Cale Iorg is as hot as anyone, Brandon Erbe struggled for the first time this year and Deolis Guerra is doing a good job of impressing his new teammates.
Winston-Salem (White Sox) 4, Myrtle Beach (Braves) 3
Gorkys Hernandez did his part for Myrtle Beach, he just didn’t get any help. The former Tigers prospect, acquired in the Edgar Renteria trade, went 2-for-5 with a double, a triple (his fourth of the season) and a stolen base and 2 RBIs, but the rest of the Braves team was held to only five hits by Jake Rasner and two relievers.
Wilmington (Royals) 6, Kinston (Indians) 5
Wilmington’s aggressiveness and Kinston’s ineptness on the basepaths proved to be the difference in Wilmington’s one-run win. Six different Blue Rocks stole bases off of catcher Brian Juhl and a pair of pitchers without anyone being caught. On the other hand, Wilmington lefthander Everett Teaford picked off a pair of baserunners and Michael Morzio threw out a pair of potential basestealers.
Salem (Astros) 13, Frederick (Orioles) 6
The same day that we noted that Brandon Erbe was off to a great start, the Orioles righthander had trouble keeping the ball down. Erbe gave up three home runs and two doubles which led to six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. Erbe said that while he struggled, it was still much better than his struggles in 2007.
"I feel like I was throwing the ball well," Erbe said. "Today, the issue was I just didn’t command my fastball as well as I would have liked to. I wasn’t able to pitch inside effectively. When you don’t pitch inside effectively, hitters get a little comfortable."
O’s top prospect Matt Wieters left the game after a collision at the plate, but the Frederick News-Post story said that he’s expected to be fine.
FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE
Lakeland (Tigers) 6, Sarasota (Reds) 2
The hottest hitter in the Florida State League is Cale Iorg. Iorg, the Tigers No. 2 prospect, hit a home run for the third straight game and is now hitting .591 during a six-game hitting streak.
Palm Beach (Cardinals) 3, Daytona (Cubs) 0
After pitching very well during his debut season with short-season Batavia in 2007, the Cardinals aggressively promoted righthander Jesse Todd to high Class A Palm Beach. He seems up to the challenge. Todd allowed only one hit in five innings, and Kyle Sadowski added four more innings of one-hit ball. Todd,22, has now allowed only six hits in 12 innings, while striking out 11.
Tampa (Yankees) 6, Dunedin (Blue Jays) 1
Speaking of players who made the jump from the New York-Penn League to the Florida State League, Ryan Pope had his third straight strong start as Tampa beat Dunedin. Pope, 21, allowed four hits and one run in five innings while striking out eight. He now has three walks and 15 strikeouts in 14 innings and opponents are hitting only .208 against him.
Brevard County (Marlins) 5, St. Lucie (Mets) 4
Lucas Duda’s second home run of the season wasn’t enough for St. Lucie as Stephen Chapman’s solo home run was part of a two-run bottom of the ninth comeback for Brevard County. Darren Ford stole his seventh and eight bases of the season for the Manatees.
Fort Myers (Twins) 4, Clearwater (Phillies) 1
Deolis Guerra is making a very good first impression with his new team. One of the keys to the offseason Johan Santana trade, Guerra lowered his ERA to 0.60 with five scoreless innings against Clearwater. Guerra also showed that he had gotten his control back after walking five in five innings in his previous start. On Wednesday, Guerra walked only one.
Visalia (Diamondbacks) 8, Inland Empire (Dodgers) 4
Third-base prospect Josh Bell hit his second home run of the season, but it wasn’t nearly enough for Inland Empire. Visalia starter Cesar Valdez struck out 10 in seven innings.
Lancaster (Red Sox) 6-1, Modesto (Rockies) 3-2 (Doubleheader)
Jon Still just keeps on hitting. The Lancaster catcher hit his sixth home run of the season as the JetHawks won the opener of a doubleheader with Modesto.
Stockton (Athletics) 3, San Jose (Giants) 0
Someone needs to tell Trevor Cahill that pitching in the California League is supposed to be hard. Cahill’s six scoreless innings on Wednesday lowered his ERA to 0.50. He now has 21 strikeouts and only two walks in 18 innings. Cahill’s outstanding outing made a loser out of Tim Alderson, although Alderson deserved better. Alderson allowed one run in six innings to maintain an impressive 1.69 ERA. Alderson’s ERA is even more impressive when you consider that he’s a 2007 draftee out of high school who had only five pro innings in the Rookie-level Arizona League coming into the season.