Syracuse had a Sunday to forget, but the day belonged to aces around the minors.
Let's start with the Embarrassing Line of the Day, which goes to the Syracuse Chiefs. They committed 10 errors in a 12-10 loss to Ottawa. John Hattig was charged with three of the errors, Chad Mottola had four errors and Wayne Lydon, Adam Lind and David Corrente each committed one. It's the most errors in an International League game since 1954. Syracuse's generosity meant Ottawa won despite J.A. Happ's terrible night. The Phillies prospect gave up nine runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Andy Marte hit his 16th home run on Sunday, but his .262/.306/.460 numbers are less than you'd expect from a former top prospect. Ben Francisco added his 11th home run as Buffalo beat Scranton.
Kevin Slowey surprisingly walked two batters Sunday. The results were less surprising as he allowed only one run in five innings to beat Pawtucket. It was Slowey's 10th win as he lowered his ERA to 1.74.
Fresh off a shutout in his last start, Toledo's Virgil Vasquez allowed one run in seven innings to pick up his 12th win and beat Indianapolis. The win clinched the International League Western Division title for the Mudhens.
Lance Broadway had given up 15 runs in his last 7 2/3 innings, but he did his part to try to fix his ERA yesterday. Broadway threw eight shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 4.32 as Charlotte beat Richmond 1-0.
In the PCL, Geovany Soto hit his 24th home run and drove in four in Iowa's 9-8 win over New Orleans.
Jamie D'Antona started off the season with an outstanding April, he's finishing it up with an outstanding August. D'Antona hit his third home run in five games and is hitting .395 for his past 10 games. Tucson beat Las Vegas 10-4.
With Justin Upton playing in the majors, Jay Bruce's case for the Minor League Player of the Year keeps getting stronger. Bruce hit his 10th home run in 46 games since being promoted to Louisville. He now has 25 home runs overall and is hitting .319/.376/.584 between three levels.
Edinson Volquez and Mark DiFelice traded zeroes for six innings but neither were involved in the decision as Nashville beat Oklahoma 1-0. The win clinched the division title for Nashville.
J.A. Happ's bad night couldn't compare to Ryan Mattheus'. Mattheus gave up 17 hits and 11 runs in 5 1/3 innings. Clearly Mattheus was being asked to wear one for the team, as there wasn't any one big inning that blew the game open; he gave up at least two runs in every inning except the first.
Mike Costanzo homered and stole a base and Carlos Carrasco allowed one run in seven innings as Reading beat Akron. Chuck Lofgren gave up six runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Recently promoted Michael Hernandez hit a pair of home runs for Erie as they beat Bowie 12-4. Nolan Reimold homered for Bowie.
Adam Rosales hit a pair of home runs for Chattanooga, but it might have been even more noteworthy for the fact that he was back at shortstop. Rosales has spent most of his career at shortstop, but moved to first base with Chattanooga. He's having an impressive season (.283/.383/.517), although it will be more impressive if he can play a different infield spot.
Jake McGee struck out nine in seven scoreless innings to beat Carolina. McGee has 19 strikeouts in 14 Double-A innings, giving him 164 strikeouts in 131 innings overall.
James McDonald was nearly as good for Jacksonville. The Suns ace allowed one earned run in seven innings although he had only four strikeouts well off his more than a strikeout an inning pace.
Chris Davis' 11th home run for Frisco moved him into a tie for second place in the minor league home run race. Davis now has 34 home runs overall to tie Val Pascucci. Craig Brazell leads the minors with 38 home runs.
P.J. Walters threw seven shutout innings, but his teammates ensured that he had a pretty large margin of error–Colby Rasmus' 26th home run was part of Springfield's 16-0 win.
High Class A
Deolis Guerra may be 12 years younger than Mark Mulder, but he got the better of his elder on Sunday. Guerra's five shutout innings was enough to beat the rehabbing Mulder. Mulder allowed one run in four innings on only two hits in an encouraging appearance.
Matt Whitney hit his sixth home run in 10 games as Kinston beat Frederick 6-2. Beau Mills has gone 4-for-13 in his first three games with Kinston since being promoted.
Justin Maxwell's 24th home run of the season (and his 10th in Potomac) helped Potomac beat Myrtle Beach.
Kyle Sleeth won't have to head into the offseason winless. Sleeth picked up his first win of the season in a difficult year with five shutout innings for Lakeland. Sleeth is now 1-8, 7.66 between Erie and Lakeland.
Low Class A
Kyle Collina, a nondrafted free agent signee out of Lehigh, outpitched Tim Bascom. Collina struck out eight in five shutout innings. He's now 1-2, 2.32 with 39 strikeouts in 32 innings between three levels.
Sean O'Sullivan and Tyler Herron hooked up for one of the best pitching duels of the night. O'Sullivan gave up three hits in eight scoreless innings while Herron gave up two hits in seven shutout innings. Warner Madrigal gave up the game's only run in the 11th as Quad Cities won 1-0.
Travis Snider hit his 14th home run and also tripled in Lansing's 8-7 win over Great Lakes.
Clinton's Zack Phillips struck out 12 and allowed only one run in seven innings but lost when Kane County's Scott Deal and Sam Demel combined for a shutout.
Asheville's Michael McKenry hit his 21st home run in a 7-4 win over Augusta.
Quietly Antonio Bastardo is putting together an amazing season for Lakewood. The BlueClaws righthander improved to 9-0, 1.87 as he allowed one unearned run in six innings against Hagerstown.
After throwing back-to-back scoreless outings, Dylan Owen allowed one run in six innings to beat Vermont and Lake Monsters' ace Adrian Alaniz. Owen is now 8-1, 1.82 for Brooklyn.
J.P Arencibia hit a pair of doubles and Chi-Hung Chen picked up the win for Auburn.
Kellen Kulbacki homered for a third straight game, but Danny Hamblin hit a pair of home runs as Vancouver topped Eugene 9-8.
Sheng-An Kuo handcuffed Spokane, allowing only two hits in six innings while striking out seven. The 21-year-old Korean has had an up and down season, but he has allowed one run or less in three of his past four games.
Jeff Locke was at it again. The Danville ace struck out 10 to improve to 7-1, 2.66 with a 6-1 win over Johnson City.
Brandon Waring hit a pair of home runs for Billings, but it wasn't enough for the Mustangs as Josh Ravin gave up eight runs (five earned) in 1 1/3 innings. Waring, who ranked second in Division I this spring with 27 home runs while playing for Wofford, now has six home runs in the past 10 games and 12 as a pro.
Michael McCardell continued his domination of the Appalachian League. McCardell threw six hitless innings to beat Princeton. McCardell, the Twins' sixth-round pick out of Kutztown (Pa.) University, has allowed just 29 hits while compiling a 70-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 49 innings with Elizabethton.