TinCaps’ Giron goes 6-for-6 in Midwest League debut

Ruddy Giron, seen here playing with the Rookie-level AZL Padres last season, went 6-for-6 in his Midwest League debut Monday. (Photo by Larry Goren/Four Seam Images)

Ruddy Giron, seen here playing with the Rookie-level AZL Padres last season, went 6-for-6 in his Midwest League debut Monday. (Photo by Larry Goren/Four Seam Images)

New Fort Wayne TinCaps shortstop Ruddy Giron sure knows how to make a first impression.

The 18-year-old went 6-for-6 with five singles, a solo home run, a stolen base and two runs scored in his Midwest League debut Monday. He led off for the TinCaps, who beat the Lake County Captains 9-2.

Only one other player in Fort Wayne franchise history has gotten six hits in one game — catcher Rene Lopez went 6-for-6 on May 27, 1993, when the team was still known as the Wizards and played its home games at old Memorial Stadium. The pitching star of that team was 20-year-old righty LaTroy Hawkins, who went 15-5 with a 2.06 ERA, 179 strikeouts and 41 walks in 157.1 IP. (Hawkins, now 42, is currently on a rehab assignment for the Colorado Rockies.)

You can read more about Giron’s debut here and here.

In other Midwest League action Monday:

Cedar Rapids Kernels 7, Peoria Chiefs 3

Peoria Chiefs 1, Cedar Rapids Kernels 0

After completing a suspended game won 7-3 by the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Peoria Chiefs gave up only one hit in a seven-inning, 1-0 shutout pitched by LHP Austin Gomber.

The lone hit given up by Gomber was a single by Zach Larson in the 2nd inning. Gomber struck out four and didn’t walk anyone.

The hard-luck loser was Kernels LHP Mat Batts, who struck out 12 while giving up only one run on five hits and a walk in six innings. At one point Batts struck out six consecutive Chiefs batters.

Casey Turgeon doubled home Andrew Sohn for the game’s only run.

Quad Cities River Bandits 14, Clinton LumberKings 10

The LumberKings tried to rally from a 9-4 deficit in the 6th, but their six-spot was answered with five more runs from baseball’s first 30-win team.

The Quad Cities offense was led by Sean McMullen, who went 4-for-6 with two doubles and six RBI, and Jason Martin, who went 3-for-5 with four RBI. Jacob Nottingham and Nick Tanielu each added three hits and two walks to the mix.

Clinton’s Erick Mejia went 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI. Chris Mariscal, Joseph DeCarlo and Kristian Brito each drove in two runs for the LumberKings.

Kane County Cougars 14, Beloit Snappers 5

Kane County scored five runs in back-to-back innings to beat Beloit at Pohlman Field. All nine KC starters scored at least one run. KC’s Grant Heyman went 4-for-6 with a double and five RBI, and teammate Marty Herum went 4-for-6 with a double and a run batted in. KC’s Stryker Trahan and Beloit’s Trent Gilbert hit three-run homers, and Beloit’s Jose Brizuela hit a two-run homer.

Dayton Dragons 3, Great Lakes Loons 1

Dragons RHP Tyler Mahle struck out nine batters and walked one while scattering four hits in seven scoreless innings. Dayton’s Brian O’Grady drove in two runs, and teammate Luis Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Alex Santana had three hits and a run batted in for the Loons.

Lansing Lugnuts 7, South Bend Cubs 5

Cubs RHP Jeremy Null suffered his first loss of the season after the Lugnuts scored five runs off him. D.J. Davis had four hits and Anthony Alford had three hits and a run batted in for Lansing. Cael Brockmeyer had three hits and two RBI, and Gioskar Amaya had two hits and three RBI for South Bend.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4, Burlington Bees 2

Timber Rattlers LHP Kodi Medeiros got his first win of the season after striking out six while giving up two runs on five hits and three walks in five innings. Wisconsin’s Dustin DeMuth and Burlington’s Ryan Seiz each had three hits.

