Fernando Martinez homered twice and singled with one out to start the Bisons' five-run game tying rally in the ninth inning. J.R. House and Valentino Pascucci hit back-to-back jacks in the inning which ended with Martinez grounding out with the bases loaded. Martinez, after his 3-5 night with two bombs Thursday is up to .293/.383/.683 in 11 games in July with five walks and five strikeouts. Patience? Check. Power? Check. It's only 11 games, but it's a great 11 games. Among Martinez's final challenges in AAA: improving against LHP against whom he's hitting .227/.300/.386 this year compared to .278/.335/.500 against RHP.
Lucas Duda (.340/.400/.723 - 25 G) was 2-4 with a double.
Ramon Ortiz gave up one run on four hits, fanning two without issuing a walk. And we're moving on.
Michael Antonini: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. Check his ERA by month:
Yeah, yeah, ERA is a crude tool and all, but in 18.2 July innings, he's fanned 22 and walked just four! I'm betting Antonini finishes 2010 in a Bisons uniform.
Sean Ratliff was 3-5 with a double. He's hitting .345/.385/.646 in 27 games in AA and a combined .299/.349/.504 between St. Lucie and Binghamton at age 23. The power is very real. He's also striking out less than he has in either of his previous two minor league seasons.
No Kirk Nieuwenhuis, but since he played in the Eastern League All-Star game on Wednesday night, I assume this was just a day off.