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Modesto Nuts Game Notes

Sunday, April 20, 2008 Game 18, Road Game 11 (9-8) Modesto Nuts (Rockies) at (8-9) Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) at The Diamond (Pete Lehr Field), 2:08 p.m.

Last Five Days Date Match-up 4/16 Modesto at Lancaster 4/16 Modesto at Lancaster 4/17 Modesto at Lake Elsinore 4/18 Modesto at Lake Elsinore 4/19 Modesto at Lake Elsinore Next Five Days Date Match-up 4/21 OFF 4/22 Lancaster at Modesto 4/23 Lancaster at Modesto 4/24 Lancaster at Modesto 4/25 Visalia at Modesto

Result L W W W W

Score 3-6 2-1 11-10/12 5-4 5-2

Result -

Score 7:05 11:05 7:05 7:05

SATURDAY NIGHT: Aneury Rodriguez dominated the Lake Elsinore Storm on Saturday night at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore. Rodriguez (2-1) earned the win and did not allow a hit until Robert Perry hit a double to right field with two outs in the fifth inning. Modesto (9-8) beat Lake Elsinore (8-9) 5-2 in front of a sell out crowd of 7,086. Victor Ferrante led the Nuts with two singles and two RBI in the win. Rodriguez struck out seven in his start, walked two and allowed just two hits in the win. He left after the seventh inning and made way for the bullpen to finish out the game.

PITCHING MATCH-UP: Modesto sends RHP Simon Ferrer to the mound against the Storm’s LHP Cory Luebke… Ferrer is coming off his best outing to date against the Lancaster JetHawks… Ferrer did take the loss, but allowed just two runs and walked a season low three batters… He also struck out a season high three Lancaster batters and allowed only three hits… He is 0-3 with a 5.54 ERA this season (13.0IP, 13H, 9R, 8ER, 14BB, 5SO, 2WP, . 271AVG)… The knuckleballer makes his return to Modesto and to the Nuts… Nuts’ fans remember Ferrer as a utility man who played 23 games in the outfield, 12 at first base, 7 at third, 5 at shortstop and 2 at second… He was placed on the DL in the 2005 season on May 19 due to a strained muscle in his spine… was reinstated on May 27 and hit .216 in 45 games… He made the move to the mound in 2006 with both Tri-City and Asheville, combining to go 0-0, 1.59 (34.0 IP, 6 ER) with one save in 18 games… Luebke is a left handed thrower from Ohio State, he is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA this season (12.0IP, 18H, 14R, 10ER, 3HR, 6BB, 10SO, .340AVG)… He has pitched in two games away from The Diamond and makes his second home start today against the Nuts… He did not earn a decision in his last outing (5.0IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 4SO) on 4/15 against High Desert… He allowed a season high 11 hits on 4/10 against Lancaster… Luebke is a first round (supplemental) pick from the 2007 draft. STREAKING: • Michael McKenry has hit safely in his last 5 games. • Will Harris has not allowed a run in 11 straight innings. • Andrew Johnston has not allowed a run in 7 straight innings.


