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Somewhat Less Belated Weekly Minor League Results Roundup #13 (7/1-7/7)
Overall: Louisville had a strong eight-game week, although Columbus is just running away with the West Division. Carolina is looking a little better in the second half so far. Lynchburg, however, cratered (0-6) and Dayton is still trying to dig out of an awful start to their second half. Billings is not looking a whole lot better than last year's 24-52 mess, although they do seem to have more talent on paper. The AZL squad hasn't made a strong impression on me yet beyond SS Junior Arias.
AAA Louisville Bats
Record this week: 6-2.
Overall: 42-46, last place, 11.5 games behind Columbus (CLE).
7/1: The Bats actually outhit Durham (TB) 10-9, but Louisville went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded twelve total in a 6-0 shutout loss. 1B Yonder Alonso had two doubles and a single (.247). 3B Juan Francisco was 2-for-4 (.278, steal #1). Starter Matt Maloney was strong (L 6-5, 3.50, 7.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 110 pitches/76 strikes). Danny Ray Herrera struggled badly in his first AAA outing, serving up a pair of bombs in the eighth (0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER).
7/2: Louisville avoided a four-game series sweep by taming the Bulls, 10-5. Alonso pounded a grand slam homer in the eighth to make a 5-4 game 9-4; he finished 3-for-6 with a single, double, and five total RBI (.255). RF Danny Dorn was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI (.320). SS Zach Cozart was only 1-for-3 officially but drew three walks and scored twice (.255). IL All-Star-to-be Chris Valaika was 2-for-4 with a run scored, RBI, and steal #2 (.295). Matt Klinker, up from Carolina again, managed the win in five shaky innings (W 2-1, 5.29, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 94 pitches/55 strikes). Jared Burton pitched a scoreless sixth (3.86, 1 BB, 1 K), then Aroldis Chapman gave up one run over the next two (4.35, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 35 pitches/22 strikes, WP). Phil Valiquette turned in a 1-2-3 ninth (4.76).
7/3: Jesus Delgado and four relievers combined on a six-hit, 2-0 shutout of Indianapolis (PIT). Delgado worked five (W 2-1, 2.96, 4 H, 0 BB, 3 K); Herrera 1.2 (1 H, 1 BB, 2 K); Jon Adkins struck out the only man he faced; Valiquette one (4.05, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K); and Carlos Fisher struck out the side in the ninth (save #1, 1 BB, 1.96). Four Bats double plays helped the pitching staff along. Francisco pounded homer #6 for one Louisville run; CF Gary Matthews Jr. doubled in Valaika for the other.
7/4: The Bats got three runs in the first- two on LF Todd Frazier’s double (.219)- en route to a 4-2 win. Rehabbin’ Ryan Hanigan collected two hits (.200), so did Matthews (.350, R, steal #2, RBI), and Cozart walked twice and scored twice (.252, steal #17). Two outfield assists and four more double plays helped Rehabbin’ Edinson Volquez (W 2-0, 2.81, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 87 pitches/46 strikes), Enerio Del Rosario (3.12, 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K) and Burton (save #1, 3.48, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) along. Volquez was not as sharp as he was in his previous two starts; look for at least one more.
7/5: MAKEUP MADNESS! The Bats don’t allow a run all day, taking both games by shutout- 6-0 and 1-0. Chad Reineke worked five for the win in game one (W 5-6, 3.01, 3 H, 4 BB, 3 K) with Herrera picking up the final two (6.23, 1 H, 1 K). Frazier was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored, and RBI (.227). Valaika hit his very first homer of the season, a two-run bomb, in the first inning (.296, 1-for-2, 2 BB) and Alonso added #5 in the third (2-for-4, .251, 2B). Yonder also knocked in game two’s only run in the first inning with a single, scoring Matthews (2-for-3, .348). Ben Jukich went five for game two’s W (3-4, 4.24, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K). Chapman took the sixth (4.30, 1 BB, 1 K, 15 pitches/7 strikes) and Fisher the seventh (save #2, 1 H, 1.88).
7/6: After dropping four straight contests to the Bats, the Indians crawl off the mat to slap around replacement starter Mark Serrano (5 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 3 HR) and hold off a comeback attempt to win 9-7. Francisco hit two solo homers (#7 and #8, .283), Matthews added one (#2) and Alonso one (#6, 2-for-5, steal #4, .257). Each of the first six batters in the Bats’ lineup- Matthews, Hanigan, Alonso, Frazier, Francisco, and Dorn- each had exactly two hits. Valiquette (3.24, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K) and Del Rosario (3.03, 1 IP, 1 H) worked scoreless relief late to set up the comeback try.
