AA Dish: Carrasco Deals Again

As we did last year, we’ll look around the minors every weekday with the Daily Dish, a supplement to the Baseball America Prospect Report, which is available by e-mail every weekday.

Phillies righthander Carlos Carrasco was strong in his second start of the season, A’s first-rounder James Simmons made his second start of the year, Rockies second baseman Eric Young Jr. ran wild against San Antonio and Marlins righthander Brett Sinkbeil kept runs off the board but looked very hittable against Montgomery in yesterday’s Double-A action.

Eastern League

Reading (Phillies) 7, Altoona (Pirates) 3
Reading righthander Carlos Carrasco had has second strong outing of the season, striking out seven with two walks as he allowed two runs in seven innings. Both of Carrasco’s runs allowed came on solo home runs. Phillies center fielder Greg Golson hit his first home run and his fourth double of the season in his 2-for-5 afternoon. Catcher Lou Marson also had a fine night for Reading, going 2-for-4 with a double, and also picking off James Boone from first base. Shortstop Jason Donald went 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

“(It was) not exactly an easy day to pitch,” said Reading manager P.J. Forbes, “with the wind blowing in your face, and the temperature being what it is, but I thought it was a real solid outing.

“The most impressive part for me was he finished his last inning in a tough situation, and he got out of it, made pitches — quality pitches — and that’s what we’ve been looking for him to do, finish innings off when he has a little bit of a jam, to make those pitches.”

Portland (Red Sox) 5, New Britain (Twins) 1
Portland lefthanders Dustin Richardson and Daniel Haigwood combined for a two-hitter in Portland. Richardson went six innings, allowing one run, one hit and three walks to go with four strikeouts. Haigwood struck out three and walked none. New Britain shortstop Trevor Plouffe went 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk out of the leadoff spot.

Trenton (Yankees) 8, Harrisburg (Nationals) 4
Trenton jumped out to a 7-1 lead by the end of the third inning and never looked back. Trenton center fielder Austin Jackson went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk; right fielder Jose Tabata didn’t enjoy similar success, going hitless in five at-bats. Harrisburg right fielder Justin Maxwell went 1-for-3 with a triple, a walk and a run scored.

New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 5, Connecticut (Giants) 4
A one-out single to center field from first baseman Kyle Phillips in the bottom of the ninth brought home second baseman Scott Campbell for the game-winning run.

The Binghamton-Erie (Mets-Tigers) game was postponed due to snow. The Bowie-Akron (Orioles-Indians) game was postponed due to rain.

Southern League

Carolina (Marlins) 9, Montgomery (Rays) 2
Carolina righthander Brett Sinkbeil held the Biscuits to two runs in six innings, but he struck out just two batters and his pitches were extremely hittable all afternoon. Sinkbeil worked at 91-94 mph with his fastball, sitting at 92-93 and struggling to keep the pitch down in the zone. His long, swinging arm action and the lack of life on his fastball made the pitch relatively easy for hitters to pick up. His best pitch was an 84-86 mph slider, and he occassionally mixed in an 84-85 mph changeup. Second baseman Chris Coghlan went 2-for-5 with a double and stole third base, his fifth steal of the season. Montgomery reliever Jon Barratt, 23, also retired on Sunday. The lefthander was a 2003 fifth-round pick and starred on the the U.S. Junior National team that took silver at the Pan-American games.

West Tenn (Mariners) 8, Huntsville (Brewers) 1
West Tenn catcher Adam Moore went 2-for-4 with his first double of the season and scored a pair of runs as the DiamondJaxx cruised to vcitory. Center fielder Mike Saunders went 1-for-5 and stole third base, his third steal of the season. Huntsville’s Matt LaPorta was held in check yesterday, as the right fielder went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, dropping him to .214/.371/.393 in nine games. Huntsville third baseman Mat Gamel went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

Tennessee (Cubs) 8, Jacksonville (Dodgers) 7 in 12 innings
Greg Jacobs scored the game-winning run on a single to left field from Joe Simokaitis to give the Smokies the extra-inning victory at home. Tennnessee center fielder Tyler Colvin finally had a big game, going 3-for-6 with his first double of the season. For Jacksonville, catcher Lucas May had a big day in the loss. The No. 17 prospect in the system went 4-for-6 with three doubles and two runs scored. Shortstop Ivan DeJesus went 1-for-4 with a pair of walks and a strikeout.
Mobile (Diamondbacks) 9, Mississippi (Braves) 1
Mobile pounded out 18 hits and Mississippi committed three errors as the BayBears routed the Braves. One relatively bright spot for the Braves was righthander Kris Medlen, the No. 24 prospect in the system, who struck out three, walked none and allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

Texas League

Tulsa (Rockies) 8, San Antonio (Padres) 6
The Drillers trailed 6-3 going into the eighth inning, but they rallied for five runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the victory at home. Tulsa second baseman Eric Young Jr. scored three runs and stole three bases as the Drillers’ leadoff hitter, going 1-for-2 with a double and a pair of walks. Shortstop Chris Nelson went hitless in four at-bats, but he did drive in two runs. On the mound, 2007 first-rounder Casey Weathers walked one in a scoreless eighth inning and righthander Pedro Strop registered a walk and a strikeout in a scoreless ninth. For San Antonio, first baseman Kyle Blanks went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Midland (Athletics) 7, Springfield (Cardinals) 3
Righthander James Simmons, the A’s first-rounder in 2007, made his second three-inning start for Midland, finishing with one run allowed on five hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Springfield second baseman Jose Martinez went 2-for-5 and drove in two of the Cardinals’ three runs, while catcher Bryan Anderson went 0-for-4 with a walk, a strikeout and a run scored.

Arkansas (Angels) 4, Frisco (Rangers) 3
Arkansas hit into three double plays but still came away with the win on the road. Arkansas shortstop Hainley Statia went 1-for-3 with a walk and was caught stealing. For Frisco, DH Max Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts, shortstop Elvis Andrus went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts and catcher Taylor Teagarden went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

Northwest Arkansas (Royals) 7, Corpus Christi (Astros) 0
Blake Johnson, a 22-year-old righthander who ranks 14th in the Royals system, bounced back from a rough 2008 debut to blank Corpus Christi over six innings. Johnson allowed five hits, finishing with five strikeouts and no walks. Corpus Christi center fielder Eli Iorg went 1-for-3 with a double and two strikeouts, and shortstop Tommy Manzella went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a couple of strikeouts.