BAPR Plus: Aug. 23

Laynce Nix hit his seventh home run in eight days and pitchers all around the minors were reaching double digits in strikeouts.

Triple-A

Paul Janish’s glove has never been a question, but his bat had been a constant source of worry. He seemed to reinforce those fears with a .174 average in July in his first month in Triple-A. But Janish is hitting .291/.321/.519 this month and he hit his second home run in two days on Wednesday.Kendry Morales continued to finish strong with two hits and two walks while Terry Evans added three hits including two doubles in a 9-8 win over Colorado Springs. Joe Koshansky hit his 21st home run for the Sky Sox.

The wildest game of the night happened in Albuquerque. Memphis jumped out to a 20-3 lead, then held on as Albuquerque scored nine runs in the final three innings for a 20-12 win. The two teams combined for 10 home runs although no one had a multiple home run night. Skip Schumaker went 5-for-7 for Memphis.

Chin-Lung Hu homered again for Las Vegas, his 14th of the season.

Jordan Tata pitched a gem and Mike Hessman hit his 30th home run as Toledo beat Indianapolis.

A day after his six game home run streak ended, Laynce Nix hit another home run. Oklahoma’s Nate Gold homered for a third straight game as well. Eric Hurley allowed two runs in seven innings to pick up the win.

Welcome back to the minors Clay Buchholz. The Red Sox top pitching prospect gave up three runs in three innings in a loss to Buffalo.

Jason Pridie had three hits and a home run as Durham beat Richmond to extend their South Division lead over the Braves to 1 1/2 games.

Philip Humber carried a no-hitter into the ninth as New Orleans beat Iowa. Humber struck out 10 while allowing only one hit in 8 1/3 innings.

Double-A

Michael Bowden’s outstanding season took a detour when he reached Double-A, but he’s showing signs of figuring out the Eastern League now that the season is wrapping up. Bowden gave up five hits and one run in six innings to beat Binghamton. He’s now allowed one run in five of his last seven starts.

It was an ugly night for Oswaldo Sosa as the Twins prospect gave up four runs in five innings. Sergio Santos hit a pair of home runs and Ty Taubenheim allowed no runs in eight innings in a 12-0 win.

Justin Orenduff struck out 12 in seven innings to handcuff the Mississippi Braves.

Sam Lecure’s ERA has hovered around 4.00 for most of the season, which makes what he did Wednesday somewhat surprising. Lecure allowed only one hit while striking out 11 in a shutout of West Tenn. He told the Chattanooga paper afterwards that it was his best outing as a pro.

It was definitely a night of great pitching performances around the Southern League. Gaby Hernandez allowed one run in eight innings while fanning eight to beat Huntsville.

Recently promoted Cole Armstrong hit a pair of doubles and a home run to help Chris Mason to his 14th win.

High Class A

Great pitching performances weren’t limited to Double-A. Tobi Stoner also joined the double-digit K club with 10 strikeouts in eight scoreless innings for the St. Lucie Mets.

Palm Beach’s Allen Craig added to his outstanding season with his 20th home run.

Chris Marrero had three hits including two doubles for Potomac and Matt Whitney hit his 30th home run of the season for Kinston in Potomac’s 6-3 win.

On a lot of nights you’re lucky to find one guy who reached double digits in strikeouts. Maybe it’s a case of hitters who are ready to wrap up the season, but there were big strikeout games around the minors on Wednesday. Ben Jukich struck out 11 in a shutout of Lakeland.

Kyle Phillips hit three triples as Dunedin beat Fort Myers. Zach Ward picked up his 16th loss of the season. Ward’s had some bad luck this season, but he earned this “L” with six runs allowed in 3 2/3 innings.

Mario Alvarez made the most of a spot start. The Inland Empire righthander allowed one hit and two earned runs while striking out 10 in six innings. Ivan DeJesus went 5-for-6 with a pair of doubles.

You couldn’t fault Sergio Romo for wondering what all the fuss about pitchers strugging in the Cal League is about. The San Jose reliever lowered his ERA to 1.39 with two more hitless innings. Romo now has struck out 89 and walked 15 in 58 innings.

Chris Nelson homered for a second consecutive game and Eric Young stole his 69th base in a 7-5 loss to Stockton.

Low Class A
At this point no one could blame Daniel Bard if he’s counting the days until the season ends. Bard had yet another bad outing on Wednesday–he allowed five runs (three earned) in 1 1/3 innings before being pulled. Bard has lasted five innings in only two of his last 10 starts and his overall numbers are an ugly 3-7, 7.60 with 67 walks in 66 innings. Kevin Pucetas allowed one run in six innings to pick up his minor league leading 15th win. The Greenville paper also has news that two Drive pitchers, Brantley New and Chad Povich, have been mugged at their apartment complex. The club is moving the team out of the complex and into a hotel for the rest of the season.

The ball was flying out in Greensboro. Scott Cousins hit three home runs for the Grasshoppers while Jonel Pacheco hit a pair for Hickory.

Great Lakes shortstop Francisco Lizarraga hit a pair of home runs and drove in six. The Loons beat West Michigan 9-2.

Cole Rohrbough allowed one earned run in four innings, raising his overall ERA to 1.03 in 11 starts between Danville and Rome.

Short-Season/Rookie Leagues

Matt Spencer hit his sixth home run and Tyler Mach hit his fifth home run in a 11-6 loss to Jamestown.

Princeton’s Matt Moore and Austin Hinkle combined to one-hit Bluefield.

Leandro Cespedes struck out eight in seven shutout innings for Greeneville.

Jaime Pedroza hit his seventh home run for Ogden and Eric Kanaby had four hits as the Raptors beat Helena 11-1.

Angel Villalona homered for the AZL Giants in their 10-2 win over the Rangers.

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