AA Dish: Fernando Clubs Two HRs

Fernando Martinez did something for the first time in his career, Dexter Fowler had deja vu in a doubleheader and Mat Gamel had yet another big night at the plate in yestersday’s Double-A games.
 
EASTERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Hitting leadoff for Binghamton, Mets center fielder Fernando Martinez clubbed two home runs, going 3-for-4 with a walk. The youngest player in Double-A, Martinez had the first multi-homer game of his career–in fact, he only hit four home runs all last year in 60 games with Binghamton.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Antonio Bastardo kept piling up the strikeouts upon his promotion to Double-A Reading (Phillies), but the runs came along for the ride this time. Bastardo had seven strikeouts and no walks in five innings against Binghamton, but he also allowed five runs, four of which were earned . . . Trenton (Yankees) center fielder Austin Jackson went 1-for-4 with a walk and hit his ninth double of 2008.
 
What To Watch For Today
Bowie (Orioles) righthander Chris Tillman takes the mound tonight at Portland (Red Sox).
 
SOUTHERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Huntsville (Brewers) third baseman Mat Gamel had yet another big night at the plate. Yesterday against Visalia (Diamondbacks), Gamel went 2-for-4 with his sixth home run and ninth double of the season. Gamel’s defensive struggles continued, as he committed a throwing error, his tenth error of the season.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Carolina (Marlins) righthander Brett Sinkbeil had a forgettable night, allowing eight runs on 14 hits through 4 2/3 innings with one walk and three strikeouts . . . Huntsville right fielder Matt LaPorta went 1-for-3 with a walk and his 11th double of the year . . . West Tenn DH Michael Saunders went 2-for-5, continuing his recent streak of hot hitting. He also stole his seventh base and was caught stealing for the fourth time.
 
What To Watch For Today
Birmingham (White Sox) righty Brian Omogrosso pitches at Montgomery (Rays).
 
TEXAS LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Tulsa (Rockies) and Arkansas (Angels) played a doubleheader, and Tulsa center fielder Dexter Fowler took full advantage of the extra plate appearances. Fowler went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk in the first game, then had some deja vu in the second game when he again went 1-for-3 with a homer, giving him five home runs on the season.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Springfield (Cardinals) lefthander Clayton Mortensen had six strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings, but he also allowed five runs (four earned) and walked two against Northwest Arkansas (Royals) . . . Frisco (Rangers) catcher Max Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a bang, going 3-for-4 with his eighth home run and seventh double of the year . . . One of the pitchers Ramirez abused was Corpus Christi (Astros) righthander Bud Norris, who struggled for the second straight start. Norris lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs to go with two walks and three strikeouts . . . Midland (Athletics) righthander James Simmons finally struggled, allowing three runs in 4 2/3 innings with three strikeouts and an uncharacteristic four walks.
 
What To Watch For Today
Springfield righthander Tyler Herron pitches at Northwest Arkansas.

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