First of all I'd like to tip my hat and offer a HUGE thank you to BK for covering my duties all last week while I was gone. He's done 3 weekend summaries in a row, and those are a major pain. Thanks Beek! Now, on to the games, where some possible trade candidates are (hopefully) increasing their stock ahead of trade season.
- Louisville lost to Indianapolis 9-7. Mark Serrano filled in for Matt Maloney and gave up 7 runs in 5 innings, due largely to 3 homers. This was Serrano's first start above A ball. Guess he's not quite ready yet. Of course, he's not the trade bait the title refers to. That would be one Yonder Alonso, who went 2-5 with his 9th homer of the season. He even stole a base. His numbers on the year are still weak, but in his last 10 games Alonso is OPSing 1.105 with 3 homers. On the other hand, he's only walked once to 9 Ks in that time. In AAA Alonso has 11 walks to 49 strikeouts, and his OBP is a measly .294. It's only 54 games, but those aren't good numbers, which is why I wouldn't mind seeing him as the main chip in a July trade. (not for Lee though, get Stephen Drew!!!!) Another trade candidate, Juan Francisco, also went 2-5 with 2 homers. Would you believe his BB/K ratio is almost identical to Alonso's this season? Crazy! Todd Frazier was 2-5 with a double, Ryan Hanigan was 2-5 with a double (maybe time to call him up so we can be spared a week of Corky?), and Gary Matthews Jr. was 2-5 with a homer....we all need to hope and pray nothing happens to Drew Stubbs. Up Next: Matt Klinker starts at 7:05.
- Carolina won big, 9-1, behind 7 innings of one run ball from Matt Fairel. Sean Henry and Dave Sappelt were both 3-5, Kris Negron was 2-5 with a double and triple, and Carlos Mendez was 2-4. Up Next: Daryl Thompson starts (still starting, really?) at 8:05.
- Lynchburg was off. Up Next: Someone will start at 7:05.
- Dayton won 7-5. JC Sulbaran had a solid start, going 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4. Recent draftee Ryan LaMarre went 4-5 with a double and 3 stolen bases. He has stolen 11 bases in 19 games this season. Alex Oliveras was 3-5, and Chase Weems was 2-4, and DiDi Gregorius went 2-5. Up Next: Jacob Johnson starts at 7:05.
- Billings played a doubleheader, losing the first game 7-6 and winning the second 5-3. In the first game Juan Duran was 2-4 with a homer, and Billy Hamilton also went 2-4. There was basically no good pitching. The second game saw a decent start from Daniel Tuttle, going 6, allowing 3 earned and striking out 3. Trey Manz provided the bulk of the offense, going 3-4 with a double and homer. Up Next: Daniel Corcino starts at 9:05.
- AZL Reds lost 9-4. William Harford was 2-2 with a double, and Kurt Muller was 2-5. Up Next: Someone will start at 9:00.