Steven Pearce started this season hoping to prove he was too good for high Class A. Now he’s making an argument that he’s ready for a big league callup. Craig Brazell added to his minor league home run lead while Josh Rodriguez’ amazing August just keep getting better.
Because it’s been spread over three leagues, it’s easy to not fully notice how good Steven Pearce’s season has been. Pearce hit a pair of home runs against Durham, his sixth since being promoted to the International League. Pearce is now hitting .385/.437/.738 for Indianapolis and .344/.407/.658 overall with 31 home runs. Evan Longoria homered in the loss for Durham.
Chin-Lung Hu hit his sixth home run since his promotion to Las Vegas as Las Vegas split a doubleheader with Colorado Springs. Joe Koshansky hit his 20th home run for the Sky Sox.
Eric Hurley allowed one run in seven innings to pick up his third win for Oklahoma.
Craig Brazell’s run at 40 home runs is picking up steam again. Brazell hit his 36th home run, his second in two days. Luke Hochevar allowed two runs in six innings. It was the first time the righthander has allowed less than four runs in four starts.
Jeff Larish’s seventh-inning single broke up Gary Knotts bid for a no-hitter. It was the only hit Knotts allowed in a complete-game shutout. Knotts, recently signed from the Atlantic League, has a 0.86 ERA in three starts.
Justin Masterson’s domination of the Eastern League took a night off. Masterson gave up eight runs in five innings while striking out three. It was the first time he allowed more than two runs in his seven Double-A starts.
Brian Bogusevic has made three Double-A starts. He sports a 9.28 ERA. Pair those two facts together and you can probably figure out that he didn’t pitch well on Thursday. The former first round pick gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to Arkansas.
High Class A
After hitting nine home runs in the first four months of the season Fort Myers Erik Lis hit his seventh home run of August and his fourth in three games to beat Tampa 9-5.
Don’t expect Josh Rodriguez to be too impressed by Lis’ August. Rodriguez has been even better. Rodriguez came into August with 10 home runs. He now needs only one home run in the final two weeks of the month to equal that production in August after hitting his 19th home run last night. Wes Hodges also homered for Kinston.
Sean Henry followed up his four-hit day on Wednesday with a home run on Thursday and former catcher turned pitcher Joe Hietpas picked up his fourth win for St. Lucie. Hietpas was named the Mets minor league pitcher of the month in July, a pretty impressive honor for a catcher who’s still learning how to pitch.
Mark Mulder allowed four runs, but only one of them was earned, in 1 1/3 innings of a rehab start with Palm Beach.
Jesus Guzman hit two of High Desert’s three home runs, but Mark Wagner’s grand slam led Lancaster to an 11-4 win.
Low Class A
Daniel Bard has developed a certain level of consistency, but that’s not a good thing. Bard was knocked out in the third inning for the third time in four starts and he gave up five walks and five runs for the third time in four start. Cole Rohrbough was much better. Rohrbough allowed three hits in six innings to lower his ERA to 0.60 in three starts with Rome.
West Michigan’s Gorkys Hernandez went 4-for-5 with a double and a triple. The 18-year-old prospect is edging closer and closer to a .300 batting average. Hernandez also stole a base (his 49th) for the fourth consecutive game. He’s not hitting for much power, but then you have to remember that West Michigan is one of the toughest pitcher’s parks in the minors.
Drew Stubbs homered and Travis Webb threw five solid innings as Dayton beat Great Lakes.
Chris Parmelee homered and Alex Burnett shut out Burlington for seven innings to lead Beloit to a win.
Since the all-star break Sean O’Sullivan has been one of the best pitchers in the Midwest League. O’Sullivan has a 1.82 ERA since the break, and he’s allowed only 47 hits in 69 innings. He threw seven scoreless innings against Peoria Thursday.
Hayden Penn’s rehab moved to Aberdeen where he found it tough going against Staten Island. Penn allowed four runs (two earned) in four innings.
Brandon Laird had three hits for the GCL Yankees in a 7-1 win over the Blue Jays.
Jason Heyward made his pro debut memorable. He homered which proved to be the difference in the GCL Braves 2-0 win over the Indians.
Cody Johnson hit a pair of home runs and Josh Morris added four hits as Danville pounded Kingsport 19-3 in the completion of a suspended game. Jeff Locke picked up the win for Danville. But in the nightcap, Angel Calero carried a no hitter into the fifth and helped hold Danville to one run in Kingsport’s 9-1 win.
Pete Kozma hit his second pro home run in Johnson City’s win over Elizabethton.
Robert Fish allowed one hit in six innings as Orem shut out Helena.
Scott Nanzek had one of the weirder lines of the day. The AZL Angels catcher went 0-for-1, but with four runs scored thanks to his four walks.
Tim Alderson struck out two in a scoreless inning for the AZL Giants.