AA Dish: LaPorta Goes Deep Twice

Matt LaPorta makes his bid for today’s Hot Sheet; Chris Volstad not only can pitch, he also hit a home run, and Jon Niese was impressive for Binghamton.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

Chattanooga (Reds) 3, Carolina (Marlins) 2

Chris Volstad allowed only two hits in in seven innings and even hit a home run himself. But even that wasn’t enough for the Mudcats. Sam Lecure matched Volstad (7 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 2 BB,  5 Ks). Cody Strait’s walk-off home run in the ninth was the difference maker.

“That kid is the best I’ve seen, without a doubt, this year,” Lookouts manager Mike Goff told the Chattanoga Times-Free Press. “He is pitching in the wrong league right now, but Sam matched him pitch for pitch and gave us exactly what we needed.”

Montgomery (Rays) 5, Birmingham (White Sox) 4

Jake McGee picked up his second win of the season, but it wasn’t a dominating performance. McGee gave up three runs in six innings, although he did strike out five.

West Tenn (Mariners) 2, Tennessee (Cubs) 1

Ronnie Prettyman’s ninth-inning home run broke a 1-1 tie.

Mobile (Diamondbacks) 2, Mississippi (Braves) 0

Dan Smith matched Brooks Brown as both starting pitchers carried shutouts into the sixth, but Braves reliever Kris Medlen couldn’ t keep up the scoreless string, as he gave up a pinch-hit two run home run to Brandon Burgess.

Huntsville (Brewers) 11, Jacksonville (Dodgers) 3

Matt LaPorta started the season by going homerless for his first 45 at-bats. Now he’s hit five in the past six games. LaPorta homered off of Jacksonville starter James McDonald and former big leaguer Yhency Brazoban to lead the Stars to an easy win.

"It’s not that the ball looks big these days," LaPorta told the Huntsville Times. "I’ve just got my approach figured out finally."

EASTERN LEAGUE

Binghamton (Mets) 2, Portland (Red Sox) 0

Just yesterday Binghamton manager Mako Olivares was explaining how the B-Mets need to start to get some production from hitters other than Dan Murphy, Mike Carp and Nick Evans.That didn’t really change on Thursday as Murphy and Evans combined for three of the Mets six hits, but with Jon Niese pitching, it didn’t matter. Niese threw six scoreless innings to start a shutout.

Altoona (Pirates) 8, Erie (Tigers) 3

A day after he had a double and triple, Danny Worth homered. But it wasn’t nearly enough against Altoona. The SeaWolves seem to be better off on the road. In seven home games, Erie pitchers are giving up an average of 10 runs a game.

Bowie (Orioles) 7, New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 3

Nolan Reimold hit his second home run of the year as part of a 4-for-4 night.

Trenton (Yankees) 2, New Britain (Twins) 1

Yohan Pinto pitched well, George Kontos and the Thunder’s bullpen just happened to be a little better. Pino gave up two runs in seven innings while Kontos allowed only one run in six innings and two Thunder relievers combined to throw three scoreless innings of relief. Matt Carson’s two-run home run was the key to the Thunder’s win.

TEXAS LEAGUE

Northwest Arkansas (Royals) 4-3, Springfield (Cardinals) 2-4

John Jay continued his hot hitting with a home run as Springfield won the nightcap to split a double header with Northwest Arkansas. Jay, the Cardinals’ second-round pick in 2006 out of Miami, is now 11 for his last 19.

Tulsa (Rockies) 8, Arkansas (Angels) 3

Chris Nelson had three hits and four RBIs for the Drillers.Cory Wimberly and Eric Young Jr., each added their eighth steals of the year.

Frisco (Rangers) 7, San Antonio (Padres) 6 (10 innings)

Chris Davis’ fourth home run of the past week was a walk-off shot as the Roughriders needed 10 innings to beat San Antonio. The home run was a fitting way to finish up a game that featured six home runs, with John Mayberry, Brett Dowdy, Chad Huffman, Emerson Frostad and Adam Fox also homered.

Corpus Christi (Astros) 17, Midland (Athletics) 5

Ryan Webb’s impressive ERA got lost somewhere in Corpus Christi. Webb came into Thursday’s game having allowed only one run in 17 2/3 innings. By the time the third inning was over, he’d given up eight more, which raised his ERA to 3.98. Things didn’t get any better for the Rockhounds bullpen. Corpus Christi finished the night with five home runs, including a pair by Mitch Einertson. Chris Johnson and Eli Iorg both finished a triple short of a cycle. Johnson’s home run was a grand slam as part of a five RBI night.

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