Andrew Carpenter moved into a tie for the minor league lead in wins with a seven-inning perfect game; Craig Brazell hit his 39th home run to extend his minor league lead in home runs and Cole Rohrbough keeps on dominating.
Hayden Penn held Durham to one run in six innings in Norfolk’s 2-1 win. Durham won the second game to ensure a split.
Craig Brazell seems to have the minor league home run title well in hand. Now the big question is whether he’ll get 40 home runs. He’s only one away with a week to play after hitting his 39th on Monday.Clay Buchholz’ brief trip to the big leagues seems to have screwed him up. Buchholz threw his second consecutive poor start since returning to Triple-A. Buchholz allowed five runs, three earned, in five innings in a 10-5 loss to Rochester.
Jeremy Sowers gave up six runs, although only three of them were earned, in a win over Syracuse. Adam Miller, pitching in relief, picked up the win with a scoreless inning.
Jay Bruce has been hitting for power in Triple-A, but he hasn’t piled up the doubles that he did in high Class A Sarasota. Bruce went about fixing that on Monday with a pair of doubles as Louisville beat Toledo. Joey Votto drove in the game-winning run.
There have been plenty of impressive pitching performances this season, but Dallas Braden turned into maybe the best of the season. Braden struck out 17 Sky Sox in a dominating display. Braden worked mainly off of his fastball to easily break the team record for strikeouts of 13 held by Juan Cruz. Braden finished only two strikeouts short of the Pacific Coast League record.
Brandon Wood hit his 21st home run and Matt Brown hit two more in an 8-0 win over Fresno.
Philip Humber is finishing strong. On the heels of a 10-strikeout outing last week, Humber allowed one unearned run and two hits in five innings as New Orleans beat Oklahoma. Eric Hurley was roughed up for 10 hits and eight runs in four innings.
Jeff Clement’s 21st home run helped Tacoma beat Las Vegas. Tacoma also hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the fifth.
Oswaldo Sosa’s control deserted him on Monday. The righthander gave up seven walks in 3 2/3 innings before being pulled. It was Sosa’s second straight bad start.
Jon Lester allowed one run in six innings in his first Double-A start of the season.
David Smith homered for a third straight day for New Hampshire. The outfielder has hit 23 home runs this season.
Adam Boeve homered on Monday, bringing him within one home run of a 20-20 season. Boeve currently has 19 home runs and 22 steals.
It’s been an up and down year for Donnie Veal. Veal was on an upswing on Monday. He showed off improved command (he didn’t walk anyone) to allow three runs in seven innings to beat Chattanooga.
Will Venable had three hits and Wade Leblanc struck out 10 while allowing one run and no walks to beat Corpus Christi.
High Class A
The wheels came off for Jeff Manship last night. Manship gave up four runs in 1 2/3 innings in a loss to Clearwater. Andrew Carpenter finished off the sweep by throwing a seven-inning perfect game in the nightcap. In addition to spinning a perfect game, Carpenter also picked up his 16th win which tied for the minor league lead.
Chorye Spoone struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings. He allowed only two hits. Beau Mills had one of the two hits with a double, it was his fourth extra base hit in four games since being promoted to Kinston.
St. Lucie ace Deolis Guerra outdueled rehabbing big leaguer Mark Mulder on Sunday. Palm Beach returned the favor on Monday as Tyler Norrick and the Cardinals beat the Mets in Pedro Martinez‘ longest start of his rehab. Martinez allowed one unearned run in six innings but Palm Beach picked up two runs against reliever Joe Hietpas.
Low Class A
Grant Duff won his third straight start and his 14th overall in Charleston’s 6-4 win over Rome.
Cole Rohrbough’s season is starting to defy comprehension. Rohrbough struck out eight while allowing no hits in four innings on Monday, although he did walk four. For the season Rohrbough now has an 88-to-19 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 56 innings between two levels. The Braves also announced that Jamie Richmond has been placed on the suspended list after violating a team rule.
Kasey Kiker combined with two relievers to shut out Kane County. Kiker struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings.
Jeremy Hall allowed one run in six innings in his first start for Columbus since being promoted from short-season Princeton.
Daniel Bard still struggled but this was improvement. Bard allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings, his longest outing in his last seven starts. But he did allow six walks.
Lakewood’s Darren Byrd threw a complete-game five-hitter to beat Hagerstown.
Matt LaPorta has quickly gotten comfortable in West Virginia. LaPorta hit his sixth home run in 17 games since his promotion. He’s now slugging .688 for the Power.
Tri-City’s Thomas Vessela carried a no-hitter into the seventh to beat Aberdeen.
Neftali Feliz was roughed up for three runs in 2 2/3 innings in Spokane’s loss to Tri-City.
Eugene’s Corey Kluber struck out nine in 4 1/3 innings but Vancouver scored 13 runs in two innings after he left the game for a 13-6 win.
Zach Duke made his second rehab appearance for the GCL Pirates. He allowed one run in four innings against the GCL Reds.
Brandon Waring hit a pair of home runs for the second straight day. He now has five home runs in the past three days and eight in the past nine games, half of his 16 for the season. Waring also has plenty of strikeouts (75 in 62 games), but he’s hitting .436 during this power binge.
Aaron Poreda was dominant once again. The Great Falls starter allowed one hit in five innings lowering his ERA to 1.09.
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