7/7: Klinker allowed the Indians just one hit in six innings (W 3-1, 3.91, 6 IP, 2 BB, 7 K, 90 pitches/52 strikes) as Louisville won 6-1. Chapman struggled a bit (4.38, 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 34 pitches/17 strikes, WP, HB) but Burton (3.32, 1 IP, 2 K) and Herrera (save #1, 4.76, 1.1 IP, 1 K) picked him up. Cozart hit homer #11, a two-run shot, and drove in three runs total (.256, 2-for-5, steal #19). Hanigan was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a double, and two RBI (.239) while neither Dorn (.331, 3-for-3, R, 2B, BB) nor Alonso made an out at the plate all night (2-for-2, 2 BB, .263, steals #5 and #6). Danny is hitting .370 since returning from his broken hand. Frazier raised his average to .233 with a pair of singles; he also threw a runner out at second base.
Transactions and notes: 7/1: RHS Matt Klinker up from Carolina; RHS Sam Lecure placed on the DL with a groin strain. 7/6: RHS Mark Serrano up from Lynchburg temporarily; LHS Matt Maloney recalled by Cincinnati.
The International League All-Star roster includes two Bats (well, one current and one former)- INF Chris Valaika and LHS Travis Wood.
AA Carolina Mudcats
Record this week: 4-3.
Overall: 8-8 (second half). Tied for second, one game behind Chattanooga (LAD).
7/1: Jerry Gil thought about squandering Matt Fairel’s quality start (W 2-3, 6.15, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 90 pitches/55 strikes) but after allowing a RBI single to make it a 6-5 game, LF Sean Danielson threw the batter out at second. Gil then struck out the next man and flew out the next to end it (save #3, 5.12, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K). Again Brad Boxberger struggled (20.25, 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) but Jeremy Horst stranded his runner (2.81, 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K). C Devin Mesoraco drove in three runs with a double and solo homer (#7, 2-for-4, .291). RF Denis Phipps, batting leadoff this time around, homered (#2) and doubled (.241, steal #8). SS Kris Negron had two hits and two RBI (.237).
7/2: Daryl Thompson pitched well in his return from AZL Rehab Land (L 0-3, 3.00, 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) but Jacksonville (FLA) held the Mudcats to four hits in a 3-1 win. 3B Mike Costanzo knocked in the only Carolina run but also committed two errors.
7/3: Carolina fired back with a 3-1 win of its own. Travis Webb fired a two-hitter over seven (W 3-6, 5.52, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) and Joe Krebs (4.25, 1 IP, 1 H) and Federico Baez (6.23, save #2, 1 IP, 1 H) finished up. LF Brandon Yarbrough didn’t make an official out (2-for-2, RBI, BB, R, sac fly). RF Sean Danielson was 2-for-4 with a run scored (.263).
7/4: The Lookouts beat on Scott Carroll (L 1-4, 2.96, 5 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR) and Boxberger (16.62, 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) in an 8-4 win. 1B Carlos Mendez, up from Lynchburg a few games back, was 4-for-4 with a double and run scored (.304).
7/5: SL All-Star Tom Cochran pitched 5.1 innings (W 6-3, 2.38, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR), three relievers turned in 3.2 innings of shutout ball, and fellow All-Star Costanzo had three hits (.293, 2 R, 2B, RBI) to pace a 7-2 win. CF Dave Sappelt (yes, an All-Star) added two hits and two RBI (.321). Negron was on base four of five trips (2-for-3, 2 BB, steal #23, R, .238). Mesoraco was 1-for-3 with a run scored and two walks (.270).
7/6: Fairel was even better this time through, baffling Chattanooga on two hits through seven (W 3-3, 5.31, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 89 pitches/53 strikes) in a 9-1 rout. LF Sean Henry (All-Star) was 3-for-5 with two RBI (.303). Negron drove in three with a double and triple. Sappelt had three hits, a run scored, and a steal (#13, .327). Mendez knocked in two and scored two with a single and triple (.323). Righty Ruben Medina pitched two hitless innings of relief; three walks have given him thirty-five to just nineteen strikeouts for the season, but somehow he’s got a 3.24 ERA in 44.2 IP.
7/7: West Tenn (SEA) took a 4-0 shutout win. Thompson was pulled after 1.2 innings (L 0-4, 3.54, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR). Lee Tabor pitched 3.1 scoreless (2.76) and Boxberger looked a little better (12.79, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K). Negron (.244) and Yarbrough (.291) were each 2-for-4.
Transactions and notes: 7/1: RHS Matt Klinker to Louisville; RHS Daryl Thompson activated from the DL. 7/7: INF Carlos Mendez sent back to Lynchburg despite hitting .323 in 11 games of Double-A.
High-A Lynchburg Hillcats
Record this week: 0-6.
Overall: 5-8 (second half), last place, 3.5 behind Wilmington (KC).
7/1: Mark Serrano allowed all three of the game’s runs in the bottom of the first (L 3-6, 4.42, 6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). CF Felix Perez (.250) and C Kevin Coddington (.286) each managed two of Lynchburg’s eight hits, but they couldn’t crack the scoreboard (11 LOB, 1-for-9 RISP).
7/2: Wilmington slapped around Lance Janke (L 3-6, 7.08, 3.2 IP, 11 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR), then withstood a four-run late comeback to hang on 10-8. Daniel Guerrero’s full-season 2010 debut went well (2.1 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K). Perez was 3-for-5 (.310, R, 2 RBI) and 2B Brodie Greene the same (.289, R, RBI).
7/3: Back home to try Winston-Salem (CHW)- but the Dash got to Curtis Partch (L 3-6, 4.63, 4.1 IP, 13 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) for a four-spot in the fifth and took game one, 6-2. 2B Cody Puckett lashed a pair of doubles (.271). LF Josh Fellhauer and 3B Shane Carlson each had a pair of hits (.259 and .294, respectively).
7/4: The Hillcats outhit the Dash 15-10, but again they prove poor at the details (11 LOB, 3-for-16 RISP) and fall 6-4. 1B Neftali Soto did drive in three with a solo homer (#11) and a two-run double (.253). Perez poked four hits (.359, R, 2B, RBI). Puckett, Fellhauer, and Coddington each had a pair. Jordan Hotchkiss took the loss (5-2, 2.47, 5.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR). Chase Ware continued his scoreless streak since being promoted with 2.1 (1 H, 1 BB, 2 K).
7/5: 15 more men left on base in a 5-3 loss. W-S sweeps. James Avery started and lost (4-3, 3.40, 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K).
7/6: Off, thankfully.
7/7: Lynchburg got two in the bottom of the seventh to take a 2-1 lead, but Wilmington got a tying run in the eighth off Sean Watson (BS #1, 3.43, 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) and a solo homer in the ninth off Donnie Joseph (!!), whose ERA exploded to 1.40 with the run. He still struck out three more in 1.1 innings despite the loss (0-2). RF Kyle Day was 2-for-3 with a double, run scored, and RBI (.258).
Transactions and notes: 7/6: RHS Mark Serrano moved to Louisville temporarily. 7/7: UT Kevyn Feiner back down to Dayton; INF Carlos Mendez back from Carolina.
Low-A Dayton Dragons
Record this week: 4-3.
Overall: 5-8 (second half), tied for sixth, six behind Great Lakes (LAD).
7/1: It’s a bad start for the Dragons in the second half; they drop a tough 7-6 decision to first-place Great Lakes to fall to 1-6 on the half. Pedro Villareal served up a two-run triple in the top of the ninth to provide the decisive runs (L 3-6, 3.72, BS #2, 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 K). Starter JC Sulbaran went five (4.71, 4 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) and Ezequiel Infante worked three scoreless (2.95, 1 H, 2 K). 1B Chris Richburg slammed two homers and a double (#10 and #11, 3 RBI, 2 R, .267). LF Cam Satterwhite added a solo shot (#5) and C Mark Fleury was 2-for-4 with a double (.215).
7/2: Ow. The Loons bomb four Dragons pitchers for 21 hits and 13 runs. Jake Johnson took the loss (L 4-5, 4.74, 5 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR). Mike Konstanty gave up five more hits and three more runs in 1.1 innings(6.46). He’d be released the next day. 2B Henry Rodriguez did hit homer #7 (.282) and RF Ryan LaMarre notched a pair of steals (6, .258).
7/3: Loons sweep, 7-6. They scored two in the seventh and four in the eighth to erase a 6-1 Dragons lead and pin the loss on Kevin Arico (L 0-1, 3.38, BS #1, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER). Blair Carson gave up three in 1.1 (2.59, 5 H, 1 BB). Starter Justin Walker worked six (5.04, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR). CF Andrew Means returned to action with two hits, a RBI, and run scored (.290, steal #13, HBP). Dayton got just five hits- the least-walking team in organized pro baseball actually pulled six free passes.
