High A Dish: Arrieta Returns To Form

Kellen Kulbacki makes a habit out of reaching base, Jake Arrieta throws a gem and Scott Cousins breaks out of a mini-slump.

California League

Prospect Of The Day

Kellen Kulbacki is enjoying the hitter-friendly confines of the Cal League this season, as the Lake Elsinore (Padres) right fielder is now batting .326 on the year after going 4-for-5 in a win over Lancaster (Red Sox) yesterday. He blasted his 15th home run of the season in the fifth inning, a two-run shot off JetHawks’ righthander Christopher Jones, and scored three of Lake Elsinore’s 11 total runs. Kulbacki has hit safely in 24 of his last 25 games, boosting his average by 47 points since the month of July began.

Prospect Nuggets

Rancho Cucamonga (Angels) watched its lead in the South division shrink to half a game with its 8-4 loss to Stockton (Athletics), but that did not stop center fielder Peter Bourjos from building on his impressive season with a 3-for-5 performance . . . High Desert (Mariners) was held to just two runs, but shortstop Carlos Triunfel continued his torrid pace by going 4-for-4, adding a run and an RBI in defeat . . . San Jose’s (Giants) Henry Sosa has seen his ERA climb in each of his last five outings, but the righthander stopped the bleeding yesterday, tossing five innings and allowing six hits and one earned run while striking out three in a no-decision. He is now 3-4 with a 4.31 ERA in 12 starts in High A.

What To Watch For Today

San Jose (Giants) righthander Tim Alderson will attempt to stop Bakersfield’s (Rangers) five-game winning streak tonight and maintain their second-place standing in the North division.

Carolina League

Prospect Of The Day

Jake Arrieta bounced back from one of his poorest outings at Frederick (Orioles), pitching seven scoreless innings and allowing just three hits while striking out eight against Myrtle Beach (Braves). Not surprisingly, the Keys failed to generate enough run support to reward Arrieta with a victory. The hard-throwing righty is 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 113 innings for Frederick.

Prospect Nuggets

Myrtle Beach (Braves) center fielder Gorkys Hernandez is mostly to blame for spoiling Arrieta’s efforts, as he was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs in their 3-2 win over Frederick (Orioles). The victory preserved the Pelicans’ two game lead over Kinston (Indians) in the Northern division . . . Brad Lincoln was credited with a complete game win for Lynchburg (Pirates) in a rain-shortened contest. He surrendered three earned runs and struck out three in five innings of work.

What To Watch For Today

This season has been a struggle for Ross Detwiler, but he’ll look to deliver his second consecutive solid outing when he takes the mound against Kinston (Indians).

Florida State League

Prospect Of The Day

Hitless in his last three games, Jupiter (Marlins) designated hitter Scott Cousins carried the Hammerheads to a 12-7 win over Clearwater (Phillies). He was 3-for-5 with three runs, three RBIs and his eighth round-tripper of the season, continuing a smooth transition from the Rookie level Gulf Coast League to high Class A.

Prospect Nuggets

Jonathan Lucroy was back behind the plate for Brevard County (Brewers) yesterday, throwing out two runners and adding a hit and two RBIs . . . Lakeland (Tigers) catcher James Skelton was 2-for-4 and scored two runs in a win over Vero Beach (Rays). The Flying Tigers will now be riding a three-game winning streak into a crucial three-game set with Sarasota (Reds) . . . Brevard County (Brewers) righthander Jeremy Jeffress gave the Manatees a quality start and left with the lead, but did not earn his fourth win of the season after Tampa (Yankees) designated hitter Josh Kreuzer hit a two-run walk-off home run. Jeffress allowed two earned runs in six frames, walking four and fanning six.

What To Watch For Today

There is a full slate of games on tap for the FSL today, featuring the first game of a Lakeland (Tigers) and Sarasota (Reds) series that could jumble the West division standings.
 

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