Low A Dish: Montero Is Clutch

Jesus Montero came through big, Phillippe Aumont shined in relief, and Angel Villalona went deep in Thursday’s low Class A action.

South Atlantic League

Prospect Of The Day

There weren’t many people left in the stands to witness it, but Charleston (Yankees) catcher Jesus Montero wins the prize after hitting a game-winning home run to lead off the top of the 13th inning as the RiverDogs scored a big win over second-place Asheville (Rockies) in a game that was delayed an hour by rain and didn’t end until well after midnight. The Tourists had rallied from a 4-0 deficit to send the game to extras, then tied it again after Charleston scored twice in the top of the 12th. However, the Tourists were finally subdued after Montero drilled the first pitch of the top of the 13th over the right-field wall to put Charleston back on top, this time for good. The home run capped off a 3-for-6 night for Montero in which he collected three RBIs in all. He also struck out three times, but we’ll forgive him for that.

Also, a special tip of the cap to Greenville (Red Sox) first baseman Michael Jones, whose 28 game hitting-streak was snapped yesterday when he went 0-for-3 in the Drive’s 5-3 win over Rome (Braves). It was the first time Jones went hitless since the third game of the season. His full line from the streak: .462/.523/.692, 24 R, 11 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 22 RBI.

Prospect Nuggets

Augusta (Giants) first baseman Angel Villalona hit his second home run of the season, part of a 2-for-4 night in the GreenJackets’ 6-4 win over Columbus (Rays) … Although Jones’ hitting-streak ended, his teammate Che-Hsuan Lin went 1-for-4 to extend his own streak to 14 games. Lin also stole his 13th base of the season … Kannapolis (White Sox) right fielder Jose Martinez went 2-for-3 with an RBI … Hickory (Pirates) righthander Dustin Molleken threw six no-hit innings against Savannah (Mets).

What To Watch For Today

The series between Charleston and Ashville continues tonight as SAL ERA leader Zach McAllister takes the hill for the RiverDogs. His 0.92 ERA should be really tested as he enters the hitter-friendly environment of Asheville’s McCormick Field.

Midwest League

Prospect Of The Day

Wisconsin (Mariners) has been very careful with first round pick Phillippe Aumont this year, working him out of the bullpen and using him strictly once every six days. Aumont had it going last night, when he came out of the bullpen in the top of the seventh and pitched the last three innings of the Timber Rattlers’ game with Cedar Rapids (Angels). Aumont retired all nine hitters he faced, striking out five of them, and recorded his second professional save. He’s yet to allow an earned run in 17 2/3 innings on the season and has compiled a 20-6 K-BB ratio.

Prospect Nuggets

Beloit’s (Twins) Ben Revere and Burlington’s (Royals) Mike Moustakas each had cases for Prospect Of The Day status, but they each had already won earlier this week, plus you can read about them on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet, so the award went to someone new. With their teams facing off against each other, Revere went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a stolen base, while Moustakas went 2-for-5 with a double. Revere’s Snappers prevailed 8-6 … Clinton (Rangers) righthander Neftali Feliz (5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO) improved to 3-1 on the season as the Lumberkings beat Peoria (Cubs) 7-3 … Fort Wayne (Padres) left fielder Yefri Cravajal went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a stolen base in the Wizards’ 6-5 loss to South Bend (Diamondbacks) … Kane County (Athletics) righthander Craig Italiano had another strong outing against Quad Cities (Cardinals) as he didn’t allow a hit until the fifth, improved his record to 4-0, and lowered his ERA to 1.06.

What To Watch For Today

West Michigan’s (Tigers) Alfredo Figaro, the MWL’s ERA leader, takes the hill against Lansing (Blue Jays) … Burlington righthander Edward Cegarra, who sports an astounding 37-1 K-BB ratio, will get the ball against Beloit.

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