AA Dish: Carrasco Outduels Tillman

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.

Chris Davis collected a pair of extra base hits, Carlos Carrasco outperformed Chris Tillman in a prospect showdown, Cameron Maybin collected a hit for the fifth straight game and Huntsville’s Mat Gamel and Matt LaPorta continued to state their case as the Southern League’s most potent offensive duo. 


Eastern League

Reading (Phillies) 6, Bowie (Orioles) 3

In a matchup featuring two of Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects, Reading righthander Carlos Carrasco performed better than Bowie righthander Chris Tillman, who left the game after facing 14 batters in just two innings. Tillman, 19, struck out three batters, walked three, unleashed a wild pitch and allowed three runs in his brief Double-A debut. Carrasco, on the other hand, allowed just one run in five innings on seven strikeouts, two walks and three hits. Reading center fielder Greg Golson went 2-for-5 with his sixth stolen base of the season and a rare walk; Golson walked just two times in 153 at-bats with Reading last season. Catcher Lou Marson went 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout, second baseman Brad Harman went 2-for-4 with a walk and a throwing error and shortstop Jason Donald went 1-for-2 with a strikeout. Righthander Kam Mickolio, acquired from the Mariners in the deal that sent Erik Bedard to Seattle, made his second appearance of the season and tossed two scoreless innings with a walk and a strikeout. Bowie right fielder Nolan Reimold went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.

Harrisburg (Nationals) 12, Eerie (Tigers) 5
Harrisburg shortstop Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double and center fielder Justin Maxwell went 2-for-3 with two walks to lead the Senators to victory, while 28-year-old third baseman Yurendell de Caster continued to state his case for a promotion to Triple-A with his third home run in four games. Center fielder Freddy Guzman did his job as Erie’s leadoff hitter, going 2-for-4 with a homer.
Binghamton (Mets) 1, Akron (Indians) 0
With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Binghamton center fielder Fernando Martinez (1-for-4) doubled to right field, then scored on a line-drive single from shortstop Emmanuel Garcia (1-for-4 with a stolen base) to give the Mets the only run they needed. Akron lefty Ryan Edell hurled six shutout innings in his first start of the year, finishing with three strikeouts and no walks. Akron mustered just four hits, half of which came from DH Matt Whitney, who went 2-for-4. First baseman Michael Aubrey went 1-for-4, while shortstop Josh Rodriguez and third baseman Wes Hodges each went 0-for-4.
Portland (Red Sox) 7, Connecticut (Giants) 3
Portland lefthander Dustin Richardson struck out 10 in six innings of work, allowing one run on two hits and three walks. Richardson’s 10 strikeouts nearly tied his career high for strikeouts in a single game (he struck out 11 in six innings last August with high Class A Lancaster in his penultimate start of the 2007 season). Connecticut second baseman Travis Denker had a rough night at the plate, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
Trenton (Yankees) 3, Altoona (Pirates) 2
Altoona right fielder Brad Corley went 2-for-4 with a double to raise his early-season average to .474.(9-for-19). Trenton center fielder Austin Jackson went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, but he turned in an outfield assist in the eighth inning, catching a fly ball and firing the ball back to first base for the double play. Right fielder Jose Tabata went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Southern League

West Tenn (Mariners) 12, Jacksonville 4 (Dodgers)
The Diamond Jaxx went off for eight runs in the top of the fourth, and center fielder Mike Saunders went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and three RBIs out of the leadoff slot to lead West Tenn to victory. Righthander Brandon Morrow showed his impressive raw pitch quality (four strikeouts in two innings) as well as his persistent control problems (three walks) out of the bullpen. Jacksonville shortstop Ivan DeJesus went hitless in three at-bats but also drew two walks.
Mobile (Diamondbacks) 2, Carolina (Marlins) 1
Cameron Maybin now has a hit in each of his first five games in the Marlins organization as he went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a strikeout. Second baseman Chris Coghlan went 2-for-4 with a double, two stolen bases and a fielding error. Carolina righthander Brett Sinkbeil made his 2008 debut, lasting five innings and allowing two runs on five strikeouts, three walks and two hits. The Mudcats make their home debut Wednesday with a tantalizing mound matchup when they face Montgomery: Chris Volstad vs. Jake McGee.
Chatanooga (Reds) 9, Montgomery (Rays) 4