MODESTO VS. LAKE ELSINORE: The Nuts lead the season series at 3-0 after Saturday’s 5-2 win… The Nuts are batting .315 as a team against Lake Elsinore this season… Their pitching staff has posted a 4.20 ERA in the three games played… Will Harris has struck out 6 Storm batters in 4 innings of relief work; he earned his first save of the season against the Storm on Friday night… The Nuts’ pitching staff has struck out 35 Storm batters in the series… Cole Garner is batting .385 (5-13) against the Storm, he also has an OBP of .529 against Lake Elsinore… Daniel Mayora is 5-12 (.417) with 3 runs scored… Victor Ferrante is batting 5-14, .357, with 5 RBI against Lake Elsinore… The Storm are batting just .195 against the Nuts this season… They have posted a 4.80 ERA in the three losses to Modesto… Their pitching staff has combined to strike out 26 Modesto hitters and have walked 15… Modesto finished just 2-4 against the Storm last season… Their offense batted a combined .277 against Storm pitching… Modesto’s pitching staff posted a 6.62 ERA against Lake Elsinore in 2007… The Storm won the season series 4-2, they batted .274 against the Nuts and their pitchers combined for a 3.50 ERA in those six games. STORM AT A GLANCE: The Storm continues to lead the California League with a .291 team batting average… Their team average had been as high as .312 at the beginning of the series… Their 116 runs, 190 hits and 80 walks also lead the league… Three Lake Elsinore batters place in the Cal. League Top 10 Batting Leaders list… Those three are Eric Sogard .391, Javis Diaz .375 and Sam Carter .333… Jeremy Hunt is third in homeruns (4) and fourth in RBI’s (15) in the Cal. League… They are the defending Cal. League South champions… The Storm lost to the San Jose Giants last season, 3 games to 2, for the Cal. League Championship… 15 players on the current 2008 roster spent time in Lake Elsinore last season playing for the Storm… Manager Carlos Lezcano spent two seasons in the majors with the Chicago Cubs. NUTS AT A GLANCE: After their 39 hits in three games against Lake Elsinore the Nuts batting average now increases to .240 and is the 8th best average in the California League… Modesto’s team average was .189 before Sunday’s loss to the Stockton Ports… The Nuts have the third most team stolen bases (23) in the Cal. League… As a team Modesto players have struck out a league high 168 times… Their 3.99 team ERA is the fourth highest in the Cal. League, and the fourth best in the Cal. League North Division…The Modesto Nuts (Rockies) went 76-64 last year (.543)… the Nuts were eliminated in the first round of the Cal League playoffs by the Visalia Oaks (Diamondbacks)... Eighteen of the current Nuts players were on the Asheville Tourists last year in the South Atlantic League, compiling an 80-58 record; the Tourists did not qualify for the playoffs. UPCOMING PROBABLES Today, April 20 Modesto RHP Simon Ferrer at Lake Elsinore LHP Cory Luebke Monday, April 21 OFF Tuesday, April 22 Lancaster RHP Chris Jones vs. Modesto LHP Keith Weiser Wednesday, April 23 Lancaster RHP Jaymie Russ vs. Modesto RHP Shane Lindsay Thursday, April 24 Lancaster RHP Travis Beazley vs. Modesto RHP Esmil Rogers NUTS RECORDS BY: • Sunday 0-2, Monday 2-0, Tuesday 1-0, Wednesday 2-1, Thursday 2-1, Friday 1-2, Saturday 1-2. • Home (3-4), Away (6-4), Day (0-2), Night (9-6), Getaway Day (0-2), Rubber Games (2-0) • By series (3-2), By sweeps (1-1), Extra Innings (2-0) • April (9-8), May (0-0), June (0-0), July (0-0), August (0-0), September (0-0) • Score first (8-0), Opponent scores first (1-8), More HR (2-0), Fewer HR (1-4), Same HR (6-4) • Leading after 7 (4-0), Trailing after 7 (1-6), Tied after 7 (3-0) • Leading after 8 (5-0), Trailing after 8 (1-6), Tied after 8 (2-0) • Scoring 4 or more (6-1), Scoring less than 4 (3-7), Last At-Bat (5-0)


Nuts Opening Day Lineup Notes • • • • • • • •

Eighteen of the 25 players spent at least part of last season at low-A Asheville. Seven players (RHP James Burok, RHP David Patton, RHP Andrew Johnston, C Nelson Robledo, INF Nick Haley, OF Travis Becktel and OF Cole Garner) spent a part of last year at Modesto. OF Travis Becktel attended San Jose State University. OF Anthony Jackson attended Modesto JC and the University of the Pacific OF Victor Ferrante attended Solano Community College INF Michael Paulk attended Cal. State Northridge RHP Andy Graham attended UC Santa Barbara RHP Simon Ferrer attended Pepperdine University, Ferrer played for Modesto in 2005 as an infielder before becoming a pitcher.

