Red Raider Road to the Show - August 24th

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


Chad Bettis, RHP, Colorado Rockies

            Bettis had a rough outing August 17 in Oriole Park at Camden Yards. He lasted 2.2 innings and gave up eight runs on seven hits and four walks. Only two of the runs were earned as it was 2-0 prior to a Troy Tulowitzki fielding error in the third inning.

            He made another start Thursday and was in line for a win against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Bettis allowed one run in the second inning on a Cody Asche RBI double. A more focused Bettis struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

            Bettis also balked after a wild pitch later in the game. This was the type of game where Bettis grew stronger with every mistake he made.

            He pitched into the sixth and left with a 4—1 lead. The bullpen was unable to hold the lead and blew the game in the ninth with a Dominic Brown walk-off single.

            Colorado is currently 17 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 60-70 record. They are 13.5 games back of the second wild card spot.

            Bettis is expected to make his next Tuesday at Coors Field. He will face the Giants if that remains the case.


Colt Hynes, LHP, San Diego Padres

            Hynes tossed an inning and a third August 16 to help a poor showing from Ian Kennedy get worse. Hynes allowed two hits and struck out three batters.

            Hynes returned to the mound Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This appearance did not go so well. He allowed two earned runs on two walks and a hit. Only one out was produced in his time on the mound.

            The rookie has an 11.12 ERA.

            San Diego is 18 games back of the Dodgers and 14.5 games back of the second wild card spot.

            The Padres are in the midst of a three game series with the Chicago Cubs. They have lots of chances to gain ground with road trips to Arizona and Hollywood coming up.


Roger Kieschnick, OF, San Francisco Giants

            Kieschnick went 1-6 on August 16. His one hit was a triple. It was the first triple of his major league career.

            On Saturday, Kieschnick walked twice and scored a run. He finished the night 0-1.

            Kieschnick kept walking Sunday as he produced two base on balls. The man they call Roger also produced a hit finishing 1-2 on the night.

            He could not have had a much better night Tuesday. Kieschnick went 3-4 scoring two runs. One of those runs was scored on a walk-off hit. The Giants defeated the Red Sox 3-2.

            The big game was followed with a rough game. Kieschnick finished Wednesday 0-3 as part of a 12-1 Red Sox victory.

            Kieschnick pinch hit Thursday for the pitcher and was unsuccessful with a lineout.

            Friday featured Kieschnick going 1-4 and driving in Buster Posey for the only Giants score in a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

            The Giants are in last place in the National League West. They are 20 games out of first place and 15 games from elimination.

            Kieschnick is hitting .262 in "The Show". The power hitter only has one extra base hit. It is a triple, but Kieschnick is young and is showing promise for the future by consistently producing hits in key situations. He's also been the bright spot in some games where the Giants lack in offense.


A.J. Ramos, RHP, Miami Marlins

            Ramos walked three batters in the eighth inning August 17. He produced two outs before a pitching change. Mike Dunn could not finish the inning without allowing two runs to be charged to Ramos. Ramos was not charged with the loss, but the two runs ended up being the difference in a 6-4 Giants victory.

            Ramos was summoned out of the bullpen Monday to hold a 3-2 lead over the Dodgers in the seventh inning. Ramos did just that. Adrian Gonzalez managed to get a two out hit, but Ramos struck out Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez after a Carl Crawford groundout.

            He returned to the mound Thursday after Dan Jennings gave up a double to Gonzalez. Gonzalez eventually scored on a Yasiel Puig sacrifice fly that was not charged to Ramos. Ramos walked the bases loaded, but struck out Juan Uribe and Clayton Kershaw to minimize the damage.

            Ramos is 3-4 with a 3.41 ERA. He has struck out 70 batters through 66 innings.

            The Marlins have the worst record in the National League at 48-79.


Josh Tomlin, RHP, Cleveland Indians: Rehab Assignment

            Tomlin continues his rehab assignment. He pitched four innings for the Akron Aeros on August 16. Tomlin tossed five innings for the Columbus Clippers Thursday. Through four starts he has a 2.08 ERA in 17.1 innings pitched.

            Tomlin is expected to join the Cleveland Indians in late August or early September.


60-Day Disabled List

Jeff Karstens, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates



Bobby Doran, RHP, Oklahoma City RedHawks: Houston Astros

            Doran continues to improve in AAA. He pitched seven innings in his latest outing allowing two runs on three hits and three walks. Only one of the two runs were earned. The RedHawks got the victory 6-2.

            Doran is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA.

            His next start will be Saturday in Round Rock, Texas against the Express. He is expected to start again Thursday against Nashville.