A 7-2 K-BB ratio would have been nice for Chatanooga’s Sam Lecure, but the righthander instead ended up with just two strikeouts and seven walks in 4 1/3 innings as he allowed four runs. For Montgomery, catcher John Jaso went 0-for-3 with two walks and scored a run. Righthander Eduardo Morlan allowed two runs in 2/3 of an inning of relief, and righty Wade Townsend allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless ninth inning. At 27 years old, Chatanooga third basman Luis Bolivar isn’t much of a prospect, but that doesn’t take much away from his 6-for-6 performance, which tied the Southern League record for hits in a single game.

"Wow," Bolivar said. "I don’t think I’ve ever done better than a 4-for-4 before. I’m pretty excited about it." 

Huntsville (Brewers) 9, Mississippi (Braves) 5
The Matt LaPorta/Mat Gamel three-four punch in Huntsville’s lineup should be one of the best run creating duos in the Southern League this year. Gamel went 3-for-5 with a double yesterday, while LaPorta went 2-for-5 with a double in the Stars’ victory. Shortstop Alcides Escobar went 1-for-5 with a triple. Braves center fielder Jordan Schafer picked up his first hit of the season, going 1-for-4 with a double.
Birmingham (White Sox) 2, Tennessee 1 (Cubs)
Righthander Brian Omogrosso, the 22nd-ranked White Sox prospect, allowed two hits and struck out six with one walk in six scoreless innings in his first appearance of 2008. Tennessee center fielder Tyler Colvin went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.
Texas League

Frisco (Rangers) 8, Arkansas (Angels) 0

Frisco’s offensive ontinued to put runs on the board, and the RoughRiders improved to 5-0 as first baseman Chris Davis went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double. Shortstop Elvis Andrus went 1-for-4 with a hit by pitch and was caught stealing once, while DH Max Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a triple and two strikeouts. Taylor Teagarden returned to catcher after serving as the DH the previous night and went 0-for-4, but he did throw out the one runner who tried to steal against him. For Arkansas, smooth-fielding shortstop Hainley Statia went 2-for-3 with a double as the Travelers remain winless at 0-5.

Tulsa (Rockies) 1, San Antonio (Padres) 0 in 12 innings

Tulsa out-hit the Missions 13 to four, but the Drillers still needed 12 innings to put the game away. Eric Young Jr.’s RBI-single in the 12th gave the Drillers the game’s only run, and Young finished the game 4-for-6 with a double and a fielding error. Righthander Casey Weathers, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2007 draft, tossed a scoreless inning and gave up one hit in relief. Center fielder Dexter Fowler went 1-for-5 with a walk, while shortstop Chris Nelson went 1-for-6.
Midland (Athletics) 12, Springfield (Cardinals) 0
Righthander James Simmons, the Athletics’ top pick in last year’s draft, showed his typically good command–albeit in just three scoreless innings–with three strikeouts and no walks, throwing 34 strikes in his 51 pitches. At the plate, shortstop Cliff Pennington went 1-for-5 with a double, a walk and two runs scored out of the leadoff spot. Springfield center fielder Jon Jay and shortstop Jose Martinez each went 0-for-4.
Corpus Christi (Astros) 8, Northwest Arkansas (Royals) 7  in 12 innings
Eli Iorg continued to hit well, as the Corpus Christi center fielder went 2-for-6 and scored a run. Former Blue Jays farmhand Rob Cosby continued his hot start with two more hits and two more RBIs, giving him 10 RBIs for the season, best in the TL.