Carlos Carrasco struggled; James Simmons was dominant and Mike Carp just keeps on hitting.
Akron (Indians) 2, Altoona (Pirates) 0
Ryan Edell baffled Altoona on Wednesday night. The 24-year-old lefthander allowed only four hits in eight shutout innings. Baseball America Prospect Diarist Randy Newsom pitched a scoreless ninth to finish out the shutout.
New Britain (Twins) 15, Reading (Phillies) 6
A matchup of Carlos Carrasco and Oswaldo Sosa could be expected to be a pitching duel. Instead, New Britain fans saw 31 hits, 21 runs and no unharmed ERAs. Carrasco gave up 10 hits and six runs in five innings for his worst outing of the season. Sosa was worse. He gave up four runs in three innings, raising his ERA to 7.02. Sosa has not made it out of the fifth inning in any of his past three starts. Luke Hughes, the 23-year-old Aussie third baseman, hit two home runs–his fourth and fifth of the past week. Greg Golson tripled for Reading.
Erie (Tigers) 7, Harrisburg (Nationals) 0
Lucas French threw eight scoreless innings, allowing only three hits as Erie shut out Harrisburg. French has actually pitched better than his 5.79 ERA indicates, but he was asked to wear it on April 11, as he stuck around long enough to give up 15 hits and 10 runs in four innings. It will take many more starts like this one to get his ERA back to normal after a beating like that.
Bowie (Orioles) 3, Connecticut (Giants) 2
Chris Tillman picked up his first win as an Orioles farmhand. The righthander allowed four hits and two runs in five innings, but command continued to be an uncharacteristic problem. Tillman walked four batters per nine innings last year. With his three walks on Wednesday, Tillman has now walked 12 in 14 innings this season.
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 4, Portland (Red Sox) 2
It’s can’t be easy to be Ricky Romero. At times it seems like the lefthander’s name is actually Ricky Romero, the guy the Blue Jays picked instead of Troy Tulowitzki. The Blue Jays may never live down that pick, Romero did pick up his first win of the season as he allowed one hit in five innings against Portland. Ryan Patterson saw his three-game doubles streak end as he went 0-for-5.
Trenton (Yankees) 8, Binghamton (Mets) 5
Collin Curtis extended his nine-game hitting streak with four hits, including a double and a triple, and Cody Ehlers doubled and hit his third home run of the season for Trenton. Trenton scored four runs in the final two innings to pull away.
"Right now we’re a great six-inning team," B-Mets manager Mako Oliveras told the Binghamton Press & Bulletin. "In the later innings we’re struggling. The bullpen’s got to get better. We’ve got to get offense from guys other than (Mike) Carp, (Dan) Murphy and (Nick) Evans. We’ve got to get more steady play. Success in baseball comes from being consistent."\
Carp is trying to ensure he gets on this week’s Hot Sheet. He went 3-for-4 with a double for his sixth multi-hit game of the past 10 games.
Huntsville (Brewers) 9, Mississippi (Braves) 1
Sam Narron carried a perfect game into the eighth inning as the reeling M-Braves dropped another game. Narron was one step ahead of the Mississippi hitters all night.
"He changed speeds, kept us off balance," said Kala Ka’aihue, whose five-game hit streak ended. "He’s not overpowering. You have to make him come to you, and that’s hard to do. He never really gives you anything over the fat part of the plate."
Mississippi starter Dustin Evans gave up eight runs in 5 2/3 innings. Huntsville hit eight doubles, including one by Narron. As Mike Christiansen notes, Mississippi’s starting pitchers are a big reason for their 4-15 record. Evans is 0-4, 8.55, Dan Smith is 0-4, 8.50, James Parr is 0-2, 5.89 and Jairo Cuevas was 0-2, 7.50 before going on the disabled list. Todd Redmond (1-0, 2.66) is the one starter who has been effective.
Chattanooga (Reds) 5, Mobile (Diamondbacks) 4
Righthanded reliever Danny Ray Herrera, the other Reds pickup in the Josh Hamilton-Edinson Volquez trade, improved to 3-0 as the Lookouts hung on to beat Mobile. Craig Tatum’s pinch-hit double was the big hit for the Lookouts.
West Tenn (Mariners) 8, Birmingham (White Sox) 4
Carolina (Marlins) 7, Tennessee (Cubs) 3
John Raynor stole two bases and Cameron Maybin added one steal as Carolina scored five runs in the eighth to come-from-behind to beat Tennessee 7-3.
Jacksonville (Dodgers) 15, Montgomery (Rays) 9
Juan Gonzalez, no not that Juan Gonzalez, hit a pair of home runs for Jacksonville. John Jaso hit his third home run of the season for the Biscuits.
Tulsa (Rockies) 11, Arkansas (Angels) 9
Chris Nelson hit a pair of doubles and Matt Miller, Scott Dragicevich and Brian Esposito all homered for Tulsa. For Miller, the home run came after he was nearly knocked out of the game because of a collision with Eric Young Jr. and the right field wall while chasing a foul ball. Miller needed five minutes to shake off the cobwebs, but he stayed in the game to help key the comeback.
Midland (Athletics) 11, Corpus Christi (Astros) 0
A’s 2007 first-rounder James Simmons didn’t need many runs, but his teammates gave him plenty anyway. Simmons held Corpus Christi to four hits as he threw the first six innings of a shutout.
"He was doing everything he had to do to be successful. He was pitching to contact, taking advantage of his defense, moving the ball in and out, changing speeds," Hooks shortstop Tommy Manzella told the Corpus Christi Caller. "Obviously he was good enough to get the win today."