BAPR Plus: May 2

Red Sox prospect Clay Buchholz took a perfect game into the seventh to lead the way on a Tuesday that was dominated by pitching performances.
Triple-A

Shane Youman and Brian Rogers held Pawtucket scoreless for seven innings on Tuesday helping Indianapolis beat Pawtucket 5-3. The Pawtucket paper has a feature on Jon Lester and how he’s adjusting to being handled with much caution.

Homer Bailey allowed two runs in six innings although he’s still struggling with his location–he walked four and struck out five in Louisville’s 4-2 win over Ottawa. Joey Votto homered for the Bats. 

With Philip Hughes headed to the disabled list, the crippled Yankees pitching staff will be looking for another starter. Matt DeSalvo made his pitch for consideration by lowering his ERA in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to 1.05. DeSalvo allowed two hits in 5 2/3 innings of Scranton’s 3-0 win over Toledo.

Buddy Carlyle extended Richmond’s starters scoreless inning streak to 35 with six scoreless innings.

He’s not a prospect, but Keith Ginter has turned his season around, and rewarded Torey Lovullo’s faith. Ginter hit two home runs in Buffalo’s 11-5 win over Syracuse. It was Ginter’s third straight game with a home run, before the homer binge he had gone 0-for-16 in his previous 16 games, but Lovullo kept him batting cleanup.

If you still need proof that pitchers don’t always have a lot of control over their win-loss record, Jason Hammel is exhibit A. Hammel had another solid outing on Tuesday–he struck out 10 while allowing two runs in six innings, raising his ERA to 2.48. But he picked up another loss to drop to 1-2 as Richmond was shut out by Norfolk. In Hammel’s six starts Durham has been shut out twice and scored one run two other times.

Matt Moses showed up to spring training in significantly better shape–good enough that some of his teammates didn’t recognize him. It hadn’t paid off in better numbers this April, but it did on Tuesday, Moses homered twice and drove in three in Rochester’s 9-4 win over Columbus. Moses’ numbers for the season are still ugly: 203/.213/.339.

With Billy Butler in Kansas City, Omaha’s lineup is lacking some punch. Blake Hawksworth took advantage, holding Omaha to one run in seven innings.

Iowa catcher Geovanny Soto set an Iowa Cubs record by getting his seventh consecutive hit with a first-inning single before seeing his streak end in the fourth. That was one of the few highlights for the Cubs–Angel Guzman gave up seven runs in three innings, raising his ERA to 12.19.

Matt Erickson hit a walk-off home run in the 10th for Tucson.

Tacoma’s Jeremy Reed was six inches from being a hero, but his long drive in the 13th was easily deep enough for a home run, but it landed just foul. A half inning later, Colorado Springs scored two runs for a 3-1 win in 14 innings. Ubaldo Jimenez’ nightmare of a season took the night off. Jimenez allowed one run in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 8.14.

New Orleans held on to beat Round Rock. The New Orleans Times-Picayune also has a feature on Philip Humber. In it, Humber explains how in some ways he misses the teamwork of college baseball.

Justin Germano probably never planned to become Portland’s all-time wins leader–after all, no one wants to stick around Triple-A that long. Germano won his fourth game of the season and a record-breaking 20th as a Beaver in Portland’s 2-0 win over Salt Lake. Germano broke the record in style with eight scoreless innings.

Despite stranding 16 runners, Sacramento beat Las Vegas 5-2 as Jason Windsor held Las Vegas to one run in five innings.

Double-A 

Clay Buchholz put on a pitching clinic with the best pitching performance of Tuesday. He carried a perfect game into the seventh as he struck out nine in seven scorless innings to outdo Radhames Liz. Buchholz only went to a three-ball count once and he touched 95 mph with his fastball. Buchholz hasn’t allowed a run in his last 17 2/3 innings, but he had yet to get a win this season as Portland’s bullpen and bats have let him down.Brett Smith extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings as Trenton won its 10th straight.

Mobile catcher Phil Avlas had a night to forget. He went 0-for-4 at the plate stranding eight base runners. But it was behind the plate that he really struggled. Mississippi stole eight bases in nine tries on Tuesday in its 9-8 win.

