RF Greg Folgia (.255) slugged a two-out, two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning in Eastlake to give the Captains a Midwest League win over Bowling Green (Ky.).
Folgia's sixth homer of the season capped a three-run rally
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Greg Folgia is 9-for-17 (.529) with a homer four RBI and four runs in his last four games
■ Current, former 'Jacks helping programs (Kilgore News Herald)
Two former Pump Jacks are still in Arizona, getting more work in before the opening of short-season professional ball. Brett Nicholas, the Texas Rangers’ 6th round pick last year, will return to the Spokane Indians (Northwest League) this summer■ Minor Lines, 4/15 (McCovey Chronicles)
Fresno: SP Doug Mathis: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K--1 HB, 1 WP■ Minor Lines 4/19 (McCovey Chronicles)
Mathis had a solid start, getting 7 K and having a 9/0 GO/FO line. He did have a high pitch count, though, throwing 102 pitches (64 strikes) in five innings.
San Jose: LF Ryan Lollis: 4 for 6
Dominguez had his 3rd and 4th HRs this year. Hitting in the bottom third of the order, Liles and Lollis combined for nine hits.
Fresno: 2B Brock Bond: 2 for 3, BB, CS■ 'Hawks continue to tee off on Mavericks pitchers (vvdailypress.com)
Batting in the top two spots in the lineup, Burriss and Bond combined for four of the Grizzlies' seven hits.
Catcher Trevor Coleman had two RBIs and right fielder Kalian Sams was 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
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As the winds have begun to pick up and balls have begun to fly out of Stater Bros. Stadium, it helps having an experienced catcher like Trevor Coleman to get his pitching staff through the tough times when everything seems to be a hit.
Coleman, a 2009 9th-round pick out of Missouri, caught 81 games for the Mavericks last season and has caught nine of the first 13 games this season.
“It’s important to keep the ball down, you’ve got to pitch to the wind a little bit,” Coleman said. “With the wind blowing out to right, you want to use the opposite side of the plate, make them hit the ball the other way. It presents a different kind of set of challenges but we’ve got the pitching staff to do it.”
With seven of the team’s 13 active pitchers playing for the first time in the High Desert, having a catcher like Coleman to walk them through it has been a benefit according to Mavericks manager Jose Moreno.
“It’s real good to have him catching,” Moreno said. “He handles the staff real well. He has been working with the pitchers, has good communication, takes charge … it’s a big plus having a catcher that has been in the league.”
Coleman was also quick to point out however, that the pitching staff’s mentality and balance has made things easier.
“We’ve got a pretty even-keeled pitching staff,” he said. “They understand that balls are going to go out, and it’s going to be difficult for an outfielder to catch the ball. But they’re also going to reap the benefits from it when we’re on offense, so it goes both ways and both teams have to play out there. They seem to have a good grasp on it.”
■ Alexi Ogando rewards patient Rangers (espn.com)
Ogando kept working with the Rangers' coaching staff in the Dominican Republic, including manager Jayce Tingler and pitching coaches Jose Jaimes and Pablo Blanco.
"They taught him how to pitch from the stretch, to throw a breaking ball [slider] and figure out his changeup," Preller said. "They did everything from holding on runners to how to approach hitters. They deserve a lot of credit."