Red Raider Road to the Show - July 26

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

            Hynes got called to the mound in the second game of his Major League career for his second appearance. He inherited a bases loaded jam and gave up a two run single to start. After the single, Hynes forced Jon Jay to ground into an inning ending double play.

            Hynes made his third appearance Tuesday at Miller Park. His first batter, Khris Davis, hit his first career home run. It was the first home run Hynes had allowed in his career.

            After the home run, Hynes produced two groundouts and recorded his first career strikeout against Sean Halton.

            The Padres are currently last in the National League West, but don't write them off just yet. The NL West leading Los Angeles Dodgers are eight games ahead of the Padres. Fourth place San Francisco is just one game in front of the fighting friars.

            The Diamondbacks, who are in second place, have a three game series with the Padres starting Friday. If the Padres can do some damage their, the NL West is going to be exciting to watch after the trade deadline.


A.J. Ramos, RHP, Miami Marlins

            July 19 saw A.J. Ramos record two strikeouts in four at-bats against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brew Crew won 2-0, but Ramos pitched a shutout inning.

            Sunday's game featured extra innings. Ramos was summoned from the bullpen for innings ten and eleven. He tossed two perfect innings and recorded two strikeouts. The Marlins lost the game when Caleb Gindl started the thirteenth inning with his first career home run in walk-off fashion.

            Ramos finished off Wednesday's game at Coors Field with another shutout inning. He allowed a walk, but struck out two.

            The fish are sellers this year. They have the worst National League record and only the Houston Astros have more losses than Miami does.

            The fish are back home to face the Pirates until Sunday. The Mets fly to Miami to start a series on Monday.


60-Day Disabled List

Jeff Karstens, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

Josh Tomllin, RHP, Cleveland Indians



Bobby Doran, RHP, Oklahoma City RedHawks: Houston Astros

            Doran is currently listed in AAA. He made a spot start on Tuesday in game two of a doubleheader for the RedHawks.

            Doran left the game with the lead and a chance for the win in a seven inning game. Through five and a third innings Doran gave up one earned run, which came on a sacrifice fly. His totals included five hits, a walk and two strikeouts.

            The RedHawks bullpen caved in on a walk-off double by Irving Fatu of the Omaha Storm Chasers.

            Don't expect Doran's next start to be with Oklahoma City. It was his second spot start of the season. A call up may be coming soon, but Doran is probably going back to the Corpus Christi Hooks for right now.


Jay Johnson, LHP, Lehigh Valley IronPigs: Philadelphia Phillies

            Johnson made his AAA debut July 19 tossing a shutout inning. He allowed one walk and recorded two strikeouts.

            Monday saw Johnson's second appearance. He struck out two Rochester Red Wings, but also gave up two walks in an inning of work.

Wednesday was a different story. Johnson came in with a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning. He started off with a walk and a single. Two passed balls allowed the walk to score. Johnson managed to get a bunt pop out, but then hit a batter and walked another. Johnson was nailed for five earned runs and the loss.

His ERA is 15.43 after the three appearances. The IronPigs are on the road against the Pawtucket Red Sox this weekend.


Roger Kieschnick, OF, Fresno Grizzlies: San Francisco Giants

            The Grizzlies played a four game series against the Tacoma Rainiers July 18-21. Between Friday and Saturday, Kieschnick went 0-7 with a walk and three strikeouts.

            Kieschnick and the Grizzlies started a four game series against the Salt Lake Bees Monday. On Monday, Kieschnick went 2-3 with two walks and a run.

            Tuesday, Kieschnick faced former teammate Dustin Richardson. Kieschnick got on base twice and scored a run before Richardson struck him out. Kieschnick ended the night 2-4 with a run and a double.

            Wednesday was forgettable as Kieschnick went 0-4 with a strikeout.

            Kieschnick showed off his power on Thursday going 1-3 with a home run. He also walked and struck out.

            In July, Kieschnick is hitting .303 with eight doubles and a home run. The Grizzlies have a four game road series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox starting Friday.


James Leverton, LHP, New Orleans Zephyrs: Miami Marlins

            Leverton entered the ballgame July 19 with the Zephyrs holding a 7-4 lead over the Nashville Sounds. Leverton started the inning giving up a single and a walk. After a mound visit, he produced a fly out and then a strikeout. Coach felt the need for a change though and Leverton got charged with an earned run as the next batter hit an RBI single.


