Minor League Report - April 30, 2004

The Red Barons may need some new gloves, because the ones they're using don't seem to work too well. The good news is that a good, solid glove may be on the way. In Reading, perhaps a new shipment of bats is in order, because the ones there only seem to work occasionally. At Clearwater, a couple pitchers had bad nights, while at Lakewood, everything would have been okay if the other guys just didn't hit so many homeruns.

AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre How is a team supposed to win when they commit five errors in one game? Once again, the Red Barons pitching staff was solid Thursday, but two errors each on Lou Collier and Chase utley and another on J.P. Roberge led to two unearned runs and made things much tougher for the pitching staff. Scranton has now made 21 errors in 20 games, leading to nine unearned runs. The left side of the infield has really been a problem. Third baseman Collier and shortstop Pablo Ozuna have combined to screw up seven times, while reserve shortstop and third baseman Brian Hitchcox has made four errors in ten games. Help is on the way though. Andy Machado started a rehab assignment with Clearwater and should be moved to Scranton before too long.

Clay Condrey (2-1, 1.23) deserved better Thursday, throwing five innings and allowing five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Condrey was hit with both unearned runs, which also pushed his pitch count up higher and higher.

The best news on the pitching staff was Jason Jimenez. After some extensive work with Red Barons pitching coach Rich Dubee, Jimenez seems to be putting it all together. On Thursday, Scranton got three shutout innings from Jimenez, ruined only by the fielding. Jimenez didn't allow a hit, a walk or a run and struck out four. His ERA now stands at 5.06 on the season.

AA Reading Phillies After allowing two earned runs in five innings in his last appearance, Rob Tejeda seemed to be putting things together this season. Thursday, it seemed to fall apart again and he gave up four earned runs in five innings. Tejeda's season mark now stands at 1-2, 5.59 and there is starting to be a little concern.

Reading's offense has been up and down as well. After banging out 11 hits Wednesday night, they managed just 5 on Thursday night. As a team, Reading has a .234 average on the year.

Thursday night's loss was made a bit tougher by the fact that former Phillies farmhand Bobby Korecky picked up the save – his fourth of the season – with a perfect ninth inning.

A Clearwater Threshers Thursday was not a good night for Alfredo Simon (0-3, 4.81). In five innings, Simon gave up seven hits, two walks and three earned runs. He also balked, hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch. It may have been an even worse night for Robby Read. The young reliever threw one inning and was hit for four earned runs to raise his ERA to 4.91.

Anderson Machado has started a rehab assignment with Clearwater. In his first game, Machado went 2-4 with an RBI for Clearwater. He also showed some nice moves in the field. It won't be too long before Machado is elevated to AAA Scranton. Also on a rehab assignment is Yankees outfielder Kenny Lofton who went 1-4 for Tampa. Interesting that Lofton would be playing against a Phillies farm team because of the rumors flying about the Phillies interest in Lofton.

A Lakewood BlueClaws Starter Scott Mathieson (1-1, 4.05) would have been fine Thursday night if he could have kept Kannapolis hitters in the yard. In five innings, Mathieson gave up six hits, three of which were homeruns.

Paco Reyes has extended his shutout innings streak to ten with two more innings Thursday night. Reyes also whiffed two more hitters, giving him 12 on the season. Chris Woodrow also threw two perfect innings Thursday night, striking out four and lowering his season ERA to 1.42 for Lakewood.

Kannapolis did a good job holding down the BlueClaws speed Thursday night. Lakewood went 1-3 in the stolen base department with Carlos Rodriguez stealing a base and Jake Blalock and Tim Moss being thrown out. Moss, who has pushed his average up to .211, is just 3-6 in the stolen base department. Moss has four hits in his last eleven at bats and a tidy little three game hitting streak going.

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