Relievers shelled; Jimenez shines

In the daily MadFriars Minor League Musings we check in on waterlogged Beavers, Fabian Jimenez's continued dominance, and a relief core in need of some relief.

Portland 3-3 (game suspended in the eighth)


Portland will finish up the rest of the game on Monday against Sacramento. A rain delay in the fourth inning lasted one hour and 16 minutes.


Justin Germano was on the hill in the fourth inning when the first delay occurred.  He had thrown 3.2 innings and surrendered two runs on three hits and two walks.  For the third straight outing to open the year, Germano allowed a home run.  He allowed 12 homers in 122 innings of work for Portland in 2004.


Brandon Emanuel has inherited six runners over the past three relief appearances and he has not allowed any of those runners to score.  He has yielded three of his own runs over that same span, including one unearned run on Sunday.


Jon Knott has his second best game of the year at the plate – and he had not even recorded an at bat.  He walked twice and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.  Considering Knott is in a 1-for-18 slump and has just four hits in 36 at bats, a .111 average, any time he gets on base is a good day.


Mobile lost 3-2 in 11


Jose Oyervidez returned to the hill for his second start of the year and second since ‘03.  He threw shutout ball through six innings, allowing just two hits while striking out six.  He even scored a run and added a sacrifice bunt. He did not figure into the decision, as the bullpen squandered the lead.  Oyervidez allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in his first outing of the year but lasted just three-plus innings.


Dale Thayer, dominant a year ago in the closer's role, came on in the eighth inning with two outs and runners on first and second, courtesy of two walks by Rusty Tucker.  The first batter he faced doubled in a run before Thayer was able to get out of the inning with a one-run lead.  In the ninth, Thayer allowed a two-out solo homer that sent the game into extra innings.


Natanael Mateo took the loss, allowing a run on two hits and a walk in an inning-plus of work.  He faced just two batters in the 11th inning as he yielded a single, the runner stole second, and came in on another single.  Mateo has allowed runs in three of his last four appearances and has given up eight hits and three walks in the past 5.2 innings of work.  He has kept three of the past four runners he has inherited from scoring.


Lake Elsinore lost 14-4


In his final tune-up, Dave Roberts went 0-for-4 with a walk.  He walked in the first inning, went to second on a single by Drew Macias and traveled to third on a ground out.  He then attempted to steal home when the catcher made a snap throw to second to try and nab Macias.  Roberts, however, was not quick enough to the plate and was caught.


Skip Adams made his first start of the year and made the most of it.  Playing second base, Adams went 3-for-4 with an RBI.  He only had one other at bat the entire year.  Adams played in nine games for the Storm last season and hit .156.  He also played in 63 games for Fort Wayne hitting.177.


Javier Martinez lasted just 3.1 innings on Sunday, allowing five runs on nine hits in his second outing since 2003.  During the second inning, Martinez allowed two consecutive triples followed by a home run.  He was taken out with two men on in the fourth.


Edgar Huerta replaced Martinez and got out of the one out jam.  The next inning, however, Huerta was shelled.  He gave up six hits and two walks in the fifth inning and four of the hits went for extra bases.  He was charged with seven runs after not allowing a run in his first two appearances of the year.


Fort Wayne won 3-1


For the second straight game, Fabian Jimenez allowed just two hits in his start and did not allow a run.  He went 5.1 innings, hit two batters and walked one.  On the season, Jimenez has a WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of just 0.88.


Baudilio Figueroa earned another start on Sunday after getting the only hit in Saturday's game.  Figueroa went 1-for-4 with an RBI, singling in Craig Johnson who tripled in the fourth inning.


Matt Lauderdale has seen action in just three games this year but has multiple hits in each contest he has appeared in.  He went 2-for-4 with his first two RBI's of the year on Sunday.  Lauderdale hit .226 in 39 games for Fort Wayne in 2004.



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