Red Raider Road to the Show - August 16th

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


Chad Bettis, RHP, Colorado Rockies

            The Colorado Rockies won 3-2 over the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday. Bettis did not get the credit partly due to lack of run support. The runs for the Rockies came late. Bettis had his best Major League outing of his young career. He gave up two earned runs on four hits and two walks. One of the earned runs was a solo shot in the second inning off the bat of Home Run Derby participant Pedro Alvarez. Bettis struck out three.

            Bettis went to bat against Colt Hynes in the eighth inning Monday. He reached on an error.

            The Rockies are in third place in the National League West division, 14 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. Colorado is fifth in the NL Wild Card. They are 12.5 games behind the second place Cincinnati Reds. The Rockies wild card elimination number is at 29.

            Bettis will not be batting in his next start. He takes the mound Saturday in Camden Yards at Oriole Park. Thursday he is expected to start in Citizens Bank Park against the Philadelphia Phillies.


Colt Hynes, LHP, San Diego Padres

            Hynes made his first appearance of the week Sunday in a game that required extra innings. He came out of the bullpen in the ninth. His job was to get Joey Votto out, which Hynes succeeded in. Votto grounded out for the first out of the inning. The Padres lost in the thirteenth inning 3-2.

            Hynes pitched again Monday. The opponent was the Colorado Rockies this time around. Hynes, like many pitchers, did not have a nice experience with Coors Field. The first five batters reached base before a coaching visit. After the visit, Hynes continued his struggles. An error on Yonder Alonso allowed Rockies pinch hitting pitcher Chad Bettis reach base safely. Hynes surrendered six earned runs on six hits and a walk. His ERA shot up to 11.17 by the end of the game.

            The Padres continue a four game series against the New York Mets until Sunday. The 10 game home stand continues against the Pittsburgh Pirates afterwards.

            San Diego is currently 54-67 with a wild card elimination number of 27. The Padres are fourth in the NL West and seventh in the wild card.


Roger Kieschnick, OF, San Francisco Giants

            The week did not start well for Kieschnick. He wore the sombrero going 0-4 with three strikeouts in a 5-2 loss against the Baltimore Orioles on August 9.

            Kieschnick pinch hit for pitcher Guillermo Moscoso Saturday. The at-bat ended in a strikeout. The Giants won the ballgame 3-2.

            After going 0-2 with a strikeout on Sunday, Kieschnick was replaced with Jeff Francoeur who struck out both times he came to bat. The Orioles destroyed San Francisco 10-2.

            After two days off, Kieschnick returned to the field Wednesday. He went 1-4 and drove in a RBI. The Giants could not scrounge up enough runs and lost 6-5 to the Washington Nationals.

            Kieschnick walked in the ninth inning Thursday. He was the tying run. The next batter, Hector Sanchez, hit a home run to right field and the Giants beat the Nationals 4-3. Kieschnick ended up 0-2 with two walks, a run and a strikeout.

            San Francisco is 53-67. They are tied with the Phillies for eighth place in the wild card. The elimination number is at 27. The Giants are in last in the NL West.

            The defending World Series Champions travel to Miami for a weekend series with the Marlins. Monday starts a seven game home stand that features the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates.

            The man named Roger has a .275 batting average scoring two runs and driving in four. He has yet to record an extra base hit.


A.J. Ramos, RHP, Miami Marlins

            After snapping the Braves 14 game winning streak, the Marlins were looking to defeat Atlanta again. The bullpen collapsed. Ramos was the second relief pitcher to get tagged with two earned runs Sunday. He pitched a full inning when allowed two hits and a walk. The Marlins lost 9-4.

            Ramos returned to the mound Wednesday to throw two perfect innings. He struck out one and recorded his ninth hold of the season.

             The Marlins start a 10 game home stand Friday. The first two series feature the Giants and the Dodgers. The Marlins are in last place in the NL Wild Card and the NL East. The Marlins division elimination number is 16 and their wild card elimination number is 21.

            Ramos is 3-4 this season with a 3.27 ERA.


Josh Tomlin, RHP, Cleveland Indians: Rehab Assignment

            Tomlin has been between the Lake County Captains of class A and the Akron Aeros of class AA making short rehab appearances. He is the starting pitcher for the Aeros Friday. Tomlin is expected to return to the Indians sometime in late August or early September.

            The Indians are in second place in the American League Central, 6.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers. Cleveland is in fourth place in the AL Wild Card. The Oakland Athletics hold the second spot and are 3.5 games ahead of the tribe.


