AA Dish: Swarzak Dominates

Twins righthander Anthony Swarzak overmatched New Hampshire batters, Indians third baseman Wes Hodges hit his fifth home run of the season, 19-year-old Yankees right fielder Jose Tabata clubbed a pair of doubles and the Connecticut-Portland game took 17 innings to finish in last night’s Double-A action.

Eastern League

Binghamton (Mets) 7, Akron (Indians) 2
At the beginning of the week, Binghamton outfielder Fernando Martinez looked like a great candidate for tomorrow afternoon’s Hot Sheet. But he struggled on Tuesday, going 0-for-6 with four strikeouts. Yesterday wasn’t much better for Martinez, who went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts out of the leadoff spot. On a more positive note for Binghamton, first baseman Nick Evans went 3-for-5 with three doubles.

For Akron, third baseman Wes Hodges is now hitting .360/.377/.740 after clubbing his fifth home run of the season in a 1-for-4 outing. Akron lefty David Huff also had a nice game, going five shutout innings with no walks and eight strikeouts.

New Britain (Twins) 4, New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 1
New Britain righthander Anthony Swarzak was nearly unhittable against the Fisher Cats. Swarzak, who missed 50 games last season after violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy, allowed just three hits in six shutout innings, striking out 10 and walking none.

Reading (Phillies) 5, Harrisburg (Nationals) 4
Reading center fielder Greg Golson went 2-for-5 and is now off to a .346/.382/.519 start through 52 at-bats.

Portland (Red Sox) 8, Connecticut (Giants) 7 in 17 innings

It took 17 innings and 16 pitchers, before Portland’s Jeff Corsalleti scored from first base on a Jay Johnson double to win the game for the Sea Dogs.
Portland righthander Michael Bowden allowed two runs to go with four walks and four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings as the starter.

Of course, in a game this long, there was bound to be one line from the box score that a player would probably like to forget. That honor goes to Portland second baseman Tony Granadillo, who went 0-for-8 with three strikeouts and left 11 men on base. On the positive side, he did draw one walk.

Altoona (Pirates) 8, Trenton (Yankees) 5
Talented Trenton outfielders Jose Tabata and Austin Jackson each had a pair of hits in the loss. Tabata’s hits were both doubles, and he also drove in three runs.

Erie (Tigers) 11, Bowie (Orioles) 10

Erie left fielder Wilkin Ramirez and shortstop Danny Worth each had a single and a double, while Bowie right fielder Nolan Reimold went 1-for-5 with a triple.

Southern League

Montgomery (Rays) 3, Tennessee (Cubs) 2
Montgomery lefty James Houser is working with a fastball that now sits in the mid-80s, but the results have still been positive for him. Yesterday he worked five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out four. Tennessee center fielder Tyler Colvin went 2-for-4 and drove in both Smokies runs with a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Tennessee lefty Donald Veal pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run with three strikeouts, but most important for him was that he didn’t issue any walks.

Jacksonville (Dodgers) 7, Carolina (Marlins) 4

Carolina center fielder Cameron Maybin went 2-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base and an outfield assist at third base. Lefty Aaron Thompson went 5 1/3 innings for Carolina, allowing two runs in nine hits, three walks and a strikeout. Shortstop Ivan DeJesus was the catalyst at the top of Jacksonville’s lineup, going 1-for-2 with a double and three walks.

Huntsville (Brewers) 7, Chattanooga (Reds) 4
Huntsville shortstop Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with his second home run of the season to bring his line up to .204/.250/.306 through 49 at-bats.

Mobile (Diamondbacks) 5, West Tenn (Mariners) 2
Mariners center fielder Mike Saunders made his first error of the season, but he also went 2-for-5 with his third double of the season in the loss.

Birmingham (White Sox) 2, Mississippi (Braves) 1
Birmingham righty Justin Cassel allowed one run (unearned) through six innings on two hits, a walk and six strikeouts.

Texas League

There were no games yesterday in the Texas League.