Jeff Clement was perfect on Thursday. Edwar Ramirez has piled up an amazing strikeout-to-walk ratio in Double-A and Brandon Hynick finally gave up some runs, but he’s winning anyway.
Yorman Bazardo got the better of Kevin Slowey in an outstanding pitcher’s duel. Bazardo allowed two hits in eight scoreless innings, while Slowey gave up two runs on only three hits in a complete-game effort. Bazardo kept Rochester off balance by mixing his fastball and an impressive changeup. Although Slowey got the loss, he was pretty amazing once again. Slowey threw 80 strikes in 104 pitches while once again walking no one–he’s now walked two batters in 38 innings.
Mitch Talbot has had three very solid starts this season with Durham. It’s the other four starts that have gotten him in trouble and left him with an 8.71 ERA. Talbot allowed two runs and three hits in six innings to pick up his second win of the season.
Phil Dumatrait lowered his ERA to 1.99 by allowing one run in six innings. Edwin Encarnacion joined the Bats as Jeff Keppinger was sent to Cincinnati. The Reds will have another roster move in the near future after placing Eric Milton on the disabled list. Dumatrait or Bobby Livingston appear ticketed to make the start for Cincinnati on Sunday. It won’t be Homer Bailey, as Wayne Krivsky explained yesterday.
Josh Fields homered and Wiki Gonzalez hit a grand slam a night after he hit two home runs in Charlotte’s 12-1 win over Richmond.
Ben Francisco hit a grand slam to lead Buffalo past Columbus.
The Indianapolis Star’s Terry Hutchens writes one of the more thoughtful game stories you’ll see, featurizing the story of Bryan Bullington. Bullington had his worst start of the season, giving up five runs in five innings to raise his ERA to 1.90. As Hutchens explains, Bullington’s stuff was a little off on Thursday as he rarely topped 90 mph.
There are few hotter hitters in the minors than Mike Fontenot. Fontenot hit two triples, homered and drove in five on Thursday as Iowa beat Fresno 11-5. Center fielder Felix Pie has three hits in his return to Iowa after being demoted. Fontenot has a seven-game hitting streak and is 7-for-9 with six extra-base hits in the last two games.
Terry Evans doubled and tripled in Salt Lake’s 11-3 win over Memphis. Rick Ankiel homered for Memphis.
Everyone hit in Las Vegas’ 17-16 win over Oklahoma. The numbers were great for hitters and ugly for pitchers: 38 hits, seven errors and 14 extra-base hits. Dodgers GM Ned Colletti talked with the Las Vegas paper about how 51s players have to have patience, but guys like James Loney and Matt Kemp will get their chances in Los Angeles before too long.
Joe Koshansky hit his fourth home run as Colorado Springs beat Nashville.
J.J. Furmaniak homered for the second consecutive game and Kurt Suzuki also homered for Sacramento.
Jeff Clement went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a home run, but Tacoma fell to Round Rock 10-8.
Oscar Salazar doubled with two outs in the ninth to break up New Hampshire’s bid for a no-hitter. Jesse Litsch shut Bowie down for seven innings, Jesse Carlson threw a hitless eighth and Tracy Thorpe got the first two outs of the ninth before Salazar’s double.
At this time last year, Edwar Ramirez was pitching in the independent United League. Now he’s one of the best relievers in the Eastern League. Ramirez struck out eight in three innings Thursday, lowering his ERA to 0.57. Ramirez has now struck out 31 batters in 15 1/3 innings. He also found out that he’s going to be suspended for three games after a brawl against New Britain.
Lou Palmisano continues to swing a hot bat. Palmisano went 2-for-2 with a doubled as Huntsville beat Mobile. Ronnie Merrill homered and doubled for Mobile.
Chase Lambin went 5-for-5 to raise his average from .213 to .273 while Lee Mitchell had a pair of home runs for Carolina.
Evan Longoria homered in Montgomery’s 4-3 win over Tennessee.
Neither starting pitcher got to record an out in Thursday’s Springfield-Wichita game as a big rainstorm hit just three pitches into the game. After a 2:50 rain delay, Dusty Hughes threw seven solid innings of relief for the win.
Greg Reynolds outdueled Nick Adenhart in a matchup of aces. Reynolds allowed only three hits in five innings while Adenhart was beaten up for five runs in 5 1/3 innings.
High Class A
Javi Herrera and Luke Appert homered in Stockton’s 8-6 win over San Jose.
Mike Rozier had an ERA busting outing against High Desert. The Lancaster starter allowed 10 runs, eight of them earned, in 2 2/3 innings as his ERA climbed to 7.41. Mike Saunders was 4-for-5 with a home run.
Even without his best stuff, Brandon Hynick still picked up his fifth win of the season. The Modesto ace allowed three runs in six innings after allowing only one run in his first 40 innings.
Frederick’s Jason Berken and three relievers combined for a seven-hit shutout of Kinston.
Micah Schnurstein’s ninth home run and Aaron Cunningham’s 11th stolen base of the season helped Winston-Salem snap a four-game losing streak.
Sean Horgan explains how injuries and promotions have left Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League basement. The team hopes to get third baseman Eric Campbell back soon from a thumb injury that has sidelined him for nearly a month.
Jay Bruce hit his seventh home run of the season as Sarasota beat Chris Volstad and Jupiter. Volstad gave up nine runs in 4 1/3 innings as his ERA ballooned to 5.70.
Chris Errecart doubled and tripled to help pace Brevard County’s 7-4 win over Fort Myers.
Jeff Samardzija was staked to an early 4-0 lead, but command problems meant he wasn’t around long enough to pick up the win. Samardzija walked three batters in a three-run third. With his pitch count climbing, he was lifted before the fourth. Tyler Colvin tripled as Daytona hung on for a 9-4 win.
Low Class A
Brett Anderson ruined Jeff Manship’s homecoming. One of the best pitcher’s duels in the Midwest League this season quickly turned into a rout. Manship gave up five runs in four innings thanks in part to Brad Miller’s triple and home run while Anderson struck out 10 in seven shutout innings.
Gorkys Hernandez is running wild for West Michigan. Hernandez doubled and stole his 13th and 14th bases of the season, but Cedar Rapids P.J. Phillips hit his third home run in two days to lead the Kernels to a 3-2 win.
Kane County’s bullpen has a reason to be gassed. A day after Craig Italiano lasted only 1 2/3 innings, Andrew Bailey didn’t make it out of the first. The Cougars bullpen rallied to allow only one run over the next 10 innings, but Jonathan Schemmel’s 12th-inning RBI single dropped Kane County to 6-25.
Tommy Hanson has been one of the best pitchers in the South Atlantic League, but he happens to play for one of the worst teams in the minors. That explains why Hanson didn’t pick up his first win until Thursday. Hanson allowed one run in six innings while striking out four.
Chris Marrero stayed hot with an RBI double, but West Virginia topped Hagerstown 6-3 in a rain-shortened game.
Augusta is one of the best teams in the minors, but Columbus has their number. Desmond Jennings doubled, stole third and then scored on a passed ball in the 11th inning as the Catfish topped the GreenJackets 3-2. Columbus has handed Augusta four of its eight losses.
Drew Holder’s grand slam was the difference in Lexington’s 12-11 win over Lake County.
Chris Vinyard’s hit a pair of home runs and a double and Brandon Snyder had a pair of doubles for Delmarva in the Shorebirds’ 9-5 win over Hickory.
Kyle Drabek has struggled at times this spring but he was dominating on Thursday. Drabek allowed only two hits and one run while striking out seven in 7 2/3 innings to beat Greensboro.