Re: Minor-League Player of the Day
Tuesday, June 4: James Allen, Bakersfield . . . 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K. At High Desert, the former reliever battled through eight innings of scoreless baseball, which was enough to get the win after Juan Silverio socked a two-out home run in the top of the ninth and Jamie Walczak recorded his second save in as many nights. In the deepest outing of his career, Allen, a right-hander from St. Louis and 7th-round draft choice out of Kansas State in 2011, lowered his ERA to 3.97.
Also notable . . .
Greg Reynolds: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. Got to appreciate a 6-foot-7 pitcher who walks nobody in seven innings. Reynolds, the former No. 2 overall pick in 2006, is now 6-0 with a 2.65 ERA.
Henry Rodriguez: 4-5, 2 R. All singles.
Nevin Ashley: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI.
Billy Hamilton: 2-5, 2 SB.
Josh Fellhauer, 2-4, BB, R.
Daniel Renken: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K.
Joe Mather: His 2-run HR in the top of the seventh gave Pensacola a 2-1 lead (behind Renken). The game was suspended with one out in the bottom of the inning.
"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.