CBN POW, Week IX: Cal Quantrill

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By George Farelli
Canadian Baseball Network

As the late, great Foster Hewitt used to say “well fans, the score was not indicative of play.”

Such was the case when the San Antonio Missions visited the Springfield Cardinals before 6,967 fans at Hammons Field in double-A Texas League play.

RHP Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) pitched seven scoreless, leaving with a 1-0 San Antonio lead over Springfield. The Missons went on a 6-0 win, thanks to a four-run eighth and a one-run ninth. 

So, Quantrill had little breathing room in his 97-pitch outing which consisted of 62 strikes, which is why he is the Canadian Baseball Network minor league Player of the Week for Week IX.

Quantrill allowed one hit and walked one while putting up his seven zeros. He struck out 10, which included: Stefan Trosclair swinging in the first; Blake Drake swinging, Thomas Spitz swinging and Matt Pearce looking in the third; Evan Mendoza swinging in the fourth; Spitz swinging aand pinch-hitter Granden Goetzman swinging in the fifth; re-habbing Yadier Molina swinging in the sixth; Edmundo Sosa swinging and Spitz looking in the seventh 

He also retired Molina on a pop out in the first and a fly ball in the fourth, 

Rowan Wick (North Vancouver, BC) pitched a scoreless eighth, allowing a single while striking out a pair.

Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) singled, walked and was hit by a pitch 

Highlight of the Week _ 3B Vladimir Guerrero (Montreal, Que.) Named by MLB as double-A Eastern League Player of the Month for May with New Hampshire in May, In 28 games he batted .440 with 28 runs scored, nine Home runs, 28 RBIs, a .780 slugging mark and a .484 on-base mark.
 
BEST  OFFENSIVE  PERFORMANCES
Player/Class/Team                            AB      R      H      HR     RBI     AVG

Jim Adduci  -  AAA  Toledo                  16      4       8        1        3      .500
Bruce Yari  -  A  Daytona                     11      2       5        1        3      .455
Jacob Robson  -  AA  Erie                    20      6       9        2        2      .450
Roland Gladu  -  A  Columbia              16      -        7       -         1      .438
Eric Wood  -  AAA  Indianapolis          15      3       6        1        2      .400
Jared Young  -  A  South Bend             15      6       5        2        5      .333
Tyler O’Neill  -  AAA  Memphis           12      2       4        -        2       .333
Brett Siddall  -  AA  Midland                16      2      5        -         1       .313
Connor Panas  -  AA  New Hamp         10      2      3        1        1       .300
 
Chandler McLaren  -  FGN  France      17      8      11      1        9       .647
Carter McEachern - IND  Washington 18     2        8       -         6      .444
Ian Horne  -  IND  Garden City            21      7      10       1       6       .476
Danny Beaver  -  IND  Santa Fe          22       6       9        -       -        .409
Will Thorpe  -  FGN  Germany             13      3       5        -        3       .385
Brad Antchak  -  IND  Quebec             19      3       7        1       7       .368
David Glaude  - IND  Trois Rivieres    19      2       7        1       2       .368
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BEST  PITCHING  PERFORMANCES
CAL  QUANTRILL   RHP   -   AA   SAN  ANTONIO  MISSIONS
APP    IP    H    R    ER    BB    K    W-L    SV    WHIP    WK ERA

1     7.0    3    -      -        1    10    1-0       -       0.57        0.00
 
Cal Quantrill made what might be described as his best start of the season on June 3, in a 6-0 win over the Springfield Cardinals.  He pitched seven scoreless innings, gave up only three base hits, while striking out 10 Cardinals hitters, to record his fourth win of the season.  Posting his second win in a row improved his record with San Antonio in the double-A Texas League in 12 starts, to 4-3 with a 4.15 ERA. 

ZACH  POP    RHP   -    A   RANCHO  CUCAMONGA  QUAKES
APP    IP    H    R    ER    BB    K    W-L    SV    WHIP    WK ERA

3     6.0    3    1      -       -       5       -                 0.50        0.00
 
Zach Pop is a 21-year-old second year pro in the Dodgers system, and he made three excellent relief appearances this week for Rancho Cucamonga in the California League. On May 29 in a 9-3 win over Lake Elsinore Storm he pitched two innings, gave up two base hits and one unearned run while striking out two Storm hitters, but was not involved in the decision. On May 31 in a 3-0 victory over Lake Elsinore he again threw two scoreless, to earn his first save of the season. His third appearance of the week was on June 3rd in 3-2 loss to the Lancaster JetHawks when he threw two scoreless, surrendering  one base hit while striking out three Lancaster batters but again, was not involved in the decision. His record with the Quakes in seven relief appearances is 0-0 with one save and a 0.82 ERA. His overall record, including his stint to begin the season with Single A Great Lakes Loons in the Midwest League and 18 total relief appearances, is 0-2 with one save and a 1.67 ERA. 

CONOR  LILLIS-WHITE    LHP   -   AA   MOBILE  BAY  BEARS
APP     IP     H    R    ER    BB    K    W-L    SV    WHIP    WK ERA

2      4.1     2    -       -       1    10    2-0       -        0.73      0.00
 
Working out of the bullpen, Conor Lillis-White made two very good relief appearances for Mobile this week and earned his first two wins of the season.  On May 30 in a 5-1 win over Tennessee Smokies he pitched two scoreless, gave up one base hit while striking out three Tennessee hitters to earn the win. On June 2nd in a 1-0 victory over the Smokies, he threw 2 1/3 scoreless, surrendered one hit while striking out seven batters, to pick up his second win of the week. His record in the double-A Southern League after fifteen relief appearances for Mobile, is now 2-0 with two saves and a 3.95 ERA. 

Canadian Baseball Network Players of the Week

Week 1 _ OF Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, BC) Memphis (Cards) and Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) San Antonio (Padres).
Week II _ RHP Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) New Hampshire (Blue Jays).
Week III _ RHP Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) Gwinett (Braves).
Week IV _ RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (Goderich, Ont.) Corpus Christi (Astros).
Week V _ Vladimir Guerrero (Montreal, Que.) New Hampshire (Jays).

Week VI _ Phillippe Aumont (Hull, Que.) Toledo (Tigers)
Week VII _ Vladimir Guerrero (Montreal, Que.) New Hampshire (Jays).
Week VIII _ Curtis Taylor (Coquitlam, BC) Montgomery (Rays)
Week IX _ Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) San Antonio (Padres)