West Michigan Whitecaps 3, Bowling Green Hot Rods 0

Whitecaps RHP Jeff Thompson earned his first win of the season by striking out five and giving up only three hits and a walk in 5.2 scoreless innings. Shane Zeile drove in two runs.

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Ladwig, Tellez named MWL players of the week

West Michigan Whitecaps RHP A.J. Ladwig

West Michigan Whitecaps RHP A.J. Ladwig was named the Midwest League pitcher of the week Monday. (Photo courtesy of the Whitecaps)

West Michigan Whitecaps RHP A.J. Ladwig and Lansing Lugnuts 1B/DH Rowdy Tellez respectively were named the Midwest League pitcher and offensive player of the week for the period of May 11-17.

Ladwig’s only start during that period came on May 14 against the Bowling Green Hot Rods. He struck out 10 while allowing only four hits and a walk in eight scoreless innings. In six starts this season, he is 3-3 with a 4.63 ERA, 30 strikeouts and five walks in 35 innings.

In seven games during the specified period, Tellez batted .357 (10-for-28) with one homer, five doubles, three walks, and seven runs batted in. He is batting .287 with 5 HR and 25 RBI in 36 games this season.

MWL All-Star Game to be televised

Can’t make it to the Midwest League All-Star Game this year? You’re in luck if you get the American Sports Network.

Minor League Baseball and Sinclair Networks Group announced that 15 MiLB games will be broadcast on ASN this summer, including the MWL All-Star Game on Tuesday, June 23. The game will be played at Dozer Park, home of the Peoria Chiefs.

You can see the entire slate of MiLB games scheduled to be broadcast on ASN here.

Urias to have cosmetic eye surgery

Former Great Lakes Loons LHP Julio Urias, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ top pitching prospect, will be sidelined for a month after he undergoes cosmetic surgery on his left eye late next week. Here’s the gist of the story from MiLB.com’s Jake Seiner:

MLB.com’s No. 8 prospect will undergo the procedure — periorbital benign mass removal — on May 28. He’s expected to resume baseball activities in June and be back to game action before July. …

Urias has had three prior operations on his left eye to address a benign mass. Urias told the Los Angeles Times this spring that he can see through the eye, though it appears nearly closed at all times.

“That’s how god works,” Urias told the Times. “He gave me a bad left eye but a good left arm.”

The 18-year-old has emerged as one of baseball’s most promising pitching prospects and has dominated as the youngest player in the Double-A Texas League this year. In seven starts with Tulsa, Urias is 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA. He’s struck out 46 batters and walked just nine over 36 innings.

Urias’ professional baseball debut came at age 16 as a member of the Loons. He made 18 starts for Great Lakes in 2013, going 2-0 with a 2.48 ERA, 67 strikeouts and 16 walks in 54.1 IP. He spent the 2014 season in the High-A California League, going 2-2 with a 2.36 ERA, 109 strikeouts and 37 walks in 87.2 IP.

Top Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias pitched for the Great Lakes Loons in 2013. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Top Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias pitched for the Great Lakes Loons in 2013. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

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Honeywell, Robichaux gems highlight MWL Sunday games

A pair of pitching gems, including a no-hit bid that lasted seven innings, highlighted Sunday’s Midwest League games.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 8, Fort Wayne TinCaps 3

Brent Honeywell made another sterling start for the Hot Rods, no-hitting the TinCaps for seven innings before giving way to reliever Kyle Bird in the top of the 8th inning. Honeywell struck out eight and walked one; he now has a 1.66 ERA with 46 strikeouts and seven walks in seven starts (38 IP). As noted by MiLB.com’s Ashley Marshall, Honeywell came within four outs of a no-hitter on April 22 and followed that up with six innings of one-hit ball six days later. I wonder how much longer it will be before he gets promoted.

The TinCaps prevented a no-hitter and a shutout by scoring three runs in the 8th inning. Trae Santos hit a two-run homer in that frame. Casey Gillaspie and Hunter Lockwood homered for the Hot Rods.

