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With Gallardo on the mound for
After that, Tankersley seemed unable to throw his fastball inside for strikes against righthanded hitters. In the second, he walked Salome to lead off the inning, as well as Josh Brady and Josh Miller, all righthanded. He managed to escape with only allowing one run, but he was clearly laboring as he was unable to command his fastball.
Tankersley got himself into trouble again in the third as Iribarren led off with a single and Escobar reached on an error. He got ahead of cleanup hitter Grant Richardson, but hung an 0-2 changeup that was smoked into center to load the bases. The lefthander managed to fan Braun for the second time on a looping inside curveball, but Salome sat on a first-pitch fastball and deposited it into the gap in right center to drive in two and put the Power up 4-0, a lead they never relinquished.
Tankersley's only saving grace was his curveball, a big
12-to-6 breaker around 74 mph he used to fan Braun three times, and six overall
in five difficult innings. His fastball was erratic. Although it touched 92, he
never seemed to control it and he was visibly frustrated as
Gallardo, on the other hand, was in command from the start. He was using his fastball, which was sitting in the 88-92 mph range (and touched 93) to get ahead of hitters and his cutter to put them away. His cutter, which was coming in around 82-85, was giving righthanded hitters fits. The righthander went six innings and fanned eight while inducing twice as many ground balls as fly balls. The only blemish on his day was giving up a solo shot to Brad McCann with two outs in the sixth.
Gallardo struggled a bit during the first half of the season as he tried to strike everybody out. Now that he is trusting his fielders and challenging hitters with a wicked fastball-cutter combo, he is seeing success and the strikeouts are coming anyway. Since July 1, the 19-year-old is 4-0, 2.41 with 43 strikeouts and 15 walks in 41 innings.
• Although he was better Sunday, Triple-A Durham righthander
Jason Hammel continues to struggle
in the International League. In his previous start against
• Righthander Zach
Miner made his first start in the Tigers' system since being traded along
with righthander Roman Colon for
reliever Kyle Farnsworth. Miner, the
Braves' fourth-round pick in 2000, tossed five shutout innings for
• Mets second baseman Anderson Hernandez has been on fire recently at Triple-A Norfolk. Over the last week, the 22-year-old Dominican is hitting .455 (10-for-22) with five stolen bases. Since being called up from Double-A Binghamton, Hernandez is hitting .314/.368/.425 in 153 at-bats.
• Orioles' righthander Hayden
Penn was back to his normal self in a dominating performance Friday night
in Double-A Bowie's 7-1 win against
• Injuries and the resulting poor play by reserves have plagued the Indians system this season, but three players are standing out at Double-A Akron. Shortstop Ivan Ochoa and outfielders Brad Snyder and Ben Francisco put up big numbers in the Eastern League over the last week, helping the Aeros hold down first place in the Southern Division. Ochoa, whose glove has always been ahead of his bat, finished the week hitting .450 (9-for-20); Snyder batted .419 (13-for-31) with three homers and 11 RBIs and Francisco hit .375 (9-for-24). And keep an eye on outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, who is finally healthy and heating up and hitting .345 in August since being demoted from Triple-A Buffalo.
• Orioles outfielder Nick
Markakis finished up his first full week in Double-A with a seven-game hit
streak and drove in 10 runs. Markakis, the O's No. 1 prospect, batted
.300-12-62 in 350 at-bats at high Class A
• Athletics first baseman Daric Barton hasn't flashed much of his plus raw power since joining
Double-A Midland on July 4, but he hit his first home run since July 22 in
• Rangers catcher Dustin
Smith has been red hot since returning to high Class A Bakersfield from
Frisco, where he hit just .238 in 63 at-bats. Smith went 3-for-5 with a double
and a triple in
• A's righthander Brad
Ziegler has shown exemplary command at high Class A Stockton. He has posted
an impressive 136-20 strikeout-walk ratio in 135 innings (he leads the
California League in strikeouts) but opponents are batting .291 against him.
Ziegler has gotten hot lately, posting his sixth consecutive strong outing in
the Ports’ 4-2 win against
• In his fifth start at high Class A Fort Myers, Twins
righthander Anthony Swarzak had his
best Florida State League outing, limiting
• Dodgers outfielder Anthony
Raglani fell a single short of the cycle in high Class A Vero Beach's 9-3
• Diamondbacks righthander Dustin Nippert was solid in Double-A Tennessee's 3-2 loss to
• The Royals called up outfielder Billy Butler to Double-A Saturday.
• White Sox outfielder Jerry Owens continued his recent tear by extending his hitting streak to 14 games over the weekend. A second-round pick of the Expos in 2003, Owens is hitting .460 (29-for-63) during the streak with 12 runs scored. On the season, the Barons leadoff hitter is batting .340/.400/.403 with 73 runs scored in 400 at-bats. Not bad for a guy who skipped high Class A.
• Speaking of tears, Nationals outfielder Frank Diaz has been lighting up the Carolina League. Diaz has a nine-game hit streak, during which he's batting .547 (23-for-42). On the season, the 21-year-old Dominican is batting .323/.345/.513 with 13 homers in 452 at-bats for high Class A Potomac. Diaz also leads the league with 15 outfield notes.
• Mariners infielder Yung-Chi
Chen also has started off the month of August red-hot. Chen, who has split
time this season at second and third base at low Class A Wisconsin, went
5-for-11 over the weekend and is hitting .433 in 30 at-bats this month. On the
season, the 22-year-old
• After tying the Appalachian League home run record in 2004
with 24, Mitch Einertson was having
an awful year in the South Atlantic League, hitting .224-6-30 through July 10.
The outfielder went home to
• Eric Campbell
is abusing Appalachian League pitching. The
• The Red Sox tried out lefthander Adam Blackley at low Class A Greenville this season, and the
results weren't pretty. In 60 innings, the 20-year-old Australian went 2-7, 6.15,
and managed just 42 strikeouts while allowing 75 hits.
• Righthander Mike
Madsen, a fixture in
• White Sox catcher Francisco
Hernandez, the organization's No. 9 prospect when the season began, has
found his hitting stroke again in the Pioneer League, extending his current
hitting streak to six games. Hernandez hit just .222 in the low Class A South
Atlantic League to start the year but has improved to .304/.364/.522 with six
homers and 17 RBIs for Rookie-level
• Outfielder Jay
Bruce, the Reds' 2005 first-round pick, continues to put all five tools on
display in the
• The Cubs signed 12th-round pick Yusuf Carter, a catcher out of El Paso Community College, and he
made an impact in his first weekend in the Rookie-level Arizona League, going
3-for-9 for the weekend and swatting a home run in his third game Sunday in an
11-2 win against the Angels. Carter was drafted for the third time this
year--the Mariners drafted him in the 38th round in 2003 out of a
Contributing: John Manuel.
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