Jhoulys Chacin had another outstanding outing, Matt Mitchell had his best outing of the year, and Edward Paredes flirted with a no-hitter.
South Atlantic League
Prospect Of The Day
Few prospects in the Sally League look like they’re on their way to a better breakout season than Asheville (Rockies) righthander Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin has won his last six decisions and is at or near the top of SAL pitching leaderboards in several important categories: second in ERA, second in strikeouts, tied for first in wins and first in innings pitched. Chacin threw another gem yesterday against Rome (Braves), going eight innings, allowing two runs (one earned), on three hits, with three walks and 10 strikeouts. Chacin struck out Braves top prospect Jason Heyward twice, one of which came in the top of the eighth when Chacin caught Heyward looking to punctuate his afternoon. Even though Rome is one of the SAL’s weaker offensive clubs, you have to give Chacin some extra credit considering he’s posted a 1.70 ERA despite pitching half his games in Asheville, which is easily the SAL’s most hitter-friendly environment.
Also, a collective Prospect Of The Day award could go out to the entire Charleston (Yankees) lineup after they put up 20 runs yesterday afternoon against Greenville (Red Sox). Greenville actually held a 1-0 lead after three innings of that game, but the RiverDogs scored 12 times in the top of the fourth. The gory details of that fourth inning: the RiverDogs sent 16 men to the plate, the Drive needed three pitchers to get through the frame, there were 10 hits (six singles, four doubles), three walks, one Greenville error, and one stolen base. The RiverDogs tallied seven more runs in the sixth, then breached the 20-run barrier with one in the ninth. The Charleston onslaught was led by first baseman Brian Baisley, who went 5-for-6 with two home runs, two doubles and seven RBIs. Every member of the Charleston starting lineup had at least one hit, and five players had multiple hits.
Delmarva (Orioles) lefthander Zach Britton tossed a seven-inning complete game against Kannapolis (White Sox) in the front-end of a doubleheader. He allowed one run on five hits to claim his fourth victory of the season … Righthander Dellin Betances started for Charleston against Greenville. He allowed only two runs (one earned) on two hits in 4 1/3 innings, but he handed out six walks and couldn’t make it out of the fifth, thus he didn’t figure in the decision … Hagerstown (Nationals) second baseman Jake Smolinski had a field day against Lexington (Astros), going 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, but it was in a losing effort as the Legends prevailed 8-7 … Smolinski’s efforts were topped by those of Lexington left fielder Collin DeLome who hit two home runs, including the game winner in the top of the eighth … Lake County (Indians) swept its doubleheader against West Virginia (Brewers), with both wins coming of the walk-off variety. And both walk-off hits were singles off the bat of Captains first baseman Dustin Realini. Realini went 4-for-7 with a double and three RBIs between the two games.
What To Watch For Today
After being outscored 27-3 by Charleston over the last two days, Greenville sends Felix Doubront to the mound tonight (7:00 EDT) to try to reverse the momentum. The Drive are expected to get center fielder Che-Hsuan Lin back in the lineup tonight as well. Lin hasn’t played since jamming his shoulder on Sunday against Savannah (Mets).
Prospect Of The Day
Burlington (Royals) righthander Matt Mitchell has struggled at times in 2008, as evidenced by the fact it’s taken until mid-May for him to get his first victory, but he sure got that victory in impressive fashion. Last night against Kane County (Athletics), Mitchell tossed six one-hit, shutout innings. He struck out three and walked one. Mitchell retired the side in order in four of his six innings, included a streak of 11 hitters retired in a row from the third through the sixth.
Mitchell’s fellow 2007 draftee Blake Beavan was just as good for Clinton (Rangers). Beavan threw five one-hit, shutout innings agaisnt Beloit (Twins), with three strikeouts and no walks, to improve his record to 3-1 in five starts … Wisconsin (Mariners) lefthander Edward Paredes carried a no-hitter into the eighth against Cedar Rapids (Angels) before losing it on a two-out single by Anel De Los Santos … Paredes was matched zero for zero by Cedar Rapids lefthander Trevor Reckling, who pitched six shutout innings himself despite giving up five hits, three walks and only striking out one along the way … Great Lakes (Dodgers) third baseman Pedro Baez went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and his first triple of the season against Fort Wayne (Padres) … Clinton first baseman Ian Gac went 4-for-4 with three doubles against Beloit … Lansing (Blue Jays) third baseman Kevin Ahrens went 3-for-6 with three doubles and four RBIs against Dayton (Reds).
What To Watch For Today
MWL wins leader Kennil Gomez (7-0, 2.45), who’s won seven consecutive starts, goes tonight (8:00 EDT) for Clinton against Beloit as the LumberKings look to extend their five game lead in the MWL’s Western Division