BAPR Plus: July 23

Clay Buchholz looked much more comfortable in his second Triple-A start, Tampa’s pitching staff picked up its second no-hitter of the week and Rick Ankiel homered again.


Clay Buchholz was pretty good, but his teammates weren’t in an 11-1 loss to Louisville. Buchholz displayed a 93-96 mph fastball and solid secondary stuff as he struck out 10 in five innings. But Louisville scored nine runs over the next three innings as Chris Dickerson doubled and tripled and Joey Votto added three hits.

Aaron Laffey left Sunday’s game after 2 2/3 innings. Since the Buffalo starter is fine, the early hook quickly fueled speculation that he’s being promoted to Cleveland.

Rick Ankiel hit his Pacific Coast League leading 27th home run in Memphis’ loss to Omaha.

Andy LaRoche hit his sixth home run in six games as Las Vegas beat Tacoma 6-2. Delwyn Young added a pair of doubles for the 51s.

Tuscon’s Chris Carter hit a pair of home runs including a grand slam to help the Sidewinders beat Portland 10-8.

Colby Lewis threw five perfect innings before handing the ball to the Sacramento bullpen when he hit his 60-pitch limit. The River Cats bullpen was nearly as good as they threw four scoreless innings in Sacramento’s 1-0 win over Salt Lake.

A bomb threat forced a suspension of the Richmond-Toledo game. Fans were forced to leave the stadium with Toledo winning 6-0 in the sixth. A search by bomb-sniffing dogs pronounced the stadium safe three hours later, but by then the game had been suspended and will be picked back up today.


Ian Kennedy and Oswaldo Sosa matched each other pitch for pitch, but Trenton got the better of New Britain’s bullpen for a 7-2 win.

Bobby Cramer has not allowed an earned run in 15 innings since being promoted to Double-A Midland. Cramer held Corpus Christi scoreless for six innings in Midland’s 4-3 win over the Hooks.

High Class A

Jeff Samardzija picked up a win, but he had the same problem–a lot of hits (10 hits in six innings) and not many strikeouts (one). Samardzija gave up four runs in six innings as Daytona beat Brevard County.

Like many pitchers before him, Brett Anderson has found the jump from the Midwest League to the California League to be extremely difficult. Anderson allowed three runs in five innings in a loss to Bakersfield. Anderson now has a 5.76 ERA in six starts since being promoted to Visalia and hitters are now hitting .341 against him.

Rehabbing Jose Vera and Daniel McCutchen combined for Tampa’s second no-hitter in five days. Vera threw two hitless innings while McCutchen threw the final five innings of the first game of a doubleheader. McCutchen was uncharacteristically wild, scattering five walks. Austin Jackson homered in the nightcap to help complete the sweep.

San Jose’s Henry Sosa allowed one run in five innings to pick up his third straight win.

Low Class A

Wisconsin is getting really close to a very ugly record. The Timber Rattlers lost their 14th straight game as Gerardo Parra and Brad Miller each homered twice for South Bend. Wisconsin is now one loss short of the Midwest League record for consecutive losses.

Five days after he was rocked for nine runs Omar Poveda allowed only one hit in eight innings to lead Clinton past Cedar Rapids.

Drew Stubbs has had a pretty disappointing season, but the former Texas star has heated up this July. Stubbs doubled twice, raising his July average to .344/.488/.625 as Dayton beat Kane County.

Short-Season/Rookie Leagues

Colton Willems threw his worst start of the season. He allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings as his ERA ballooned to 2.76.

Sean Finefrock and Adriano Santos combined on a two-hitter to Mahoning Valley.

Jake Brigham allowed two hits in six innings and Jonathan Greene tripled and homered to lead Spokane to an 11-1 win over Boise.

Edwin Contreras allowed one hit in six innings as the GCL Dodgers beat the Marlins.

Michael Main made his second appearance of the season. While he’s being held on a very tight pitch count, Main threw two scoreless innings and he’s now allowed one hit in 3 2/3 innings.

Jeff Locke held Burlington scoreless for six innings. The Braves’ second-round pick has now struck out 32 in 29 innings.