There were no 37-run games on Wednesday, and Brandon Watson’s hitting streak took the day off along with the rest of the International League, but Wednesday’s games did include plenty of big nights from prospects having big Junes.
Jeff Clement may have hit .212 in April, but since then, the catcher has started to put things together. Clement hit .267/.350/.489 in May, and has hit a scorching .308/.396/.795 in June. Clement was at it again on Wednesday. He hit two doubles and a home run in Tacoma’s 10-9 win over Portland. As hot as Clement’s been, Adam Jones has been even hotter. Jones hit another home run as part of a four-hit night, which raised his averages for June to .442/.482/.885.
Delwyn Young doubled and tripled to lead Las Vegas past Tucson.
Ian Stewart homered in Colorado Springs’ 6-5 loss to Salt Lake.
Tyler Lumsden threw eight shutout innings and Billy Butler homered, but Omaha still lost, as Iowa rallied for a 4-3 win in 11 innings.
Mike Costanzo is another prospect who’s having an excellent June. Costanzo homered twice to take over the Eastern League lead, raising his average for the month to .356.
Just consider this a sneak peak at next week’s Hot Sheet as the guys who’ve had hot Junes were starring on Wednesday night. Steven Pearce hit a grand slam to lead Altoona past New Britain. Pearce is hitting .463/.467/.927 with four home runs this month and he now has 18 homers between Lynchburg and Altoona.
Mark Dent has the stat of the day. When Brett Gardner plays the Trenton Thunder are 24-3. When he doesn’t the Thunder are a pedestrian 18-18. Gardner played on Wednesday, picked up two hits, scored two runs and the Thunder won.
Continuing with the theme of hot prospects, Carlos Gonzalez is hitting .341/.356/.682 in June. Gonzalez had three hits including a double in Mobile’s 5-3 win over Mississippi.
Matt Tuiasosopo is also having a great June. The third baseman tripled and had two hits, raising his June numbers to .361/.465/.583.
Justin Orenduff threw six shutout innings as Jacksonville beat Montgomery.
Eric Riggs homered against Richie Gardner to tie the game 2-2, then homered off of Chattanooga closer Carlos Guevara to start a three-run ninth in Carolina’s 5-4 win.
Nick Adenhart gave up two runs in seven innings as Arkansas beat Tulsa.
Unlike some of the other hot prospects for June, Joe Mather has been hot all season. But Mather’s June has been even better than his April or May. Mather is hitting .378/.464/.844 this month and had a double and a home run (his 18th of the season) on Wednesday.
Chase Headley keeps on hitting for San Antonio as he hit his 13th home run last night, but he didn’t get any help in the Missions’ 7-2 loss to Midland.
High Class A
Dexter Fowler raised his on-base percentage to .400 with two hits, but he did nabbed stealing for the 10th time this season as Stockton beat Modesto.
Chris Vines‘ long road back from Tommy John surgery took a step backwards on Wednesday. Vines saw his ERA climb to 17.06. Salem’s Brad James had no such problems. He allowed one hit and one unearned run in six innings to drop his ERA to 1.82.
After hitting .109 last season in 92 at-bats, Paul Winterling could be called an unlikely hero. Promoted from extended spring training to Frederick because of injuries, Winterling hit two home runs to lead the Keys to a 6-1 win.
Jeff Kamrath struck out 13 batters in 6 2/3 innings as Vero Beach beat St. Lucie 2-1.
Jay Bruce hit his 24th double of the season and Johnny Cueto allowed one run in seven innings as Sarastoa topped Fort Myers in the opener of their doubleheader. Fort Myers won the nightcap, but Bruce added two more doubles.
Low Class A
Chris Parmelee homered but it wasn’t enough for Beloit as the Snappers dropped Game 1 of their doubleheader with Cedar Rapids. In the second game, Matt Fox was dazzling in his first start of the season. Fox had not allowed a run in 11 innings of relief. In his first start he allowed one run in five innings, raising his ERA to 0.56.
Clayton Kershaw told the Midland Daily News that Wednesday’s start might have been his best of the season. Kershaw struck out eight in seven scoreless innings in a 7-3 win. Lansing’s Travis Snider had two hits including a double.
Dayton’s Jordan Smith might have finished off his three-hit shutout if not for the need to get rehabbing major leaguer Eddie Guardado into the game. Smith was never in trouble as he cruised to a 3-0 win.
A day after setting a league record for runs scored Jeff Sues surprisingly ensured there wouldn’t be a repeat. Sues came into the game with a 15.75 ERA, so he didn’t seem like a likely candidate to shut down West Virginia, but Sues allowed no earned runs in five innings.
Matt Durkin handcuffed Charleston in Savannah’s 5-1 win. The game also marked Jesse Hoover’s first appearance since a back injury sidelined him in 2004.