AA Dish: Kershaw, Samardzija Shine

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.

Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler hit two home runs, Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw and Cubs righthander Jeff Samardzija locked up in pitching prospect battle, Fernando Martinez had his second consecutive multi-hit game, Wade Davis bounced back after a rocky debut and catcher Bryan Anderson had a four-hit performance in yesterday’s Double-A action.

Southern League

Tennessee (Cubs) 2, Jacksonville (Dodgers) 0

Clayton Kershaw and Jeff Samardzija dueled in Tennessee, and both hard-throwing pitching prospects performed well. Kershaw allowed two runs in five innings, striking out eight and walking two. Samardzija, meanwhile, showed some signs of being able to start to miss some bats, striking out five in seven scoreless innings, allowing no walks and four hits. Tennessee center fielder Tyler Colvin continued to struggle, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Montgomery (Rays) 2, Carolina (Marlins) 1

After a shaky start in his first outing, Montgomery righthander Wade Davis allowed one run in six innings, finishing with six strikeouts and on walk. Carolina righthander Ryan Tucker also performed well, allowing two runs on five innings with five strikeouts and a walk. Baseball America subscribers can read more in-depth reports on Davis, Tucker and other prospects at the game later today.

Chattanooga (Reds) 6, Birmingham (White Sox) 3

You don’t see too many nine-inning complete games in the minor leagues, but Reds righthander Matt Belisle was down in Double-A and went the distance for the Lookouts, allowing three runs (two earned) on three strikeouts and no walks.

Mississippi (Braves) 5, Mobile (Diamondbacks) 4

Mississippi third baseman Van Pope went 3-for-4 with a double and a stolen base in the Braves’ victory.

West Tenn (Mariners) 3, Huntsville (Brewers) 2 in 5 innings

Huntsville third baseman Mat Gamel went 1-for-2 in a rain-shortened affair.

Eastern League 

Eerie (Tigers) 10, Binghamton (Mets) 7

Eerie shortstop Danny Worth went 1-for-3 with a homer, a walk and four RBIs, while left fielder Wilkin Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a triple, a double and a walk in the victory. Binghamton center fielder Fernando Martinez had his second straight multi-hit game, as the 19-year-old went 2-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts. First baseman Nick Evans, the No. 20 prospect in the Mets system, went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk and a strikeout.

Bowie (Orioles) 7, Akron (Indians) 5

Bowie right fielder Nolan Reimold homered and walked in his 1-for-2 night. The Akron 1B/DH duo of Michael Aubrey and Matt Whitney continued to hit well. Aubrey went 2-for-5 wih a double and a triple, while Whitney went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. Akron lefty David Huff had a 5-0 K-BB ratio, but he also allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Harrisburg 3 (Nationals), Trenton (Yankees) 1

Trenton center fielder  Austin Jackson (1-for-3) and right fielder Jose Tabata (1-for-3 with a walk) each doubled in a losing effort. Harrisburg center fielder Justin Maxwell went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.

Connecticut (Giants) 4, New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 2

The 2008 season has not been kind to second baseman Travis Denker so far. Denker went 0-for-5 yesterday, dropping him to .050/.208/.100 on the year. That’s 1-for-20 with four walks and ten strikeouts in seven games.

Texas League

San Antonio (Padres) 7, Northwest Arkansas (Royals) 1

San Antonio righthander Will Inman had a five-inning, one-hit shutout performance yesterday, finishing with four strikeouts and three walks. Northwest Arkansas starter Julio Pimientel couldn’t find similar success, and the righthander departed after allowing four runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Springfield (Cardinals) 12, Frisco (Rangers) 5

Springfield catcher Bryan Anderson went 4-for-5 with a double as Springfield routed Frisco. Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia allowed two runs in five innings, with five strikeouts and two walks, while Frisco lefthander Matt Harrison allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings on eight hits, one walk and a strikeout.

Tulsa (Rockies) 4, Corpus Christi (Astros) 3

Tulsa center fielder Dexter Fowler went 2-for-3 with a pair of homers and a walk, driving in three of the Drillers’ four runs. Shortstop Chris Nelson went 1-for-4 with a double.

Midland (Athletics) 11, Arkansas (Angels) 4

Midland righthander Vin Mazzaro didn’t strike anyone out, but he allowed just two runs in six innings on seven hits and one walk.