Matt Antonelli and Jay Bruce have quickly gotten comfortable after being promoted while Ricky Romero finally got his first win of the season on Thursday.
Jay Bruce homered for a second consecutive night as he raised his Triple-A average above .300. Bruce now has 21 home runs overall this season and combined numbers of .322/.382/.601 in three stops. Norfolk won the second game to earn a split of the doubleheader.
Evan Longoria went 0-for-3 in his Triple-A debut but Joel Guzman, the player who moved to first base with the arrival of Longoria, hit a triple and a home run as Durham beat Columbus.
Edwar Ramirez only got a brief three-game tryout in New York before being sent back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but the reliever hasn’t missed a beat for the Triple-A Yankees. Since being sent down Ramirez has struck out 10 in 5 2/3 innings while allowing no runs and only two hits. He struck out two in one inning of work on Thursday as he helped Scranton beat Ottawa. He’s now 3-0, 0.55 in 49 innings in the minors this season.
It’s been interesting to watch as Cody Ransom has gone from a light-hitting shortstop to a slugging utilityman. Playing first base, Ransom hit his fourth home run in three games on Thursday as Round Rock beat Colorado Springs. He now has 22 home runs for the season. Troy Patton picked up his third win in five starts since being promoted to the Express.
Jake Fox hit a walk-off grand slam while Felix Pie and Eric Patterson each had three hits in Iowa’s 10-6 win over Tucson.
Tacoma’s Robert Rohrbaugh threw his second-consecutive complete-game shutout to beat Memphis. Rohrbaugh, the Mariners’ seventh-round pick out of Clemson in 2005, has a 20-inning scoreless streak and is now 5-1, 2.77 since being promoted to Tacoma in late June.
Michael Bowden struck out seven while allowing one run in five innings as Portland beat Bowie 6-3. It was Bowden’s second consecutive win.
It took 13 starts but Ricky Romero finally got his first win of the season. Romero held Harrisburg to three hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings.
Chuck Lofgren picked up his 10th win of the season as Akron completed a sweep of Connecticut. Lofgren allowed two hits in six scoreless innings.
Jeff Marquez had one of his worst starts of the season. Marquez gave up seven hits and seven runs in 2 2/3 innings in a loss to Binghamton. Bobby Parnell struck out eight while allowing one run in six innings for the B-Mets.
Reid Brignac doubled and homered in Montgomery’s 5-3 loss to Tennessee. Wade Davis gave up four runs but only one of the them was earned in six innings.
Matt Antonelli is destroying the Texas League. Antonelli hit his fifth home run in 19 games in a 4-3 loss to Corpus Christi. Antonelli is hitting .386/.482/.671 for San Antonio.
High Class A
There aren’t many high Class A fantasy leagues out there, but if you’re hardcore enough to be in one I hope you had Josh Rodriguez last night. Rodriguez hit a pair of home runs and drove in nine in Kinston’s 22-10 win over Lynchburg. Wes Hodges also homered as part of a 4-for-5 night and Jared Goedert drive in five runs for Kinston.
Brandon Erbe’s struggles continued on Thursday. Erbe allowed four runs in eight innings which is actually one of his best starts of the past month. Erbe has allowed three runs or more in every start since July began. He was 1-3, 10.38 during July.
Dustin Martin homered in his third game since joining Fort Myers. Martin was part of the Luis Castillo trade earlier this week.
Low Class A
Two days after he had a four-hit day with two home runs South Bend’s Daniel Perales went 5-for-7 with two doubles and a game-winning home run in the 14th inning.
Pedro Beato gave up six runs, five of them earned, in 2 2/3 innings. Part of Beato’s problem was his control as he walked four batters before being chased from the game.
After a brutal May Jonah Nickerson has managed to turn around his season. Nickerson didn’t allow an earned run for a second consecutive start to pick up his 10th win of the season. Nickerson now has a 0.90 ERA in his last six starts.
Wade Townsend struck out four in six scoreless innings for Columbus.
Duke Welker held Auburn to two hits in five scoreless innings as the Spikes picked up an 8-4 win.
Twins’ first-rounder Ben Revere hit his seventh triple in 29 pro games. Revere is hitting .342/.387/.500 with 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts for the Gulf Coast League Twins. Liam Hendriks, a Twins signing out of Australia, allowed one hit while striking out nine in five innings to lower his ERA to 1.50. In the second game of the doubleheader the Twins got another fine pitching performance as Daniel Berlind, the team’s seventh-round pick this year, improved to 5-0, 0.74 with 5 1/3 scoreless innings.
Steven Evarts gave up two runs in six innings as his Danville club beat Elizabethton. The runs were the first Evarts, a 2006 supplemental first-round pick, had given up in four pro appearances.
Helena’s Matt LaPorta, the Brewers first-round pick this year, hit his second home run in three games on Thursday.
Missoula’s Taylor Harbin hit his eighth and ninth home runs of the season and Anthony Smith also hit a pair of solo shots as the Osprey beat Billings 9-7. Justin Reed homered as a pinch hitter in his debut for Billings.
John Leonard and Ben Swaggerty combined on a rain-shortened five-inning no-hitter as Idaho Falls beat Casper.