Salt Lake Bees
One of these days the Bees will play a game. Thursday night was the third game this week the Bees had a game postponed due to rain. Wednesday was a scheduled off-day, so the last game the Bees played was on Sunday against Cliff Lee. They'll try it again at home on Friday against Portland.
The Good: Ryan Braiser. Braiser threw a no hitter against the Tulsa club on Thursday night. Braiser did walk two, struck out three but didn't allow a hit through nine innings of work. Braiser struggled last season in both relief and as a starter, but on his 18th start in the minors, Thursday night was by far his best outing and one I'm sure he'll never forget. Andrew Romine (.333) went 3-3 on the night.
The Bad: Jeremy Moore went 0-4 on the night, dropping his average to .207.
The Noteworthy: From the Arkansas Travelers website: The Arkansas Travelers are excited to announce that Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage will attend their game against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Saturday, May 1. The 22-year Major League veteran will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs through the second inning. His autobiography "The Goose Is Loose" will be on sale throughout the game. Gossage became famous for his Fu Manchu and blazing fastball during his career. He was also one of the most dominant relievers of his time compiling 310 saves and 1,502 strikeouts during 1,002 career appearances. His book "The Goose Is Loose" is a look back at his career including some of the most memorable moments during his six years playing for the New York Yankees (1978-1983).
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
The Good: Tyler Chatwood went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. Chatwood struck out six. Dillon Baird clubbed a three-run home run.
The Bad: Alexi Amarista and Gabe Jacobo went 0-8 combined on the night. Jacobo who started the season off well, is hitting just .154 in his last 10 games with no extra base hits.
The Noteworthy: Steven Geltz made his 2010 debut, working a scoreless inning, striking out the side. Geltz posted solid totals in 2009 out of the bullpen. In 64 2/3 innings, Geltz struck out 73, posted a 3.76 ERA. Opponents hit just .225 of him.
Cedar Rapids Kernels
The Good: Mike Trout (.378) went 2-4, but tonight he wasn't the star as he usually is. Catcher Carlos Ramirez clubbed two home runs, his first two of the season, driving in three runs. Randal Grichuk (.200) went 2-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Garret Richards recorded his first win, but he was less than spectacular, giving up four runs in seven innings of work. He did strike out six and walk just two. Jon Bachanov (2.31) recorded his first hold of the season, pitching a scoreless inning, while fanning three.
The Bad: Mike Trout was caught stealing twice on the night.
The Noteworthy: The Kernels are 2nd in the Midwest League in strikeouts with 192.