60-Day Disabled List

Jeff Karstens, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates



Bobby Doran, RHP, Oklahoma City RedHawks: Houston Astros

            Doran started August 9 against the Las Vegas 51s in sin city. His first inning was rough. After allowing three earned runs in the inning, Doran settled in for four shutout innings. He recorded three strikeouts. Doran gave up six hits and two walks in the process. Doran got penciled in for his first AAA win.

            His second start of the week was even better. Doran held the Tucson Padres to two earned runs on three hits and two walks through six innings. He struck out four before leaving the mound with a 6-2 lead. The Padres knocked the bullpen around in the seventh inning for three runs, but Doran was still in line for the win. The drama came in the ninth with no one out and runners at the corners. Cody Decker goes yard and Doran receives a no decision in an 8-6 Padres victory.

            Doran's next expected start comes Monday against the Albuquerque Isotopes in Oklahoma City. He's 1-0 with a 4.56 ERA.


Jay Johnson, LHP, Lehigh Valley IronPigs: Philadelphia Phillies

            Johnson made three appearances in the past week tossing 2.2 innings of shutout baseball. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out six.

            After Friday's game against the Syracuse Chiefs, the IronPigs face the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders for four games. Next Thursday starts a four game road series against the Buffalo Bisons.

            Johnson started AAA rough, but has knocked his ERA down to 5.79. In 10 games, he's 0-1 with 14 strikeouts.


James Leverton, LHP, New Orleans Zephyrs: Miami Marlins

            Leverton made three appearances this week, pitching at least an inning in all three. He gave up a total of three earned runs on three hits. The only game he allowed walks was Thursday on the road against the Las Vegas 51s. He allowed two of them. Leverton struck out four in the past week.

            His ERA is at 2.86. He is 3-1 this season with a save.

            The Zephyrs host a five game series against the Iowa Cubs starting Friday. A five game road series against the Omaha Storm Chasers.


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

            Richardson has been placed in the bullpen for the Salt Lake Bees. He made one appearance in the past week and it came during a 13-2 loss. He tossed three innings to finish the game after coming in down 10-1.

            The former Major Leaguer allowed three earned runs on five hits and a walk. He gave up a homer and struck out one.

            Richardson's ERA is 6.13. The Bees host Las Vegas for five games before facing the Reno Aces on the road.


Zach Stewart, RHP, Charlotte Knights: Chicago White Sox

            Stewart had one of his best starts of the season Sunday. He tossed seven innings allowing an unearned run. He left the ballgame with a 2-1 lead only for his bullpen to blow a save in the ninth inning. Stewart allowed two hits and walked three batters. His ERA is at 4.78.

            His next start is Friday in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He has an expected start Wednesday on the road against the Durham Bulls.



Nathan Karns, RHP, Harrisburg Senators: Washington Nationals

            The former Major Leaguer had one of his rougher starts Wednesday. He allowed 11 hits including two home runs. In addition to two walks, four earned runs were produced by the Trenton Thunder. Karns struck out six through five innings.

            His last win came July 18. Karns is 7-6 with a 3.45 ERA.

            The next expected start for Karns comes Monday against Kelby Tomlinson and the Richmond Flying Squirrels.


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

            Tomlinson has hit in five of his past six games. The only time in the past week he did not produce was August 10 when he scored two runs on two walks. Tomlinson seems to be getting stronger in AA. It may be a couple of years before Tomlinson gets a shot at "The Show", but the potential is there.

            His average is .170, but he's hit nine times in 17 games.

            The Flying Squirrels play the Bowie Baysox prior to hosting Harrisburg and the Altoona Curve.f


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

            The last two appearances von Schamann has made have been in relief. They have been a complete 180 degrees in result. He produced a win on August 8 through two shutout innings. On August 13, the Tennessee Smokies knocked von Schamann around for two hits, two walks and three earned runs. No outs were produced.

            His ERA has gone up to 4.92. von Schamann is 3-4 in the Southern League this season.

            The Lookouts have two games against the Tennessee Smokies before a six game home series against the Jacksonville Suns.


A Advanced

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

            Coulombe made one appearance and it came against the High Desert Mavericks on August 13. He tossed an inning and gave up an unearned run on a walk and a hit. He struck out two.

            Coulombe is 3-2 with a 4.55 ERA this season.

            The Quakes have a three game home series with the Lake Elsinore Storm before traveling to play the High Desert Mavericks.


