AA Dish: Golson Goes Wild

Phillies center fielder Greg Golson went ballistic at the plate, Rangers lefthander Matt Harrison issued six walks but still threw a seven-inning no-hitter, Brewers right fielder Matt LaPorta had his standard great game and Red Sox righthander Daniel Bard looked impressive in his Double-A debut.
 
EASTERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Greg Golson was simply a monster. Good things tend to happen when the Reading (Phillies) center fielder puts the ball in play, and that’s exactly how it went down yesterday. Golson, 22, had five hits in six at-bats, including his fifth home run of the season. He scored three runs, drove in five and even stole a base, his 14th in 17 attempts. Golson is now batting .331/.374/.503 in 163 at-bats.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Reading lefthander Antonio Bastardo lowered his Double-A ERA to 2.66 after allowing one run in six innings with five strikeouts and three walks . . . Nick Evans played first base and left field for Binghamton (Mets), but it was at the plate where he made the most noise. Evans, 22, went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double to raise his averages to .299/.360/.571 in 41 games . . . New Britain (Twins) shortstop Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-4 with a couple of doubles as the 22-year-old brought his season line up to .282/.331/.423 in 149 at-bats. Plouffe’s teammate, third baseman Luke Hughes, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, though his 17-game hitting streak had already ended on Saturday. On the mound, righthander Anthony Swarzak (5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO) ran into some trouble. Swarzak’s counterpart, Portland (Red Sox) righthander Michael Bowden allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings with an impressive 7-2 K-BB ratio. But perhaps the most interesting story of the game was Portland righthander Daniel Bard, who in his first Double-A appearance after being promoted from low Class A Greenville came in for an inning of relief and stuck out all three batters he faced.
 
What To Watch For Today
Bowie (Orioles) right fielder Nolan Reimold went 1-for-4 with a double yesterday to stretch his hitting streak out to 11 games. He’ll try to make it 12 games tonight at Erie (Tigers).
 
SOUTHERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Surprise, surprise. Another Huntsville (Brewers) prospect finds his name here, with Matt LaPorta taking the honors today. LaPorta went 3-for-5 with a home run off Carolina (Marlins) righthander Brett Sinkbeil, LaPorta’s 11th home run of the year. Those 11 home runs lead the Southern League, while his .622 slugging average ranks fourth. LaPorta is batting .314/.426/.622 in 156 at-bats.
 
Prospect Nuggets
LaPorta’s teammate, shortstop Alcides Escobar, had a nice game himself. The 21-year-old shortstop went 3-for-5 with a double and a stolen base, his ninth in 10 attempts. Escobar is now batting .284/.325/.388 in 183 at-bats. For Sinkbeil, the 2008 season has been ugly, but he kept the runs off the scoreboard yesterday. Even though he allowed nine hits to Huntsville, Sinkbeil did lower his ERA–albeit to 5.57–after allowing just one run (on LaPorta’s solo shot) in 6 1/3 innings, striking out four with no walks. Carolina second baseman Chris Coghlan also had a nice game, going 3-for-4 with his second homer, his 11th double and a walk. Coghlan is now hitting .304/.379/.424 in 158 at-bats . . . Tommy Hanson flourished in the pitcher-friendly confines at high Class A Myrtle Beach. Of course, it wasn’t all the ballpark, as the righthander had 49 strikeouts and 11 walks in 40 innings with the Pelicans. After striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings of one-run baseball in his Double-A debut, Hanson finally found some adversity against Chattanooga (Reds). Hanson lasted just 2 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on five hits to go with three walks and five strikeouts. Chattanooga piled it on in a 17-11 victory.
 
What To Watch For Today
The North is where it’s at in the SL, as four of its five teams are above .500, while four of the five teams in the South are below .500. The top two teams in the South–Birmingham (White Sox, 23-20) and Jacksonville (Dodgers, 21-22) face each other tonight in Jacksonville.

TEXAS LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

It wasn’t pretty, but a no-hitter is still a no-hitter. Frisco (Rangers) lefthander Matt Harrison threw a no-hitter in the first game of a seven-inning doubleheader and struck out five, though he also walked six batters. On the season, Harrison is 3-1, 3.15 with 25 strikeouts and 12 walks in 34 1/3 innings.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Springfield (Cardinals) left fielder Allen Craig hit his 10th home run of the season in a 3-for-5 performance, Craig’s fourth consecutive multi-hit game. Craig’s recent hot streak has boosted his batting line to .286/.339/.520 in 175 at-bats . . . Corpus Christi (Astros) shortstop Tommy Manzella (2-for-5) and center fielder Eli Iorg (1-for-4 with a walk) each homered for the Hooks. Both home runs came against Midland (Athletics) righthander Andrew Bailey, who had nine strikeouts in six innings, but who also allowed five runs, three walks and eight hits .
 
What To Watch For Today
Springfield righthander Clayton Mortensen pitches tonight at home against Tulsa (Rockies).

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