Bandy, Burns come up short in attempts at cycles
Jett Bandy and Andy Burns have combined to hit 33 home runs in two-plus seasons of professional baseball, but the two players who were on the Arizona Wildcats fall roster in 2010 could have used one more home run last week to accomplish a rare feat.
Bandy had four hits Thursday, but finished a homer short of the cycle for Double-A Arkansas. The next day in Burns' first game since being called up to Double-A New Hampshire, the third baseman collected a single, double and triple but was unable to homer for the cycle.
Neither player has hit for the cycle in their minor-league careers, while Burns has been a hit short of the feat twice for High-A Dunedin.
Mike Colla • RHP, Montgomery Biscuits (Rays' Double-A affiliate)
• On Thursday, the former Wildcat pitched seven innings, allowing only one hit to Pensacola, for his second win of the season. Colla also struck out three batters in the game.
Dan Butler • C, Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate)
• The ex-UA catcher compiled seven hits in five games last week including two home runs for Pawtucket. Butler also caught two runners trying to steal, bringing his season total to 11.
Bobby Brown • 1B, Burlington Royals (Royals' rookie affiliate)
• The 2012 Arizona alum hit his first career home run and produced a go-ahead RBI triple in the eighth inning Saturday to help Burlington to a 2-1 win over Pulaski.
Donn Roach • RHP, San Antonio Missions (Padres' Double-A affiliate)
• The member of UA's 2009 starting rotation lost his seventh game of the season Friday after surrendering 10 hits, seven runs, and four walks in five innings for San Antonio.
Ryan Perry • RHP, Harrisburg Senators (Nationals' Double-A affiliate)
• After being demoted from Triple-A Syracuse to Harrisburg on Monday, Perry was charged with a loss Saturday. The Marana grad allowed three runs in one-third of an inning of relief.
Brandon Dixon • 3B, Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers' Class-A affiliate)
• The ex-Wildcat managed just two hits and had three strikeouts in his first three games as a pro. He also committed two errors. Dixon bounced back Sunday by going 3 for 5.
Player of the week
Robert Ravago • RHP, Batavia Muckdogs (Marlins' Low-A affiliate)
The Pima College and Pueblo High School alum has not been scored upon in six relief innings with Batavia. Ravago's two appearances out of the pen this past week resulted in wins for the Muckdogs.
In his first outing Tuesday, the right-handed pitcher shut out the Auburn Doubledays in the final three innings to pick up his first save of the year. Three days later, Ravago kept the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in check with five strikeouts in three scoreless frames to earn the win in relief.
The Muckdogs are the third team Ravago has pitched for this year. The Arizona State alum played sparingly for Double-A Jacksonville and High-A Jupiter during the first two months, appearing in 10 games with a combined 6.94 ERA.
Miami drafted Ravago in the 22nd round of the 2012 draft. He has eight saves in his two seasons.
The big number
Home runs for Shelley Duncan last Monday in his first game back for Triple-A Durham since attending his mother's funeral. The UA and Canyon del Oro product has seven minor-league homers this season.
Wednesday: Relief pitcher Alan Garcia and the Class-A Great Lakes Loons travel to Lake County for a three-game series. The former Tucson High Badger earned a win in the last series against the Captains.
He said it
"Had an awesome experience in my pro debut tonight. Keep this thing rolling."
Johnny Field, said on Twitter after his first game with the Low-A Hudson Valley on Thursday. The ex-Wildcat contributed to the Renegades' 6-0 win over Staten Island with a single, RBI and a run.
Andrew Cockrum is a Tucson-based freelance writer who operates baseballtucson.com. Reach him at email@example.com. On Twitter @baseballtucson