JULY 4 NEWBERG REPORT PLUS
Jamey Wright throws a quality start, and it *still* drives me crazy to watch him pitch.
No such consternation watching this bullpen execute. That was beautiful stuff.
The Rangers, with tonight’s series-clinching win, are close to going a month since their last series loss. Since dropping two of three in Pittsburgh on June 12-14, they’ve won five series and split one — and three of those series have been against clubs who will be in the playoffs if the standings hold up.
With apologies to Scott Lucas, who will write up today’s farm action in the morning, tonight’s Rangers win has me in a really good mood and so I’m sharing with you the following from the minor leagues:
A home run, a double, and a walk for Oklahoma left fielder Jason Botts tonight. Surprised?
Frisco righthander Armando Galarraga (7-4, 4.57) fired a complete-game, one-hit shutout, holding Arkansas to a ground ball single to left with two outs in the sixth. He walked one and punched out nine hitters.
In Clinton lefthander Kasey Kiker’s first 23 pro appearances, the Rangers never allowed him to pitch six innings. His next two outings:
IP H R ER BB K
Friday 6.0 4 0 0 1 5
Tonight 6.0 3 0 0 0 7
The 19-year-old, one of the Midwest League’s youngest pitchers, sits at 3-2, 2.25 in nine LumberKing starts.
From my March 17 report from camp in Surprise: "Wilmer Font, Carlos Pimentel, and Geuris Grullon: Pretty soon you won’t need me to tell you to remember those names."
The last three nights of Arizona League action:
IP H R ER BB K
July 2 Font 4.0 4 0 0 0 6
July 3 Grullon 2.1 0 0 0 1 6
July 4 Pimentel 3.0 0 0 0 3 6
That’s 9.1 scoreless innings pitched, four hits, four walks, and 18 strikeouts. From three 17-year-olds.