OPENING DAY ROSTER Pitchers (12): Tommy Baumgardner, James Burok, Simon Ferrer, Andy Graham, Will Harris, Andrew Johnston, Shane Lindsay, David Patton, Aneury Rodriguez, Esmil Rogers, Zach Simons, Keith Weiser. Catchers (2): Michael McKenry, Nelson Robledo. Infielders (6): Michael Paulk, Daniel Mayora, Hector Gomez, Matthew Repec, Geoff Strickland, Nick Haley. Outfielders (5): Travis Becktel, Cole Garner, Jay Cox, Anthony Jackson, Victor Ferrante. ABOUT THE SKIPPER: Manager Jerry Weinstein begins his second season as the manager of the Modesto Nuts… Weinstein led his club to a playoff berth last season as the team compiled an overall record of 76-64… prior to joining the Rockies, Weinstein who has over 39 years of coaching experience as the pitching coach for the Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo) baseball team from 2001-05… prior to his coaching stint with the Mustangs, Weinstein was the Los Angeles Dodgers Director of Player Development in 2000 and 2001 and also served as the Dodgers’ catching coordinator in 1999… he was a head coach at Sacramento City College for 23 seasons, posting a record of 831-208-12 while guiding the Panthers to 16 conference championships, two co-conference titles, a state title in 1988 and a national crown in 1998… In addition to his success in Sacramento, Weinstein has also served as a coach for the United States Olympic teams in 1992 and 1996… he was also an assistant coach for the 1987 U.S. Pan American Games team and led the 2005 U.S. club to a gold medal at the Maccabiah Games… he and his wife, Andrea, reside in San Luis Obispo. COACHING STAFF: Pitching coach Butch Hughes returns for his fifth season with the Rockies organization and fourth at the High-A level… last season he helped guide 16 game winner and California League Pitcher of the year, Brandon Hynick, along with helping right-handed pitcher Alan Johnson, who posted a career-best 14 victories for Modesto in 2007… the 67-year-old, has been involved in professional baseball for 24 years and has also spent time coaching at the amateur level and overseas… Resides in Merced, CA. Hitting coach Duane Espy enters his first season as a coach for the Modesto Nuts after spending all of last season as the hitting coach for Rookie-level Casper… Prior to his stint last season, Espy spent all four seasons as the big league hitting coach on manager Clint Hurdle’s staff… Duane spent 30 years in the minor leagues as a player, coach, manager and hitting coach instructor before being named the Padres hitting coach two months into the 2000 season… served two and a half years as San Diego’s major league hitting coach before joining Colorado.


How the 2008 Modesto Nuts Were Built By Rockies draft 2nd round (1) 3rd round (1) 7th round (2) 8th round (1) 9th round (2) 12th round (1) 13th round (1) 15th round (2) 16th round (1) 21st round (1) 22nd round (1) 26th round (1) 27th round (1) 28th round (1) Non-drafted FAs (8)

By School High School (1) Junior College (4) College (15) Not available (5)

(Drafted/signed by Rockies unless noted) RHP Zach Simons (2005). LHP Keith Weiser (2006). C Michael McKenry (2006), INF Geoff Strickland (2005). RHP James Burok (2005). RHP Will Harris (2006), RHP Andrew Johnston (2005). RHP David Patton (2004) INF Michael Paulk (2005) OF Travis Becktel (2005), OF Victor Ferrante (2006) OF Anthony Jackson (2006) RHP Andy Graham (2006) OF Jay Cox (2006) OF Cole Garner (2003) INF Matt Repec (2006) LHP Tommy Baumgardner (2006) RHP Simon Ferrer (LA, 2002), RHP Shane Lindsay (2003), RHP Aneury Rodriguez (2005), RHP Esmil Rogers (2007), C Nelson Robledo (2001), INF Hector Gomez (2004), INF Nick Haley (2006), INF Daniel Mayora (2003). Garner Patton, Simons, Ferrante, Jackson Baumgardner, Burok, Ferrer, Graham, Harris, Johnston, Lindsay, Weiser, McKenry, Haley, Paulk, Repec, Strickland, Becktel, Cox, Rodriguez, Rogers, Gomez, Mayora, Robledo

