Jon Lester’s return to Boston keeps inching closer and Gio Gonzalez saw his start largely washed away on Monday.
Jordan Tata’s second start of the season wasn’t nearly as good as the first. Tata allowed six runs in 2 1/3 innings to raise his ERA to 10.13 in Buffalo’s 9-3 win over Toledo.
Jon Lester seems ready to head back to Boston. Lester allowed only a Luis Martinez solo home run in a complete-game victory.
Delwyn Young homered twice in Las Vegas’ 14-7 rout of Memphis.
Tacoma starter Justin Lehr has been the Rainiers’ best starter this season, but he was roughed up by Iowa hitters on Monday. Five I-Cubs homered as Lehr was chased after only 3 1/3 innings in Iowa’s 12-5 win over Tacoma.
Gio Gonzalez has been trailing just behind Yovani Gallardo for the minors’ strikeout lead all season, but Mother Nature wasn’t kind to Gonzalez on Monday. A 48-minute rain delay in the third inning forced Gonzalez from the game, which meant he left with only one strikeout. Gonzalez’ 82 strikeouts are 13 behind Gallardo and two strikeouts behind Will Inman.
Cody Strait missed only 11 games after breaking an orbital bone socket when a foul ball hit him in the eye. He homered for the first time since coming back on Monday but it wasn’t enough for the Lookouts as Chattanooga lost to Huntsville 6-5.
The Mississippi Braves lost top prospect Jarrod Saltalamaccia to the majors, and watched shortstop prospect Brent Lillibridge get promoted to Triple-A on Friday. But they keep winning anyway. Brandon Jones had four hits including a double to lead the Braves past West Tenn on Monday. Reliever Joey Devine has returned this year to the form the Braves expected when they drafted him in the first round. One minor tweak seems to have made a big difference as the Braves have Devine landing on his toes instead of his heel on his follow-through. M-Braves manager Philip Wellman will miss three games after being suspended by the Atlanta Braves and the Southern League.
High Class A
Life as a California League pitcher is a rather jittery existence. You know that any outing could be the one that turns your ERA into the model number of a Boeing jet. It was Brent Carter’s turn on Monday. Carter gave up 11 earned runs in three innings to balloon his ERA to 6.86. Stephen Marek gave up five runs but still was an easy winner.
Chris Nelson and Dexter Fowler each had two hits including a double, but it wasn’t enough for Modesto as Lancaster rolled to an 8-5 win behind Aaron Bates’ 14th home run of the season.
Jordan Schafer hit his sixth triple in 113 at-bats with Myrtle Beach, but Jason Delaney homered twice to give Lynchburg a 6-4 win.
Luke Montz homered twice to make Shairon Martis a winner in Potomac’s 7-3 topping of Salem.
Micah Schnurstein hit his league-leading 15th home run of the season in the eighth, but it was his surprise bunt in the 12th that fans will remember. Schnurstein led off the 12th with the bunt and came around to score the winning run.
Mark Hamilton hit three home runs to power Palm Beach past Clearwater.
Tyler Colvin doubled twice and Chris Amador homered twice as Daytona topped Dunedin.
Low Class A
Robert Hernandez threw five shutout innings as Peoria topped Beloit.
Josh Rainwater struck out seven while allowing one run in six innings of West Michigan’s 3-1 win over Fort Wayne.
Preston Mattingly is heating up. The Dodgers’ 2006 sandwich pick has an 11-game hitting streak which he extended with a two-hit night that included a triple. Great Lakes topped South Bend 11-9.
Mitch Hilligoss saw his hitting streak end on Sunday so he started a new one on Monday. Hilligoss singled and stole two bases in the opener and homered in the nightcap as Charleston split with Savannah.
Emmanuel Burriss is finding the South Atlantic League more to his liking. Demoted from high Class A San Jose, Burriss had three more hits raising his average to .344/.388/.393 as Augusta topped Asheville 7-2.