7/4: Ricky Bowen (W 2-2, 4.59, 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K), Fleury (.229, 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) and Rodriguez (4-for-5, steals #13 and #14, .289) all excelled as Dayton finally won, 6-4 over West Michigan (DET). Richburg hit homer #12, a two-run shot. James Walczak, just up from Billings, threw two innings of scoreless relief.
7/5: Jason Braun (3.38, 0.2 IP, 1 K) and Kevin Arico (save #1, 2.45, 1 IP, 1 H) came on to stop a three-run Whitecaps rally in the eighth and preserve a 6-5 Dayton win. Tim Crabbe started and won (2-1, 2.76, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR). Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the fourth (#8) and Means was 3-for-4 with a walk, run scored, RBI, and steal (14, .292).
7/6: Sulbaran permitted just three hits over seven innings (W 4-4, 4.50, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR) and the Dragons hammered out 15 hits as they sweep the series, 7-3. LaMarre had his best pro game, going 4-for-5 with four runs scored, a double, and three steals (11, .288). LF Alexis Oliveras was 3-for-5 with three RBI (.247). Richburg drew three walks and finished 1-for-1 with a RBI double (.259).
7/7: Blair Carson stymied Bowling Green (TB) on one hit over four innings of shutout relief as Dayton wins #4 in a row, 5-4. Carson evened his record at 3-3 (2.36, 1 BB, 2 K). Arico allowed two hits in the ninth, but escaped the jam for save #2. Fleury hit a three-run homer in the seventh that proved key (#6, 2-for-4, .231). LaMarre had two more hits, a walk, a run scored, and a RBI- moving his pro line to .303/.404/.395 in twenty games with 11 steals in 12 chances. Starter Jake Johnson lasted four (4.98, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR).
Transactions and notes: 7/1: OF Andrew Means activated from the DL. 7/3: RHR Mike Konstanty released. RHR Jamie Walczak up from Billings. 7/7: UT Kevyn Feiner down from Lynchburg.
Rookie-Pioneer Billings Mustangs
Record this week: 3-4.
Overall: 6-11, last place, five games behind Helena (MIL).
7/1: Righty Daniel Tuttle is quickly establishing himself as the Mustangs’ ace this year. Witness his six innings of two-hit shutout ball in Billings’ 4-0 win over Helena (W 2-1, 3.00, 2 BB, 9 K). 1B Jonathan Kaskow backed him up with homer #2, CF Jefry Sierra was 2-for-4 with two RBI (.394, steal #5) and LF Theo Bowe the same (.227, R, 3B).
7/2: The Mustangs got just five hits, dropping a 4-1 decision. Daniel Corcino started (L 0-1, 3.55, 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K). Ty Cline followed with three (4.32, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K). Tzu-Kai Chiu finished up (0.00, 1 H, 1 K). RF Juan Duran’s groundout scored 3B Oliver Santos with the only Billings run.
7/3: Both Billings and Great Falls (CHW) scored five in the second inning, but the Mustangs got two more in the fourth that proved decisive- they win 7-5. Seventeen hits for the good guys, including four from leadoff batter LF Dayne Read (.353, R, 2B, 2 RBI). C Trey Manz was 3-for-4 with a triple, walk, and RBI (.294). 2B Billy Hamilton (2B, RBI, BB, steal #3, .279), Kaskow (R, .333) and SS Devin Lohman (R, 2 RBI, .306) each had two hits. Dominican righty Stalin Gerson worked five for the win (W 1-0, 4.20, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K). Jesus Adames pitched two (6.43, 1 H, 1 K), Josh Smith one (1.80, 1 BB, 3 K) and Porfirio Martinez got save #3 (0.00).
7/4: Blaine Howell didn’t give up a hit, but three walks and a wild pitch was all the Voyagers needed to snap a tie and win it, 7-6. Howell fell to 0-2. Clayton Shunick was hit hard (7.50, 2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER). But Dan Wolford picked him up (5.14, 3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K) and the just-promoted NDFA Ryan Smith worked the seventh (1 K). Santos had a double and triple (.372, 2 RBI) and C Tucker Barnhart was 2-for-4 (.280, RBI, R).
7/5: Rained out.
