HWB Dish: Brackman’s Struggles Continue

Honolulu 4, Waikiki 0

Yankees 2007 first-round pick Andrew Brackman’s return from Tommy John Surgery continued on Thursday. The Waikiki righthander’s struggles continued as well against Honolulu in a 4-0 loss for the BeachBoys. Brackman lasted only 3 1/3 innings, allowing one run and two hits, walking four and striking out four. Brackman now has a 5.91 ERA through three starts in the Hawaii Winter Baseball league. Brackman’s counterpart on the mound was Japanese righthander Satoshi Nagai (Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles), who tossed five scorless innings to pick up his third victory of the season. Nagai lowered his ERA to 0.64 with the strong outing and struck out six to give him 15 strikeouts in just 14 innings of winter ball. Offense was scarce in a game that featured six walks, three wild pitches, and two errors for the BeachBoys, which led to all of the Sharks scoring. Sharks catcher Tony Cruz (Cardinals) had the biggest night of any hitter going 1-for-2 with a walk and scoring two runs.

North Shore 5, West Oahu 4

Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lead North Shore over West Oahu 5-4. Kalish finished the game 3-for-5 with the home run and four RBIs. The twenty-year old Kalish hit .273/.365/.363 with five homers and 46 RBIs during the regular season between low Class A Greenville and high Class A Lancaster. Kalish was not the only hot hitter for the Honu. Royals third baseman Kyle Martin had another big game and took over the HWB home run lead with a solo shot in the fifth. Martin went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a double, finishing a triple short of the cycle. All of the Honu’s runs came off the West Oahu bullpen. CaneFires righthander Timothy Bascom (Orioles) went four scoreless and struck out six in a no decision. The CaneFires’ offense was led by second baseman Mark Hallberg’s (Diamondbacks) solo homer in the fifth. Marlins centerfielder Gregory Burns added a 3-for-4 night with a triple for West Oahu in the loss.