Yovani Gallardo had one of his worst starts as a pro, Joba Chambelain continued to dominate the Florida State League and Henry Sosa is carrying his sub-1.00 ERA into June.
The Omaha Royals proved that Yovani Gallardo is human. The Brewers top prospect allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. Not only was it Gallardo’s worst start of the year–he had allowed four runs in a start only once in his previous 11 starts, but it was his worst start of the past three seasons.
Take away a brutal 10-run, 2 2/3 inning outing against Indianapolis and Buffalo’s Aaron Laffey is getting the hang of pitching in Triple-A. Laffey allowed two runs in seven innings. He now has a 2.67 ERA in his other four starts.
Chris Begg earned his promotion to Triple-A Fresno by throwing 21 consecutive scoreless innings at Double-A Connecticut. He’s been nearly as good in Fresno. Begg allowed three hits in a complete game shutout against Las Vegas on Thursday to lower his ERA in Fresno to 2.88.
Tucson starter Dustin Nippert and Sacramento starter Dallas Braden were both roughed up on Thursday night. Nippert lasted only 2 2/3 innings while Braden was knocked out in the fourth. But their ballooning ERAs had plenty of company. Kurt Suzuki was one of three RiverCats with three or more hits while Danny Richar had six RBIs for Tucson in the Sidewinders 15-14 win.
Ian Stewart hit two home runs and Joe Koshansky added another as part of Colorado Springs seven home-run onslaught in a 23-11 win over Tacoma.
Radames Liz’ follow-up to his no-hitter didn’t go as well. Liz gave up five runs in five innings as Connecticut shut out Bowie 5-0.
Harrisburg’s Mike Hinckley picked up his fifth win in a so-so outing while Mike Costanzo’s 11th home run wasn’t enough for Reading.
Eduardo Cornejo went 5-for-5 with six RBIs as Midland pounded Corpus Christi 10-2.
Jamie Garcia allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings and Tyler Greene hit a three-run home run as Springfield topped Tulsa 10-3.
Jake Fox homered twice but Carolina still managed to end its nine-game losing streak.
Richie Gardner allowed only two hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings as Chattanooga topped Jacksonville.
High Class A
Max Scherzer retired the first 10 batters he faced in his Diamondbacks debut in Visalia.
San Jose committed eight runs that led to eight unearned runs in a 13-3 loss to Lake Elsinore. Manny Ayala struck out eight in six scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 2.02.
St. Lucie’s Deolis Guerra allowed three runs in 3 2/3 innings in his second start since returning from shoulder tendinitis.
Joba Chamberlain struck out nine in five innings while lowering his ERA to 2.02. Chamberlain has now struck out 51 in 40 innings.
Chris Volstad allowed 12 hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings as Dunedin topped Jupiter 6-4.
Low Class A
Jeff Manship allowed one run in five innings as Beloit beat Burlington 10-4.
Delmarva’s Bill Rowell homered and drove in three runs as the Shorebirds topped Lakewood 4-3.
John Shelby went 3-for-5 with a single, double and triple for Kannapolis, which proved to be enough to outdo Chris Coughlan’s 4-for-4 day with a home run for Greensboro.
Henry Sosa allowed one hit in 5 1/3 innings, but actually raised his ERA to 0.76 in Augusta’s 8-1 win over Savannah.
West Virginia clinched the South Atlantic North Division’s first-half title with a 9-5 win over Lexington. The Power (41-16) have an 11 1/2-game lead over second place Greensboro.