Despite going 0-4 in today's game down in Jacksonville, Hu did manage to score 2 runs and had a walk. Hu's offensive woes aren't as bad as they seem. Sure, a .230 BA is nothing to be proud of, but when you closely scrutinize Hu's stats, Hu is only K'ing once in every 6 AB's. Also he's managed a good walk to K ratio of 19 / 20. With that being said, Hu's ticket to the big leagues isn't his bat; it's his glove. Kim Ng, Dodgers VP and Assistant GM, is obviously a big Hu fan. She was quoted today as saying that "Hu and Abreu could be the best double-play combination in the Minor Leagues today."
In A+ ball, Inland Empire and Modesto are facing off. In all likelihood, we will see Yung-Chi Chen face off against Ching-Lung Lo in the next few days. As for today's game, Chen was able to keep his hitting streak alive. After starting off 0-3, Chen doubled in his last at bat, stole his 10th base on the season, and scored an insurance run for IE. Box
In A ball, Wu was 0-3 in his team's 4-2 win. Wu played defensively behind the plate tonight.
Cheng, seeking his 6th win on the season, got a big reality check tonight. Cheng got rocked for 6 earned runs in 4 innings. Cheng took the loss despite K'ing 5 and walking none. Box
Kuo pitched in Vegas tonight. Kuo came in the top of the 8th inning with the game in hand - Vegas was up 11-7 at that point. Recap of the 8th inning:
1) First batter reached first on fielding error by 1B
2) The next batter doubled, advancing lead runner to 3rd
3) The third batter walked
-Kuo is in pretty deep sh*t at this point - Bases are loaded
4) Kuo then settles down and K's the next 2 guys
5) With the bases full, Kuo walks the next batter, plating an unearned run - see 1)
6) Kuo is pulled from the game for Lance Carter
7) Lance Carter gives up a grand salami to the first hitter he faces - Kuo is charged with 4 runs, none of them earned
8) Game over - Vegas swallows a tough loss after blowing a sizable lead
Kuo's line for the night: .2 IP / 1 HIT allowed / 4 RUNS allowed - 0 earned /2 WALKS / 2 K's
Hmmm, sound familiar? What happened tonight to Kuo was like deja vu during his brief outings in LA - demonstrating command issues and having the ball taken out of his control only to have the guy relieving him, not bail him out.
In Japan, Hsu pitched again, this time against the Yakult Swallows. Hsu didn't fare much better this time around either. He went 2 innings, gave up 3 earned runs - on a 3 run shot, and saw his ERA balloon to 11.25. Box
Lin had a pinch hit appearance against the Lotte Marines and flied out in the 8th inning. Box