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.
Syracuse had a Sunday to forget, but the day belonged to aces around the minors.
Let’s start with the Embarrassing Line of the Day, which goes to the Syracuse Chiefs. They committed 10 errors in a 12-10 loss to Ottawa. John Hattig was charged with three of the errors, Chad Mottola had four errors and Wayne Lydon, Adam Lind and David Corrente each committed one. It’s the most errors in an International League game since 1954. Syracuse’s generosity meant Ottawa won despite J.A. Happ’s terrible night. The Phillies prospect gave up nine runs in 5 1/3 innings. [...] Continue Reading »
Laynce Nix keeps on hitting home runs; Geovany Soto’s hitting for power while leading the minors in hitting and Jeff Karstens is getting the chance to see the country on the Yankees’ dime.
It’s been a disappointing season for Adam Lind. His first significant stint in the majors didn’t go as planned (.230/.274/.383) and it’s filtered over into his performance with Syracuse. But Lind did have a great night on Thursday going 3-for-4 with a home run.
Laynce Nix hit his seventh home run in eight days and pitchers all around the minors were reaching double digits in strikeouts.
Paul Janish’s glove has never been a question, but his bat had been a constant source of worry. He seemed to reinforce those fears with a .174 average in July in his first month in Triple-A. But Janish is hitting .291/.321/.519 this month and he hit his second home run in two days on Wednesday. [...] Continue Reading »
Craig Brazell took a further step toward winning the minor league home run race and Kevin Slowey stayed in the thick of the minor league ERA race on Tuesday night.
If he looked into the visitor’s dugout, Craig Brazell could see Val Pascucci gaining on him. Pascucci hit his 33rd home run, bringing him within three of Brazell for the minor league home run lead. It was Pascucci’s fourth home run in the past four days and it helped Albuquerque beat Brazell and Omaha in the opener of a doubleheader. But Brazell responded with his 37th home run in the nightcap, although Albuquerque finished off the sweep.
You’ve seen a lot recently here about outfielders who are hitting after being promoted, but there are several pitchers who are also getting comfortable in new cities. Clayton Kershaw and Ross Detwiler each had big nights on Monday while Wade Davis outdueled Gio Gonzalez.
Sunday night was all about home runs. Juan Francisco hit three home runs to take over the Midwest League home run lead. Val Pascucci hit his 31st and 32nd home runs. Laynce Nix homered for a fifth straight day for Nashville and David Smith homered for a fourth straight night for New Hampshire.
Steven Pearce started this season hoping to prove he was too good for high Class A. Now he’s making an argument that he’s ready for a big league callup. Craig Brazell added to his minor league home run lead while Josh Rodriguez’ amazing August just keep getting better.
Because it’s been spread over three leagues, it’s easy to not fully notice how good Steven Pearce’s season has been. Pearce hit a pair of home runs against Durham, his sixth since being promoted to the International League. Pearce is now hitting .385/.437/.738 for Indianapolis and .344/.407/.658 overall with 31 home runs. Evan Longoria homered in the loss for Durham.
You would expect to see plenty of 95 mph fastballs in a matchup of Clayton Kershaw and Jacob McGee. One of the two pitchers lived up to expectations on Wednesday. Cameron Maybin keeps on slugging in Erie as well.
Nashville’s Adam Pettyjohn carried a perfect game into the seventh inning before Fernando Tatis spoiled his bid for perfection with a double. Pettyjohn improved to 10-3 with the win. [...] Continue Reading »
Radhames Liz almost picked up his second no-hitter of the season and Josh Rodriguez and Travis Vetters kept up their home run binges.
Jason Pridie hit five home runs all last year for Double-A Montgomery. Now he’s hit his seventh home run in 44 games since being promoted to Durham. Pridie’s home run was part of a three-run seventh that gave Durham a 4-3 win over Charlotte.
If you’re looking for a theme to Monday’s game, it could be called redemption. Jo-Jo Reyes and Kendry Morales are proving themselves again in Triple-A after struggling in the big leagues. Greg Halman is doing the same in Everett after a disastrous stint in Wisconsin. And Angel Berroa, who has gone from Rookie of the Year to being demoted to Omaha, had a 4-for-4 night as he tries to prove he deserves another chance in the big leagues.
Nick Blackburn’s great season got a little better. Blackburn lowered his ERA to 2.14 with seven scoreless innings to beat Ottawa.