Jay Johnson, LHP, Lehigh Valley IronPigs: Philadelphia Phillies

            Sunday was not a good day for Johnson. He came in to close the ballgame in the ninth inning. Johnson, who pitched for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic, produced a fly out to start the inning. Melky Mesa doubled to represent the winning run in a scoreless ballgame. On a 2-1 pitch, Dan Johnson sent a walk-off over the fence for a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders victory. Johnson received the loss.

            Two days later, Johnson pitched the eighth inning against the RailRiders. He allowed two walks and a hit.

            Johnson returned to the rubber Friday and tossed an inning and a third. He issued one walk, but also struck out one batter.

            Johnson is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in AAA.

            The IronPigs play five games against the Buffalo Bisons before facing Scranton/Wilkes-Barre again.


James Leverton, LHP, New Orleans Zephyrs: Miami Marlins

            Leverton made one appearance this week. Sunday he tossed four innings in a 16 inning ballgame. The Zephyrs won the game 4-3.

            Leverton did just about all he could do to win the game. He allowed two hits and four walks, but he also went 2-2 at the plate. In addition, Leverton struck out three batters.

            He is 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA in AAA.

            The Zephyrs have a road series against the Omaha Storm Chasers before returning to the "Big Easy" for a four game series with Memphis.


Zach Stewart, RHP, Charlotte Knights: Chicago White Sox

            Stewart lasted five innings against the Durham Bulls Sunday. He surrendered three earned runs on four hits and two walks. Stewart struck out four.

            He made another start Friday lasting another five innings. This game, he allowed one earned run on five hits and three walks. Stewart struck out five batters.

            Stewart is 5-13 with a 4.70 ERA. Stewart's next start is expected to take place Thursday at home against the Norfolk Tides.


7-Day Disabled List

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



Nathan Karns, RHP, Harrisburg Senators: Washington Nationals

            Karns had one of his better outings in game 2 of a doubleheader on Tuesday. He pitched a complete game that lasted seven innings.

            Karns had a shutout going with two outs in the final inning, but he allowed a single and then an RBI double. The Senators ended up defeating the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-1. Karns struck out eight.

            The former major leaguer is now 8-6 with a 3.32 ERA. He has tossed three complete games in AA.

            Normally Karns would be expected to start Sunday. As of Friday evening, Robbie Ray is the pitcher scheduled for Sunday. If Karns pitches Monday, he will face the Altoona Curve.


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

            Tomlinson is on a hitless streak currently. He went 0-13 last week and has not produced a hit since August 14. He managed to produce a walk August 18.

            Tomlinson is hitting .136 in AA. He's scored 5 runs and produced a double since his call-up.

            The Flying Squirrels host the Altoona Curve this weekend. They will start an away series with the Reading Fightin Phils on Monday.


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

            Duke von Schamann started Monday and was pummeled. He lasted four innings in which he allowed 10 hits and six runs. Five of the runs were earned. The first score came in the second inning when von Schamann allowed a three run homer.

            He did not walk any hitters and had a strikeout.

            Duke started out in AA with a 2-0 record and was named Southern League Player of the Week in June. Since then, von Schamann has declined to a 3-5 record with a 5.37 ERA.


A Advanced

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

            Coulombe kept the Quakes in a 3-0 ballgame Saturday with two shutout innings. The Quakes eventually scored four runs in the ninth inning and won the game. Coulombe pitched outstanding allowing one hit and striking out five of his seven batters faced.

            He finished the seventh inning Tuesday producing the final two outs. Coulombe allowed one hit. One of the outs was a strikeout.

            The Quakes won a high scoring, extra inning ballgame Wednesday. Coulombe was needed Thursday. He was called from the bullpen during a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning. Coulombe struck out four batters and allowed one hit in three innings of work. The Quakes scored two runs in the eighth inning and Coulombe earned his fourth win.

            He is now 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA. In 63 innings pitched, Coulombe has 79 strike outs and 47 walks.

            The Quakes have a four game road series against the Lancaster JetHawks and host the High Desert Mavericks afterwards.


Zach Fowler, LHP, Frederick Keys: Baltimore Orioles

            Fowler's made an appearance Sunday. He tossed three shutout innings and struck out three. He was charged with two hits and one walk.

            He returned to the rubber Friday for three innings in which he allowed one earned run on two hits. In the process, he struck out three batters.

            Fowler has a 3-4 record with a 2.67 ERA and 2 saves.

            The Keys have an eight game road trip ahead of them. Their first opponent is the Lynchburg Hillcats. Following the Lynchburg series will be the Salem Red Sox.


