Guillermo Moscoso was perfect, Dellin Betances is headed to the doctor and little-used Asheville catcher Jhaysson Augustin has a memory for his scrapbook.
Felix Pie’s up-and-down season has him down in Triple-A Iowa again, which means his stats are up. Pie doubled and hit two home runs off of Omaha starter Luke Hochevar in Iowa’s 13-2 win. Scott Moore added two home runs of his own. Hochevar’s Triple-A debut wasn’t pretty thanks to the home runs. He gave up five runs in five innings, although he did strike out seven while walking one.
Chin-Lung Hu has raked since being promoted to Triple-A. Hu hit his third home run in four Triple-A games as Las Vegas beat Salt Lake. After the game, Hu told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he thought his success is coming partly because Triple-A pitchers don’t have a book on how to pitch him.
Adam Jones and Wladimir Balentien are at it again. Jones hit his 23rd home run and Balentien hit his 21st as Tacoma beat Fresno 10-9. Jones now has four home runs in his past five games.
Jeremy Sowers struggles have not been solved by a demotion to Triple-A. Sowers was tagged for five runs in six innings to drop to 0-4 as Durham beat Buffalo 5-4.
After missing a start because of a blister on his hand, Jair Jurrjens returned with a flourish on Sunday. Jurrjens allowed one run while striking out nine in six innings of work. In the sixth he found himself with runners on second and third and none out, but he struck out the next two batters and induced a pop out to get out of the jam.
Trenton’s Alan Horne gave up three home runs in four innings yesterday in a 7-5 loss to New Hampshire.
Justin Upton hit his 15th home run of the season and Carlos Gonzalez hit a pair of doubles in Mobile’s 7-6 loss to Tennessee. Gonzalez is slugging .744 in July after struggling for much of the season.
Yoslan Herrera danced around trouble for Altoona. Herrera gave up five hits and four walks in six innings, but he didn’t give up any runs in a 10-4 win over Akron.
Brandon Jones and Matt Esquivel hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning. An innings later Jones tripled before Esquivel hit a second home run.
Matt Antonelli hit his first Double-A home run (and his 15th overall) in San Antonio’s 4-3 loss to Frisco. Antonelli is hitting .538/.611/.813 in four Double-A games.
High Class A
Travis Ishikawa hit three doubles to lead a 14-run steamroller as San Jose beat Inland Empire 14-2.
David Freese had four hits and one of four Lake Elsinore home runs in a 21-5 threshing of High Desert.
The year of the hitting streak just keeps getting more and more crowded. Bakersfield’s Chris Davis hit a grand slam to extend his hitting streak to 33 games. Davis is two games away from the California League record. Already this year we’ve seen records set in the International League (Brandon Watson’s 43-game streak) and South Atlantic League (Mitch Hilligoss’ 38-game streak).
Eddie Degerman allowed only two hits in seven shutout innings to lead Palm Beach over Lakeland.
Low Class A
Jhayson Augustin only gets into the Asheville lineup every three or four days, but he made the most of his at-bats on Sunday. Augustin tripled in the second, singled in the fourth and homered in the sixth. When he came up in the seventh he never thought of stopping at first when he hit a liner down the third base line for a double to complete the cycle. As the Asheville Citizen-Times explained, Augustin became the first Tourist to hit for the cycle since Ben Petrick did it in 1996.
Charleston’s Michael Dunn improved to 11-3 as he allowed three hits in six innings.
Augusta’s Clayton Tanner allowed one run in six innings, lowering his ERA to 3.00 and becoming the fourth GreenJackets starter to reach double digits in wins.
Heath Rollins also reached 10 wins. The Columbus starter allowed one run in seven innings while striking out seven. Rollins has a 0.47 ERA in three starts. Cesar Suarez had six RBIs for the Catfish.
Alexander Smit, recently picked up off waivers from the Twins, struck out four in three hitless innings in his Dayton debut.
Guillermo Moscoso pitched only the second nine-inning perfect game in New York-Penn League history when he completely handcuffed Batavia. Moscoso actually survived a dropped foul ball in the ninth, but didn’t let it affect his composure. He responded by getting a ground out on the next pitch.
Dellin Betances was outdueled by Glenn Gibson, but that was the least of his worries on Sunday. Betances left after three innings complaining of elbow tightness. The Yankees prospect will have an examination on his elbow today. Gibson allowed one run in five innings to raise his ERA to 1.00.
Steffan Wilson, a 28th round pick out of Harvard, hit a pair of home runs and a double as part of his 4-for-4 day as Helena beat Casper 11-8. Casper third baseman Shane Lowe had a little tougher time. The third baseman committed three errors and now has 15 in 15 games