Red Raider Road to the Show - July 19

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


Colt Hynes, LHP, San Diego Padres

            The Major League Debut of Joshua Colt Hynes took place Sunday at Petco Park for the San Diego Padres in the ninth inning.

            His first batter was Jeff Francoeur, who was also his first out. Hynes got Francoeur and Tony Abreu to fly out on two pitches each. The final out of the ballgame took place when Guillermo Quiroz lined out to center field. The Padres won the game 10-1 over the San Francisco Giants.

            It was nice for Hynes to debut in San Diego, but the Padres will start a 10 game road trip Friday. It starts with three games in St. Louis.

            The Padres hold the fifth place spot in the National League West at 42-54. While a long shot, they are still in the race for the division title. The first place Arizona Diamondbacks hold an eight and a half game lead over San Diego.


A.J. Ramos, RHP, Miami Marlins

            Down 1-0 Saturday, Ramos came in from the bullpen in the top of the ninth. He struck out the side, all victims swinging. The second batter of the inning, Jayson Wert, walked, but never advanced. The first batter in the bottom of the ninth, Giancarlo Stanton tied the ballgame with a home run. The game went into the tenth where the Marlins would win on a fielder's choice.

             Ramos came back out on Sunday to finish the seventh inning. Ramos inherited a runner and walked two to load the bases. No damage was done as Jayson Werth produced a routine fly ball to outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

            Ramos has only allowed one run since June 15. Ramos is 3-3 on the season with a 3.59 ERA. He has yet to allow an earned run in July.

            The Marlins start a seven game road trip Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Marlins currently sit in last place in he National League East at 35-58. The fourth place New York Mets are seven games ahead of Miami. Miami has the worst record in the NL.


60-Day Disabled List

Jeff Karstens, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

Josh Tomllin, RHP, Cleveland Indians



Jay Johnson, LHP, Reading Fightin Phils: Philadelphia Phillies

            After a nice week of pitching for the Reading Fightin Phils that included a win, Johnson has been promoted to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in AAA.

            Johnson may make his AAA debut against the Columbus Clippers this weekend.



Roger Kieschnick, OF, Fresno Grizzlies: San Francisco Giants

            Friday night was all about patience for Kieschnick. Kiescnick went 0-3 and all of his at bats were five pitches or less. He managed to walk twice. Once on a six pitch plate appearance and the other on seven pitches. One of the walks led to Kieschnick scoring a run in a 9-3 loss to the Sacramento River Cats.

            The Grizzlies won 6-4 Saturday and Kieschnick played a big role. The box score says 1-4, but that one hit was a leadoff double in the seventh inning. Kieschnick ended up scoring the tying run and Fresno shut the River Cats down for the win.

            Sunday's game went into the tenth inning scoreless. In the tenth inning, three runs including a walk off single by the River Cats were scored. Kieschnick went 1-4 heading into the all-star break.

            Kieschnick went 1-2 in the AAA All-Star Game Wednesday.

            Kieschnick had double vision Thursday as he went 3-3 with three doubles, a walk, two RBIs and a run scored against the Tacoma Rainiers.

            The man they call Roger currently has 23 doubles, 9 triples and 11 home runs. His batting average is at .271.

            Fresno will continue their series against Tacoma throughout the weekend.


James Leverton, LHP, New Orleans Zephyrs: Miami Marlins

            Leverton pitched in game one of a doubleheader Friday. He earned the win after tossing the fourth, fifth and sixth inning. The Zephyrs shut out the Oklahoma City RedHawks 9-0 in the seven inning game.

            In the three innings, Leverton surrendered three hits and a walk while striking out two.

            Leverton has not allowed a run since June 28 and is currently 3-1 with a 2.05 ERA in AAA.

            The Zephyrs host the Nashville Sound until Sunday.


Dustin Richardson, LHP, Salt Lake Bees: Los Angeles Angels

            Richardson is back in professional baseball after signing with the Angels as a free agent in June. He has pitched well earning a 3-0 record and 2.08 ERA prior to the all-star break.

            The lefty made the first start after the all-star break and it was not pretty. The Sacramento River Cats lit Richardson up for eight runs, seven of which were earned. He also surrendered eight hits and five walks. Richardson made it through four and third innings.

