Enrique Gonzalez Shines; Quentin Still Crushes

The Diamondbacks farm system won five games Friday, and they only have four teams right now! There was pitching to go around including a complete game shut out from Enrique Gonzalez, Mike Gosling continuing to improve, and a bullpen brick wall in Lancaster; and hitting galore, including Carlos Gonzales' first homer of the year, a 4-4 from Marland Williams, and a full stat sheet from Miguel Montero.

Fresno 5, Tucson 6

 

Michael Gosling improved to 2-0 on the year in Tucson as the Sidewinders knocked off Fresno despite a late inning comeback attempt.  Gosling went six innings giving up only two earned runs to drop his season ERA to 2.40.  Brandon Medders got the save, his third of the year, for only 0.2 innings of work after coming in to relieve a struggling Jason Bulger.  Bulger struck out one, but it would be the only hitter he would retire, as he gave up three runs on three hits, a walk, and a wild pitch. 

 

For Bulger it broke a five appearance scoreless streak he was riding.  Prior to Friday night Bulger had given up only five earned runs all year.

 

In Scott Hairston's third game back in Tucson after a brief stint with the big league club he went one for four, he's two for 10 with two runs, two RBI and three walks since his return.  Hairston also started the game in center field, his second such start of the season.

 

Keoni DeRenne has been mired in a two for 22 slump, and may have broken out of it this week.  Starting at second base he went three for four with a double, and two RBI Friday, making him six for his last 10 with four RBI and three walks in his last two games.

 

Another big day for right fielder Carlos Quentin as he went two for two with a double and a triple, three runs scored and three RBI.  Apparently the home cooking is no match for hotel room food in Quentin's eyes.  On the road this season Quentin is hitting .345 (just .214 at home), and three of his four homers have come on the road this season.

 

Huntsville 2, Tennessee 3 (Game 1)

 

Good pitching and clutch hitting came through for the Smokies in game one of their Friday double header.  In his second game back from the disabled list Tony Pena went five strong innings giving up just six hits, one walk and two earned runs.  Though he didn't factor in the decision the outing was an encouraging one for the youngster who is coming back from tendonitis in his elbow. 

 

Armando Almanza finished the game (both games of the double header were amended to seven innings) with two innings of scoreless ball to earn the win.

 

That win came because with the Smokies trailing going into the bottom of the seventh Adam Haley collected his second hit of the game, then Jarred Ball had a pinch hit single.  Both men would score on Marland Williams' double giving the Smokies the win.  On the day Williams was four for four with three RBI.

 

Huntsville 0, Tennessee 8 (Game 2)

 

After the late inning heroics in game one it figured that the Smokies bats would remain hot in game two and that's exactly what happened, though it hardly mattered the way Enrique Gonzalez was pitching.  Gonzalez was flawless, going all seven innings and giving up just three hits and two walks while striking out eight in the victory.  He improved to 2-1 on the season and is loving life in Smokies Park, where he's carrying a sparkling 2.40 ERA (8.38 on the road).

 

Dan Uggla hit his fifth home run of the season in the first inning, a two run shot, and that would be all the offense Gonzalez would need, even though there was plenty more to come.  Uggla went two for four on the day with three runs scored, a double, the home run, and three RBI.  Neb Brown was two for two with two walks and two runs scored, and four different Smokies had stolen bases in the game (Williams, Brown, Uggla, and Haley). 

 

Phil Avlas had a stellar day.  In addition to a pinch hit single in his only at bat of game one, Avlas went three for three in game two, including a two out RBI single in the sixth. 

 

Lancaster 9, Lake Elsinore 4

 

Sam Smith had walked 10 hitters in five starts coming into Friday night, but allowed five free passes yesterday alone.  Smith would last five innings, giving up four hits and three earned runs with three strikeouts, but the way the JetHawks were hitting the ball it was more than enough to get him the win. 

 

Steve Garrabrants went three for five; all doubles, drove in three runs, and scored three himself.  The night extended Garrabrants hitting streak to five games and raised his season average to .333.  Even hitting in the lead off spot Garrabrants has been clutch, hitting .389 with runners in scoring position, and .400 with RISP and two outs.

 

Erik Schindewolf might not be happy with his zero for three night, but it is certainly balanced out by the three walks and run scored. 

 

Miguel Montero just can't be stopped.  He went four for five Friday with four RBI and two doubles.  For the season Montero is leading the JetHawks in home runs, slugging percentage, extra base hits, and RBI. 

 

How hot were the JetHawks?  They left 16 men on base and still scored nine earned runs. 

 

Smith was certainly aided by fantastic bullpen work.  Three different JetHawks relievers combined for four innings of one run ball.

 

South Bend 9, Western Michigan 3

 

It's been a tough year for Angel Rocha, but Friday's game is the type that could turn it around in a hurry.  Rocha went six innings, giving up five hits and two runs (one earned).  He walked four and struck out seven to improve his record to 2-0.  In perspective, in Rocha's two previous starts he'd lasted six innings combined, and given up 10 earned runs while walking six and striking out nine.

 

Carlos Gonzales is a big fan of that Paula Abdul song ‘Crush Crush.'  On Friday the twenty year old right fielder went three for five with his first home run of the year and three RBI.  Gonzales hit 10 homers last season between Missoula and South Bend and is seven for his last nine this year.

 

Catcher Allen Mottram started the season with a 10 game hit streak.  Since then he had gone three straight without a hit, but got back on track Friday with a two for four, two run performance.  Mottram is enjoying his time away from Northern Indiana, hitting .413 on the road.

 

Jereme Milons has now hit in eight of his last 10 games, after going two for four with a run scored, an RBI, and a walk.


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