By Country Born (state in parentheses) United States (19) Baumgardner (FL), Burok (PA), Ferrer (CA), Graham (CA), Harris (LA), Johnston (MO), Patton (WA), Simons (ID), Weiser (OH), McKenry (TN), Haley (KY), Paulk (CA), Repec (OH), Strickland (FL), Becktel (CA), Cox (NC), Ferrante (CA), Garner (CA), Jackson (CA). Dominican Republic (3) Rodriguez, Rogers, Gomez Venezuela (1) Mayora Panama (1) Robledo Australia (1) Lindsay


Today’s Nuts starter: #34 Simon Ferrer (7-11, 5.22 ERA last season with Asheville) YEAR 2005 2006 2007 2008

TEAM Modesto Tri-City Asheville Asheville Modesto

LG. Cal Nw Sal Sal Cal

AGE 25 26 26 27 28

ORG Col Col Col Col Col

LVL A+ AA A A+

W 0 0 0 7 0 7

L 0 0 0 11 3 14

ERA 0 2.52 0.9 5.22 5.54 4.73

G 1 15 3 30 3 52

GS 0 0 0 26 3 29

CG 0 0 0 1 0 1

SH 0 0 0 0 0 0

SV 0 0 1 0 0 1

IP 1 25 10 167.1 13 216.1

H 1 17 6 203 13 240

R 0 10 2 109 9 130

ER 0 7 1 97 8 113

HR 0 2 0 21 0 23

BB 0 13 2 60 14 89

SO 0 18 8 88 5 119

WP 0 2 1 13 2 18

BK 0 0 0 4

0 4

2008 Starts DATE 04/05/2008 04/10/2008 04/16/2008

G# 1 1 1

OPP STO STO LNC

H/R DEC ERA G R L 5.40 1 H L 6.75 1 R L 5.54 1

GS CG SHO SVO IP H R 1 5.0 8 4 1 3.0 2 3 1 5.0 3 2

ER 3 3 2

HR 0 0 0

HB 1 0 0

BB 4 7 3

IBB 0 0 0

SO 0 2 3

BK 0 0 0

WP GO/AO GIDP AVG AB TBF IR-IRS 1 0.71 1 .381 21 26 0-0 1 0.64 0 .323 10 17 0-0 0 0.53 0 .271 17 20 0-0


2008 Modesto Nuts Highs and Lows

TEAM BATTING Most runs, game, Nuts: 11, 4/17/08 Most runs, game, opponent: 10, 4/17/08 Most runs, inning, Nuts: 4, 4/17/08, 7th Most runs, inning, opponent: 4, 4/10/08 Most hits, game, Nuts: 17, 4/17/08 Most hits, game, opponent: 15, 4/20/08 Most hits, inning, Nuts: 4, 4/7/08 Most hits, inning, opponent: 5, 4/16/08 (Game 1) Most home runs, game, Nuts: 2, 4/14/08 Most home runs, game, opponent: 2, 4/10/08 Most doubles, game, Nuts: 3, 4/7/08 Most doubles, game, opponent: 4, 4/7/08 Most triples, game, Nuts: 1, 4/18/08 Most triples, game, opponent: 1, 4/6/08 Most stolen bases, game, Nuts: 3, 4/17/08 Most stolen bases, game, opponent: 2, 4/17/08, 4/20/08 TEAM PITCHING Most strikeouts, Nuts: 13, 4/18/08 Most strikeouts, opponents: 15, 4/17/08 Most walks, Nuts: 12, 4/10/08 Most walks, opponents: 6, 4/20/08 Fewest hits allowed, Nuts: 4, 4/3/08 Fewest hits allowed, opponents: 3, 4/6/08 TEAM MISCELLANEOUS Longest winning streak: 4, 4/16-4/19 Longest losing streak: 4, 4/10-4/13/08 Longest game, innings: 12, 4/17/08 Longest game, time, nine innings: 3:29hrs, 4/10/08 Longest game, time, extra innings: 4:40hrs, 4/17/08 Shortest game, time: 2:21hrs, 4/8/08 Largest margin, victory: 4, 4/14/08 Largest margin, loss: 8, 4/10/08 Most left on base, nine innings: 12, 4/19/08


