BAPR Plus: May 1

Steven Pearce’s home run binge has earned himself a promotion, Dustin McGowan is back in the big leagues, Cesar Carrillo left Monday’s game with an injury , Yovani Gallardo showed power on the mound and at the plate and John Mayberry did what every kid dreams of on Monday night.
Triple-A

Bryan Bullington held Ottawa to five hits in seven shutout innings. Bullington improved to 4-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.17.

Joe Inglett hit a grand slam to help Buffalo turn a close game into a laugher with eight runs in the final three innings. Pawtucket’s Devern Hansack got the loss, but he did strike out eight, moving him into second-place in the International League in strikeouts.

Just like they did on Sunday, Rochester rallied in the ninth to beat Toldeo. Rochester starter Kevin Slowey threw his typical gem, allowing one run in seven innings which actually raised his ERA to 1.05. But Slowey didn’t pick up the win, as the two teams were tied until Rochester scored three runs in the top of the ninth. A Matt Moses double and a Matt LeCroy two-run single were the big hits of the ninth-inning rally.

Journeyman reliever Winston Abreu has been nearly perfect for Columbus. Abreu struck out five batters in two innings Monday night, lowering his ERA to 0.63. He’s now struck out 15 in his last six innings. Juan Brito walked to driver in the go-ahead run, then homered to add an insurance run in Columbus’ 6-4 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

On a night where Dustin McGowan was promoted to the majors, Syracuse’s Geremi Gonzalez and three relievers held Louisville to five hits in a 3-0 shutout.

Yovani Gallardo struck out nine in seven innings and hit a home run, but reliever Jose Capellan gave up a game-winning three-run home run to Geovany Soto in the ninth as Iowa beat Nashville 6-5.

Sandy Alomar Jr. is still around. Alomar hit a pinch-hit grand slam on Monday to help New Orleans top Round Rock 8-7. Carlos Gomez was 3-for-4 with his 13th stolen base for New Orleans while Brooks Conrad homered for Round Rock.

Few will probably complain if we all agree to just forget about Monday’s Tacoma-Colorado Springs game. Tacoma scored three runs in the eighth to take the lead, even though they didn’t get a hit. Two walks, a hit batter, two errors and a double-play ball gave the Rainiers all the runs they needed. The Tacoma News-Tribune also has a feature on Jeremy Reed, who’s trying to work his way back to the majors.

Tyler Lumsden’s struggles continued. Working in relief, Lumsden allowed five runs in one inning to raise his ERA to 10.80.

Bad news for the Padres. Cesar Carillo left Monday’s game in the second inning with elbow discomfort.

“I hope it’s nothing of consequence,” Beavers manager Rick Renteria told the Oregonian. “Whatever it is, it’s probably rehab-able or fixable, and once we get to that point where we understand what it is, well take it from there.”

Kevin Meilillo homered and broke a 3-3 tie with a bases-loaded single in the 11th as Sacramento beat Las Vegas 6-3.

Double-A

Prentice Redman homered twice as West Tenn demolished Chattanooga 16-8 despite three home runs from the Lookouts (Drew Anderson, Chris Dickerson and Jay Garthwaite).

Evan Longoria’s fifth home run of the season wasn’t enough as Jacksonville topped Montgomery 9-6.

Brandon Jones homered but Mobile beat Mississippi 4-3.

Mike Jones’ long road to recovery took another step forward on Monday. The former Brewers top prospect allowed one run in six innings on the heels of a six-inning shuout performance in his last start.

Cesar Ramos threw a complete-game three-hit shutout and Chase Headley hit a mammoth home run as San Antonio beat Midland.

Eric Haberer was rolling along until he threw wildly after fielding a bunt in the fifth. He seemed rattled by the error, as Tulsa scored five runs in the fifth to win 8-2.

Mike Stodolka homered and drove in four runs and Chris Lubanski doubled to help Wichita past Arkansas.

Armando Galarraga and Josh Miller hooked up for a pitcher’s duel for six innings on Monday. But Jim Fasano’s wind-aided double in the eighth led Frisco over Corpus Christi.
This feature on Trevor Crowe does a good job of explaining his slow start. The Indians outfield prospect admits his focus on moving up to Cleveland quickly led him to try to do too much. And because he was trying to do too much, he ended up producing a lot less than he’s used to.

High Class A

Wade LeBlanc and three relievers combined on a two-hit shutout for Lake Elsinore.

