There’s plenty of good news for Red Sox fans in today’s BAPR Plus with Jed Lowrie hitting a pair of home runs and Justin Masterson picking up plenty more strikeouts, but Nationals fans can also be happy after Collin Balester pitched well for Triple-A Columbus and Michael Burgess drove in seven for the team’s Gulf Coast League club.
Jed Lowrie went 1-for-8 in his first two games since being promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, but since then he’s been sensational. Lowrie hit his second and third home runs since being promoted as Pawtucket beat Rochester on Sunday. He’s working on a nine-game hitting streak and has multi-hit games in five of his last seven games.
Ottawa’s Fabio Castro held Syracuse to one run for six innings to improve to 4-4, 2.91.
Richmond’s Brandon Jones went 3-for-4 with a home run as Richmond beat Louisville. Joey Votto hit his 15th home run for the Bats.
It’s not getting easier for Luke Hochevar. Hochevar gave up five runs in six innings while striking out only one as his ERA climbed to 7.18. Lefties are Hochevar’s big problem–he’s holding righthanded batters to a .217 batting average since the promotion to Triple-A, but lefthanders are hitting .321 with six home runs allowed against him.
Mark DiFelice’s magical season took the night off. The Nashville starter gave up six runs in 4 2/3 innings on Sunday after giving up only three runs in his first 24 innings since being promoted to Triple-A.
Collin Balester allowed only two hits in five scoreless innings for Columbus. Balester’s now 2-1, 3.91 since being promoted to Triple-A in July, but his command needs some tightening–he has walked 15 batters in 25 innings.
As of right now Joba Chamberlain is still in Scranton, but no one expects that to last for long after he tuned up once again with a two-inning, five K performance on Saturday night. As for Sunday’s game, Scranton beat Buffalo 2-1 as Matt DeSalvo allowed only one unearned run in five innings.
Brandon Wood’s still hitting only .260 but he did hit his 17th home run of the season on Sunday. The home run helped turn around what’s been a slow start to August for Wood.
Alan Horne gave up six runs in five innings in an uncharacteristic start for Trenton. Before Sunday Horne had held opponents to two runs or less in each of his past nine starts.
Portland’s Justin Masterson was at it again. Masterson struck out 10 in six innings while holding Harrisburg to one earned run. He now has 45 strikeouts and nine walks in 39 innings since his promotion. Even more impressively he’s held Eastern League batters to a .142 opponents batting average.
Kody Kirkland doubled and homered while Dallas Trahern allowed no earned runs in 7 1/3 innings as Erie beat Connecticut.
Andrew McCutchen appears to have found his missing power. The center fielder hit his third home run in five games after hitting only two home runs in his previous 54 games. This one was an inside-the-park job–the third in Curve history.
Mike Costanzo and Brett Harper each hit a pair of home runs and drove in three on Sunday. Costanzo’s Phillies gave him more help as Reading beat Binghamton 13-8.
Chris Davis’ 35-game hitting streak helped earn him a promotion to Double-A Frisco. His bat made the trip with him–he hit his third home run in six games since the promotion as Frisco beat San Antonio. John Mayberry also homered for Frisco.
High Class A
Sergio Pedroza doubled twice and homered but Vero Beach still lost 12-4 to Clearwater.
Adrian Martin allowed only one hit in five innings in his first start with Dunedin. Martin is normally used as a reliever, where he’s putting together an excellent season. The 22-year-old is 5-3, 1.06 between low Class A Lansing and Dunedin.
St. Lucie’s Sean Henry hit three doubles while Nick Evans slugged a home run in a 11-1 thrashing of Lakeland.
Jose Tabata hit his fourth home run of the season in a 5-3 loss to Brevard County.
San Jose’s Adam Witter homered in the 14th inning as the Giants beat Bakersfield 6-3.
Low Class A
Leury Bonilla isn’t the guy Wisconsin counts on night in and night out to drive in runs–he came into Sunday’s game with 15 RBIs in 74 games. He left Sunday with 21 RBIs thanks to a three-hit, six RBI game that included a home run.
Cole Rohrbough picked up the win in his low Class A debut. Rohrbough had struck out 58 in 33 innings at Danville before the promotion. He allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings.
Kyle Ginley struck out nine in four innings, although he wasn’t involved in the decision as Lansing beat Peoria. Ginley, a 17th-round pick in 2006, has struck out 109 batters in 101 innings although his other numbers (4.51 ERA, .290 opponents batting average) aren’t that impressive.
Working out of the pen as the White Sox limit his innings, Fautino de los Santos allowed one hit in three innings while striking out five to pick up his ninth win of the season for Kannapolis. Chris Carter hit his 23rd home run of the season for the Intimidators.
Chris Parmelee’s first full pro season has been a struggle. The Twins 2006 first-round pick has 102 strikeouts in 102 games and is coming off of a month where he hit .217. But Parmelee has continued to hit for power. He slugged his 13th home run of the season as Beloit beat Dayton 4-3.
Chris Carlson hit his ninth home run of the season as Oneonta beat up on Lowell 18-7.
Joe Savery threw three scoreless innings in his pro debut, and Tyson Brummett followed by allowing one unearned run in six innings as Williamsport beat Batavia.
Salem-Keizer’s Jesse English just keeps rolling along in his attempt to spark a career that has been sidetracked by injuries. English struck out five more in 2 1/3 innings on Sunday to lower his ERA to 0.69. He now has 46 strikeouts in 26 innings this season.
Michael Burgess homered and drove in seven for the Gulf Coast League Nationals. The game was the completion of a suspended game on July 31, but was not completed until yesterday.