If 2007 is the year of the hitting streak (with four streaks of 30 games or more), this is the week of the home-run streak. Ryan Royster and Josh Rodriguez have both homered in each of their past four games while David Cook has homered five times in seven games since being promoted to Double-A Birmingham. The night also saw the Double-A debuts of Jacob McGee and Clayton Kershaw although neither will have fond memories of their first starts.
You wouldn’t know it from the final score but J.A. Happ pitched outstandingly well in Ottawa’s 8-7 win over Buffalo. Happ allowed only two hits and no walks in seven shutout innings. But Buffalo scored seven runs over the next four innings before Ottawa won in 11 innings. Javon Moran double and tripled for Ottawa.
Louisville’s Paul Janish hit a grand slam and Aaron Herr hit two home runs including a grand slam while driving in seven in a 16-1 win over Indianapolis. Steven Pearce’s solo home run, his third in three games, provided Indianapolis only scoring.
It’s not the same as the true Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, but the Scranton-Pawtucket series is still a heated series. Score this one for the Yankees as Scranton swept its second straight doubleheader against Pawtucket. Brent Gardner went 4-for-8 in the doubleheader. The Yankees also announced that outfielder Justin Christian will have season-ending thumb surgery. Christian had a terrible first half of the season, hitting only .235/.283/.325 for Double-A Trenton. But he was diagnosed with a allergic reaction to an antibiotic that caused chronic fatigue. Once that was fixed he was a new player, as evidenced by his .325/.370/.438 numbers at Triple-A Scranton.
Bubba Bell hit his fourth home run and stole his fourth base since being promoted to Double-A in Portland’s 10-7 loss to Altoona.Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs in 4 1/3 innings in his Double-A debut with Jacksonville. He was cruising with a shutout until the fifth when he gave up back-to-back home runs.
Taylor Teagarden hit his second home run since being promoted to Double-A a week ago.
David Cook hit his fifth home run in seven games since being promoted to Birmingham but Huntsville hung on for a 10-8 win. Jack Egbert had his shortest outing of the season as he was pulled after giving up six runs in 1 1/3 innings.
Jacob McGee lasted only two innings in his Double-A debut. Command was McGee’s problem as McGee gave up four runs and five hits while walking six.
Nick Adenhart also had a rough night. Adenhart gave up six runs in five innings to raise his ERA to 3.55.
Mitch Boggs picked up his 10th win for Springfield thanks in large part to minor league veteran Juan Richardson’s two home-run night.
High Class A
Brian Dopirak may have been designated for assignment but he’s picked this week to go on a power tear. Dopirak hit his third home run in his past four games as Daytona beat Clearwater.
Lakeland’s Angel Casto threw eight hitless innings before being pulled because he reached his pitch limit. Castro didn’t have long to wait to find out if reliever Derek Witt could finish off the no-hitter. Witt walked the first batter he faced, then gave up a double to Shawn Williams to end the no-hit and shutout bid.
Henry Sosa was knocked out after only 2 1/3 innings. Sosa gave up seven hits and four runs (two earned). Stockton’s Luis Ramirez threw six shutout innings to pick up the win. It was Ramirez’s second consecutive outing where he didn’t give up a run.
Brad Correll may be too old for the California League (he’s 26), but he’s having an amazing season with Lancaster. Correll went 5-for-5 with a home run and a triple last night. Correll is now 10 for his last 14 with two home runs and two triples and he’s hitting .344/.384/.808 overall with 30 extra-base hits in 36 games.
In his first season as a pro Josh Rodriguez hit four home runs. Now he’s hit home runs in four consecutive games this week and six in his past six games. Teammate Matt Whitney homered for a third consecutive game as the pair made life rough for Myrtle Beach starter Tommy Hanson (five innings, six runs).
Low Class A
Ryan Royster equaled Rodriguez’ mark by homering in his fourth consecutive game as well. Royster has hit five home runs in the past six games. Royster, the Devil Rays’ sixth-round pick in 2004, is now hitting .318/.367/.558 in 400 at-bats.
Josh Reddick homered for a second straight night and Jonathan Still hit his 21st home run of the season in Greenville’s 8-6 win over Delmarva.
Mitch Hilligoss hit his fourth home run and stole his 29th base of the season. Charleston lost to Lexington 6-2.
Beau Mills hit his fifth home run since being promoted to Lake County.
Lakewood’s Quinton Berry’s hot streak continued Thursday night. Berry had three more hits and is now hitting .439 (18 of 41) in his last 10 games. Antonio Bastardo put together yet another outstanding outing allowing one hit in seven shutout innings. The 21-year-old righthander from the Dominican Republic is 8-0, 1.68 in 12 starts with Lakewood.
Peoria’s Darwin Barney, Oregon State’s College World Series hero, hit his first pro home run in Peoria’s 5-4 win over Great Lakes.
A day after he drove in eight runs, West Michigan’s Jeramy Laster hit a pair of doubles to help the Whitecaps beat Clinton 7-3.
Drew Stubbs went 3-for-4 with his ninth home run but Quad Cities scored four runs in the ninth to beat Dayton 6-5. Jose Ramirez’ bunt scored Daryl Jones with the winning run.
How good has Glenn Gibson been? Good enough that he gave up six runs in 1 2/3 innings and still saw his ERA only climb to 1.79.
J.P. Arencibia hit his third home run in seven games as Auburn beat Oneonta.
The good news for the Nationals is that Stephen King hit his ninth home run for the Gulf Coast League Nationals. The bad news is that King’s in the Gulf Coast League after hitting only .180 in his month and a half stint with low Class A Hagerstown.
Santos Frias, a 20-year-old signed out of the Dominican Republic, threw seven shutout innings for the GCL Indians to improve to 2-3, 1.88.
Hayden Penn continues to work back from surgery to remove bone spurs in his elbow. Penn allowed two runs in five innings against the GCL Red Sox in his fifth start with the GCL Orioles.
Justin Locke struck out seven in five scoreless innings for the Danville Braves. Locke now has struck out 53 and walked six in 44 innings.
Boise’s Chris Huseby dropped to 1-5 after giving up three runs (two earned) in five innings.
Eugene’s Jeremy Hefner allowed only one hit in five innings while striking out nine.