Gators in Pro Baseball: Johnson suffers second loss of season as reliever

Brian Johnson
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson reacts after giving up a three-run home run to Kansas City Royals' Jorge Soler during the 13th inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

By Kyle Bennett and Aaron Brand

Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson pitched a clean inning in relief against the Yankees on Wednesday buton Friday he failed to get any outs in a high-pressure situation. He walked into a clean 12th inning and walked Toronto’s Curtis Granderson on four straight pitches then allowed Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile to clear the fences on the very next pitch to end the game 5-3. Johnson’s other loss this season also came in extra innings when he gave up a three-run shot at home to Kansas City in the 13th inning. Now here is a random video of Brian Johnson hitting home runs in batting practice at Tropicana Field on March 31:

(The following is a complete and updated list of major and minor league players who went to UF, listed alphabetically by last name)

MLB Players

Harrison Bader (OF) — St. Louis Cardinals

Bader went 1-for-8 this week through spot starts and pinch hitting, but did connect with his second home run of the season to help the Cardinals beat San Diego 9-5 Friday. Bader is hitting .246 but draws a good amount of walks so his on-base percentage is sitting at a decent .368.

Anthony DeSclafani (RHP) — Cincinnati Reds

According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, DeSclafani is scheduled to pitch Monday for Double-A Pensacola as he continues to rehab. The righty hasn’t pitched in MLB for a year and a half, but is eligible to return from the DL on May 28. He had a record of 9-5 in 20 starts with an ERA of 3.28 in 2016.

Austin Maddox (RHP) — Boston Red Sox — DL

Red Sox relief pitcher Austin Maddox is on the 10-day DL as he continues to deal with shoulder inflammation. Maddox has yet to pitch in any game this year after posting good numbers last season, only giving up one run in 17 innings of action.

Darren O’Day (RHP) — Baltimore Orioles

The Jacksonville native was put on the 10-day DL Wednesday with a hyperextended right elbow. Apparently someone ran into him while he was stretching and caused the hyperextension. An MRI was done on the elbow but results came up clean, so look for O’Day back in the O’s lineup soon.

Preston Tucker (LF) — Atlanta Braves

Tucker hasn’t started since April 24 for the Braves. Since then he’s gone 5-for-11, raising his season average to .280.

Mike Zunino (C) — Seattle Mariners

Mike Zunino is still striking out a lot and his average is only .194 but he’s also still hitting home runs. This week, Zunino hit two long balls and in each of Seattle’s two wins against Toronto.

MiLB Players

Peter Alonso (1B) — Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets Double-A)

Alonso went 7-for-25 this week with a pair of doubles and four RBIs. The Rumble Ponies first baseman is second in the Eastern League in RBIs, behind only top prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr.

Shaun Anderson (RHP) — Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants Double-A)

Anderson threw 90 pitches in a five-inning start on Thursday and lowered his ERA a bit (2.31) after allowing just four hits and one earned run through five innings. He also had a season-high eight Ks.

Kevin Chapman (LHP) — Free Agent

Released by the Rochester Red Wings in June of 2017.

Jonathon Crawford (RHP) — Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati Reds Class A Advanced)

Crawford remains on the disabled list.

Matt den Dekker (LF) — Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets Triple-A)

The left fielder had a great week with the 51s, collecting nine hits in 21 at bats, including a homer and five RBIs to raise his average to .266.

Dane Dunning (RHP) — Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox Double-A)

Dunning made his third and fourth starts in Double-A this week since being elevated. He allowed a whopping 10 hits against Pensacola in 5.2 innings Monday, but was able to minimize the damage as only three runs scored in the game. He took the mound again Saturday and fared much better, allowing just four hits and one earned run.

Alex Faedo (RHP) — Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit Tigers Class A Advanced)

Faedo got rocked in his most recent start, allowing eight earned runs in just two innings of work. The righty nearly doubled the amount of earned runs he’s allowed this season in just two frames. He’s had a good debut season, however, as this outing only raised his ERA to 4.17 across seven starts.

Nolan Fontana (SS) — Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels Triple-A)

Fontana is currently on the 7-day DL.

Daniel Gibson (LHP) — Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks Triple-A)

Gibson is currently on the 7-day DL.

