We have our first champion of 2007 thanks to Jacob Wild’s dominating 14-strikeout performance for the Arizona League Mariners. The GCL Dodgers ensured that the Gulf Coast League title won’t be decided until today, and Nick Adenhart got a little testy.
After hitting seven home runs in the first four months of the season, Jason Pridie hit his seventh home run this month to beat Richmond and help take Durham a step closer to a playoff spot. The Bulls now lead Richmond for the Southern Division crown by two games with four games to go.
When they were in Double-A, Neil Walker was piling up the stats while Andrew McCutchen struggled. They’ve reversed roles in Triple-A. McCutchen is hitting .308 after adding two more hits on Thursday. Walker is struggling to a .184 average, although he did have one hit in a 9-3 win over Columbus.
Jay Bruce homered and doubled in a 6-2 Louisville loss to Toledo. Bruce has hit seven home runs this month and now has 26 overall.
Kenny Baugh wins the “wear it” award of the day. The righthander gave up 11 hits and 13 runs (12 of them earned) in three innings. After Baugh was pulled, the Albuquerque bullpen allowed only four hits in the final five innings.
Brandon Wood homered for the third time in four games in Salt Lake’s 5-4 win over Fresno.
Garrett Broshius needed this one. Broshius picked up the win in Connecticut’s 8-1 win over New Hampshire to improve to 3-17. Before Thursday, Broshius had lost eight straight starts. Like Zach Ward in the Florida State League, Broshius’ record is somewhat misleading–he has a 3.88 ERA. Part of Broshius’ problem is the 20 unearned runs he’s allowed. The entire Defenders team was excited to see Broshuis snap the losing streak.
“As a coaching staff we talked about it a lot, getting him a win,” manager Shane Turner said. “He needed a win more than anybody on the team. He went out and pitched his butt off.”
Brad Nelson is a reliever who’s been given a couple of spot starts with Mississippi, but maybe he should stick in the rotation. After giving up no hits in six innings in his last start, Nelson carried a no-hitter into the fifth last night, allowing one run in 7 1/3 innings to improve to 5-1.
Nick Adenhart had a good news/bad news start. Adenhart allowed eight hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings but none of the runs were earned as Adenhart’s ERA dropped to 3.65. Adenhart was ejected after hitting three batters, and there was an incident earlier in the game, as the Tulsa World explained:
After hitting Christian Colonel in the second, the Tulsa third baseman picked up the baseball and flipped it to Adenhart, who threw the ball against the wall between the Drillers dugout and home plate.
Mitch Boggs gave up two hits in eight scoreless innings for Springfield.
Gio Gonzalez fanned eight in seven innings to beat Huntsville.
High Class A
Homer Bailey’s second rehab start in Sarasota generally went well, but the final result wasn’t that good. Bailey threw five scoreless innings, but gave up the tying three-run home run to Johnny Woodard in the sixth. Bailey struck out three in five innings. Alexander Smit threw seven hitless innings against his former teammates in the nightcap, but Fort Myers rallied against the Sarasota bullpen to complete the sweep.
Stuart Pomeranz allowed one run in five innings as he rehabs from shoulder surgery.
Tim Bascom picked up the win in his first start at Frederick. Bascom allowed two runs on five hits in five innings.
Justin Maxwell hit a pair of home runs for Potomac and Ian Desmond added one in the P-Nats’ 3-2 win over Lynchburg. Maxwell now has 26 home runs between Hagerstown and Potomac.
It’s hard to know which was more impressive, Lancaster’s 13 runs or the fact that Lancaster starter Dustin Richardson carried a no-hitter through five innings at home. Zach Daeges hit his 20th home run for Lancaster.
Chris Nelson went 4-for-4 with a double and a triple in Modesto’s 3-0 win over Bakersfield. Al Johnson and two relievers combined for the shutout.
Low Class A
It’s hard to find a hotter pitcher than Trevor Cahill. The Kane County ace hasn’t allowed more than one earned run in nine starts. He allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings yesterday as he added to his seven-game winning streak.
Paul Patterson didn’t allow a hit in six innings before leaving when he reached his pitch count in Charleston’s 4-3 win over Columbus.
Delmarva and Hagerstown ended up tied 2-2 when rain forced umpires to call the game in the eighth. Paul Winterling went 4-for-4 with his third home run for Delmarva.
Clayton Mortensen allowed one hit in five innings for Quad Cities.
Matt Dominguez is finding pro ball to be big leap from high school. The third baseman had his first extra-base hit in Jamestown’s 5-0 win over Batavia. Dominguez, the Marlins’ first-round pick, is hitting .107/.133/.143 in 28 at-bats between the Gulf Coast League and the New York-Penn League.
Jordan Zimmerman struck out nine in five innings while allowing only one hit. Caleb Staudt and Luke Pisker finished off the shutout for Vermont.
Rene Tosoni’s two-run home run in the 10th was the only runs of the game as Elizabethton beat Danville in the first game of the Appalachian League championship series. Michael Allen and Michael Tarsi threw 10 scoreless innings for the Twins. Danville is facing Elizabethton in the title series for the third consecutive season.
Michael Main faced Chris Huseby in a matchup of high-priced pitching prospects on Thursday. Huseby got the better end of the deal. He struck out seven while allowing one run in five innings. Main struggled, giving up four runs (two earned) in three innings.
Chris Withrow started the game but Justin Miller did the heavy lifting as the Gulf Coast League Dodgers evened the GCL championship series by beating the GCL Yankees 5-0. Withrow threw two scoreless innings while Miller followed up with seven scoreless. Andrew Lambo homered for the Dodgers.
Jake Wild struck out 14 in eight innings to lead the Mariners to the Arizona League title with an 8-5 win over the Giants in the one-game championship series. Wild dominated the Giants, but the Giants scored four runs in the ninth to make it interesting.