Archive for August 8th, 2009

Average Distance From Majors To Affiliates: American League West

Los Angeles Angels (average: 867 miles)
Anaheim to…
…Salt Lake Bees (AAA): 683 miles
…Arkansas Travelers (AA): 1,660 miles
…Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (A): 36 miles
…Cedar Rapids Kernels (A): 1,810 miles
…Orem Owlz (Rookie): 647 miles
…Tempe Angels (Rookie): 367 miles

Oakland Athletics (average: 893 miles)
Oakland to…
…Sacramento River Cats (AAA): 79 miles
…Midland RockHounds (AA): 1,477 miles
…Stockton Ports (A): 72 miles
…Kane County Cougars (A): 2,092 miles
…AZL Athletics (Rookie): 743 miles

Texas Rangers (average: 947 miles)
Arlington to…
…Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA): 213 miles
…Frisco Roughriders (AA): 44 miles
…Bakersfield Blaze (A): 1,437 miles
…Hickory Crawdads (A): 1,056 miles
…Spokane Indians (A): 1,857 miles
…AZL Rangers (Rookie): 1,075 miles

Seattle Mariners (average: 1,381 miles)
Seattle to…
…Tacoma Rainiers (AAA): 33 miles
…West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (AA): 2,346 miles
…High Desert Mavericks (A): 1,166 miles
…Clinton Lumberkings (A): 1,921 miles
…Everett Aquasox (A): 29 miles
…Pulaski Mariners (Rookie): 2,732 miles
…AZL Mariners (Rookie): 1,441 miles

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Friday Night Was The Right Night For Pitching

For whatever reason, there were a bunch of good pitching performance across the minors last night, with several starters taking no-hitters late into games.

For the second night in a row, New Hampshire’s bats were silenced, this time by Altoona’s Tim Alderson.  Alderson pitched six no-hit innings, walking one and striking out three, before being pulled after reaching his pitch count.  It was the second time this season he shut down the Fisher Cats – back on May 10, he struck out ten and took a no-hitter into the seventh.

There was no no-hitter drama in the Harrisburg-Trenton game, just a good old-fashioned pitchers duel.  Jeff Mandel went eight shutout innings for the visiting Senators, allowing three hits, walking two, and striking out four.  He was outdone by Ryan Pope, however, who allowed two hits and struck out eleven without walking a batter.  Both pitchers came out after the eighth and did not factor into the decision (the Thunder won it in the ninth on a single, sacrifice bunt, and a walkoff RBI single).

David Bromberg scattered three hits and struck out nine in a complete game shutout for Fort Myers, improving to 11-1 and taking over the Florida State League’s strikeout lead.

Anibal Sanchez made a rehab start in the Florida State League for the Jupiter Hammerheads, and he was pretty good.  6.2 innings, two walks, five strikeouts, no hits.  Daniel Jennings got three outs in relief before allowing a two-out single in the eighth.

And finally, just so you don’t think that all the good performances came from the Florida State and Eastern Leagues, Randall Delgado pitched seven no-hit innings for the Rome Braves in the South Atlantic League.  He struck out nine and walked one to earn his fourth win of the season.

(Oh, and just a slight hint of offense: Layton Hiller went 4-for-5 with three doubles and eight RBI for the GCL Braves.  Elys Blanco also had a fun game for the Braves, finishing 1-for-2 with four runs scored.)