AAA Dish: Stewart Takes Show On Road

Andrew McCutchen collected three hits, including a walk-off, Michael Hollimon went deep, Ian Stewart connected for two bombs away from Colorado Springs and Billy Buckner pitched seven strong innings.

INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

Center fielder Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) batted third for Indianapolis for just the second time this season. The lineup shift, away from his customary leadoff spot, paid dividends in the 11th inning when McCutchen laced a game-winning RBI single down the right-field line, plating Neil Walker, who had just hit a pinch-hit triple. The Indians defeated Richmond 3-2.

McCutchen, 21, was 3-for-4 with two walks to go with his walk-off RBI. He’s off to a very good start this season, batting .291/.385/.468 with 10 doubles, six homers and 12 steals through 158 at-bats.

Prospect Nuggets

Rochester CF Denard Span (Twins) kept his hit streak alive (2-for-3, walk, caught stealing), but his home runs streak stopped at three. He also contributed an outfield assist . . . Toledo 2B Michael Hollimon (Tigers) deposited a Chris Mason (RHP, Rays) fastball deep into the right-field bleachers. It was his eighth home run of the year, but he otherwise went 1-for-5 with two whiffs. His Mud Hens teammate 1B Jeff Larish laced a line-drive home run over the center field fence. It was his 12th on the year. He also doubled and singled and scored three runs . . . Charlotte RHP Lance Broadway (White Sox) retained his No. 2 ranking in the IL ERA race, despite allowing four earned in six innings yesterday. He struck out three, walked four and gave up nine hits and a home run.

What To Watch For Today

Louisville RHP Homer Bailey’s (Reds) start was washed away, so he’s scheduled to go today, in the second game of a doubleheader at home against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

Colorado Springs third baseman Ian Stewart (Rockies) took his show on the road, clubbing two homers—one of them a grand slam—at Fresno yesterday. The other blast was "just" a two-run shot, giving him six RBIs on the day. He went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two whiffs.

For more on Stewart, see today’s Prospect Hot Sheet, where you can find details about the third baseman’s impressive rankings among the overall minor league leaders.

Prospect Nuggets

Portland crossed the plate seven times in a win against Las Vegas yesterday, with key contributions from three of the Padres’ promising young hitters. LF Chase Headley was 2-for-5 with a homer (fifth), a double (12th), two runs, an RBI and two strikeouts. 2B Matt Antonelli was 1-for-3 with his sixth double, while CF Will Venable was 2-for-5 with his third homer of the year and his eight double. He drove in three . . . Tucson RHP Billy Buckner (Diamondbacks) went seven innings at Tacoma yesterday, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out four. In his past four starts—since learning he was tipping his pitches—Buckner has gone 2-1, 1.67 in 27 innings. The other totals: 15 hits, six runs, 0 homers, 10 walks and 13 strikeouts.

What To Watch For Today

Oklahoma RHP Eric Hurley (Rangers) ranks second in the PCL with 50 strikeouts—and second with nine home runs allowed. He takes the hill at Memphis today, where he’ll be opposed by RHP P.J. Walters. Hurley, 22, has alternated good starts with bad in his last four games. The good: 13 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 1 HR, 13 SO, 5 BB. The bad: 10 IP, 16 H, 13 ER, 5 HR, 13 SO, 4 BB.

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