AA Dish: Murphy Hits Three Homers

Mets third baseman Danny Murphy went deep three times, Marlins center fielder Cameron Maybin homered in the tenth but still lost to Tyler Colvin’s Tennessee squad, and Royals righthander Dan Cortes was able to neutralize the Frisco lineup in Memorial Day action.

EASTERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day
With Nick Evans making noise in New York for the Mets, Evans’ former teammate Danny Murphy reciprocated down in Binghamton. Murphy slugged three home runs, going 3-for-4 with a walk, four runs scored and five RBIs. With eight home runs on the season, the 23-year-old third baseman is batting .332/.379/.518 in 193 at-bats. It wasn’t all gravy for the Mets though; righthander Eddie Kunz blew the save, allowing three runs in the final 1 1/3 innings as Reading (Phillies) stole an 8-7 victory.

Prospect Nuggets
In the victory, Reading center fielder Greg Golson went 2-for-5 with his 16th stolen base. Phillies catcher Lou Marson only got one at-bat as a pinch-hitter, but he singled t extend his hitting streak to nine games. The 21-year-old catcher is hitting .345/.462/.460 32 walks and 31 strikeouts . . . Trenton (Yankees) right fielder Jose Tabata went 2-for-5, but his offensive performance this year has still been underwhelming. The 19-year-old is batting .236/.317/.287 in 174 at-bats with just seven extra-base hits . . . It was a good day for offense in Portland (Red Sox), which beat New Britain (Twins) 15-11. Eight of Portland’s nine starters had multi-hit games. New Britain shortstop Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-4 with his 12th double, bringing his averages to .283/.340/.422 in 173 at-bats . . . Harrisburg center fielder Justin Maxwell went 0-for-4 yesterday. He went 0-for-3 on Sunday, his first game back after missing a week with a wrist injury . . . Bowie (Orioles) right fielder Nolan Reimold went 2-for-4, raising his slash stats to .277/.373/.468 in 188 at-bats with 29 walks and 26 strikeouts . . . New Hampshire (Blue Jays) lefthander Brett Cecil was yanked after 2 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. DH Travis Snider provided some run support by going 2-for-4 with a solo homer as the Fisher Cats beat Bowie 6-5.

What To Watch For Today
Binghamton will try to bounce back from a disappointing loss when the Mets travel to Portland.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day
This season has been a rocky one for Tyler Colvin, who ranked as the No. 75 prospect in baseball entering the season. Yesterday, however, the Tennessee (Cubs) center fielder went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk to bring his stats to .243/.321/.381 in 189 at-bats. Despite his modest numbers, Colvin is at least making strides in something he said before the season that he was going to try to do more of—drawing walks. Colvin, who drew 15 walks all last season in 519 plate appearances split between high Class A Daytona and Tennessee, has already surpassed last year’s mark with 20 walks in 2008.

Prospect Nuggets
Carolina (Marlins) center fielder Cameron Maybin went 2-for-4 with a walk and hit his seventh home run to break up a 4-4 tie in the top of the 10th inning, but Tennessee rallied for two runs in the bottom frame to take a 6-5 victory. On the mound, Carolina righthander Ryan Tucker’s ERA took a hit—albeit only to 1.38—after allowing four runs in 6 2/3 innings with four walks and five strikeouts. Tennesee lefty Donald Veal went seven innings and allowed two runs (one earned), walking three and striking out five. Veal’s ERA now stands at 2.97, but he has walked 29 in 57 2/3 innings . . . Huntsville third baseman Mat Gamel went 2-for-4 and slapped his 16th double . . . Montgomery lefty Jake McGee allowed two runs in five innings and struck out three, but he also walked four.

What To Watch For Today
Carolina righthander Chris Volstad pitches at Tennessee (Cubs).

TEXAS LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day
Frisco’s lineup took a blow when the Rangers promoted first baseman Chris Davis to Triple-A Oklahoma. Still, at 33-17, the RoughRiders are comfortably ahead of the next-best team in the TL—Northwest Arkansas (27-23). Yesterday, however, Northwest Arkansas (Royals) righthander Dan Cortes stymied the Frisco lineup, allowing two runs in six innings with two walks and seven strikeouts. Cortes’ ERA now stands at 2.19 through six starts in 29 innings, and he has a 26-14 K-BB mark. Cortes also managed to hold Frisco catcher Max Ramirez hitless—Ramirez finished 0-for-4—the first time Ramirez has failed to reach base in his last 12 starts.

Prospect Nuggets
Tom Everidge is a 25-year-old first baseman in Double-A, but we have to acknowledge his outstanding performance yesterday. The Athletics farmhand went 4-for-6 with three home runs and 10 RBIs for Midland, which routed Tulsa (Rockies) 17-5 . . . Hainley Statia is known more for his glove than his bat, but his hitting was superb yesterday. The Arkansas (Angels) shortstop went 4-for-4, hit his third triple, scored three runs and had three RBIs. Statia will need a few more games like that though to get his hitting line up from .226/.277/.323 in 186 at-bats . . . Springfield (Cardinals) second baseman Jose Martinez has had his ups and downs this year. Yesterday he hit well (2-for-3 with his third home run), but he also committed two fielding errors, giving him six on the year. Martinez is still hitting just .265/.295/.362 in 185 at-bats, having drawn just five walks thus far.

What To Watch For Today
The Texas League will take the day off.

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