Burlington Bees 5, Clinton LumberKings 1

Austin Robichaux allowed only two hits and three walks while striking out four batters in seven scoreless innings for the Bees. (The Bees game story says Robichaux gave up only one hit, but an Andrew Daniel error was changed to a hit after the game.)

Bees third baseman Zachary Houchins went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and two RBI.

Kane County Cougars 12, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2

This game was called in the 7th inning due to rain, but the Cougars made the most of their scoring opportunities before that, plating four runs in three different innings.

Victor Reyes drove in four runs and Marty Herum drove in three runs. Both had bases-clearing hits.

Last year’s top Arizona Diamondbacks draft pick (No. 16 overall), RHP Touki Toussaint, made his Midwest League debut for the Cougars. He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out six batters.

Quad Cities River Bandits 6, Cedar Rapids Kernels 5

All three hitters in the heart of the River Bandits batting order — Jacob Nottingham, Nick Tanielu and Sean McMullen — each drove in two runs, and leadoff hitter Bobby Boyd hit three doubles. Nottingham had three hits and McMullen homered. Trey Vavra homered for the Kernels.

Beloit Snappers 8, Peoria Chiefs 5

Chiefs SP Luis Perdomo struck out eight in five innings, but took the loss after giving up six unearned runs. The Chiefs committed four errors and the Snappers committed two.

Trent Gilbert drove in three runs and Robert Martinez drove in two for Beloit.

West Michigan Whitecaps 4, Lansing Lugnuts 3

Whitecaps SP Ross Seaton got the win after giving up two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out two in seven innings. Austin Schotts drove in two runs and stole a base for the Whitecaps. Josh Almonte had three hits, a stolen base and a run batted in for the Lugnuts.

Dayton Dragons 5, Lake County Captains 4

Jonathan Reynoso had three hits and Avain Rachal hit a solo homer for the Dragons. Ordomar Valdez had three hits and Bobby Ison drove in two runs for the Captains.

Great Lakes Loons 7, South Bend Cubs 4

Cubs shortstop Gleyber Torres went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI. Loons catcher Brant Whiting hit a two-run homer.

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Marlins fire Redmond after team nearly no-hit by Miller

Former Lansing Lugnuts manager Mike Redmond was fired as skipper of the Marlins today, with the announcement coming shortly after former Quad Cities River Bandits righty Shelby Miller pitched a two-hitter against Miami.

The Marlins are 16-22 this year. They went 62-100 in 2013, Redmond’s first season at the helm, and improved to 77-85 in 2014. His contract was extended two years (through 2017) on the final day of the 2014 season — the same day the Marlins were no-hit by Washington Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann.

Redmond led the 2011 Lugnuts to a 77-60 record in the regular season. The team lost to the River Bandits in the Midwest League Championship Series.

Redmond also played in the Midwest League, batting .200 with 10 RBI in 43 games with the 1993 Kane County Cougars and .271 with 24 RBI in 92 games with the 1994 Cougars.

Before Redmond was fired, Atlanta’s Miller took a no-hitter into the 9th inning against the Marlins and lost it on a two-out single by Miami’s Justin Bour. The Braves won the game 6-0.

Miller went 7-5 with a 3.62 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 104.1 IP for the 2010 River Bandits. He also pitched three innings for the River Bandits in 2009.

Bour also played in the Midwest League in 2010, batting .291 with 12 HR and 87 RBI in 127 games with the Peoria Chiefs.

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Rattlers end losing streak; Captains, Bandits keep winning

Sthervin Matos starred offensively for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers as they ended their 12-game losing streak Thursday. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Sthervin Matos starred offensively for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers as they ended their 12-game losing streak Thursday. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers finally won their first game of the month, while the Lake County Captains and the Quad Cities River Bandits won again Thursday.

The Timber Rattlers beat the Clinton LumberKings 9-3, ending their losing streak at 12 games. Ironically, the Rattlers’ last win before dropping a dirty dozen also came at the expense of the LumberKings, on April 30.

Sthervin Matos led the way offensively for the T-Rats, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and a stolen base.

