BAPR Plus: June 26

Manny Parra was perfect, Eric Hurley has landed in Triple-A and there was an Adam Miller sighting on a busy day around the minors.Triple-A

Manny Parra was considered one of the better pitching prospects around before a shoulder injured derailed his career in 2005. It’s taken two years, but Parra is showing every sign that he’s recovered from the shoulder surgery. He went 7-3, 2.68 for Double-A Huntsville with more than a strikeout an inning, then added an emphatic exclamation point in his second start after being promoted to Triple-A Nashville. Parra threw only the eighth perfect game in Pacific Coast League history as he dominated Round Rock to the tune of 11 strikeouts in nine innings.

Eric Hurley’s Triple-A debut was marred in part by a bad throw by Hurley that would have gotten him out of an inning. Hurley gave up five runs in five innings.Adam Miller returned to action for the first time in over a month as he threw one innings in Buffalo’s win over Norfolk. Aaron Laffey threw seven solid innings in relief of Miller.

Jon Lester suffered through his worst start of the season. The Pawtucket starter gave up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to Louisville.

Phillip Humber struck out only three, but he did throw seven shutout innings against Memphis.

Brandon Wood hit one of Salt Lake’s five home runs in a 16-11 win over Sacramento.

Double-A

Adam Boeve hit a pair of home runs, but it still wasn’t enough as Altoona fell to Reading 4-3.

Ryan Mullins struck out 10 in 7 2/3 innings in his fifth start since being promoted to Double-A New Britain.

With Chuck Lofgren facing Radhames Liz, you would have expected to see a pitching duel in Akron last night. It didn’t turn out that way. Liz lasted only 2 2/3 innings, and Lofgren gave up five earned runs in six innings. Brian Barton hit one of three Akron home runs in the Aeros’ win.

It’s hard to know who the New Hampshire Fisher Cats crowd was rooting for on Monday night–the Fisher Cats or Portland starter and Red Sox top pitching prospect Clay Buchholz. Buchholz struck out 11 in 6 1/3 innings, leaving to a standing ovation that left New Hampshire manager Billy Masse unhappy, as he explained to the Manchester Union-Leader.

“I think it’s sad,” Masse said. “We’re not playing the Boston Red Sox. We’re playing the Portland Sea Dogs. Unless you’re from that area, you root for your hometown team. This is New Hampshire’s team, Manchester’s team and to see Clay Buchholz get a standing ovation was absolutely disgraceful . . . I guess I will never understand how you can root for the Fisher Cats when we don’t play Portland and root for them when we do play them.”

Jay Bruce hasn’t taken long to get comfortable in Double-A. Bruce hit two home runs and also doubled on a four-hit night that raised his Double-A numbers to .444/.474/1.000 in 18 at-bats.

High Class A

Matt Walker’s struggles continued on Monday. He gave up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings in a loss to Sarasota.

Brian Omogrosso dominated in a rain-shortened outing against Wilmington. The Winston-Salem righthander allowed only two hits in five scoreless innings in his first start as a pro–he’s moved into the rotation after a year and a half as a reliever.

Zach Ward ranks among the minors’ unluckiest pitchers. The righthander dropped to 2-10 as his Fort Myers club was shutout by Adam Ottavino. Ward’s horrendous record has come despite the fact that he has a very solid 3.04 ERA and has not allowed more than three runs in any of his 17 outings this season.

Every Myrtle Beach hitter had at least two hits in a thumping of Lynchburg. Jordan Schafer doubled and homered to help lead the way for the Pelicans. Brad Corley hit a pair of home runs in the loss for Lynchburg. At one point Lynchburg led 4-0, but Myrtle Beach scored 15 runs in the final five innings.

Daniel McCutchen improved to 8-1 with seven solid innings against Daytona.

Chorye Spoone struck out 11 and allowed only two hits in eight innings. Spoone didn’t allow a hit until the eighth inning in Frederick’s 2-1 win over Potomac.

Brett Anderson only threw three innings in his first start with high Class A Visalia. Anderson earned the promotion with a dominant first half in the Midwest League, but on Monday he was outdone by Stockton starter Ryan Webb, who was back after a demotion from Double-A Midland.

Bubba Bell hit his 19th and 20th home runs of the season and Kris Johnson continued to turn around his season in Lancaster’s 9-7 win over Bakersfield. Johnson had an 8.76 ERA in his first nine starts, but since then, he has allowed one run or less in all but one of his six starts, and he has a 2.61 ERA over that stretch.

Low Class A

It’s been a rough introduction to pro ball for 2006 College World Series hero Jonah Nickerson. But the day after his Oregon State Beavers repeated as NCAA champions, Nickerson celebrated with one of his best outings of the season, allowing two runs in six innings to pick up his fifth win of the season.

Tim Bascom threw five perfect innings in his Orioles’ debut with Delmarva. Bascom struck out nine in five innings and Bill Rowell had three hits in the Shorebirds’ 3-2 win over Lakewood.

Simon Ferrer allowed only one run in nine innings as Asheville trounced Greenville 13-1.

Scott Deal threw a complete-game nine-hitter to beat Burlington 11-2.

Short-Season/Rookie

Drew Naylor threw his second consecutive outstanding outing for Williamsport. The 21-year-old righthander from Australia allowed two hits and struck out seven in eight innings. Naylor threw seven scoreless innings in his first outing. He now has allowed six hits and one run while striking out 15 in 15 innings.

Kelvin de la Cruz had a rough introduction to the U.S. in 2006, as he went 1-2, 10.98 in 20 innings, but considering he was 17 at the time, that can somewhat be excused. His second try at the Gulf Coast League is going much better. Now 18, De la Cruz allowed two hits in seven innings to win his second straight start. De la Cruz has now allowed four hits, one walk and one run while striking out 15 in 12 innings.

Ozzie Lewis had five hits while David Bromberg struck out 10 in five scoreless innings as Elizabethton pounded Princeton 20-6.

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