Taylor Gushue (C) — Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals Double-A)

Gushue went 2-for-19 this week, dropping his average to .216.

Dalton Guthrie (SS) — Lakewood BlueClaws (Philadelphia Phillies Class A)

Guthrie’s average sits at .216 now after he hit four singles this week and only failed to get a hit in one game. Guthrie also scored from third on a wild pitch to win the game for the BlueClaws in the bottom of the 11th inning against Kannapolis last Saturday.

Eric Hanhold (RHP) — Binghamton Rumble Ponies — (New York Mets Double-A)

Hanhold had a rough inning but allowed no runs on two hits Thursday then earned his fourth save on Saturday. He allowed just one hit in 1.2 innings with one strikeout.

Mark Kolozsvary (C) — Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds Class A)

Kolozsvary went 2-for-9 this week, collecting both hits in one start. The catcher is starting nearly every other day recently and is hitting .211 with seven RBIs with 22 strikeouts in 71 at bats.

Taylor Lewis (RHP) — Free agent

Johnny Magliozzi (RHP) — Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets Double-A)

Magliozzi was activated from the DL on May 6 but placed back on it Friday. He appeared in two games during his brief activation, allowing four earned runs in 2 ⅔ innings. His ERA is an unsightly 10.29 right now.

Richie Martin (SS) — Stockton Ports (Oakland A’s Class A Advanced)

Martin raised his average from .217 to .246 with a 5-for-15 week, including four doubles.

Scott Moss (LHP) — Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati Reds Class A Advanced)

Moss allowed three earned runs on five hits in six innings of work Thursday and has now hit batters in back-to-back appearances.

Bobby Poyner (LHP) — Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate)

Poyner earned a one-inning save for Pawtucket May 5 where he gave up just one hit and pitched another inning Thursday where he allowed only one base runner via walk.

A.J. Puk (LHP) — Stockton Ports (Oakland Athletics Class-A Advanced)

Puk underwent Tommy John surgery and is out for the rest of the season.

Ryan Raburn (OF) — Free agent

Buddy Reed (CF) — Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego Padres Class A Advanced)

Reed slowed down a bit this week, going 3-for-17 with two doubles and no steals. The center fielder has had a great season overall, though, as after this cold streak he’s still hitting .321, which is ninth best in the California League. His five homers have him tied for fifth in that category, and he’s second in the league with 15 steals. He’s only been caught stealing once.

Mike Rivera (C) — Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians Class A)

Rivera remains on the DL. He’s hit just .185 in his first 10 games of the season.

Paco Rodriguez (LHP) — Free agent

Frank Rubio (RHP) — Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants Class A)

Rubio picked up his sixth save of the year and lowered his ERA to 1.53 punching out four over 2 ⅓ innings against the Rome Braves Friday.

Rubio is tied for the most saves in the South Atlantic League and has struck out 25 batters in 17 ⅔ frames.

Justin Shafer (RHP) — New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A)

Shafer gave up a hit and a walk in one inning Wednesday, then he allowed just his second run this season after he walked in a run Thursday.

Logan Shore (RHP) — Stockton Ports (Oakland A’s Class A Advanced)

Shore threw six shutout innings in his second start, striking out eight and allowing four hits and a walk. The right-hander has a 0.90 ERA and earned his first win of the season.

Kirby Snead (LHP) — New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A)

Snead has yet to allow a run since being promoted to Double-A on May 3. The lefty from Alachua has allowed two hits and three walks in 5 ⅓ innings, while striking out three.

Tim Tebow (LF) — Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets Double-A)

Tebow had three hits Friday and also scored a run. He was hit by three pitches this week after not getting hit by a pitch all season. Tebow is making better contact overall with only four strikeouts this week.

Josh Tobias (2B) — Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox Double-A)

Tobias landed on the 7-day DL on May 9 of this week.

Casey Turgeon (3B) — Free agent

Danny Young (LHP) — New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A)

Young allowed no earned runs through 4.2 innings this week. He had three Ks in each appearance for the Fisher Cats.


Red Sox pitcher Austin Maddox (10-day DL)
Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson
Red Sox pitcher Bobby Poyner
Orioles pitcher Darren O’Day
Mariners catcher Mike Zunino (10-day DL)
Braves outfielder Preston Tucker



Angels infielder Nolan Fontana