The game was delayed 17 minutes in the bottom of the 5th inning when a tripped breaker caused all the lights to go out at Fox Cities Stadium.

At Parkview Field, the Lake County Captains beat the Fort Wayne TinCaps 8-4 to extend their winning streak to seven games.

Lake County’s Ordomar Valdez had three hits and three RBI, and Bobby Bradley hit a three-run homer. Captains SP Justus Sheffield (3-1) got the win after giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk. He struck out seven and committed a throwing error.

At Modern Woodmen Park, the River Bandits beat the Beloit Snappers 6-3 to improve to 27-7, the best record in baseball. Kristian Trompiz’s three-run homer in the bottom of the 6th inning was the difference. Max Kuhn had three hits for the Snappers.

Quad Cities River Bandits SS Kristian Trompiz (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Quad Cities River Bandits SS Kristian Trompiz (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

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Ladwig Ks 10 as Whitecaps blank Hot Rods, 11-0

West Michigan Whitecaps RHP A.J. Ladwig

West Michigan Whitecaps RHP A.J. Ladwig (Photo courtesy of the Whitecaps)

The West Michigan Whitecaps used a combination of great pitching and hitting to beat the Bowling Green Hot Rods 11-0 Thursday.

Whitecaps SP A.J. Ladwig pitched his best game of the season, striking out 10 while allowing only four hits and a walk in eight scoreless innings. He got plenty of offensive support, as 10 different Whitecaps players got hits, and six drove in runs.

Hot Rods SP Henry Centeno gave up eight runs on 10 hits, two walks, a wild pitch, a balk and a hit batsman in 2.2 innings. He struck out one.

It was the second straight game that the Whitecaps won big over the Hot Rods. They won 10-2 Wednesday as two West Michigan players got three hits, and five others got two hits. Michael Gerber and Zach Shepherd each drove in three runs. Joey Pankake hit an inside-the-park homer, and Gerber hit a traditional tater.

Carousel coming to BG Ballpark

The Hot Rods announced Thursday they will add a new 28-foot wide, 16-horse carousel to Bowling Green Ballpark later this month. It will be placed on the right-field side of the concourse, next to Axel’s Adventureland.

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Bees waste no-hit bid by Rhoades

Burlington Bees SP Jeremy Rhoades took a no-hitter into the 8th inning but lost the game when the Kane County Cougars rallied for three runs on four hits to win 3-1 Wednesday.

Rhoades was charged with all three runs, with only one scoring after he was taken out of the game. He struck out five and walked two in 7.1 innings.

His Cougars counterpart, Ethan Elias, also was impressive, giving up one unearned run on one hit and three walks in six innings. He struck out three batters. Reliever Cody Geyer got the win after giving up only one hit in two scoreless innings. Zac Curtis struck out two in the 9th to earn his fourth save of the season.

In other Midwest League action Wednesday:

The Lake County Captains won their sixth game in a row with a 5-2 win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Captains SP Anderson Polanco gave up one unearned run on three hits and two walks while striking out eight batters in four innings. Lake County stole six bases and Fort Wayne committed five errors.

The Quad Cities River Bandits rallied from a seven-run deficit to beat the Beloit Snappers 15-8. Jacob Nottingham led the Quad Cities offense with a 3-for-5 performance that included a double, a home run and four RBI. Nick Tanielu and Jason Martin also had three hits for the River Bandits, and Mott Hyde drove in three runs. Trent Gilbert had three hits and James Harris homered for the Snappers.

Rowdy Tellez led the Lansing Lugnuts to a 6-4 win over the South Bend Cubs, going 4-for-5 with three doubles, a home run and three RBI. Richard Urena also homered for Lansing. South Bend’s Gleyber Torres had three hits and a run batted in.

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers rallied for four runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the score, but they lost their 12th consecutive game thanks to an RBI single by Kristian Brito that gave the Clinton LumberKings a 6-5 win in 10 innings. Brito had three hits and drove in three runs. Timber Rattlers SP Kodi Medeiros struck out eight in five innings.

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