If you’re looking for a theme to Monday’s game, it could be called redemption. Jo-Jo Reyes and Kendry Morales are proving themselves again in Triple-A after struggling in the big leagues. Greg Halman is doing the same in Everett after a disastrous stint in Wisconsin. And Angel Berroa, who has gone from Rookie of the Year to being demoted to Omaha, had a 4-for-4 night as he tries to prove he deserves another chance in the big leagues.
Nick Blackburn’s great season got a little better. Blackburn lowered his ERA to 2.14 with seven scoreless innings to beat Ottawa.
Tacoma’s Jeff Clement hit his 18th home run, but Matt Macri’s three-run home run in eighth proved to be the difference in Colorado Springs’ 6-5 win.
Nate Schierholtz, Freddy Lewis and Tomas de la Rosa all homered in the fourth inning to help Fresno beat Tucson.
Daric Barton hit one of Sacramento’s three home runs in a 9-6 win over Las Vegas. Shane Komine carried a perfect into the sixth, but Las Vegas batted around in the sixth to get back into the game.
Salt Lake’s Kendry Morales hit a pair of home runs to lead the Bees to a win. Morales struggled a little bit in his stint in the majors this season, but he’s been very solid for Salt Lake, hitting .329/.366/.443. He’s been even better in August, as he’s hitting .459/.487/.757 this month. Brandon Wood also homered, but it won’t count in the stats–he passed Morales on the basepaths and was credited only with a single.
Joey Votto homered for the second straight game while also stealing his 15th bag of the season to beat Indianapolis.
Richmond’s Jo-Jo Reyes hasn’t allowed an earned run in three starts. Reyes pitched seven solid innings to lower his ERA to 1.00 and improve to 4-0. Reyes was sent to Richmond with the mandate to get ahead of batters–it’s an order he’s listened intently too.
Mitch Talbot and two relievers combined to shut out Charlotte 4-0.
Angel Berroa has quietly plugged away in Triple-A Omaha since being demoted, but Berroa had a loud Monday. The shortstop went 4-for-4 with a home run as Omaha beat Memphis. Tag Bozied homered for a second consecutive game for Memphis.
It’s time to start considering Chris Davis as a threat to win the minor league home run title. Davis hit two more home runs on Monday, his fourth in four games, giving him 29 for the season. Davis is still four home runs behind minor league leader Craig Brazell, but he’s hit six home runs in his last nine games while Brazell has hit five home runs since July 1.
Tommy Manzella had four hits and a stolen base in Corpus Christi’s 6-1 win over Springfield. The Hooks’ shortstop is hitting .500 (14-for-28) in his past six games.
High Class A
It was a great night for Nationals prospects in Potomac. Chris Marrero, Ian Desmond, Justin Maxwell and Devin Ivany all homered in the P-Nats’ 7-5 win over Wilmington. Ivany’s home run was the difference. He slugged a three-run shot in the bottom of the ninth.
Wes Hodges homered in both ends of a doubleheader as Kinston swept Salem.
The season has sometimes been a struggle for Frederick starter Jason Berken, but Winston-Salem gave him no troubles on Monday. Berken held the Warthogs to two hits in a complete game shutout.
Lake Elsinore’s Matt Buschman and three relievers combined to shut out Rancho Cucamonga.
Low Class A
Ryan Royster’s home run binge took only one day off. Royster saw his six-game home run streak end on Sunday, but he started a new streak with a solo home run on Monday. He leads the South Atlantic League with 25 home runs. Heath Rollins picked up his 14th win for Columbus.
Benjamin Snider also picked up his 14th win in Augusta’s 8-5 win over Delmarva. Michael McBryde hit a pair of home runs for the GreenJackets. Pedro Beato had a brutal outing for the Shorebirds–he gave up seven runs in five innings.
Nick Weglarz homered for a third consecutive game for Lake County as the Captains beat Asheville 10-4.
Clayton Mortensen struck out six in four scoreless innings for Quad Cities.
Charlie Furbush struck out 10 in seven innings. The former Louisiana State ace improved to 3-0, 1.30 for West Michigan. Alex Liddi hit his eighth home run for Wisconsin.
Trevor Cahill struck out eight in six scoreless innings and Sean Doolittle hit his third home run in a Kane County 10-0 win over Peoria.
The GCL Blue Jays James Dougher and two relievers combined for a 5-0 shutout of the GCL Indians. All three Blue Jays pitchers left the game with ERA’s under 2.00.
Jose Jimenez hit a pair of doubles and a home run for Kingsport in an 7-6 win over Burlington.
Darin Holcomb and Jonathan Greene each hit their 10th home run in Tri-City’s 6-5 win against Spokane.
Greg Halman showed he wasn’t ready for low Class A with a difficult stint with Wisconsin, but Hallman has had no problem in his second season with Everett. Hallman hit his 10th home run and is now hitting .318/.386/.580. BA correspondent Scott Hanson has a good feature on Hallman’s rocky start to the season and his road back to success.
Jaime Pedroza keeps destroying the Pioneer League. The Dodgers’ ninth-round pick out of UC Riverside had his fourth consecutive multihit game. He’s now hitting .458 in August and .376/.426/.576 overall.