7/6: MAKEUP MADNESS! Great Falls steals the opener with some late runs, 7-6, but Billings took the nightcap 5-3 behind ace Tuttle (W 3-1, 3.43, 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K). Martinez took the early defeat and blown save (1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 HR). RF Juan Duran connected for a two-run homer (#2) and added a RBI single. He’s still hitting just .164. Hamilton was 2-for-4 to raise his average to .275. Starter Tanner Robles had control issues (1.2 IP, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K). Manz was the hitting star of the nightcap, going 3-for-4 with a triple, homer (#2) and three RBI. He’s hitting .310. Kaskow added homer #3. Pat Doyle allowed a couple of baserunners in the seventh but got out of it to notch the save (3.52, 2 K).
7/7: Missoula (ARI) won game one at Dehler Park, 5-3. Corcino (L 0-2, 4.60, 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) started. Chiu pitched five strong in relief (still 0.00, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K). Duran had a double, a walk, and a run scored (.172).
Transactions and notes: 7/2: RHR Mike Henry sent back to the AZL. 7/4: RHR Ryan Smith up from the AZL Reds. RHR Jamie Walczak to Dayton.
Daniel Tuttle was honored as the Pioneer League pitcher of the week.
Also, Yorman Rodriguez hasn’t played since 6/29. Apparently he collided with Jefry Sierra while in RF during the 6/29 game- and hasn’t been back in for a week now. Sore ribs. The Billings paper seemed to think at the time he’d be back in a game or two, but that hasn’t happened. He was leading the PL in RBIs with 14 at the time of the injury.
Article on Billy Hamilton.
Rookie-Arizona League Reds
Record this week: 2-4.
Overall record: 6-8.
7/1: This one was scoreless through seven, then both the Dodgers and the Reds put up four in the eighth. But the Dodgers got four unearned runs off Australian Nathan Driessen in the ninth to take it, 8-4 (L 0-2, 13.50, 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K). Juan Marizan gave up the first four; starter Carlos Contreras dominated for the first six (1.93, 5 H, 0 BB, 8 K). 2B Adam Muenster was 2-for-3 with a walk, double, and RBI (.226) and RF Stephen Hunt 2-for-4 with a run scored (.360).
7/2: The Reds fire back, beating the Brewers 8-4. Again SS Junior Arias had a monster game (5-for-5 with a double and three runs scored, error #7, .362). LF Juan Silva, who’d gone 0-for-5 with four strikeouts the night before, rebounded with three hits and two runs scored (.273). 1B Dominic D’Anna evened his batting average at .500 with two hits and a walk in four trips (R, 2B). Evan Hildenbrandt had to come out early (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER) but the bullpen hung in there. Raul Rodriguez got the win (1-0, 4.50, 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K). Matt Leonard followed him with two perfect innings and Ryan Smith, in his final AZL appearance, whiffed four in the final two.
7/3: The Cubs whip the Reds, 8-2, as the good guys made five errors (including Arias’ eighth). DH Will Harford, the 45th-round draft pick who had something like twenty at-bats in his career at Notre Dame, doubled in both Reds runs as the DH (!). Kyle Lotzkar threw three scoreless (6.75, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K) but Derrick Lowery continues to struggle (L 0-2, 1 IP, 3 ER). El’Hajj Muhammad struck out five in his two innings of relief.
7/4: The Reds beat the Athletics, 9-3, behind D’Anna’s two doubles and two RBI and solid pitching from Ismael Guillon (3.55, 4 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) and Michael Henry (W 1-0, 3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K). Arias scored twice and hammered his second home run.
7/6: The Rangers collect 15 hits, whooping the Reds 9-3. Jonathan Correa started and lost (L 1-1, 2.70, 4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Those were his first two walks of the year in 13.1 IP. Harford, this time behind the plate, went 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored, and a RBI. This gives him three pro hits, and is about the same number he had in four years at ND. D’Anna went 0-for-4 to fall to .452.
7/7: The Indians make it a losing week for the Reds, 6-3. Contreras struggled (L 1-1, 3.44, 4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 3 HR). Muhammad fired 2.2 innings of hitless relief (3.52, 2 BB, 2 K). Arias was the only Red with multiple hits (2-for-5, .333, error #9).
Transactions and notes: 7/1: OF Sean Conner, out with an injury for the last month or so, activated for rehab purposes. 7/2: RHR Mike Henry sent down from Billings. 7/4: 23-year-old RHR Joel Ernst, a local NDFA (from Loveland) activated. 7/6: Venezuelan 3B Samuel Diaz (.344 in VSL in 2010) and RHP Lucas O’Rear (13th round, 2010) activated.