If Tuesday’s story was home runs hit all over the minors, pitchers got their revenge on Wednesday. Ian Kennedy, Jo-Jo Reyes, James McDonald and Jonah Nickerson were among the pitchers who starred on Wednesday.
Yusmeiro Petit is not getting the strikeouts he used to get in the lower levels of the minors but he is showing improved success in Tucson. Petit gave up one hit in five scoreless innings. He’s now allowed one run or less in seven of his last 10 starts.
In five Triple-A stars Edinson Volquez is now 5-0. Volquez held Sacramento to two hits in seven scoreless innings, helping was Sacramento starter Colby Lewis’ seven inning, one run, 10 strikeout outing.
Pete LaForest hit a pair of home runs, giving him 29 for the season as Portland beat Memphis. One of the homers was LaForest’s Pacific Coast League record-setting fifth grand slam of the season.
Chris Iannetta homered in his first game since being demoted to Colorado Springs. Franklin Morales picked up his second win in two starts since being promoted to Colorado Springs.
After throwing back to back complete-game shutouts, Ryan Rohrbaugh gave up two runs in six innings, but it was still enough to pick up his sixth win in nine starts since being promoted to Triple-A Tacoma.
Ian Kennedy might have been overshadowed by teammate Joba Chamberlain, but Kennedy deserves his due. The former Southern California righthander held Patwucket scoreless for six innings as he improved to 1-0, 1.06 in three Triple-A starts. He’s now 12-2, 1.75 in three stops this season.
Jason Pridie hit a pair of home runs as Durham beat Columbus.
Steven Pearce homered for a second consecutive game and Brad Eldred added a pair of home runs to help Indianapolis easily beat Louisville.
Jo-Jo Reyes may have struggled in the majors but he seems to have Triple-A figured out. Reyes improved to 3-0, 1.24 for Richmond by allowing one hit over six innings. Gregor Blanco was 4-for-5 for the R-Braves.
Troy Patton threw seven shutout innings to beat Salt Lake.
Mike Costanzo hit his fourth home run in four games but Bowie’s Radhames Liz still picked up his 10th win despite giving up five runs in five innings. Nolan Reimold hit a pair of three-run home runs for Bowie.
The James McDonald story just keeps getting better. McDonald, the pitcher-turned-outfielder-turned-pitcher, improved to 5-1, 1.10 since being promoted to Double-A Jacksonville thanks to his two-hit, five-inning outing. McDonald has not allowed two or more runs in any of his six Double-A starts.
Matt Antonelli hit a pair of home runs in San Antonio’s 12-8 win over Springfield. Antonelli is hitting .367/.468/.667 in 90 at-bats since being promoted to San Antonio.
J.R. Towles doubled and homered to lead Corpus Christi past Arkansas.
High Class A
It wasn’t a great rehab start for Pedro Martinez. Lakeland hitters touched him up for six runs in three innings. Justin Justice and Deik Scram had nights to remember as both homered off of the Mets ace. Martinez’ fastball touched 88 mph and he struggled to command his sinker.
Brandon Erbe’s struggles continued on Wednesday. He gave up five earned runs in two innings in a loss to Potomac. Frederick manager Tommy Thompson didn’t mince words after the game in describing Erbe’s outing.
“He just couldn’t throw strikes tonight,” Keys manager Tommy Thompson said. “It was probably his worst outing of the year. There was just no command, no feel for any pitches in the zone. He was missing by 2 or 3 feet today. It was just a tough outing for him.”
Allen Craig went 3-for-4 with his 18th home run for Palm Beach in a 13-3 loss to Dunedin.
Brian Dopirak was back in the lineup after sitting out two games because he was dropped from the Cubs’ 40-man roster. Dopirak went 1-for-5 with a double in his return.
Josh Rodriguez is making a pretty strong case that he’s the minors’ hottest hitter. Rodriguez homered for the third straight game and has now 17 RBIs in the past six games.
Lancaster’s Aaron Bates hit his 24th home run of the season, but Justin Nelson’s pair of home runs was enough to give Modesto a 9-8 win. Nelson is now hitting .338/.447/.641 in 38 games with Modesto.
Low Class A
Pedro Beato struck out four in seven innings as he picked up his sixth win for Delmarva.
Ryan Royster homered for a third consecutive game and his teammates hit three more home runs, but that still wasn’t enough in a 12-6 loss to Greensboro.
Lake County catcher Matt McBride and shortstop Carlos Rivero each doubled twice in the Captains’ 13-2 win over Kannapolis.
Cedar Rapids beat South Bend behind Trevor Bell’s eight shutout innings.
Jonah Nickerson threw seven shutout innings, extending his scoreless streak to 23 innings. Nickerson last allowed a run in his July 22 start. Since then he’s allowed eight hits in 23 innings while striking out 15. Jeramy Laster gave Nickerson plenty of run support as he homered twice and doubled while driving in eight.
Blue Jays first-round pick J.P. Arencibia doubled in Auburn’s 5-3 loss to Oneonta. Arencibia is now hitting .240/.289/.349 in 146 at-bats.
Brooklyn’s Dylan Owen improved to 6-1, 2.05 behind five scoreless innings.
Eugene’s Matt Latos has shown off great stuff, but it hasn’t always led to good results this season. After allowing 10 runs in his previous 6 2/3 innings, Latos was in much better form in Wednesday. He allowed only two hits in five shutout innings.
Bristol’s Charlis Burdie struck out nine in five scoreless innings. Burdie, a 21-year-old signed out of the Dominican Republic, now has 44 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings.