Brandon Watson extended his hitting streak to 38 games, Daniel Bard played a part in a six-inning rain-shortened no-hitter and Wade Davis struck out 13 in Monday action.
For 46 years no minor league had strung together a 38-game hitting streak, now we’ve seen it done twice in less than a month. Columbus’ Brandon Watson slapped an opposite-field single in his first at-bat to tie Mitch Hilligoss for the longest streak of the year and the past 46 years.
Indianapolis’ Shane Youman and Franquelis Osoria combined on a four-hit shutout of Charlotte.
Rochester’s Matt Garza left Monday’s game with a 4-2 lead, but Rochester’s bullpen gave up six runs in the seventh in Louisville’s 8-4 win. Garza gave up two runs while striking out six in six innings.
Terry Evans homered for the second straight game to give Salt Lake an early lead, but Ian Stewart’s three-run ninth inning home run tied the game in the ninth and Alvin Colina drove in the winning run for Colorado Springs in the 10th.
Mark Saccomanno hit two home runs as Round Rock topped New Orleans.
Billy Butler’s home run wasn’t enough for Omaha as Mike Kinkade homered twice and Eric Patterson and Geovanny Soto added home runs as well in Iowa’s 8-2 win over Omaha.
Chris Oxspring struck out 10 Memphis hitters in six innings and relievers Dennis Sarfate and Luther Hackman struck out another seven in the Sounds’ 7-1 win.
Matt Tuiasasopo doubled and homered for the only run of West Tenn’s 1-0 win over Huntsville. Travis Chick combined with two relievers on the shutout.
Montgomery’s Jason Pridie hit a grand slam, but Carlos Gonzalez and Chris Rahl and Wilkin Castillo hit a two-run home run in Mobile’s 6-5 win.
Mississippi needed only two wins when the weekend began to clinch the Southern League’s South Division title. They still need two wins. Matt Esquivel and Brandon Jones homered for the Braves, but Birmingham put together a 14-hit attack to beat the Braves 9-6.
Armando Galarraga struck out seven in 6 2/3 scoreless innings as Frisco beat Midland 6-1.
Tulsa’s Sam Denudo struck out 11 in eight innings to beat Wichita 2-1.
Troy Patton allowed one run in seven innings to lead Corpus Christi to a 2-1 win over San Antonio.
High Class A
Luke May homered and had three hits pacing Inland Empire’s 4-3 win over Stockton. The Ports’ John Mayberry was promoted to Double-A despite a .230 batting average.
Lancaster got four home runs including one from Luis Soto who also doubled twice in a 10-7 win over High Desert.
Wade LeBlanc struck out 10 in 7 1/3 innings, but also gave up four runs as he was outdueled by Brok Butcher’s complete-game shutout.
Rowdy Hardy’s spell on Carolina League hitters continued on Monday. Hardy allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings to pace Wilmington’s 4-0 win over Frederick. Hardy cut his league-leading ERA to 1.62.
Carlos Carrasco struck out seven in a complete-game three hit shutout of Fort Myers.
Nick Evans hit two home runs and drove in five runs for St. Lucie as the Mets beat Daytona 8-7. Jeff Samardzija gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings as he allowed runs for the first time in three relief outings.
Wade Davis struck out a career-high 13 for Vero Beach but Brett Sinkbeil matched him as Vero Beach needed four eighth-inning runs to win 6-2.
Sent back to high Class A Sarasota as he returns from a oblique strain, Sam Lecure struck out eight in five innings and Jay Bruce hit a pair of doubles as the Reds steamrolled Dunedin 12-2.
Low Class A
Kasey Kiker’s low Class A debut was delayed until May, but he’s been making up for lost time. The 2006 first-rounder struck out eight in five scoreless innings on Monday, lowering his ERA to 2.45.
Michael Thompson and Brady Everett homered to lead Burlington’s 6-5 win over Peoria.
Quad Cities’ Jaime Landin hit two home runs and Eddie Degerman combined with two relievers to shut out Wisconsin 3-0.
Brett Anderson just continues to roll along. The South Bend ace allowed one run on Monday in six innings to pick up his eighth win.
Jeremy Hellickson allowed one hit in six innings and Quinn Stewart homered for Columbus in the Catfish’ 9-2 win over Rome.
Daniel Bard is finding Greenville much more to his liking. In his second start with the Drive, Bard and Ryan Philips combined on a rain-shortened six-inning no hitter. Bard is still struggling with his command–he walked four in five innings Monday, but his 1.13 ERA in two Greenville starts looks much better than his 10.13 ERA in five starts with high Class A Lancaster.
Adam Howard hit a pair of home runs in Greensboro’s 13-4 win over Lexington.
Chris Marrero’s home run led Hagerstown past Lexington 7-6.
Pedro Beato struck out four in six innings as Delmarva beat Lake County.
We mentioned Hilligoss earlier in reference to Watson’s hitting streak. Since going hitless on June 3, Hilligoss has gotten a hit in his next eight games. If not for the one 0-fer, Hilligoss would be looking at the longest minor league hitting streak of the past half century.