Low A Dish: Schlereth Flames Away

Daniel Schlereth blew away Fort Wayne, Caleb Gindl had another strong performance and Madison Bumgarner makes his run for the record books tonight.

South Atlantic League

Prospect Of The Day

We don’t usually POTD honors to the same player two days in a row, but rain thinned out the Sally League’s schedule yesterday, so we’ll again give the nod to West Virginia (Brewers) right fielder Caleb Gindl for going 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI as the Power took another step towards clinching the Northern Division title with a 7-3 win over Lexington (Astros).

Prospect Nuggets

Charleston (Yankees) catcher Jesus Montero went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 4-2 loss to Savannah (Mets). Montero is hitting a robust .360/.418/.620 so far in August. He’s ascended to the top of the league leaderboard in hits and is third in average.

What To Watch For Today

Madison Bumgarner (14-3, 1.45) makes his run at history tonight. The Augusta (Giants) lefthander will make his final regular season start with a chance to write his name all over the Sally League record books. He can sew up the SAL’s pitching triple crown, as he currently leads the league in ERA and strikeouts and is tied for the lead in wins. And if he can get through 5 2/3 innings without surrendering a run, he’ll break the SAL record for consecutive scoreless innings of 39 2/3, a record that’s stood since 1984 when Savannah’s Henry Carson did it. The story gets even more interesting when you consider that tonight, Bumgarner will be facing the Hickory Crawdads (Pirates), the team from his hometown of Hickory, N.C.

Midwest League

Prospect Of The Day

Relievers don’t often win POTD awards, but South Bend (Diamondbacks) righthander Daniel Schlereth will after striking out five in two innings yesterday against Fort Wayne (Padres). Schlereth entered the game in the seventh with the score tied 1-1 and promptly struck out the side. He fanned two more in the bottom of the eighth, and was was the winning pitcher thanks to South Bend’s five-run rally in the top of the inning. It was his first win as a professional.

Prospect Nuggets

Lansing (Blue Jays) third baseman Kevin Ahrens was in the running also. He went 2-for-3 with a home run and a double in a 6-3 loss to Dayton (Reds). It was only Ahrens’ fourth home run of the year and his first since July 20, and he broke out of a nasty slump that had seen him go 1-for-20 with 10 strikeouts over his previous six games. His line stands at .255/.320/.361 … Rangers first-round pick Justin Smoak hit his second professional home run, a two-run shot in the fourth inning of Clinton’s (Rangers) 5-2 win over Peoria (Cubs). Smoak is hitting .233 (7-for-30) through his first eight professional games … Burlington (Royals) third baseman Mike Moustakas hit his league-leading 22nd home run in a 1-for-4 night … Dayton (Reds) DH Neftali Soto turned in his fourth straight multi-hit game after going 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and he’s on an 11-game hitting streak overall.

What To Watch For Today

Burlington sends righthander Matt Mitchell (8-8, 3.47) to the hill tonight against Quad Cities (Cardinals) … Cedar Rapids (Angels) can clinch a playoff spot with a win or a Quad Cities loss. The Kernels will send lefthander Robert Fish (9-4, 5.07) to the mound as they face Wisconsin (Mariners) tonight.

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