In the history of the Mobile BayBears, no hitter had ever hit more than 28 home runs. Paul Goldschmidt has already taken care of that record. If the Diamondbacks don't promote him, he'll have destroyed it by the time the season's over.
Goldschmidt homered on Friday and Saturday. His Saturday home run was his 29th of the season, which broke Greg Sain's record of 28 set in 2004. Goldschmidt still has 40 games left to add to his record.
Perhaps more important than that, Goldschmidt is on pace to lead the minors in home runs. [Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Goldschmdit won the minors home run crown in 2010. He did not. Mike Moustakas and Mike Trunbo tied for the lead with 36.] His home run on Saturday gave him the minors' lead (one ahead of Tim Wheeler and Bryan LaHair).
• GROIN TROUBLE: We're in the heart of trade season, so word of any prospect leaving a game early leads to plenty of speculation. But in the case of Phillies righthander Brody Colvin, it was a balky groin, not an impeding trade that led to him leaving Friday night's game after three solid innings of work.
Tommy Palica and Andy Loomis did a good job of filling in. Palica had given up 12 runs in only 8 2/3 innings coming into the game, but he pitched five scoreless innings, allowing one hit. Loomis finished off the two-hit shutout with a hitless inning of relief himself.
• WELCOME TO TRIPLE-A: Matt Moore's first Triple-A start gave the Durham fans a nice glimpse of what fans in St. Petersburg can't wait to see. The Rays lefty sat at 93-96 mph, struck out seven and made only one significant mistake. Tigers first baseman Ryan Streiby turned around a fastball for a solo home run in the fourth inning, but otherwise Moore was unscathed. His final line: five innings, three hits, one run, two walks, seven strikeouts.
• PULLING AWAY: Moore has led the minors in strikeouts each of the past two seasons, but Rockies righthander Edwar Cabrera is making it unlikely Moore will get another strikeout crown this year. Pitching for high Class A Modesto, Cabrera struck out 11 in six innings in a win at High Desert. Cabera's 160 strikeouts are nine more than Phillies righthander Trevor May and 22 more than Moore, who ranks third in the minors.
Cabera's 11-strikeout game was only the third outing this season in which he has reached double digits in strikeouts, but his consistency in piling up strikeouts is remarkable. Cabrera has struck out at least six in every one of his 19 starts this season between low Class A Asheville and high Class A Modesto, and he's struck out at least as many batters as innings pitched in all but one start.
• POWERFUL PADRE: In the Rookie-level Arizona League, a home run is a rare event. The combination of big league-sized parks and still-developing teenagers leads to many more doubles than homers. But for the AZL Padres' Duanel Jones, that wasn't a problem on Sunday. Jones, an 18-year-old third baseman from the Dominican Republic, hit three home runs against the AZL Royals. Jones' home run binge gave him six for the season, vaulting him into a tie for the league lead. (Low Class A Fort Wayne outfielder Rymer Liriano also hit three homers in a game for the AZL Padres on July 26, 2009.)
Jones' name may ring a bell if you follow the international signing market. He originally signed for $1.3 million with the Giants in 2009, but had that contract voided when he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. He then signed with the Padres for $900,000 last year.
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