BAPR Plus: May 30

Mitch Hilligoss had to wait until his last at-bat, but he succeeded in extending his hitting streak to a South Atlantic League record 35 games, and Colby Rasmus had a seven RBI night a day after he hit two home runs.

Triple-A

Johnny Cueto made the jump to Triple-A Louisville for a spot start with little trouble. Cueto allowed two runs in five innings while striking out six as Louisville beat Charlotte 4-3. Josh Hamilton homered in a rehab stint and Joey Votto added a double. Cueto is on his way back to high Class A Sarasota today.

Curtis Thipgen’s three hits and Wayne Lydon’s 4-for-5 night led Syracuse past Norfolk.

For the second straight night, Scranton fans were treated to seeing a former big leaguer on the mound. But Kei Igawa doesn’t have the pedigree that Roger Clemens has, and he didn’t get the same results either. Igawa allowed four runs in five innings as he was topped by Toledo starter Virgil Vasquez. Eric Duncan had two home runs for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the loss.

Jon Lester threw five scoreless innings but Columbus rallied to beat Pawtucket.

Adam Jones homered twice as Tacoma beat Omaha.

Matt Palmer allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings and Nate Schierholtz doubled in two runs as Fresno beat Round Rock.

Double-A

A night after he hit two home runs Colby Rasmus homered again, doubled twice and drove in seven runs in Springfield’s 12-10 win over San Antonio. Nick Hundley homered and drove in six runs for San Antonio.
Carlos Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with a double as Mobile beat up Carolina starter Gaby Hernandez
Connecticut lost for the 12th time in 14 games as Portland’s Michael Bowden improved to 2-0 since his promotion.

Andrew Miller allowed one run in seven innings to pick up his first Double-A win.

John Manuel fave Charlton Jimerson hit three home runs, including a walk-off shot as West Tenn beat Tennessee.

Evan Longoria homered and Chris Mason improved to 7-1 as Montgomery beat Huntsville.

Luke Hochevar outdueled Eric Hurley as Wichita beat Frisco.

High Class A

Tuesday’s wildest game may have been played at Inland Empire. For 11 innings, Rancho Cucamonga and Inland Empire traded zeroes, but in the 12th, they suddenly turned the game into a slugfest. Anthony Ortega carried a no-hitter into the ninth, while Jesus Castillo nearly matched him by throwing seven shutout innings. Jordan Renz’ home run helped break open a seven-run Quakes 12th as they held on for a 7-4 win.

John Mayberry homered in Bakersfield’s 16-9 win over High Desert.

Kyle Blanks hit two home runs, but it wasn’t enough as Lancaster stopped Lake Elsinore’s six-game home winning streak.

Dallas Buck outdueled Chas Roe as Visalia beat Modesto despite Dexter Fowler’s 14th stolen base and Eric Young’s 24th steal.

Dave McKae and Bobby Cramer were both outstanding, but neither starting pitcher was around when Alex Requena drove in two with a two-out bottom of the ninth single as San Jose beat Stockton 2-1.

Eric Campbell and Isaiah Ka’aihue homered and Jordan Schaffer doubled and tripled as Myrtle Beach topped Winston-Salem.

Wilmington’s Rowdy Hardy retired the last 16 batters he faced as he improved to 6-0, 1.21 with a win over Kinston.

Sergeuy Linares showed off a 94 mph fastball but also some wildness in his first start with high Class A Lynchburg.

Mitch Einerston was 4-for-5 with a triple and a home run and Brad James allowed one run in seven innings to improve to 7-1 as Salem won its eighth straight.

Cameron Maybin homered twice but Lakeland still fell to Tampa.

Low Class A

West Michigan’s Chris Cody is still impressive, but he’s not been the same lights out pitcher in May that he was in April. After going 2-1, 0.27 in April, Cody fell to 2-3, 3.02 in May by giving up three runs while striking out seven in a loss to Lansing on Tuesday. His overall ERA has climbed to 1.79 as he’s handed over the Midwest League’s ERA lead.

Clayton Kershaw was lights out once again last night. Kershaw allowed only one hit while striking out seven in eight shutout innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.34 as he allowed one run or less for the eighth time in 10 starts.

Trevor Cahill picked up his first pro win as Kane County split a doubleheader with Beloit.

Adam Cowart carried a perfect game into the seventh as Augusta beat Greensboro. Cowart struck out four in 8 1/3 innings as he stay in complete command of the Grasshoppers.

Geoff Strickland went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and Daniel Mayora homered as Asheville beat Lexington.

Adam Davis had three hits and stole four bases as Lake County beat Hagerstown 8-4.

Mitch Hilligoss singled in his final at-bat to extend his hitting streak to a South Atlantic League record 35 games. With Charleston leading 9-1, Hilligoss was 0-for-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth needing two of his teammates to reach base to give him one more at-bat. Kyle Anson and Josue Calzado both walked and Wilmer Pino singled to load the bases, giving Hilligoss one more chance. He doubled to the opposite field to tie Scott Seabol’s South Atlantic League’s record.

“It was something special,” he said. “Once he didn’t get a hit in the sixth, we looked at what was coming up and knew exactly how many baserunners we needed to get to help him. Some of the guys were really aware of the situation. I even had (Chris) Kunda come up in the last inning and ask if it was OK to just take pitches if there was only one or no out.”

As impressive as Hilligoss’ streak is, he has a long, long ways to go to catch the minor league record. Statistics guru Ray Nemec pointed out that Joe Wilhoit holds the record with a 69-game hitting streak with Wichita in 1919.

Jeremy Jeffress won his 2007 debut. The Brewers prospect allowed three runs in five innings as West Virginia beat Kannapolis 6-4.

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