Matt DeSalvo and Devern Hansack are headed to the big leagues, Jacoby Ellsbury is headed to Triple-A and Luke Hochevar proved he’s not invincible.
Rochester’s Scott Baker was cruising along in the sixth with a one-hitter. Three batters later, he was headed to a loss. Columbus’ Tony Batista’s three-run home run led the Clippers to a 5-4 win.
At this point being promoted to the Yankees rotation is like being the drummer for Spinal Tap–bad things seem to happen. Matt De Salvo will become the 10th different Yankees starter when he takes the mound for the Yankees on Monday.
Indianapolis’ Rajai Davis and Nyjer Morgan were at it again on Thursday. Davis stole his 16th base, Morgan stole his 14th and scored two runs as Indianapolis beat Pawtucket. Pawtucket reliever Manny Delcarmen struck out the side in the 10th, but picked up the loss because he uncorked a pair of wild pitches. After the game the Red Sox announced that Devern Hansack was being called up to Boston.
Durham’s Wes Bankston and Elliot Johnson homered to make Jeff Niemann a winner. Niemann struggled with his control–he walked six in 5 1/3 innings.
Richmond record a third straight shutout in the first game of sweep of Charlotte.
Nate Schierholtz homered and doubled as Fresno beat Tucson in 10 innings.
It wasn’t a good day for the Portland Beavers. Portland lost its best power hitter when Jack Cust was traded to the A’s and team ace Cesar Carrillo was placed on the disabled list with what’s likely a season-ending elbow injury. But the Beavers did have one bit of good news–they beat Salt Lake 2-1.
Neil Walker homered in the 10th, but Connecticut battled back to win in the 11th. Alay Soler was charged with the loss in relief.
Bubbie Buzachero had a brutal inning of work, giving up five hits, two wild pitches and four runs, but thanks to an Akron rally, he ended up a winner. Chuck Lofgren allowed six hits and two runs in six innings for Akron.
Portland’s Jacoby Ellsbury earned a quick promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket. Ellsbury had two more hits on Thursday, raising his average to .452.
New Hampshire beat Trenton 2-1, but it wasn’t all good news for the Fisher Cats. Ricky Romero left after 2 2/3 innings with a leg injury. Sergio Santos hit his seventh home run of the season.
Jair Jurrjens allowed three runs in seven innings for Erie.
Huntsville’s Manny Parra continues to show his stuff is coming back. Parra improved to 3-1 by allowing two runs in six innings.
Gaby Hernandez struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings as Carolina beat Jacksonville 6-4.
Adam Russell and Fernando Hernandez shut out Tennessee.
Luke Hochevar had his worst start as a pro as Springfield found him very hittable. Hochevar gave up 10 hits and six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. Joanna Chadwick explains that Hochevar struggled to keep his fastball down all night. Colby Rasmus homered in each game of the doubleheader and Joe Mather added his 11th home run of the season in the opener for Springfield.
Unlike Hochevar, Tulsa’s Greg Reynolds was in fine form. Reynolds lowered his ERA to 1.91 by allowing one run in eight innings against Arkansas.
Brian Snider hit a two-run home run and Mike Madsen only allowed two hits in seven innings as Midland edged Corpus Christi 3-2.
High Class A
We’ve talked a lot about Lancaster’s winds and how it affects the JetHawks pitchers, but it does make it a great place to hit. Bubba Bell ranks among minor league leaders with 10 home runs, but Aaron Bates and Scott White aren’t far behind. Bates hit his eighth home run of the season and White added his seventh on Thursday.
David Freese hit three doubles as Lake Elsinore beat Inland Empire.
Antoan Richardson walked in one run, doubled and stole his 18th base of the season in San Jose’s 3-2 win over Stockton.
Edinson Volquez fell to 0-3 this season after allowing three runs in five inning against High Desert.
Micah Schnurstein hit his third home run in four games to help Winston-Salem beat Potomac.
Jacob McGee held Jupiter scoreless for six innings.
Deolis Guerra allowed only two hits and left the game having allowed no runs on Thursday. But he left the game with the bases loaded in the sixth, thanks in large part to a pair of walks. Tyler Colvin then bumped up Guerra’s ERA by hitting a grand slam off reliever German Marte’s first pitch.
This the Johnny Cueto we expected: six innings, five hits, two walks, eight strikeouts and most importantly, no runs.
Ryan Mullins struck out 11 in six innings but wasn’t involved in the decision as Tampa beat Fort Myers.
Low Class A
Daryl Thompson’s ERA climbed to 0.96, but he also climbed to 5-0 as he beat Wisconsin.