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Craig Brazell took a further step toward winning the minor league home run race and Kevin Slowey stayed in the thick of the minor league ERA race on Tuesday night.

Triple-A

If he looked into the visitor’s dugout, Craig Brazell could see Val Pascucci gaining on him. Pascucci hit his 33rd home run, bringing him within three of Brazell for the minor league home run lead. It was Pascucci’s fourth home run in the past four days and it helped Albuquerque beat Brazell and Omaha in the opener of a doubleheader. But Brazell responded with his 37th home run in the nightcap, although Albuquerque finished off the sweep.

Jay Bruce hit his ninth home run since being promoted to Triple-A and Paul Janish and Anderson Machado also homered in Louisville’s 4-3 win over Columbus.

Jeff Clement hit a grand slam and drove in six to help Tacoma beat Sacramento.

Kevin Slowey threw an almost typical stellar outing: six innings, one run. But he picked up the loss thanks to an impressive effort by Kei Igawa (six scoreless innings) as Rochester and Scranton split a doubleheader.

If it wasn’t for Andrew McCutchen, Virgil Vasquez would have had a no-hitter. McCutchen had both of Indianapolis’ hits in Toledo’s 4-0 win. McCutchen is now hitting .429/.429/.617 since being promoted last Friday.

Hayden Penn’s traveling rehab show moved on to Norfolk after six starts in the GCL and Carolina League. In his first Triple-A start of the season Penn allowed two earned runs in four innings.

Brandon Moss hit a pair of home runs as Pawtucket edged Syracuse.

Nate Gold hit his fifth home run in seven games as Oklahoma beat New Orleans. Edinson Volquez allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings to improve to 6-1, 1.60 for Oklahoma.

Double-A

When Kevin Mulvey takes the mound, he’s usually going to walk off with either a win or a loss, no decisions just don’t happen. Mulvey threw seven scoreless innings to improve to 11-10 in 25 starts.

Rain helped Carlos Carrasco pick up his second no-hitter in two years. This time Carrasco held Altoona hitless for six innings before rain forced the game to be called early.

Double-A just isn’t working out for Brian Bogusevic. The former Tulane star gave up five runs in 3 2/3 innings, raising his ERA to 10.05 in four starts.

P.J. Walters started the season in low Class A, but he’s showing he belongs in Double-A. Walters struck out 10 while allowing one run in seven innings. Walters now has a 2.83 in six starts for Springfield. He’s 11-5, 2.69 overall. Colby Rasmus hit his 23rd home run to help out the Cardinals but Tulsa rallied for a 4-3 win.

High Class A

Chris Marrero hit his eighth home run for Potomac in a rain-shortened game.

Mark Mulder threw four scoreless innings for Palm Beach in his second rehab start while rehabbing outfielder Rocco Baldelli went 0-for-3. Normally the sight of a pair of big leaguers in high Class A will bring out the fans, but not in Vero Beach, where only 587 watched the game.

Dunedin’s Adrian Martin allowed only two hits in seven scoreless innings. The 22-year-old now has a 32-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio with Dunedin and a 7-4, 1.39 record overall between Dunedin and Lansing.

Matt Torra deserves a lot of credit for continuing to plug away. By the time May was over, Torra was pretty much doomed to a disastrous season thanks to a 9.87 ERA. But Torra has steadily gotten better each month and he’s capping it off with an outstanding August. Torra allowed one run in seven innings Tuesday to lower his ERA for the month to 2.33.

After almost 50 games, Brad Correll is still on nearly a home run every other game pace. Correll hit his 23rd home run in his 47th game with Lancaster. The Jethawks beat Rancho Cucamonga 6-4.

Low Class A

Juan Francisco homered again, his 22nd home run, as Dayton split a doubleheader with Fort Wayne.

The matchup of Grant Duff and Jeremy Hellickson lived up to expectations. Charleston’s Duff allowed two hits in five scoreless innings to pick up his 13th win while Hellickson dropped to 12-3 as he allowed one run in six innings.

Former LSU ace Charlie Furbush held Great Lakes to one run in seven innings to improve to 4-0, 1.30.

Tim Bascom’s six shutout innings and Bill Rowell’s home run led to Delmarva’s win over Hagerstown.

Asheville’s Daniel Mayora had four hits including three doubles to beat Kannapolis 11-3.

Quintin Berry had his fifth three-hit game of the past 11 days and stole his 51st bag for Lakewood in a 5-4 loss to Lake County.

Matt LaPorta hit a pair of home runs for West Virginia.

Travis Jones hit two more home runs for Rome. Jones now has nine home runs in 34 games since being promoted.

Short-Season/Rookie Leagues

The Nationals have kept Colten Willems on a short leash, but he’s impressed during his stint in Vermont. Willems gave up no earned runs in four innings on Tuesday in a loss to Oneonta. He’s given up one run or less in eight of his 10 starts.

Mark Pawelek made his first start of the season with Boise. It didn’t go well as he gave up three runs in 2 1/3 innings, bumping his ERA to 7.30.

Alfedo Silverio added four more hits for the GCL Dodgers. Silverio is hitting .372/.408/.564 in 172 at-bats.

Zach Peterson put together one of the most impressive outings of the season. Peterson came out and allowed a hit in the first before getting out with no further damage. After getting a ground out to start the second. It would be 12 batters before another Billings hitter would put the ball into play. Peterson struck out a Pioneer League record 11 straight, induced a fly out and recorded two more strikeouts before leaving the game.

Josh Vitters made his pro debut with the Arizona League Cubs going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and an RBI.

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