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

            Richardson pitched July 23 against Roger Kieschnick and the Fresno Grizzlies. He got the win, but at the cost of nine hits, four earned runs and two walks.

            The former Major Leaguer went six and two-thirds innings racking up eight strikeouts. His ERA has shot up over his last two starts allowing a total of 11 earned runs.

            Richardson is 4-1 and his next start is expected to take place Sunday on the road against the Tucson Padres.


Zach Stewart, RHP, Charlotte Knights: Chicago White Sox

            The former Major Leaguer made his only start of the week on July 19. The Norfolk Tides could only score against Stewart by hitting home runs. The two Stewart allowed were solo shots. Including the home runs, Stewart allowed five hits and two walks. The Holliday, Texas product pitched six innings and struck out six. The Knights lost to the Tides 5-3. Stewart received a no decision.

            Stewart is currently 5-10 with a 4.91 ERA. In July, Stewart is 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA. His next start is Friday against the Gwinnett Braves.

            Leverton went back to the mound Sunday throwing two shutout innings. He struck out three while surrendering two walks.

            Leverton is 1-0 in July with a 0.87 ERA. His AAA ERA is 2.16 this season.



Chad Bettis, RHP, Tulsa Drillers: Colorado Rockies

            The #4 prospect in the Rockies organization made two starts in the past week. The first came on July 20 on the road against the Arkansas Travelers. Bettis started flat allowing six hits and four runs in the first inning. From then on, Bettis was solid allowing just two hits over his final three innings. In the four innings, Bettis struck out six. The Drillers won in ten innings giving Bettis a no decision.

            The flamethrower returned to the mound Thursday looking to avenge the previous first inning. Bettis allowed two hits and struck out eight through seven shutout innings. He received a no decision as the Drillers were shutout 2-0.

            Bettis is currently 3-4 with a 3.71 ERA through 12 starts. His next expected start is July 30. The Tulsa Drillers host the Springfield Cardinals.


Nathan Karns, RHP, Harrisburg Senators: Washington Nationals

            Karns started July 23 and lasted six innings against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He gave up four runs on six hits. Three of the runs were earned. He also surrendered three walks, but struck out ten batters. The Senators won 6-5.

            Karns next start is expected to take place on Sunday. The Senators are on the road against the Portland Sea Dogs that day.

            He is currently 7-3 with a 3.42 ERA. This month, Karns is 2-0 with a 2.22 ERA through five starts.


Kelby Tomlinson, SS, Richmond Flying Squirrels: San Francisco Giants

            Tomlinson has been promoted from A Advanced San Jose. His AA career started off well. Tomlinson went 2-4 with a pair of singles and a strikeout.

            Since his debut, Tomlinson has gone 0-7 with a walk and three strikeouts.

            The Flying Squirrles finish a four game series against the Akron Aeros throughout the weekend.


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

            The Duke made two starts in the past seven days. von Schamann made his first start July 19. Duke came out of the gates stumbling, allowing two hits in three at-bats. That was enough for the Birmingham Barons to score the only run of the game and nail von Schamann with the loss.

            von Schamann lasted 5.2 innings after giving up seven hits and recording three strikeouts.

            The extra base hits destroyed Duke on Wednesday. The Jackson Generals roughed up von Schamann for six hits and four earned runs over 5.2 innings. In the third inning, James Jones hit an RBI triple and would score a run on the next at-bat. In the sixth inning, the Generals hit back-to-back home runs.

            von Schamann is now 2-3 with a 3.42 ERA in AA. The Duke is expected to return to the mound Monday in Jackson.


A Advanced

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

            Coulombe inherited a runner and one out July 20 in the eighth inning with the Quakes losing to the Modesto Nuts 6-5. Coulombe walked his first batter, but struck out the final two of the inning.

            The Quakes scored two runs in the ninth, shut down the Nuts, and gave Coulombe his second win of the season.

            Coulombe came back out Tuesday to throw three innings against the Inland Empire 66ers. With the exception of a solo home run, Coulombe was perfect and recorded three strikeouts.

            In July, Coulombe is 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA. The solo homer was the first run Coulombe gave up in July. The Quakes start a three game home series against the Lancaster JetHawks Friday.


Zach Fowler, LHP, Frederick Keys: Baltimore Orioles

            Fowler pitched at home July 19 and struck out three over 2.1 innings against the Salem Red Sox. He allowed two hits in the game.

