Arencibia Awakens While the Cats Sleep

Monday, May 11 2009 @ 06:28 AM EDT

Contributed by: braden

The 51s romped while the Fisher Cats were one-hit by a top prospect in a 2-1 day for the affiliates.

nSacramento 1    Las Vegas 9

As if the Jays needed any more hats in the starting pitching ring, Fabio Castro continued to impress in AAA with his second straight scoreless start, going six innings and allowing just three hits and a walk.  He also struck out two.  Castro has now made 7 starts combined between New Hampshire and Las Vegas and has put up a 3-0 record with an ERA of 1.13.  Through 40 innings, he has allowed 25 hits and 9 walks against 34 strikeouts.  Not too shabby. 

Davis Romero finished things off with three innings of one-run ball.  Romero is sporting a 3.72 ERA in 9.2 innings of work as he continues to work back from injury.

The real story today, though, was catcher J.P. Arencibia who, after showing some positive signs over the past few games, broke out of his season long slump with authority going 4-for-5 with a HR, 2B, 3 RBI and three runs scored.  Arencibia's line is now up to .231/.265/.417.

Buck Coats picked up four hits of his own including two doubles.  Not to be outdone, Brett Harper had two doubles among his three hits.  Harper has been ridiculously hot lately, going 12 for his last 23 with 5 HRs, 2 doubles and 9 RBI.  For the year, he's now hitting .327/.364/.619.

Randy Ruiz, Aaron Mathews, and Kyle Phillips all chipped in two hits for the 51s who had 17 total.

Connecticut 3    New Hampshire 0

From 17 hits at AAA to just one in New Hampshire.  The Fisher Cats were completely flummoxed by San Francisco Giants' top prospect Tim Alderson who, in making his AA debut, struck out 10 in 6.2 innings.  A whole bunch of guys, including David Cooper, struck out twice for New Hampshire.  The only hit came off the bat of Al Quintana which makes sense as he's 12 for his last 18.

Nathan Starner started for the Cats and pitched fairly well but took the loss nonetheless.  Starner went four innings and allowed a run on five hits and two walks.  He struck out one.
Leon Boyd allowed two runs in the ninth to put things completely out of reach.

Dunedin- Scheduled day off

Beloit 3    Lansing 6

A nice day for the Lugnuts as they scored 6 times on just 8 hits in knocking off the Beloit Snappers.  Five pitchers combined for the win for Lansing including starter Charles Huggins who threw 4.2 shutout innings on only two hits.  He did, however, walk five against four strikeouts.  Frank Gailey was roughed up a bit, and gave way to Yorman Mayora who blew a save but picked up the win.  He was picked up by Hunter Moody and Matthew Daly who recorded his fourth save.

Balbino Fuenmayor was the offensive star for the Lugnuts in going 2-for-3 with his first homer of the year.  Fuenmayor is now hitting .205/.205/.260 in his first taste of full season ball.

A whole whack of guys added hits for Lansing but nobody really stood out aside from Johermyn Chavez whose single drove in two.

Three Stars:

3rd Star:  Buck Coats
; 4-for-6, 2 2B

2nd Star:  Fabio Castro
; Win- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

1st Star:  J.P. Arencibia
; 4-for-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R