BAPR Plus: July 13

Jay Bruce made a strong Triple-A debut, Austin Jackson has become one of the minors hottest hitters and the Gulf Coast League Mets carried a no-hitter into the 15th inning yesterday and still lost.


Jay Bruce’s stay in Double-A amounted to a short pit stop. The Reds top hitting prospect was promoted to Triple-A on Thursday after hitting a scorching .333/.405/.652 in 16 games with Chattanooga. He homered in his first game in Louisville and threw out a base runner, although his success was somewhat overshadowed by Homer Bailey’s rough outing. Demoted from Cincinnati to get some work over the all-star break, Bailey gave up six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.

A broken finger sent Brent Clevlen to the disabled list in mid-May, but it also may have given him a chance to regroup. Clevlen returned to Toledo a week ago, and has been a different hitter since. He hit two home runs last night to help lead Toledo past Richmond. Clevlen is now hitting .429 with three home runs in four games since returning from the disabled list. His approach is impressing interim manager Mike Rojas, who explained it to the Toledo Blade.

“I love the way he’s swinging the bat right now, and the confidence he has at the plate,” interim manager Mike Rojas said of Clevlen.

Kevin Slowey’s return to Rochester wasn’t hit best work, but Alexi Casilla and the rest of the Red Wings bats made sure it didn’t matter. Slowey gave up eight hits and three runs in six innings, but Casilla went 4-for-5 and Brian Buscher hit a pair of home runs as Rochester cruised to an 11-3 win. It was Slowey’s first start for Rochester since being demoted from Minnesota, where he had struggled in seven starts.

Rick Vanden Hurk struck out 12 and allowed only one hit in six innings to beat New Orleans.

With Carlos Quentin demoted back to Triple-A, Tucson boasts one of the most dangerous lineups in the minors. With Alberto Callaspo leading off, Quentin batting third, Chris Carter batting cleanup and Jamie D’Antona hitting fifth, pitchers don’t get many breaks. Almost all of them were in fine form on Thursday. Quentin went 3-for-5 with a triple, D’Antona had four hits (including two doubles and a home run) and Carter had a double and two home runs as part of his five hit night. As you would expect the Sidewinders won 15-11.

Dallas Braden was dominating the Portland Beavers, holding them to one hit while striking out eight in four innings. But Braden doesn’t have much reason to complain about the early hook–he was pulled because the A’s expect him to start for them on Monday.

Futures Game MVP Chin-Lung Hu homered and doubled in his first game with Las Vegas after being promoted from Jacksonville.


Chuck Lofgren allowed three runs in six innings on his way to his ninth win of the season.

James McDonald allowed only two hits while striking out seven to pick up a win for Jacksonville in his Double-A debut. The Dodgers’ 11th-round pick in 2002 who signed in 2003 as a draft and follow, McDonald has had a slow road through the minors, primarily because he split time between pitching and working as an outfielder before finally deciding to go the mound for good in 2006. This year he was easily leading the California League in strikeouts (104 in 82 innings) at the time of his promotion.

Michael Hollimon and Jeff Larish each homered twice as Erie beat Bowie.

Ian Kennedy struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings as Trenton won its 11th straight game. All eyes will be on Trenton tonight when Philip Hughes makes a rehab appearance.

High Class A

Austin Jackson may be the minors hottest hitter. Jackson homered for a third straight game, raising his average with Tampa to .416/.459/.714 but St. Lucie hung on for a 7-6 win.
Fort Myers’ Oswaldo Sosa allowed one unearned run and three hits in seven innings.

Chris Marrero homered to lead Potomac over Wilmington.

Recent trade pickup Aaron Cunningham homered and recent promotion Brett Anderson picked up his second win in four starts as Visalia beat Stockton. Cunningham, acquired from the White Sox for second baseman Danny Richar last month, is now hitting .379/.377/.591 in 15 games since joining the Diamondbacks organization.

Henry Sosa picked up his first win since being promoted to San Jose. Sosa allowed three hits and two runs in five innings while striking out seven.

He’s only 17, but Carlos Truinfel is holding his own in high Class A. Truinfel had one of High Desert’s four hits in a 4-0 loss to Bakersfield. Truinfel is now hitting .308/.333/.346 in seven games with the Mavericks. Bakersfield rode the hot arm of Andrew Walker who struck out 13 in a complete-game victory. Chris Davis extended his hitting streak to 30 games, becoming the fourth minor league hitter to reach 30 games this season.

Low Class A

Charleston’s Gabe Medina and two relievers combined on a one-hitter to beat Columbus.

Jeremy Jeffress was dominating for three innings, then a bump in the road proved to be enough to charge him with a loss. Jeffress needed 32 pitches to get through the first three stanzas, but he gave up three runs in the fourth and another in the seventh before leaving. Jeffress walked six and struck out seven as the Power lost on Thursday for the first time in eight tries.

Short Season/Rookie Leagues

Jeff Karstens struck out eight and allowed only four hits in five innings in a rehab start with Staten Island. Karstens is coming back from a broken fibula he suffered when hit by a comebacker to the mound.

Mahoning Valley’s Kelvin De La Cruz, Dan Frega and Vinnie Pestano combined for a seven-inning no-hitter in the second game of the Scrappers doubleheader with Vermont.

Red Sox 2006 ninth-rounder Ryan Kalish hit a pair of home runs in Lowell’s 5-4 loss to Batavia.

Matt Latos struck out four in three innings for Eugene.

Taylor Harbin hit his sixth home run in 19 games and finished a double short of the cycle as Missoula beat Casper 11-2.

The craziest game in baseball yesterday took place in front of no fans. The Gulf Coast League Mets and Cardinals picked up their July 7 game which was suspended because of lightning. At the time of the suspension, the game was knotted at 0-0 in the 13th inning and the Cardinals were still looking for their first hit. The Cardinals finally picked up their first hit in the 15th when Guillermo Toribio singled. The Cardinals finally ended the marathon with a run in the 17th when Hector Alvarez singled in Toribio with the game’s only run.