Re: Minor-League Player of the Day
Monday, 4-8: Daniel Renken, Pensacola. Renken, who struggled mightily last year in Bakersfield, enjoyed his transition into AA. The 23-year-old righty worked seven strong innings in front of a yahooing Blue Wahoos crowd of 4,328: 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K. He gave up a first-inning run and fired zeroes the rest the way, surrendering only two hits over his final six rounds. Relief help from Logan Ondrusek and Lee Hyde preserved Renken's well-earned 2-1 win.
This was the first really close call of the season for MiLPOD. Unfortunately, there was no cigar for Billy Hamilton, whose 4-5, 3-SB performance was pretty much a day at the office. The tiebreaker was Pensacola winning.
"Give me the mace and I'll drive the pumpkin down Whitey Ford's throat." -- Ping Bodie, when asked in 1960 whether he could have hit contemporary pitchers.