Most left on base, extra innings: 14, 4/8/08 Fewest left on base, game: 5, 4/6/08 Most errors, game: 3, 4/5/08 Largest comeback: 4 runs Largest lead surrendered: 3, 4/17/08 INDIVIDUAL BATTING Most runs, game: 2 (Jackson, 4/3/08 at Stockton, W 3-2) Most hits, game: 4 (McKenry 4/16) Most doubles, game: 2 (McKenry 4/16; Strickland 4/19) Most triples, game: 1, (Mayora, Jackson, Repec, McKenry) Most home runs, game: 1, (Ferrante, Garner, McKenry, Paulk) Most RBIs, game: 6 (McKenry 4/16) Most stolen bases, game: 2, (Jackson, 4/4; Mayora 4/17, Strickland 4/20) Most walks, game: 3 (Jackson, 4/4/08 at Stockton, L 9-1) Most strikeouts, game: 4 (Cox, 4/10 vs. Stockton L 9-1) Longest hitting streak: 6, (Garner 4/11-4/18, McHenry 4/14-4/20) INDIVIDUAL PITCHING Most strikeouts, game: 10 (Rogers, 4/18/08) Most walks, game: 7, (Ferrer 4/10) Most innings, game, starter: 7.0 (Rogers 7.0IP, 0R, vs. San Jose 4/8) Most innings, game, reliever: 4 (Graham 4/7/08) Low-hit complete game: Most consecutive scoreless innings: 11 (Harris, 11.0IP, 7G, 4/5-4/18) Most consecutive batters retired, game: 10, (Rogers, 4/18/08)

2008 Modesto Nuts Day-by-Day Record (All games can be heard on www.modestonuts.com) Date 4/3 Thu 4/4 Fri 4/5 Sat 4/6 Sun 4/7 Mon 4/8 Tue 4/9 Wed

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

4/10 4/11 4/12 4/13

8 9 10 11

Thu Fri Sat Sun

G#

Opp @STO @STO @STO @STO SJ SJ SJ

W-L W L L L W W W

Score 3-2 9-1 4-2 9-1 5-4 1-0/10 4-0

Record/Position/GA/GB 1-0 / 1 / - / 1-1 1-2 1-3 2-3 / 4th / - / 2 3-3 / T3 / - / 1.0 4-3 / 2nd / - / 1.0

Winner Rogers A. Rodriguez B. Anderson T. Cahill Johnston Johnston Baumgardner

Loser De Los Santos H. Rodriguez S. Ferrer K. Weiser Whitaker Musgrave Rodriguez

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STO STO STO STO

L L L L

9-1 5-4 7-3 3-4

4-4 / T2nd / - / 1.0 4-5 / T4th / - / 2.0 4-6 / T4th / - / 2.0 4-7

B. Anderson T. Cahill J. Heuser F. De Los Santos

S. Ferrer K. Weiser A. Graham E. Rogers

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4/14 4/15 4/16 4/16

Mon 12 Tue 13 Wed 13 Wed 14

@LA @LA @LA @LA

W PPD L W

9-5

5-7

A. Rodriguez

A. Mills

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6-3 (7) 2-1 (7)

5-8 6-8

J. James A. Graham

S. Ferrer B. Maxwell

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4/17 4/18 4/19 4/20 4/21 4/22 4/23 4/24

Thu 15 Fri 16 Sat 17 Sun 18 Mon OFF Tue 19 Wed 20 Thu 21

@LE @LE @LE @LE

W W W L

11-10(12) 7-8 5-4 8-8 / 3rd / - / 3.0 5-2 9-8 / 3rd/ - / 3.0 9-4 9-9/ 3rd/ -/ 4.0

Z. Simons E. Rogers A. Rodriguez C. Luebke

R. Daigle B. Dunn C. Kluber S. Ferrer

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LA LA LA

7:05 p.m. 11:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.

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4/25 4/26 4/27 4/28 4/29 4/30

Fri 22 Sat 23 Sun 24 Mon 25 Tue 26 Wed 27

VIS VIS VIS VIS @BA @BA

7:05 7:05 1:05 7:05 7:15 7:15

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