AAA Dish: Big Nights For Mulvey And Pearce

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.

Steve Pearce hit a pair of home runs, and Kevin Mulvey and Max Scherzer both impressed on the mound in Thursday night’s Triple-A action.

International League

Syracuse (Blue Jays) 9, Buffalo (Indians) 7

Syracuse shortstop Jorge Velandia went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs as the Chiefs took down Buffalo. Bisons right fielder Jason Cooper went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run.

Rochester (Twins) 2, Richmond (Braves) 1

Rochester DH Brian Buscher hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third, providing Kevin Mulvey with all the support he needed. Mulvey threw 71 of his 93 pitches for strikes in the process of going seven innings, allowing one run on six hits, and striking out nine without walking any.

Indianapolis (Pirates) 5, Pawtucket (Red Sox) 4

Steve Pearce hit a pair of home runs, accounting for all Indianapolis’s runs, as the Indians jumped out to an early lead then held off Pawtucket late. Pearce’s first home run was a grand slam in the bottom of the third off Pawtucket starter Michael Tejera. He took Tejera deep again for a solo shot in the fifth. John Van Benschoten was the beneficiary of Pearce’s efforts, as the righthander allowed one run on four hits over five innings, improving his record to 3-0. Catcher George Kottaras went 2-for-4 with a home run for the PawSox.

Columbus (Nationals) 11, Durham (Rays) 8

Columbus built an early 7-0 lead, then saw it all erased when the Bulls scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth. Undaunted, the Clippers came back to win anyway. Columbus first baseman Larry Broadway went 3-for-5 with three doubles and a pair of RBIs, and every starter in the Clippers’ lineup had at least one hit. Shortstop Reid Brignac went 1-for-5 for Durham.

Norfolk (Orioles) 7, Louisville (Reds) 6, 11 Innings

Louisville rallied from a late 4-1 deficit to send the game to extras, but Norfolk eventually outlasted them. As expected, Jay Bruce sat out the game after jamming his shoulder diving into first base on Wednesday night.

Toledo (Tigers) 4, Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 1

Life still isn’t getting any easier for the IronPigs, who drop to an IL-worst 2-13. Toledo second baseman Caonabo Cosme‘s second home run of the season in the top of the fourth gave Toledo a lead it would hold the rest of the night. Mud Hens starter Chris Lambert worked seven innings, allowing only one run on four hits to pick up his first win of the year. IronPigs right fielder Valentino Pascucci went 2-for-4.

Charlotte (White Sox) 10, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) 2

Charlotte third baseman Josh Fields went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs as the Knights piled up 16 hits against the Yankees.

Pacific Coast League

Sacramento (Athletics) 4, Tucson (Diamondbacks) 3

Tucson starter Max Scherzer struck out 11 hitters over five shutout innings, but the River Cats scrapped together four runs against the Sidewinders’ bullpen to nab the victory. Second baseman Emilio Bonifacio went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles for Tucson.

New Orleans (Mets) 5, Iowa (Cubs) 1

The Zephyrs scored all five of their runs in the seventh and eighth to knock off Iowa. Third baseman Fernando Tatis‘s two-run single in the bottom of the seventh gave the Zephyrs the lead, and Tatis later came in on a Mike Nickeas double. Gustavo Molina‘s two-run double in the bottom of the eighth provided insurance.

Omaha (Royals) 6, Nashville (Brewers) 5

Omaha escaped with a narrow victory over last place Nashville. Royals center fielder Shane Costa went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and finished a triple short of the cycle.

Salt Lake (Angels) 3, Las Vegas (Dodgers) 2, 11 Innings

It was a close call, but Salt Lake pulled out its fifth straight win and improved its Triple-A leading record to 13-1. The Bees were outhit 10-4, but center fielder Terry Evans‘s walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th off Las Vegas’s Greg Miller saved the day. Righthander Rich Thompson picked up the win in relief for the Bees after strking out five of the seven hitters he faced.

Albuquerque (Marlins) 5, Memphis (Cardinals) 2

Isotopes left fielder John Gall hit a three-run shot in the top of the sixth to erase a 2-0 deficit as Albuquerque downed Memphis. Isotopes starter Gaby Hernandez had a solid outing (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO) to pick up his first win of the season.

Oklahoma (Rangers) 19, Round Rock (Astros) 3

The Redhawks offense exploded for 19 runs on 20 hits. Seven of the nine hitters in Oklahoma’s lineup had multiple hits, although one of the two who didn’t was catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who went 1-for-3 with a double and a pair of RBIs. Jason Ellison, Nelson Cruz, and Joaquin Arias each had four RBIs on the night.

Fresno (Giants) 7, Tacoma (Mariners) 6

Pinch-hitter Brian Horwitz hit a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the ninth as Fresno came back to beat Tacoma. Nate Schierholtz went 2-for-4 with three RBIs for the Grizzlies, including a two-run shot in the sixth. Wladimir Balentien went 1-for-5 and Jeff Clement went 2-for-3 for the Rainiers.