Every now and then, a game comes by that demonstrates just how useless W/L totals are for evaluating starting pitchers in the 21st century when we have so many better and more individually-focused ways of analyzing performance. Monday's game between Yakima and Spokane in the Short-Season Northwest League was one of those game. Simply take a look at this line from a D-backs prospect in that game, a line that earned a loss:
Snakelet of the Day:
John Pedrotty (Short-Season-A): 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R (0 ER), 8:1 K:BB, 4:5 GO:AO
Triple-A: Reno 4, Nashville 6. (66-50) Right-hander Barry Enright took to the mound for Reno, pitching in the classic 6-inning, 3-run quality start that has been the subject of much debate here at the 'Pit. Enright posted a 4:4 K:BB ratio - unsettling, as Enright needs to do everything he can to not allow free passes - while allowing a home run and six hits. One definite sign of progress, though, was that Enright posted a shocking, but nice, 7:2 GO:AO ratio. You have to wonder if Barry's simply trying to do something - anything - different to get another shot at the big-leagues. After Kam Mickolio and Esmerling Vasquez worked scoreless innings, the human train wreck that has recently been Sam Demel came on and allowed three runs in the top of the ninth inning to cough up the lead and take the loss. Reno's offense had matched the Sounds with 11 hits, including doubles from Lucas May, Enright, and Michael Restovich. Mark Hallberg had a three-hit night for the Aces, while Cole Gillespie reached base three times, on a pair of singles and a walk.
Double-A: Mobile's game was postponed due to rain, they'll play a double-header tomorrow at Montgomery with Wes Roemer taking the hill for the first half.
Hi-A: Visalia 4, Lancaster 3. (51-63) I'm not sure whether to be elated or horrified by David Holmberg's start. Sure, the left-hander struck out eight batters in just 5.1 innings on the rubber, but five walks from a command and control left-hander is not what you want to see. Luckily, Holmberg gave up just four hits with those free passes, leading to three runs crossing the plate, although all of them were unearned. That would prove to be enough, though, as the Visalia bullpen trio of Kevin Munson, Mike Belfiore, and Evan Marshall - three of the top pure relief prospects in the system - shut down the JetHawks over 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, striking out four and walking just one. Holmberg's successful outing and the stalwart work of the bullpen was enough for the offense, which was left by a solo home run from journeyman Mark Reed and a pair of sacrifice flies from Matt Davidson, who also singled once. Reed had three hits, while Keon Broxton had two hits and a walk.
Low-A: Another rained-out game - J.R. Bradley will start the first half of a double-header tomorrow. Tomorrow's going to be a long report...
Short-Season-A: Yakima 0, Spokane 1. (17-34) Yakima's offense sucks. Poor John Pedrotty. The newly-drafted left-hander had the best outing of his professional career, posting a ridiculous 8:1 K:BB ratio and allowing just six hits and one unearned run in six innings, then the bullpen throws two scoreless innings of relief, and Pedrotty still gets tagged with the loss (#OutdatedStatistics). The terrible part is that Yakima actually reeled off more total bases than the Indians, 9-7, but couldn't capitalize on any of their opportunities. Justin Hilt, Westley Moss, and Raul Navarro each doubled, and Moss and Navarro also each added a single to boot, but the middle-of-the-order bats simply couldn't drive a run across the board.
Advanced-Rookie: Missoula 2, Great Falls 5. (30-17) The Osprey offense went mum just a day after cranking five home runs - go figure - receiving just a pair of doubles, one apiece from Jonathan Griffin and Ryan Court, and five hits overall. Unfortunately, the pitching couldn't make the diminished offensive output hold up, as starter Enrique Burgos fared poorly once again for Missoula. Burgos allowed eight hits in five innings with a 3:3 K:BB ratio and 7:2 GO:AO ratio, surrendering four runs and shooting his ERA on the year up to 6.56.
Low-Rookie: D-backs 5, Brewers 3. (13-26) It looks like the AZL D-backs got the scouting report on AZL Brewers backstop Adam Weisenburger: can hit for the level, but cannot throw to save his life. The D-backs ran wild on Weisenburger, going a perfect 8-8 in stolen base opportunities against the Brewers prospect. The lead thief was Socrates Brito, the center field speed demon, while Pedro Ruiz swiped two bases, and Wagner Mateo, John Leonard, and Derek Luciano each stole a base. Leonard and Jacob Williams led the way with three-hit games, but the D-backs offense failed to notch an extra base hit or draw a single walk in this contest. Instead, those eight stolen bases and solid outings from Jason Postill and Mike Lebo, who combined to strike out 10 and walk nobody in eight one-run innings, allowed the D-backs to scratch out a win.