John Mayberry’s sixth home run of the season was a dramatic one. Coming up with two men on and one out in the middle of the ninth, Mayberry crushed a hanging slider well over the left field fence.

“You see it on SportsCenter, Big Papi and those guys, but to do it yourself is something special,” Mayberry Jr. told the Bakersfield Californian.

Brandon Hynick hasn’t allowed an earned run this season. He extended the streak to 32 innings with a complete-game shutout of Inland Empire. Hynick allowed two hits striking out seven. For the season, Hynick has given up 19 hits and struck out 22 while walking only three. Hynick got plenty of bad swings on Monday with his fastball command and a good changeup.
“It wasn’t a good game. It was a great game,” Inland Empire manager Dave Collins told the San Bernardino Sun. “From a command standpoint, that was the best we have seen. He got all his pitches over and they were all effective.”

Justin Upton’s home run streak finally came to an end. Upton was held to a single hit in Rancho Cucamonga’s 4-3 win.

While Upton’s home-run binge slowed, Steven Pearce’s streak didn’t end. He was promoted to Double-A Altoona on the heels of his seventh-consecutive multihit game and his ninth home run in eight games. He’ll make his Altoona debut today. Without Pearce Lynchburg fell 10-4 to Kinston as Wes Hodges homered twice.

There were extra police on hand when Potomac and Winston-Salem faced off for the first time since Thursday’s brawl that left two Potomac players injured. Both teams behaved themselves But John Lannan was the story on Monday as he threw 7 2/3 effective innings for Potomac.

Eli Iorg extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double to help lead an 11-run outburst by Salem, who cruised past Myrtle Beach. Raymar Diaz and two relievers combined on a four-hit shutout for Salem.

Danny Dorn homered and doubled to help make Richie Gardner a winner. Sarasota cruised past Lakeland 7-2.

Sergio Mitre showed that he’s ready to return to the Marlins. Mitre allowed only two hits in six innings as Jupiter beat St. Lucie 15-2.

Fort Myers hasn’t scored a run in 23 innings. Dan Brauer was the pitcher in charge of shutting them down on Monday. He allowed one hit in six innings as Clearwater rolled to a 5-0 win.

Low Class A

Josh Bell’s three-run home run was the difference in Lansing’s 7-6 win over Burlington.

Brett Anderson struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings to pick up his third win of the season.

Omar Poveda struck out 12 in eight innings and Johnny Whittelman homered and doubled in an easy Clinton win.

Jeff Manship is proving he’s too good for the Midwest League. Manship allowed one hit in seven innings, striking out eight, to lower his ERA to 0.84. Manship has struck out 36 and walked three in 32 innings. Opponents are only hitting .147 against him.

Kyle Parker and Travis Webb combined for the best pitching duel of Monday. Webb left after throwing six no-hit innings while Parker left having allowed one hit in five innings. Dayton won the battle of the bullpens for a 3-1 win.

Clayton Kershaw wowed Quad Cities as he handcuffed them for six scoreless innings on Monday.

“Kershaw’™s got great stuff, and he’™s the best we’™ve seen so far in this league. He’™s probably got the best fastball in the league from the left side, and as he develops, he’™s only going to get better,’™’™ Quad Cities manager Keith Mitchell told the Quad Cities Times.

Brandon Snyder homered but the Delmarva bullpen couldn’t hold a lead as the Shorebirds lost their sixth straight.

A nine-run fifth innings gave West Virginia more than enough runs for an easy win over Hagerstown. Chris Marrero did have three hits for Hagerstown, but Chuck Caufield and Michael Brantley each had four hits for West Virginia.

For the first time in 15 starts with Lexington Douglas Arguello left a winner. Arguello gave up only two hits in seven shutout innings as the Legends held on for a 3-2 win over Lakewood.

Seth Fortenberry and Josue Calzado homered as Charleston topped Savannah. Matt Durkin allowed four runs (three earned) in 4 1/3 innings in his second start of the season.

Steven Wright struck out seven in six innings for his second win of the season as Lake County beat Hickory.

Augusta is eliminating any drama from the South Atlantic League Southern Division playoff race. The GreenJackets improved to 20-4 behind yet another solid pitching performance. Augusta got five solid innings from Robert Grace to help beat Kannapolis 4-3.

Jeremy Hellickson allowed two earned runs in five innings in his second start with Columbus.

Greenville rallied from a 7-0 deficit to beat Asheville 8-7. Asheville’s Ethan Katz saw his 16 2/3 scoreless inning streak come to an end as he was charged with the loss.

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