Sun Devils in MiLB: A pair of stars start season in rehab
As a way to get you through the offseason and into the first week of the college football season, Sun Devil Maven will keep tabs on the former Sun Devils in minor league baseball.
Minor League Opening Day was Thursday and it included two MLB All-Stars who are down on the farm trying to work their way out of the injured list and back to their respective big league clubs.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 in the first two games for Single-A Greenville Drive against West Virginia during his rehab assignment. West Virginia took Opening Day 1-0 thanks to an extra inning RBI by Jake Anchia but Greenville won 3-2 the next day thanks to the heroics of Grant Williams. He tied the game 2-2 in the fifth on a sacrifice fly and his groundout in the ninth resulted in the winning run scoring.
Another former Sun Devil undergoing a rehab assignment is Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis. He went 0-for-3 on Friday for Triple-A Columbus, facing off Indianapolis and fellow ASU alum Jake Elmore, who went 2-for-4 with a walk. Yu Chang won the game for Columbus in the bottom of the 11th with a walk-off single.
Eric Sogard went 0-for-3 with a walk as the designated hitter for Triple-A Buffalo in a 6-1 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday.
Andrew Romine started Opening Day for Triple-A Lehigh Valley as the designated hitter and went 1-for-3 in a 4-2 loss against Rochester on Thursday. Friday’s game was cancelled due to weather.
Brady Rogers threw five scoreless innings with five strikeouts and six hits and three walks for Triple-A Round Rock. Harold Ramirez knocked in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and New Orleans won the game 2-1.
Andrew Aplin came in as a pinch hitter for Triple-A Reno on Thursday but struck out. Reno lost to Fresno 5-4 on a walk-off single in the 10th inning by Taylor Gushue.
Gage Canning hit his first home of the season on Thursday for Single-A Hagerstown in the ninth inning of a 8-9 loss to Greensboro. He got another hit on Friday but Hagerstown was shut out 6-0.