            Richardson had been suspended at one point in 2012 for violating the MLB's performance enhancing drug policy. The suspension was lifted and Richardson started the season with the Sugar Land Skeeters.

            The next expected start for Richardson is July 23 against the Fresno Grizzlies.


Zach Stewart, RHP, Charlotte Knights: Chicago White Sox

            Stewart makes his first start since July 11 on Friday. The Knights host the Norfolk Tides.

            Stewart currently holds a 5-10 record with a 5.01 ERA.



Chad Bettis, RHP, Tulsa Drillers: Colorado Rockies

            Chad Bettis proved it's not how you start but how you finish. After allowing three home runs in the first three innings Sunday for 4-2 deficit, Bettis retired his final ten batters in order.

            The fire blazing right hander struck out six and the Drillers won the ballgame 6-5 over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

            He is currently 3-4 with a 3.81 ERA.

            Bettis is expected to make his next start Friday. The Drillers will be on the road against the Arkansas Travelers.


Bobby Doran, RHP, Corpus Christi Hooks: Houston Astros

            Doran gave up seven hits and a walk, but only one hit managed to score a run. Max Stassi hit a solo shot in the first inning. Doran shut the Midland RockHounds down afterwards.

            Throwing six innings and striking out one, Doran let his defense help him out to his eighth win on the season.

            Doran is now 8-2 with a 3.17 ERA. He made an appearance in AAA earlier this season.

            The next time Doran is expected to take the mound is Sunday in Corpus Christi against the Frisco RoughRiders.


Nathan Karns, RHP, Harrisburg Senators: Washington Nationals

            Karns got the start Saturday and did not disappoint. The first inning, he produced four outs as a dropped strike three for out number three ended up with a man on first. Karns walked the next batter, before recording his second strikeout.

            The only run Karns allowed came on an RBI triple in the third inning. Karns ended up with nine strikeouts over six innings. The former Major Leaguer allowed three hits and two walks. Lack of run support cost Karns a win as the Senators lost 2-1 to the Erie SeaWolves.

            Karns came out of the all-star break with a blazing gun. Karns had seven strikeouts through eight innings pitched in a 12-3 victory over the Akron Aeros.

            In July, Karns is 2-0 with 25 strikeouts. He has pitched 22.1 innings this month.

            The former Major Leaguer should make his next appearance Tuesday in New Hampshire.


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

            An odd start for Duke von Schamann ended early. von Schamann gave up just one unearned run. He was taken out after four innings. The Lookouts went onto win 3-2 over the Mississippi Braves.

            Duke makes his return to the mound Friday night against the Birmingham Barons.


A Advanced

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

            Coulombe came out of the bullpen Monday against the Bakersfield Blaze. With a 5-3 lead, Coulombe got Julio Morillo to fly out. A throwing error by third basemen Scott Wingo allowed a runner on. The Blaze capitalized on the error after Coulombe threw a wild pitch and Yovan Gonzalez hit a single.

            The run went unearned and the Quakes won 7-5. Coulombe finished the inning recording one strikeout.

            Coulombe earned a win Wednesday against the Stockton Ports. He threw 2.1 innings allowing a hit, two walks and two runs. None of the runs were earned. Coulombe recorded three strikeouts.

            Coulombe has not given up an earned run in the month of July.

            After the Quakes play Stockton Friday, they travel to Modesto.


Zach Fowler, LHP, Frederick Keys: Baltimore Orioles

            Fowler made one appearance over the weekend against the Carolina Mudcats. The appearance came Sunday in the ninth inning. Fowler got Justin Toole to ground out, but Tyler Naquin hit a triple. Naquin would score on a Jordan Smith single. Smith was then caught stealing before Fowler recorded a swinging strikeout.

            The Keys lost 5-3. Fowler is 3-4 with a 2.37 ERA.

            Frederick hosts the Salem Red Sox for two games before a long road trip awaits the Keys Sunday.


Robert Kilcrease, LHP, Bradenton Marauders: Pittsburgh Pirates

            Kilcrease continues to lower his ERA. It is currently at 1.17.

            He made appearances Sunday and Monday tossing three innings. Sunday, Kilcrease allowed two hits in one shutout inning. Kilcrease pitched the seventeenth and eighteenth inning Monday in a 19 inning loss. He recorded one strikeout over the two perfect innings.

