This weekend, we kick things off with one of the feel-good stories of the minors this season. Triple-A Columbus center fielder Brandon Watson extended his hit streak to 41 games, going 2-for-4 in the Clippersâ€™ 4-1 loss to Ottawa. You have to go all the way back to April 30 to find the last time Watson went hitless. Heâ€™s now just one game away from the International League record of 42, set by Jack Lelivelt in 1912.
â€¢ Low Class A Lakewood righthander Kyle Drabek made his first start since May 26, but was pulled in the first inning for precautionary reasons. The Phillies 2006 first-rounder had been out three weeks with elbow inflammation, and allowed a run on a pair of hits in the Blue Clawsâ€™ 8-7 win against Delmarva. Second baseman Adrian Cardenas, Baseball Americaâ€™s 2006 High School Player of the Year, went 4-for-7 with three RBIs.
â€¢ The Southern League was not kind to Brewers righthander Will Inman in his Double-A debut. Inman, who went 4-3, 1.72 at high Class A Brevard County, allowed six runs on six hits over just 2 2/3 innings in Huntsvilleâ€™s 9-3 loss to Birmingham.
â€¢ Red Sox righthander Michael Bowden dealt in Double-A Portlandâ€™s 9-3 win against Akron. Bowden allowed a run on three hits and whiffed eight over 6 2/3 innings.
â€¢ Reds righthander Rafael Gonzalez picked up his ninth win of the season, moving low Class A Dayton to 20 games over .500 in the Dragonsâ€™ 10-0 win against West Michigan. Gonzalez allowed four hits over seven shutout innings and is now 9-1, 2.04 in 79 innings.
â€¢ While all the talk has centered around recently signed righthander Max Scherzer at high Class A Visalia, righthander Brooks Brown took the limelight in the Oaksâ€™ 11-2 win against Stockton. Brown scattered four hits over seven shutout innings, striking out seven. This season, Brown is now 6-3, 2.81 in 80 innings.
â€¢ Triple-A Albuquerque rattled out 18 hits in a 12-4 win against Round Rock, and outfielder Brett Carroll collected four of them, including a pair of doubles.
â€¢ Adam Jones and Wladimir Balentien each homered in Triple-A Tacomaâ€™s 9-7 win against Tucson. It was a career night for Balentien, who went 5-for-6 with four RBIs.
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