PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
Prospect Of The Day
Las Vegas righthander James McDonald (Dodgers) made a sterling Triple-A debut, as he struck out 10 New Orleans batters while walking just two in six innings. He allowed a single run on two hits at Zephyr Field. McDonald, 23, continued building prospect momentum this season with a solid showing at Double-A Jacksonville: 5-3, 3.19 with 113 strikeouts and 46 walks in 119 innings.
Salt Lakle SS Brandon Wood (Angels) did his usual home-run thing yesterday, clubbing his 27th. He also hit his 18th double, to raise his season slugging percentage to .606. Wood, 23, drove in three runs in the Bees’ 6-5 loss to Iowa . . . Tacoma 3B Matt Tuiasosopo (Mariners) homered twice (nine) yesterday against Albuquerque. He went 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs . . . Memphis 3B David Freese (Cardinals) pushed his averages to .303/.353/.539 in going 2-for-4 with his 20th home run yesterday . . . Tucson RHP Matt Torra (Diamondbacks) tossed eight shutout innings at Oklahoma to improve to 3-3, 4.47. He stuck out just three batters but allowed just five hits and now walks . . . The Mariners are converting RHP Brandon Morrow to a starter, and the Cal product took his first steps toward that goal yesterday in making a start for Tacoma. He went the prescribed 34 pitches, one short of his limit, in giving up one hit and striking out one in 1 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old Morrow, the fifth overall pick in 2006, went 1-2, 1.47 for Seattle, with 47 strikeouts and 15 walks in 37 innings.
What To Watch For Today
The PCL has the day off.
Prospect Of The Day
Indianapolis righthander Dan McCutchen (Pirates) secured his first win as a member of the Pirates’ organization, pitching seven strong innings at Buffalo to improve to 5-8, 3.73 in the IL this season. He pitched for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre until his trade from the Yankees in the Xavier Nady deal. McCutchen, 25, struck out five and walked one, while allowing two runs (on a pair of solo home runs) on four hits.
Rochester CF Jason Pridie (Twins) went a combined 3-for-6 with a double (16), an RBI and two runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of Lehigh Valley . . . Syracuse LHP Brett Cecil (Blue Jays) struck out seven and walked three in five innings against Charlotte. The 22-year-old allowed two runs on six hits, lowering his Triple-A ERA to 8.59 after two starts . . . With Toledo’s regular third baseman Mike Hessman away at the Olympics, Jeff Larish has been filling in there for the Mud Hens. He went 2-for-3 yesterday with his 21st home run . . . Strong-armed Louisville C Ryan Hanigan (Reds) went 5-for-5 with five singles yesterday, driving in two and scoring once. The 27-year-old backstop, who was a nondrafted free agent from Rollins (Fla.), ranks second in the IL with a 37 percent success rate at catching basestealers.
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