Friday’s 66ers-Quakes game at the Epicenter was shaping up as the rare California League game in which very little happened.
In the sixth inning, things started to happen. Crazy good and crazy bad baserunning. Then the Quakes’ first grand slam of the year by Eric Oliver as the Quakes erupted for seven runs in the sixth-eighth innings in a 7-1 victory before 4,202.
But the biggest happening was saved for after the game. That was when Quakes all-star right-hander Tyler Chatwood, a Redlands East Valley High product, found out that he wouldn’t be playing in Tuesday’s all-star game against the Carolina League.
No, instead of flying to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the all-star game after Saturday, Chatwood will be flying to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the Angels’ Double-A Arkansas Travelers are currently playing. Chatwood has been promoted.
“It’s an awesome achievement,” said Chatwood as he said his goodbyes to his Quakes teammates. “I just want to keep doing the things I was doing here.”
Chatwood, 20, leaves behind an impressive first half. He was 8-3 with 1.77 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 81 1/3 innings. He ranked second in the league in ERA, first in wins, and sixth in strikeouts. It wasn’t a situation of if he would be promoted, but when.
Chatwood, ranked as the Angels’ No. 14 prospect by Baseball America, was drafted in the second round by the Angels in 2008.