Tulsa scored seven runs in the bottom of the ninth to send Tuesday’s game to extra innings, but Arkansas’ Bobby Wilson homered in the 10th to save the Travelers from a gut-wrenching loss.

Ben Fritz allowed one run in six innings for his second win of the season.

Drew Macias and Sean Kazmar both hit grand slams in a nine-run sixth inning as San Antonio trounced Frisco.

High Class A

Manny Ayala’s changeup continues to baffle California League hitters. Ayala threw five scoreless innings to improve to 4-1 and lower his ERA to 1.77. Jeff Sanders explains the reasons for Ayala’s success in a solid game story.

San Jose’s Joe Martinez struck out 11 in six innings to beat Stockton.

Starters Michael Bowden and Brok Butcher traded zeroes for six innings, and the Lancaster and Rancho Cucamonga bullpens kept the scoreless streak going until the 13th, when Hainley Statia’s error allowed Ryan Khoury to score the go-ahead run in Lancaster’s 2-0 win. Butcher lowered his  ERA to 0.78–he’s second in the league to Brandon Hynick’s 0.00.

Chris Nelson homered and Matt Torra’s struggles continued on Tuesday night. Torra lasted only four innings as his ERA climbed to 11.88 with six earned runs.

Steve Mortimer homered twice as Potomac beat Winston-Salem.

Kiel Thibault’s bloop single was Wilmington’s only hit as Brandon Erbe threw six no-hit innings.

Brian Bogusevic struggled with his command–the result was four runs in five innings and a 4.94 ERA. The Roanoke Times has the details about why Bogusevic is struggling.

Jay Rainville limited Clearwater to four hits and one run in five innings, but the Threshers rallied against the Fort Myers bullpen for a 6-4 win that completed the Threshers’ series sweep.

There’s no story to link to, but Russ Savickas was outstanding for Dunedin on Tuesday. He allowed two hits and no runs in seven innings to lead Dunedin past Tampa.

Rhyne Hughes’ three-run home run was the key blow in Vero Beach’s win over Brevard County.

Yovandy Suero stole three bases, forced five Sarasota errors and scored all three Lakeland runs, but Danny Dorn’s three-run home run was enough to lead Sarasota back to a 5-3 win. Carlos Fisher improved to 4-1 despite one of his roughest outings of the season (two earned runs in six innings).
Low Class A

Sean Watson was dominant, even if he gave up four runs. Watson struck out 10 in six innings for Dayton but gave up four unearned runs thanks to four fourth-inning errors. Juan Francisco homered to spark Dayton’s comeback.

Francisco Felix should be dominating the Midwest League–he’s a 23-year-old facing players two and three years younger than him. But he is dominating. Felix allowed one hit in five innings, lowering his ERA to 0.36.

Nate Culp improved to 2-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.42 as he outdueled Alex Burnett.

Alex Valdez tripled and homered, but seemingly nothing can help Kane County win these days. The Cougars dropped to 4-18 with a 5-4 loss to West Michigan on Tuesday.

Austin Jackson’s three-run home run was more than enough in Charleston’s 4-0 win over Savannah.

Graham Taylor struck out eight and allowed only one run in eight innings, but he was long gone by the time Tuesday’s Greensboro-Delmarva game was decided. The two teams battled back and forth, but when Delmarva had to turn to Fernando De Nabal, things quickly got out of hand. De Nabal walked four batters in two-thirds of an inning for the loss. For the season he now has 27 walks in 14 innings.

Rome has had more than its share of heart-breaking extra inning losses. For once, the Braves got to celebrate at the end of an extra-inning game. Chase Fontaine singled in one run and Yohan Silva drove in the other with a suicide squeeze as Rome beat Columbus 2-0 in 13 innings.

Jared Goedert’s league-leading ninth home run of the season played a part in Lake County’s 16-0 laugher over Hickory. Nick Weglarz also had a home run for Lake County.

After hitting .212 in four seasons as an infielder, Simon Ferrer made a wise choice to switch to pitching. His knuckleball was working to perfection on Tuesday–Ferrer threw seven scoreless innings as Asheville beat Greenville 8-1.

West Virginia’s Alexandre Periard lowered his ERA to 0.90 with six scoreless innings. The 19-year-old is holding opponents to a .187 average.

Adam Cowart’s first rough start of the season led to a rare Augusta loss.

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