            Salem wanted revenge.

            Fowler, this time on the road, faced Salem on Wednesday. After two innings, Fowler had given up five hits and three earned runs.

            Fowler's July ERA is 5.00 It has been his worst month of the season.

            The Keys have two more games left in the series at Salem. Monday, the Keys start hosting the Lynchburg Hillcats.


Robert Kilcrease, LHP, Bradenton Marauders: Pittsburgh Pirates

            Kilcrease pitched three innings against the Lakeland Flying Tigers Sunday. He gave up his first run in over a month. In exchange, he received his fifth save of the season.

            Thursday saw Kilcrease pitch against the Brevard Count Manatees. He went one inning allowing one hit. Two of the three outs were strikeouts.

            The highest ERA Kilcrease has displayed this season is a 1.98 in May. July shows one save with a 1.54 ERA.

            The Marauders have three more games in Brevard County before returning home to play the Dunedin Blue Jays.



Barrett Barnes, OF, West Virginia Power: Pittsburgh Pirates

            Barrett Barnes is back on the seven day disabled list. In the 10 games before being injured, Barnes was hitting .343 with four doubles and a home run. This is Barnes second stint on the disabled list this season.


Jamodrick McGruder, OF, Clinton LumberKings: Seattle Mariners

            Through 22 at-bats for Clinton, McGruder is still trying to produce a hit. McGruder's only time to get on first from the batter's box is due to a fielding error. The error came as McGruder was the first batter July 20 against the Great Lakes Loons. McGruder has two runs in class A. One run is from the lead off error. The second run came as a pinch runner.

            Clinton has a game Friday against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Saturday starts a three game series in Cedar Rapids.


7-Day Disabled List

Rusty Shellhorn, LHP, Clinton Lumber Kings: Seattle Mariners


Short Season A

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

            Through two appearances in the past week, Broyles has allowed one walk. He continues his dominance through short season A with four more shutout innings. All six of the Everett AquaSox he faced Wednesday went down on strikes.

            Broyles has mowed through 14.1 innings without giving up a run.

            He started this season as a starter with the Asheville Tourists in class A. He was 1-9 with a 6.94 ERA in Asheville.


Trey Masek, RHP, Boise Hawks: Chicago Cubs

            Masek threw two perfect innings against the Everett Aquasox on July 20. He struck out three in the game.

            Masek has not allowed an earned run in his time at Boise. He has not given up a run since being called back up from a stint in the Arizona League.

            The Hawks start a five game series against the Spokane Indians Friday.


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

            McCrummen pitched 1.1 innings of perfection in a series with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Saturday and Monday. One of the four at-bats was a strikeout.

            He is 2-1 this season with a 1.20 ERA. The Tri-City Dust Devils start a five game series on the road against Salem-Keizer Friday.


Reid Redman, RHP, Batavia Muckdogs: Miami Marlins

            Redman made one appearance this week. He tossed two shutout innings against the Jamestown Jammers Wednesday. In the two innings, Redman struck out one. He allowed one hit.

            Redman has made a successful transition from the infield to the mound thus far. He's 1-1 with 1.38 ERA. The last time he allowed a run was June 5 and it was unearned.

            Batavia travels to Mahoning Valley for two games before coming home to host the State College Spikes. Then it's off to Connecticut.


Rookie League

Bo Altobelli, C, Elizabethton Twins: Minnesota Twins

            Altobelli appeared in two game this week. He went 0-1 with a walk against the Danville Braves Monday. Thursday saw Altobelli go 0-3 against the Kingsport Mets.

            Altobelli has appeared in three games since coming of the disabled list over a week ago. The Twins are on the road against the Johnson City Cardinals this weekend.


Bradley Marquez, OF, Kingsport Mets: New York Mets

            Marquez went 2-3 scoring a run against the Danville Braves July 19.

            Saturday and Sunday against the Princeton Rays, Marquez went 2-8 with a strikeout. He scored a run on Sunday.

            In a series against the Elizabethton Twins, Marquez went hitless in six at-bats. He scored the game winning run as a pinch runner July 24.

            Marquez is having a hot July hitting .314 during the month. The Mets are on the road against the Bristol White Sox throughout the weekend.


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

            Wheeler appeared three times in the past week. All three appearances featured one inning of work. Wheeler allowed one walk and recorded two saves. He struck out two batters.

            The White Sox host Bradley Marquez and the Kingsport Mets this weekend.

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