Ryan Royster’s impressive run of six straight games with a home run finally ended, but Cameron Maybin is working on a streak of his own–he’s hit a home run in all three games since being promoted to Double-A.
Jeremy Sowers isn’t dominating, but he is showing signs of returning to form. Sowers allowed two runs in seven innings to beat Scranton thanks in part to Ben Francisco’s eighth home run. Sowers has now allowed two runs or less in four of his past five starts.
If 2007 is the year of the hitting streak (with four streaks of 30 games or more), this is the week of the home-run streak. Ryan Royster and Josh Rodriguez have both homered in each of their past four games while David Cook has homered five times in seven games since being promoted to Double-A Birmingham. The night also saw the Double-A debuts of Jacob McGee and Clayton Kershaw although neither will have fond memories of their first starts.
You wouldn’t know it from the final score but J.A. Happ pitched outstandingly well in Ottawa’s 8-7 win over Buffalo. Happ allowed only two hits and no walks in seven shutout innings. But Buffalo scored seven runs over the next four innings before Ottawa won in 11 innings. Javon Moran double and tripled for Ottawa. [...] Continue Reading »
If Tuesday’s story was home runs hit all over the minors, pitchers got their revenge on Wednesday. Ian Kennedy, Jo-Jo Reyes, James McDonald and Jonah Nickerson were among the pitchers who starred on Wednesday.
Yusmeiro Petit is not getting the strikeouts he used to get in the lower levels of the minors but he is showing improved success in Tucson. Petit gave up one hit in five scoreless innings. He’s now allowed one run or less in seven of his last 10 starts.
Fittingly on the night that Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run, home runs were also the story of the night around the minors. Evan Longoria hit his first Triple-A home run, Sergio Pedroza homered for a fourth consecutive day and Craig Brazell added to his minor league leading total.
Evan Longoria hit his first Triple-A home run, but it proved to be Durham’s only run in a 4-1 loss to Columbus.
Brandon Wood has hit three home runs in the past two days while Matt Maloney and Will Inman have enjoyed their changes of scenery to new teams. Each threw a second strong start for their new teams on Monday.
Jed Lowrie had another two hits (including a double) and Clay Buchholz gave up only one run in seven innings, but Pawtucket reliever Edgar Martinez was rocked for five runs as Rochester picked up a 6-1 win. Kevin Slowey allowed one run in eight innings for Rochester.
There’s plenty of good news for Red Sox fans in today’s BAPR Plus with Jed Lowrie hitting a pair of home runs and Justin Masterson picking up plenty more strikeouts, but Nationals fans can also be happy after Collin Balester pitched well for Triple-A Columbus and Michael Burgess drove in seven for the team’s Gulf Coast League club.
Jed Lowrie went 1-for-8 in his first two games since being promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, but since then he’s been sensational. Lowrie hit his second and third home runs since being promoted as Pawtucket beat Rochester on Sunday. He’s working on a nine-game hitting streak and has multi-hit games in five of his last seven games.
Matt Antonelli and Jay Bruce have quickly gotten comfortable after being promoted while Ricky Romero finally got his first win of the season on Thursday.
Jay Bruce homered for a second consecutive night as he raised his Triple-A average above .300. Bruce now has 21 home runs overall this season and combined numbers of .322/.382/.601 in three stops. Norfolk won the second game to earn a split of the doubleheader.
Jeff Samardzija is surprisingly moving up to Double-A while Joba Chamberlain found himself back down in Double-A. But don’t worry Yankees fans, Chamberlain’s move was only part of a roster shuffle that will likely find him with the Yankees as soon as this weekend.
Steven Pearce stole a base in the opener and hit his first Triple-A home run in the nightcap as Indianapolis split a doubleheader with Richmond. The former South Carolina star has made the leap from high Class A to Triple-A this year and is now hitting .340/.405/.646 between his three stops.
You get to read about great pitching performances in BAPR Plus everyday, but today one of the main stories is the struggles of two first-round pitchers from the 2006 draft. Luke Hochevar saw his ERA climb above 5.00 while Daniel Bard now has 52 walks in 55 2/3 innings as both were battered on Tuesday.
Cliff Lee expected to be pitching in the same rotation with Jeremy Sowers, but he didn’t expect that it would be in Buffalo. The recently demoted Lee allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to Syracuse.
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