Zach Fowler, LHP, Frederick Keys: Baltimore Orioles

            Fowler made three appearances since August 9. The two times he pitched more than an inning, he allowed an earned run. His August 9 appearance included three walks. August 14 saw Fowler strike out three.

            Fowler has been inconsistent lately with a 4.91 ERA in his past 10 games. He's 3-4 this season with a 2.79 ERA.

            After a finale against the Potomac Nationals, the Keys host Winston-Salem for four games and the Wilmington Blue Rocks for three.


Robert Kilcrease, LHP, Bradenton Marauders: Pittsburgh Pirates

            Kilcrease has made three appearances in the past five days. He allowed one walk in 2.2 innings. Kilcrease has not allowed an earned run since July 21. His ERA is 1.26 for the year with a 4-1 record.

            The Marauders play Fort Myers until Sunday. Jupiter heads into Bradenton Tuesday.



Jamodrick McGruder, OF, Clinton LumberKings: Seattle Mariners

            McGruder played in two games in the past week. He went 2-5 scoring a run and driving in a run August 12. McGruder went 0-2 Thursday with a walk and a strikeout.

            He is hitting .170 in class A. His past 10 appearances include a .310 average with six walks and five strikeouts.

            After a game with the Quad Cities River Bandits on Friday, the LumberKings travel to Kane County. Clinton hosts Wisconsin after the Kane County series.


Andre Wheeler, LHP, Kannapolis Intimidators: Chicago White Sox

             Wheeler made a long relief appearance August 11 against the Delmarva Shorebirds. He tossed three shutout innings allowing one hit and recording two strikeouts.

            Wheeler went back to the mound August 15 to record his second save against the Lakewood BlueClaws. He struck out all three batters he faced.

            Wheeler has made five appearances since being called up to class A. He has two saves and a 5.06 ERA. Through 10.2 innings, Wheeler has 15 strikeouts.

            The Greensboro Grasshoppers host Kannapolis for four games starting Friday. The Savannah Sand Gnats will pay the Intimidators a three game visit afterwards.


Bo Altobelli, C, Cedar Rapids Kernels: Minnesota Twins

            Altobelli has hit in four out of six games that he has played in since being promoted to class A. He went 3-9 this week scoring two runs and walking twice.

            After a game with the Beloit Snappers Friday, the Kernels travel to play the Peoria Chiefs. A road series with the Quad Cities River Bandits awaits afterward.

Shane Broyles, RHP, Asheville Tourists: Colorado Rockies

            Broyles has demons to face in class A. He dominated his way back up to the Asheville Tourists. Broyles went 1-9 prior to being demoted. At this point, he's working out of the bullpen for the Tourists.

            His first two appearances back have been fine. He gave up two hits, a walk and an earned run August 11. That appearance lasted two-thirds of an inning.

            His second appearance lasted an inning and a third. Broyles allowed one walk and struck one batter out.

            The Tourists have a four game road series against the Hagerstown Suns. Asheville hosts the Hickory Crawdads starting Tuesday.


7-Day Disabled List

Barrett Barnes, OF, West Virginia Power: Pittsburgh Pirates

Rusty Shellhorn, LHP, Clinton LumberKings: Seattle Mariners


Short Season A

Trey Masek, RHP, Boise Hawks: Chicago Cubs

            Masek made one appearance in the past week. He tossed two shutout innings with strikeouts against the Eugene Emeralds August 13.

            He is 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in nine appearances with the Boise Hawks.

            An eleven game road stretch starts out with Tri-City and Salem-Keizer. It starts Friday.


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

            McCrummen tossed a shutout inning August 12 and struck out a batter. He returned to the mound Thursday striking out three through 1.2 shutout innings. One hit was allowed Thursday.

            He is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA and one save.

            After a five game home series with the Boise Hawks. McCrummen and the Dust Devils take to the road for a three game series against the Spokane Indians.


Reid Redman, RHP, Batavia Muckdogs: Miami Marlins

            Redman allowed a walk and struck out one August 11 against the Aberdeen IronBirds. He pitched an inning and a third.

            He returned to the mound Wednesday for another inning. Redman got nailed with the loss after two unearned runs scored. He allowed a walk and struck out one in the appearance.

            Redman is 1-2 with a 0.89 ERA. Through 20.1 innings pitched, the former Texas Tech infielder has 19 strikeouts.

            The Muckdogs host the Williamsport Crosscutters for two games before traveling Sunday. The State College Spikes await Sunday. A four game series with the Auburn Doubledays starts Tuesday.

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