BAPR Plus: August 15

Radhames Liz almost picked up his second no-hitter of the season and Josh Rodriguez and Travis Vetters kept up their home run binges.

Triple-A

Jason Pridie hit five home runs all last year for Double-A Montgomery. Now he’s hit his seventh home run in 44 games since being promoted to Durham. Pridie’s home run was part of a three-run seventh that gave Durham a 4-3 win over Charlotte.

Jay Bruce hit his eighth home run since being promoted to Louisville in July. It was Bruce’s 23rd home run of the season.

Aaron Laffey gave up three runs (two earned) in eight innings to beat Rochester. It was Laffey’s eighth straight win, which tied a team record.

Two days after giving up his first earned run in 46 2/3 Triple-A innings, Neal Musser picked up his seventh save with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Edinson Volquez lost for the first time in six Triple-A starts, but it wasn’t really his fault. Volquez struck out 11 while only allowing one run in seven innings, but Mike Parisi and three Memphis relievers threw a shutout. The Oklahoman looks at the reclamation project that is Volquez.

Colby Lewis threw a near perfect copy of his last start. After going eight innings, allowing one run and five hits while striking out eight last time, Lewis went eight innings allowing one run and four hits while striking out 10 this time. He’s lowered his ERA to 1.87 in 12 starts.

Round Rock is having a disappointing season, but one thing the Express can do is hit for power. Mark Saccomano and Brooks Conrad joined Cody Ransom in the 20-home run club as all three homered on Tuesday night. Troy Patton gave up four runs in six innings to pick up the win.

Double-A

It’s hard to know what to think about Chuck Lofgren’s season. He’s rarely been bad–he’s allowed more than three runs only once in his past seven starts. But he’s also rarely been exceptional–he’s allowed more than a hit per inning in four of his last five starts. Lofgren allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings but picked up the win against Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Brock Peterson and Garrett Guzman’s three-hit games led New Britain to a 12-5 win over New Hampshire. By the way, what happens when a newspaper has a universal copy desk? You get headlines like this one that explains how the Fishers blew a 3-point lead.

For the first time in four games at Double-A, Cameron Maybin didn’t homer. He had to settle for a two hits including a double. Rehabbing Shane Victorino felt something grab in his calf.

Radhames Liz has authored some of the best pitched games of the 2007 season. Liz has already thrown a no-hitter, but he was nearly as good on Tuesday. Liz struck out 14 while carrying a no-hitter into the eighth inning.

James McDonald’s worst Double-A start was still pretty good. McDonald allowed two runs in six innings while striking out nine to pick up his sixth win in seven starts with Jacksonville.

High Class A

Brandon Erbe’s difficult August continues. Erbe allowed six runs in five innings in Frederick’s 8-6 loss to Winston-Salem. Erbe is now 0-2, 9.00 with 18 hits allowed in 15 innings.

After a rough first start in Bakersfield Omar Poveda settled down against High Desert. The righthander allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings, lowering his California League ERA to 6.30. Poveda was an impressive 11-4, 2.79 in Clinton before his promotion.

Henry Sosa also earned a trip to the California League because of his strong showing in low Class A. The Giants righthander has found the Cal League to be the hitter’s paradise everyone describes. He’s striking out even more batters than he did in Augusta, but his walks have edged up and he’s giving up significantly more hits (.254 average against compared to .144). Sosa gave up four earned runs on four hits in five innings Tuesday in a loss to Stockton.

Dustin Richardson allowed one run in six innings for Lancaster in his high Class A debut. Richardson had gone 5-7, 3.34 for Greenville.

Cyle Hankerd’s second home run of the game helped Visalia come-from-behind to beat Inland Empire.

Mat Gamel has shown he can hit, but he’s also showing that third base might now be his best position. Gamel committed his 48th error of the season. Aaron Thompson threw seven shutout innings in Jupiter’s 7-1 win over Brevard County.

Erik Lis hit a pair of home runs in Fort Myers’ 8-6 win over Tampa.

Can one great month erase three months of struggles? We might find out with Josh Rodriguez. Rodriguez went into the all-star break hitting .233 with six home runs. He was a little better in July (.298/.360/.442), but he’s been otherworldly in August. Rodriguez hit his eighth home run of the month on Tuesday as part of a three-hit night. He’s now hitting .327/.424/.836 for the month and .255/.338/.458.

Nick Evans hit a pair of home runs as St. Lucie destroyed Daytona 9-1. Deolis Guerra threw three scoreless innings.

Justin Maxwell homered for a second consecutive game for Potomac. Shairon Martis picked up the win while Clint Everts picked up his second save as the former top Nationals prospect continues to try to return to form.

Low Class A

Ryan Royster handed the spotlight to teammate Nevin Ashley last night. While Royster got two hits he went homerless for only the second time in nine games, but Ashley had four hits including a pair of home runs in an 11-5 Columbus win.

Quintin Berry is nearly as hot as Royster. The Phillies prospect is hitting .444 this month with six three-hit games, including last night.

Brewers first-round pick Matt LaPorta hit his second home run in seven games since being promoted to West Virginia.

Mike McKenry is another hitter having a great August. McKenry homered for a second consecutive game and is now hitting .417/.463/.722 this month. His Asheville Tourists beat Lake County 5-4.

Dayton’s Drew Stubbs had four hits in a 5-3 win over Burlington.

When talking about hot hitters, Travis Snider deserves to be near the top of the list. Snider hit a pair of home runs on Tuesday, his fifth in five games. Snider has eight home runs in the first four months of the season. He now has five this month and is hitting .305/.367/.492 overall.

Short-Season/Rookie League

Brad Peacock gave up two hits in three innings for the GCL Nationals. They were the last two hits the Nationals would allow as three relievers threw six hitless innings. Jose Pinales was especially effective as he threw three perfect innings, striking out six.

Cody Johnson has started to put his disastrous 2006 season behind him. Johnson hit his 10th home run in 46 games for Danville.

A day after scoring 22 runs, Elizabethton scored only one run, but still won the opener of their doubleheader against Kingsport 1-0. In the nightcap Michael McCardell struck out 10 to complete the sweep.

Chris Huseby combined with three relievers to three-hit Yakima in a 11-0 shutout.

Jonathan Greene homered for a third-straight game for Spokane.

Jason Cranston rivaled Radhames Liz for the best pitching outing of the night. Cranston, a 10th-rounder out of Nebraska in 2006, struck out 12 while allowing one hit in six innings.

Travis Vetters is another guy having a great month. Vetters, an undrafted free agent signing by the Dodgers in 2006, hit his seventh home run of the month and is now hitting .362/.423/.894 in August.

Pedro Martinez isn’t wowing in his rehab. Martinez allowed three hits and three runs in four innings with the GCL Mets.

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