HIGHS: It was like taking a step back in time in Triple-A Salt Lakeâ€™s 12-5 win against Fresno. There, for the first time in two years, Brandon Wood and Howie Kendrick hooked up as a middle-infield tandemâ€”two levels ahead from where they were in high Class A Rancho Cucamonga in 2005. Both players have been shuttled back and forth from Los Angeles to Salt Lake since then, but with Wood playing on the corner and Kendrick at his natural position at second base. But Friday, Wood played short. And both wound up homering in the Bees win . . . Diamondbacks utilityman Jamie Dâ€™Antona might have been passed over by Mark Reynolds for a big league spot with Alberto Callaspo going through his recent troubles, but Dâ€™Antona again led Tucsonâ€™s offensive attack in the Sidewindersâ€™ 12-0 shutout against Tacoma. Dâ€™Antona went 3-for-6 with a homer and six RBIs, while Tucson rattled out 23 hits in the victory . . . Marlins outfielder Brett Carroll stayed red-hot since being called up to Albuquerque. Carroll, who batted .270/.359/.490 at Double-A Carolina, went 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs in the Isotopesâ€™ 6-4 win against Nashville. In just 37 Triple-A at-bats, Carroll is hitting .378 with four homers.
LOWS: Tigers righthander Virgil Vasquez still looked a little shell-shocked after giving up six earned runs on nine hits over 2 2/3 innings against the Twins in his major league debut last week. Vasquez, who had been solid in Toledo prior to the callup, allowed seven earned runs on 10 hitsâ€”including two homersâ€”in the Mud Hensâ€™ 8-7 win against Louisville . . . Yankees righthander Steven Jackson got hammered in Scranton/Wilkes-Barreâ€™s 8-5 loss to Norfolk. Jackson allowed six runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings.
HIGHS: Twins righthander Kyle Waldrop lost his debut for New Britain, but it wasnâ€™t because of lack of effort. Waldrop, who went 4-2, 2.86 in 44 innings at high Class A Fort Myers, allowed an earned run on five hits over seven innings in the Rock Catsâ€™ 2-1 loss to Connecticut . . . Keeping in the Double-A debut vein, Red Sox righthander Michael Bowden allowed a run over five innings and struck out five in Portlandâ€™s 5-3 win against Reading . . . Marlins righthander Gaby Hernandez quieted things down in Carolinaâ€™s 6-3 loss to Jacksonville. Hernandez, who had allowed 13 earned runs on 25 hits over his last 21 innings, tossed six no-hit innings before giving way to the bullpen. He allowed one run and walked seven, however . . . Chase Headleyâ€™s power has been questioned since Day One. But hereâ€™s some news for you: Chase Headley rocks out . . . and the power continues to emerge. Headley went 2-for-5 with a home run off Rangers righthander Eric Hurley and is now slugging .604 with seven homers and 29 RBIs in 149 at-bats.
LOWS: Royals righthander Luke Hochevar allowed five earned runs on six hits over five innings in Wichitaâ€™s 8-6 win against Arkansas. Hochevar, who hasnâ€™t dominated Texas League hitters since his April 17 start when he whiffed 11 over seven innings, has seen his ERA balloon to 5.44 with 55 hits allowed in 48 innings . . . Chuck Lofgren got knocked around the yard by Erie in the Sea Wolvesâ€™ 7-1 win against Akron. The Indians lefthander allowed six runs on 10 hits and walked five over 3 2/3 innings.
HIGH CLASS A
HIGHS: Roger Clemens gave up a homer in his first rehab start to Fort Myers first baseman/outfielder Erik Lis. And that made the national highlight reel. Big deal. A real challenge would have been starting his rehab in the Cal League. Lancaster pitchers gave up six bombs and 28 hits in all in a historic, 30-0 loss to Lake Elsinore. Storm designated hitter Craig Cooper and left fielder Chad Huffman each homered twice, and center fielder Yordany Ramirez and Kyle Blanks also homered in the win . . . Royals lefthander Rowdy Hardy allowed a run on five hits over six innings and lowered his ERA to 1.02 in Wilmingtonâ€™s 10-2 romp against Myrtle Beach.
LOWS: The two Lancaster pitchers who sustained much of the damage in the worst loss in club history were lefthander Kristofer Johnson and Mario Pena. Johnson allowed eight runs on five hits over 1 1/3 innings, while Pena somehow managed to allow 11 runsâ€”all earnedâ€”on eight hits over just 1 2/3 innings of work . . . It also wasnâ€™t pretty for Nationals righthander Clint Everts, who allowed eight runs on seven hitsâ€”five of them which left the yardâ€”in just two innings in Potomacâ€™s 11-8 loss to Kinston. Max Ramirez, Wes Hodges, Mike Butia and Stephen Head all took Everts deep.
LOW CLASS A
HIGHS: Devil Rays righthander Wade Townsend returned from the disabled list and was impressive, allowing a pair of runs on four hits and fanning nine over six innings of Columbusâ€™ 2-1 loss to Savannah . . . Lake County third baseman Jared Goedert added to minor-league leading home run total, hitting his 15th jack in the Captainsâ€™ 15-6 loss to Hagerstown . . . Six full weeks in and Dayton still hasnâ€™t reached double-digit losses. The Dragonsâ€™ hero on Friday was second baseman Justin Turner, who went 3-for-4 with a homer. Not to be outdone, Rangers third baseman John Whittleman stayed red-hot with another two hits including a homer in Clintonâ€™s 8-2 loss to Dayton. Whittleman is now hitting .376/.460/.712 with nine homers and 27 RBIs in 125 at-bats.
LOWS: Rockies righthander Andrew Kreidermacher only allowed three earned runs, but another five were unearned and he gave up 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings of Ashevilleâ€™s 8-1 loss to West Virginia . . . Puerto Rican righthander Mario Santiago allowed seven runs on five hits in Burlingtonâ€™s 15-6 loss to South Bend . . . Finally, Blue Jays outfielder Travis Snider stayed hot by going 3-for-4 with a homer in Lansingâ€™s 11-0 win against Wisconsin. Lugnuts catcher Matt Liuzza also homered and drove in five against Timber Rattlersâ€™ righthander Anthony Varvaro. Varvaro allowed eight runs on six hits and walked four over 4 1/3 innings.
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