            The Marauders host the Clearwater Thrashers throughout the weekend.


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

            After rest on resting Friday and Saturday, Tomlinson's name went back on the lineup card Sunday.

            Tomlinson went hitless in nine at bats between Sunday and Monday. He managed to score a run after being walked on Sunday. He struck out once each day.

            Wednesday was another hitless outing for Tomlinson, going 0-4. Thursday, Tomlinson snapped his hitless streak with a single. He is hitting .163 in his last 10 games.

            The Giants host Stockton after a Friday night game with Modesto.



Barrett Barnes, OF, West Virginia Power: Pittsburgh Pirates

            In 15 at bats, Barnes got a hit six times since Friday. Sunday featured Barnes going 3-5 with a home run and two doubles. He only struck out once in the four game series against the Asheville Tourists.

            Between Wednesday and Thursday, Barnes went 4-9 with a double against the Savannah Sand Gnats.

            In his past 10 games, Barnes is hitting .324 with four doubles and 2 home runs.

            After a Friday night game against Savannah, West Virginia plays the Kannapolis Intimidators.


Jamodrick McGruder, OF, Clinton LumberKings: Seattle Mariners

            Since being called up, McGruder has struggled at the plate. The only two times he has been on base was when he pinch ran Friday and was hit by a pitch Saturday.

            McGruder has appeared in five games. He is 0-13 with two strikeouts.

            Clinton hosts the Great Lakes Loons after a Friday night matchup against the Lansing Lugnuts.


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

            John Neely has retired. He finishes the 2012 campaign 2-5 with a 3.82 ERA and 12 saves. Neely signed with the Houston Astros in 2012. He earned his degree in December.


7-Day Disabled List

Rusty Shellhorn, LHP, Clinton LumberKings: Seattle Mariners


Short Season A

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

            Broyles continues to make short season look easy. He picked up his second win while striking out three Sunday. He walked two batters over the three innings pitched. In five appearances and over ten innings of work, Broyles has allowed one hit and has yet to give up a run.


Trey Masek, RHP, Boise Hawks: Chicago Cubs

            Masek has been recalled to short season. It's an interesting move as Masek was 0-1 with a 15.43 ERA in the Arizona Rookie League.

            Regardless of the interesting move, Masek made it count. In his first appearance back, Masek tossed two shutout innings. He recorded two strikeouts and picked up his first professional win on Tuesday.


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

            McCrummen pitched a perfect inning Friday. Against the Hillsboro Hops, McCrummen struck out two batters.

            Tri-City played the Spokane Indians Monday. McCrummen tossed an inning. He gave up one hit and struck one out.

            Wednesday, the scoreless streak came to an end. McCrummen felt the pain of his first loss after going two innings and allowing two earned runs on three hits.

            He is now 2-1 with a 1.32 ERA.


Reid Redman, RHP, Batavia Muckdogs: Miami Marlins

            Reid Redman recorded the first hold of his career Monday. He threw one inning allowing one walk.

            Redman got knocked around for three hits against Staten Ialand Wednesday, but managed to recorda strikeout.

            He is 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA this season.


Rookie League

Bo Altobelli, C, Elizabethton Twins: Minnesota Twins

            Altobelli is off the disabled list and got a hit in his first game back.

            After a battle against Bristol on Friday, the Twins host the Danville Braves until Monday.


Bradley Marquez, OF, Kingsport Mets: New York Mets

            After hitting under .100 for about a month, Marquez is now on a seven game hitting streak. Agains the Danville Braves so far, Marquez has gone 3-6 with two doubles and three runs.

            He is currently hitting .321 in his past 10 games. His season average is up to .250.

            If Marquez can keep up the recent trend, it will be interesting to see if the Mets will send him to Brooklyn or Savannah. Keep in mind that the Mets organization will take into account his two sport status when making any decisions.


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

            The Bristol White Sox lost 7-3 Monday, but Andre Wheeler did well. Through two innings, Wheeler allowed one hit while striking out five.

            Wheeler's ERA is down to 2.61.

            Bristol finishes a three game series with Elizabethton before heading to Bluefield, West Virginia to face the Blue Jays.

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