HIGHS: Tigers righthander Virgil Vasquez was brilliant in Toledoâ€™s 10-2 rout of Durham, punching out 10 over six shutout innings. Vasquez allowed just four hits and walked one . . . First base, third base, designated hitter or catcher, it doesnâ€™t matter for Diamondbacksâ€™ utilityman Jaime Dâ€™Antona. Somehow, someway, the D-Backs are going to have to find room for this bat pretty soon. Dâ€™Antona collected another three hits in Tucsonâ€™s 9-5 win against Fresno and is now hitting .500/.569/.796 in 54 at-bats . . . Ditto for the Astros and outfielder Hunter Pence. Pence, who proved he could play all three outfield spots in the Arizona Fall League, has also been hitting up a storm for Round Rock. Pence went 2-for-4 in the Expressâ€™ 6-5 loss to Oklahoma and is now hitting .328/.394/.547 in 64 at-bats . . . Mets righthander Philip Humber allowed a run on seven hits over seven innings in New Orleansâ€™ 4-3 loss to Albuquerque. Humber struck out three and did not issue a walk.
LOWS: Francisco Cruceta struck out 185 in 160 innings at Triple-A Tacoma last season, and while he has 14 already this seasonâ€”and this time with the Rangers, his fourth organization since he signed with the Dodgers in 1999â€”the righthander was hit hard in the Red Hawksâ€™ win against Round Rock. Curceta allowed five earned runs on nine hits over just 5 1/3 innings . . . Cardinals righthander Mike Parisiâ€™s command was tough to find in Memphisâ€™ 4-2 win against Omaha. Parisi allowed six walks over just 4 1/3 innings of work, and gave up both the Royalsâ€™ runs on four hits.
HIGHS: It continues to the Reid Brignac/Evan Longoria show in Montgomery. The pair combined to go 5-for-8 in the Biscuitsâ€™ 7-6 win against Huntsville, with Longoria adding his third homer of the season . . . Pirates third baseman Neil Walker celebrated Neil Walker Bobblehead Night in style in front of the home crowd in Altoonaâ€™s 7-1 win against Harrisburg. Walker singled, doubled and tripled . . . The Jesus Delgado Experiment might have begun to pay some dividends for the Marlins. The righthander, who hadnâ€™t started a game since 2004, was moved back into the rotation at Carolina, and last night was the first start where he showed any real dominance. Delgado whiffed eight over five shutout innings and scattered four hits in the Mudcatsâ€™ 5-0 win against Chattanooga.
LOWS: Astros righthander Jimmy Barthmaier got rocked against Frisco, never making it out of the first inning of Corpus Christiâ€™s 13-6 loss. Barthmaier allowed nine runsâ€”all earnedâ€”on eight hits in just 2/3 of an inning . . . Indians righthander J.D. Martin lasted two full innings longer than Barthmaier, but sustained nearly as much damage in Akronâ€™s 13-7 loss to Reading. Martin allowed seven runs on nine hitsâ€”three of which were homers.
HIGH CLASS A
HIGHS: The best pitching matchup across the minors occurred in the Florida State League, as Twins righthander Kyle Waldrop faced Yankees righthander Ian Kennedy. Waldrop won out, allowing a run on five hits and striking out six over seven innings. Kennedy allowed a run on six hits and struck out five over five innings of Fort Myersâ€™ 2-1 win against Tampa . . . The owner of the line of the night also was claimed by the FSL, as 24-year-old Reds righthander Carlos Fisher struck out 11 over six shutout innings in Sarasotaâ€™s 1-0 loss to Clearwater . . . Justin Upton might have been on our inaugural Not-So-Hot Sheet, but donâ€™t expect him to be there when Hot Sheet Version 2.0 comes out Monday. Uptonâ€™s collected 11 hits over his last 11 games, raising his average to .291. Upton went 3-for-4 in Visaliaâ€™s 7-3 loss to Stockton.
LOWS: Actually only one true low moment in any of the three high Class A Leagues from Saturday. And that one belongs to Orioles righthander Brandon Erbe. Fives were wild in Frederick’s 6-5 win against Potomac as Erbe allowed five runs on five hits and walked five over 4 2/3 innings of work.
LOW CLASS A
HIGHS: Devil Rays righthander Wade Townsend was again impressive in low Class A Columbusâ€™ 7-1 win against Rome. Townsend allowed a run on four hits and struck out nine over six innings . . . Marlins outfielder John Raynor continues to swing a hot bat. Raynor homered twice, going 3-for-4 in Greensboroâ€™s 13-4 win against Lexington. 23-year-old outfielder/first baseman Spike McDougall also homered twice and drove in five runs for the Grasshoppers . . . Chris Valaika went 2-for-4 in Daytonâ€™s 14-7 loss to Burlington, extending his hit streak to 11 games.
LOWS: Again, only one low to report and honestly, itâ€™s tough to call out Preston Mattingly twice in one weekend. But his performance absolutely deserves it. Not only is Matttingly not getting it done at the plate (.150/.143/.225), but he committed errors No. 6, seven and eight in Great Lakesâ€™ 5-4 win against Cedar Rapids. If youâ€™re scoring at home, Mattingly now is the not-so proud owner of a .750 fielding percentage at the premium position.
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