BAPR Plus: August 8

Fittingly on the night that Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run, home runs were also the story of the night around the minors. Evan Longoria hit his first Triple-A home run, Sergio Pedroza homered for a fourth consecutive day and Craig Brazell added to his minor league leading total.


Evan Longoria hit his first Triple-A home run, but it proved to be Durham’s only run in a 4-1 loss to Columbus.

John Van Benschoten threw seven shutout innings to hand Johnny Cueto his first Triple-A loss. Steven Pearce’s two-run home run was Cueto’s one big mistake as he gave up two runs in five innings while striking out five.

Brent Lillibridge and Brandon Jones began the season as teammates in Mississippi. Now as teammates at Richmond Lillibridge and Jones both went 3-for-5 with a home run as Richmond beat Charlotte. New acquisition Royce Ring picked up the win for Richmond.

Terry Evans hit his 14th home run of the season in Salt Lake’s 11-5 win at Round Rock.

Craig Brazell hit his minor league leading 33rd home run of the season and Mike Aviles added his 15th homer in Omaha’s win over Tucson. Neal Musser picked up his sixth save. After 43 2/3 innings in Triple-A this season Musser still has a 0.00 ERA.

Brazell’s home run ensured he didn’t have to share the minor league home run lead. Rick Ankiel hit his 32nd home run of the season off of new Padre acquisition Will Startup.

Brad Nelson hit two home runs (his 17th and 18th of the season) in Nashville’s 6-3 win over Tacoma.

Fernando Tatis doesn’t qualify in any way for a line in the Baseball America Prospect Report Plus, but his tear needs to be acknowledged. Tatis hit his sixth home run in the past 10 games for New Orleans, but his offense was not enough in a 6-4 loss to Fresno.
Nate Gold hit a pair of home runs for Oklahoma. The Redhawks beat Sacramento 7-3.

Altoona’s Yoslan Herrera allowed one run in seven innings although he only struck out one. After a rough transition to pitching in the states Herrera has a 3.18 ERA since July 1.

Oswaldo Sosa will be glad to know that his next start will not come against Jair Jurrjens. Sosa is 0-2 since being promoted to Double-A. In both of the losses he’s pitched adequately but had the misfortune of facing Jurrjens. Jurrjens allowed one earned run in seven innings Tuesday night, Matt Joyce doubled twice and Jeff Larish homered in Erie’s 6-3 win.

Brett Harper had a two home run game for the second straight night. The Mets slugger is hitting .650 (13 for 20) in August with five home runs in six games.

Gio Gonzalez held Mobile to three hits while striking out 11 in six innings.

Francisley Bueno was muy bueno on Tuesday. Bueno threw six shutout innings but his bullpen blew it as Huntsville rallied to beat Mississippi. Alcides Escobar was 4-for-4 for Huntsville.

High Class A

A night after his two home run game B.J. Szymanski homered again (his 13th) in Sarasota’s loss to Jupiter. Chris Coghlan was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple for Jupiter.

Vero Beach’s Sergio Pedroza homered for the fourth consecutive game.

Cameron Maybin hit his 10th home run of the season for Lakeland. Three of Maybin’s five hits this month have gone for extra bases. Lakeland’s Burke Badenhop and St. Lucie’s Jon Niese each allowed one run in seven innings, but St. Lucie won the battle of the bullpens.

The Carolina League has been a struggle for Justin Maxwell. He’s hitting only .223/.302/.381 since his promotion in late June, but over the past three games he’s homered every night. His fifth home run for Potomac wasn’t enough in a 7-5 loss to Frederick.

The ball was flying out at Brevard County last night. Austin Jackson, Jose Tabata, Chris Malec and Cole Gillespie all homered while Mat Gamel hit a pair in Brevard County’s 11-6 win. Gillespie was 4-for-5 on the night.

Josh Rodriguez homered again as he continued an outstanding August. Thanks in large part to a nine RBI day Rodriguez has 14 RBIs this month.

Erik Lis followed up his 5-for-5, two home run Monday with a home run on Tuesday as the Miracle beat Daytona 8-1.
Brad Correll hit his 18th home run of the season in Lancaster’s 15-2 rout of Modesto. Correll didn’t sign with the Red Sox until late June–he’s hit 18 home runs in 34 games. Kris Johnson allowed one run while striking out 10 in six innings to pick up the win.

Kevin Deaton threw a complete game one hitter for Stockton. David Maroul’s fifth-inning double was all that stood in the way of a no-hitter for Deaton.

Low Class A

Henry Rodriguez has put together a very impressive season for Kane County and he added to that on Tuesday. The 20-year-old Venezuelan threw five scoreless innings while striking out five to lower his ERA to 2.92.

Josh Bell hit his 15th home run as part of Great Lake’s 10-2 win over Peoria.

Short-Season/Rookie Leagues

Jose Flores homered and drove in five for Salem-Keizer as they took advantages of a rare poor start by Jake Brigham.

Steven Vogt went 5-for-5 in Hudson Valley’s 6-4 loss to Batavia.

Ben Revere hit his ninth triple in 34 games but it wasn’t enough for the GCL Twins as they fell to the GCL Orioles 6-4.

Michael Burgess homered in the GCL Nationals 12-6 win over the Marlins.

Andres Rosales threw five hitless innings for Johnson City but his bullpen gave up nine runs in four innings in a 9-7 loss to Kingsport. The 19-year-old Columbian is now 1-0, 0.79 in 34 innings between the Gulf Coast League and the Appalachian League.