Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy are one step closer to the majors. The pair of Yankees prospects learned on Monday that they are being promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre which overshadowed a fine performance by Trenton teammate Jason Jones.
Brandon Jones doubled and homered for his first hits since being promoted to Triple-A Richmond on Saturday as the R-Braves pulled off a split against Toledo. The first game was a completion of Sunday’s suspended game that was delayed because of a bomb threat.
Sean Smith keeps rolling along. The Indians prospect held Syracuse to two hits in seven innings as he picked up his fourth win in his past six starts and Andy Marte homered in the first game of an Bisons’ sweep.
Jay Bruce hit his second triple in 11 Triple-A games, but Pawtucket’s David Pauley struck out seven in 7 2/3 effective innings as Pawtucket beat Louisville.
Akron’s Brian Barton went 4-for-6 with a double and home run to pace the Aeros’ easy win over Harrisburg.
Trenton’s Jason Jones may have lost, but it was yet another outstanding outing for the Thunder starter. Jones is now 3-1, 0.75 in July after allowing one earned run in five innings. It was the first earned run he had allowed in four starts. Jones’ outing might have been lost among the bigger news: the Yankees are promoting Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. They’ll be replaced by the demoted Tyler Clippard and Chase Wright.
Carlos Carrasco was roughed up for eight runs (seven earned) in four innings in Reading’s 11-3 loss to Bowie. Mike Costanzo’s 18th home run was the lone bright spot for Reading.
Donald Veal struck out seven while giving up five unearned runs in four innings. Joe Simokaitis hit the game-winning sacrifice fly in the ninth inning as Tennessee beat Carolina.
Adam Rosales doubled and homered as Chattanooga beat Mississippi.
San Antonio’s Chase Headley homered for the second consecutive game to beat Corpus Christi.
With Wade Davis on the mound, there didn’t seem to be many chances for Mobile to snap a seven-game losing streak. Davis held Mobile to three hits in six innings while striking out seven. But after Davis left, Mobile jumped on the Montgomery bullpen as Justin Upton hit a pair of doubles to pick up a much-needed win.
High Class A
Brett Myers struck out three in 1 1/3 innings in a rehab outing while Greg Golson had four hits including his fifth triple of the season as Clearwater beat Tampa.
Shelby Ford has his seventh-straight multihit game, this time with a triple and home run, but Lynchburg fell 2-1 to Winston-Salem.
Chris Marrero doubled twice in Potomac’s loss to Kinston.
Low Class A
Trevor Cahill threw seven effective innings and Jermaine Mitchell homered and doubled in Kane County’s 2-1 win over Dayton. Drew Stubbs hit his third double in two games and Juan Francisco homered for Dayton.
Wisconsin picked up its first win in two weeks to narrowly avoid a dubious record. The Timber Rattlers snapped a 14-game losing streak, one short of the Midwest League record. South Bend lost despite four home runs.
Graham Taylor threw seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts to beat Lakewood.
Josh Reddick hit a pair of three-run home runs as Greenville beat Savannah. The 20-year-old Reddick, a 2006 17th-round draft pick out of Middle Georgia Junior College in 2006, is now hitting .326/.379/.570 with five home runs in his past six games.
Speedy Devil Rays prospect Desmond Jennings had four hits including two doubles in a 10-9 loss to Kannapolis.
Tim Bascom is nothing if not consistent. The righthander allowed one run in seven innings for the third straight start in Delmarva’s 6-1 win over West Virginia.
Beau Mills doubled and homered to help Lake County to a 10-5 win over Lexington. Lexington lost despite a four-hit night from Koby Clemens and three hits from Max Sapp.
Bruce Billings continues to toy with Northwest League hitters. The Tri-City starter struck out 11 in six scoreless innings while allowing only two hits. The 30th-round pick out of San Diego State is now 2-2, 2.36 with 45 strikeouts and four walks in 34 1/3 innings.