Robert Kilcrease, LHP, Bradenton Marauders: Pittsburgh Pirates

            Kilcrease appeared twice this week and tossed three scoreless innings.

            He allowed two hits and three walks through two innings Saturday. He finished with two strikeouts.

            He closed out the ballgame Tuesday earning a save after a perfect inning.

            Kilcrease is 4-1 this season with 11 saves and a 1.20 ERA.

            The Marauders will be playing a lot of games next week. They have 10 games in seven days. The schedule includes road games against the Palm Beach Cardinals and the Jupiter Hammerheads. The week ends in the middle of a series with the Fort Myers Miracle.



Bo Altobelli, C, Cedar Rapids Kernels: Minnesota Twins

            Altobelli went 0-4 with a strikeout Saturday. He sat out the next two days.

            After the time off, Altobelli went 2-4 and drove in an RBI Tuesday.

            The Kernels won their eighth straight game Wednesday and Altobelli played a key role with two RBIs. He finished the night 2-4 with a double. It was his first extra-base hit in class A.

            The winning streak was snapped Thursday, but Altobelli continued on a three game streak of going 2-4 with at least one RBI.

            Altobelli kept his hit streak alive Friday with a 1-4 night. He drove in another RBI.

            Altobelli is hitting .300 in class A. In 11 games, he's produced 12 hits and struck out five times.

            The Kernels start a seven game home stand Saturday. The Peoria Chiefs and Kane County Cougars come to town.


Shane Broyles, RHP, Asheville Tourists: Colorado Rockies

            His second time in class A is going smoother than the first. Broyles made an appearance Tuesday and tossed 2.2 innings. He allowed three hits and an unearned run, but struck five batters.

            Broyles returned to the mound Friday and completed two innings of relief. He allowed two hits and struck out one.

            His ERA is currently 6.46 including the time spent prior to his demotion.

            The Tourists host the Charleston RiverDogs through the weekend. They travel to West Virginia after the Charleston series.


Jamodrick McGruder, OF, Clinton LumberKings: Seattle Mariners

            Patience is key for McGruder. He walked and struck out four times each this week. He produced one hit.

            On Saturday, McGruder scored his only run of the week. He had two walks and did not strike out.

            McGruder went 0-8 for a two game span in which he walked twice and struck out three times.

            He snapped a four game hitless streak Wednesday going 1-3 with a strikeout.

            In his last 10 games, McGruder is hitting .103 with 10 walks and seven strikeouts. He has not stolen a base in this span.

            A seven game road trip awaits the LumberKings on Saturday. They play the Beloit Snappers and the Peoria Chiefs.


Andre Wheeler, LHP, Kannapolis Intimidators: Chicago White Sox

            Wheeler made two appearances this week. He tossed a total of three innings and gave up one hit. It was a home run Sunday. He issued two walks Wednesday.

            Wheeler's ERA is at 4.61. He has 3 saves in class A. He's made 7 appearances since being called up.

            Kannapolis will host the Rome Braves this weekend. The Intimidators are on the road afterwards to play the Delmarva Shorebirds.

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 this week. It came during a 10-2 loss Sunday to the Tri-City Dust Devils. Masek allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk through 1.2 innings. One batter faced ended up being a strikeout victim.

            Masek has a 2.16 ERA. Through 16.2 innings pitched, he has struck out 19 batters. August has been an inconsistent month for Masek, although he's only pitched three times.

            The Hawks are on the road to play the Hillsboro Hops Saturday. Boise plays host to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes later in the week.


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

            McCrummen came on for the ninth inning in Monday's ballgame. He struck out two batters in a perfect inning to record his second career save.

            He returned to the mound Thursday in a non-save situation. He tossed another perfect inning and struck out one batter.

            McCrummen has not allowed a run since August 3. His ERA is at 1.90.

            The Dust Devils play the Everett AquaSox this weekend and travel to Vancouver where the Canadians await starting Wednesday.


Reid Redman, RHP, Batavia Muckdogs: Miami Marlins

            Sunday was not a bright spot in the former Red Raiders career. He tossed an inning and a third allowing two earned runs on four hits. Redman struck out one batter.

            Redman recorded his first career save Tuesday. He tossed walked two batters and gave up two hits through two innings. Two of his opponents ended up as strikeout victims.

            The former Texas Tech infielder produced two outs Thursday. After getting the first out of the seventh inning, Redman walked a batter and then a fielding error allowed a second runner on base.

            Redman has a 1.42 ERA and one save on the season.

            The Muckdogs have a four game series at Mahoning Valley until Sunday. Batavia takes on the Auburn Doubledays for three games before finishing the week on the road against the Williamsport Crosscutters.

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