AA Dish: Zimmermann Stays Hot

Eastern League

Prospect of the Day

Harrisburg righthander Jordan Zimmermann (Nationals) returns to this spot after another quality outing. He pitched seven strong innings, allowing a run on three hits and two walks. He struck out nine batters. However, Zimmermann was stuck with a no-decision as the Senators provided him no run support until the team scored three in the ninth to win. A second-round pick in 2007, Zimmermann has been very strong in his last three starts, giving up just three runs in 21 innings while striking out 19 and walking five.

Prospect Nuggets

Zimmermann’s opponent, Bowie RHP Chris Tillman (Orioles) dueled him for five quality innings of his own. He gave up four hits and two walks, but didn’t allow a run to cross the plate, striking out four in the process. . . . Portland RHP Daniel Bard (Red Sox) threw two shutout innings in relief. He gave up three hits and recorded a strikeout, improving his ERA to 2.87. . . . Akron 2B Josh Rodriguez (Indians) was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

What to Watch for

The EL has the day off. Trenton is the Northern Division leader at the all-star break, and Akron occupies the top spot in the Southern. Portland and Harrisburg rank as the top second-place clubs.

Texas League

Prospect of the Day

Midland righthander Andrew Carignan (Athletics) tallied his 13th save of the season in preserving a 4-3 win. The 21-year-old walked one batter and fanned one without allowing a hit, and he lowered his ERA to 1.72. Carignan, a fifth-round pick from North Carolina, was one of three college pitchers taken by the A’s in 2007 who could move quickly through the system. Oakland also selected James Simmons (first round, UC Riverside) and Sam Demel (third round, Texas Christian).

Prospect Nuggets

Springfield 3B Allen Craig (Cardinals) stayed hot Monday night, going 2-for-4 with his 16th bomb of the season. He also scored once and knocked in two runs, and has hit in 17 of the last 19 games. . . . Midland CF Aaron Cunningham (Athletics) had a three-hit day and scored twice, raising his averages to .309/.386/.477. . . . Springfield CF Jon Jay (Cardinals) had three hits in eight at-bats in the 14-inning nightcap to a doubleheader. He hit his 15th double of the season, but went just 3-for-12 on the day.

What to Watch for

San Antonio RHP Will Inman (Padres) has gone 8-4, 3.02 this season. He’ll look to notch his ninth win as he starts today against a dangerous Frisco lineup. . . . Midand RHP Vin Mazzaro (Athletics) starts against Corpus Christi.

Southern League

Prospect of the Day

The SL had the day off. Check the blog for an all-star game recap.

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