mariners organization promoted McGruder to class A. That means a reunion with former Red Raider Rusty Shellhorn, who as you can see below is on the disabled list.

            The debut was less than stellar. McGruder went 0-3, but maybe he's just getting used to the change in atmosphere.

            After finishing up a series with the West Michigan Whitecaps on Friday. The LumberKings head to South Bend for a three game series against the Silver Hawks.


7-Day Disabled List

Rusty Shellhorn, LHP, Clinton LumberKings: Seattle Mariners


Short Season A

Shane Broyles, RHP, Tri-City Dust Devils: Colorado Rockies

            Broyles made his second appearance in short season Sunday and earned his first win. Broyles tossed one inning in relief striking out three and allowing a hit.

            Broyles retained his perfect ERA Wednesday after three perfect innings with five strikeouts.

            Broyles ERA in short season remains at 0.00.

            The Dust Devils continue a five game series against the Hillsboro Hops through Sunday.



Jerad McCrummen, RHP, Tri-City Dust Devils: Colorado Rockies

            McCrummen pitched an inning and two-thirds of shutout ball Monday. McCrummen allowed two hits in the process. His ERA remained at 0.00.


Reid Redman, RHP, Batavia Muckdogs: Miami Marlins

            The former Texas Tech infielder threw an inning and a third against the State College Spikes July 5. Redman may have not allowed a run, but we'll never know. Redman gave up a one out double. After a fly out, Redman's catcher Chris Wallach attempted to pick off David Washington at second. Wallach was charged with an error as Washington scored.

            Redman returned to the mound Monday in a doubleheader. He gave up three hits, but threw an inning and a third of shutout baseball.

            The first career victory for Redman came Wednesday against the Vermont Lake Monsters. Redman threw an inning and a third of perfect pitching including two strikeouts.

            Batavia plays one more game against the Lake Monsters Friday before the Tri-City Valley Cats come to town.


Rookie League

Trey Masek, RHP, AZL Cubs: Chicago Cubs

            In his final short season appearance, the fifth round pick of the Chicago Cubs gave up a hit, a walk and a run over two innings July 5. Masek was able to scrounge up three strikeouts in the process.

            Masek was eventually sent down to rookie league and made his debut for the AZL Cubs Tuesday.

            Masek's first impression was not a good one. He gave up three hits, two walks and four runs, all earned. Masek received the loss.

            To end on a bright note, the debut featured two strikeouts.


Bradley Marquez, OF, Kingsport Mets: New York Mets

            After going 3-6 and boosting his average nearly .80 points, Marquez struggled again July 5. The Texas Tech football player finished the night 0-3 with two strikeouts.

            Marquez took the field again Sunday in a doubleheader. Marquez went 0-2 with a strikeout.

            Only seven innings are played during games when there are doubleheaders.

            Monday, Marquez went 1-3 with a strikeout.

            Marquez also recorded a hit on Wednesday going 1-4 with two strikeouts.

            After a postponement Thursday, Kingsport has a doubleheader Friday with the Danville Braves. The Burlington Royals are on tap for the rest of the weekend.


Andre Wheeler, LHP, Bristol White Sox: Chicago White Sox

            Bristol lost to the Danville Braves 6-3 Sunday, but a bright spot was Andre Wheeler. The former Tech player tossed two shutout innings giving up just one hit. Four batters were strikeout victims.

            Wheeler was perfect through two innings Thursday, so the manager sent him back out for a third. After two groundouts, Wheeler gave up a walk. Kelvin Ortiz then came up and sent the ball over the wall for a walk-off home run.

            Wheeler was nailed with his first blown save and first loss. He had four strikeouts over the first two innings.

            Bristol has one more game against Elizabethton before playing a three game series against the Johnson City Cardinals.


7-Day Disabled List

Bo Altobelli, C, Elizabethton Twins: Minnesota Twins

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