BAPR Plus: June 27

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is putting together a scoreless streak, Rick Ankiel extended his home run lead and Jeremy Jeffress had his first rough outing of the season.

Rick Ankiel keeps on slugging. The former pitcher hit his Pacific Coast League-leading 21st home run of the season on Tuesday.

Joe Koshansky hasn’t hit for the power this season that everyone expected, but he did have his swing working last night. Koshansky hit a pair of home runs, and Ian Stewart added another as Colorado Springs topped Portland.

Matt De Salvo and Chris Britton combined for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s third-straight shutout, as the Yankees set a team record with 30 2/3 scoreless innings. Their shutout came on the heels of shutouts by Steven White and Chase Wright. John Lannan will try to keep the streak going tonight.

Although his final numbers don’t completely illustrate it, Matt Garza was hit hard on Tuesday night. Garza gave up 10 hits, including six extra base hits, and four runs in a 7-4 loss to Durham. Despite the dustup with the Twins over throwing his secondary stuff, it was still apparent yesterday that Garza is much more comfortable with his fastball than with his other pitches. He touched 98 mph on the Durham Bulls radar gun, but his inability to consistently throwing his breaking balls for strikes left him often behind in the count.

Ronny Cedeno had such an amazing night that it’s hard to figure out which was the biggest highlight. He had five hits, including three doubles, and also helped turn a triple play. Buck Coats
added a double and a home run.

Michael Bowden is finding Double-A a little tougher than the winds of Lancaster. Bowden allowed 11 hits and six runs in five innings. Connecticut’s Dave McKae held Portland to three hits in seven scoreless innings while Travis Bowker hit a pair of home runs.

Carlos Carrasco outdueled Mike Hinckley as Reading beat Harrisburg.

Neil Walker doubled and homered to spoil Ian Kennedy’s night. Kennedy allowed only three hits and one run in five innings, but Walker’s eighth-inning home run against Trenton reliever Jeff Kennard gave Altoona a 3-2 win.

Wade Davis allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings in his second start with Montgomery to pick up his first Double-A win.

Chattanooga’s recent promotions were in the spotlight last night. Jay Bruce had two hits including a double and Johnny Cueto allowed one run in six innings while also driving in three in his first Double-A start as Chattanooga beat Huntsville 10-1.

Cameron Maybin doubled, homered and drove in three runs in Lakeland’s 10-2 win over Brevard County.
Andrew Carpenter and Ryan Tucker hooked up for the best pitching duel of the night. Carpenter allowed three hits in eight shutout innings, but Tucker was just as good–allowing one hit in seven shutout innings. Greg Golson singled in the winning run for Clearwater in the 10th.

Aaron Bates hit his 19th home run as Lancaster beat Bakersfield.

Aaron Cunningham went 4-for-4 with a double and a triple with his new Visalia club on Tuesday. Cunningham is hitting .500 in three games with Visalia since being traded by the White Sox to the Diamondbacks.

Low Class A
Travis Snider went 3-for-6 with two doubles and 4 RBIs as part of a Lansing hit parade. The Lugnuts piled up 17 hits in a 16-9 win over West Michigan.

Gerardo Parra’s four hits (including two doubles) helped South Bend beat Dayton.

Desmond Jennings doubled and stole his 33rd base of the season in Columbus’ 10-1 win over Rome.

Adrian Cardenas drove in both runs in Lakewood’s 2-1 win over Delmarva. Pedro Beato allowed both runs in seven innings for a tough-luck loss.

Ben Snyder wasn’t a South Atlantic League all-star, but he is one of the league’s best pitchers. Snyder allowed three hits in six shutout innings to lower his ERA to 2.06 as Augusta beat West Virginia. Jeremy Jeffress had a much tougher time. The righthander lasted only 2/3 of an inning, giving up four hits, two walks and five runs.

Burlington’s Mario Santiago allowed two hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to 2.49 as the Bees beat Kane County 2-1. Andrew Bailey was the victim of the Cougars’ inept offense. He picked up the loss despite not allowing an earned run.

Short-Season/Rookie Leagues
Dylan Owen threw five no-hit innings to help Brooklyn beat Aberdeen. Owen, a 20th-round pick this month out of Francis Marion College, faced the minimum before leaving because he reached his pitch count.

Glenn Gibson, the Nationals’ 2006 fourth-round pick, only threw three innings last season, but he’s making up for lost time. Gibson gave up one run in six innings in his second consecutive outstanding start. Gibson has an 0.82 ERA in 11 innings with two walks and 14 strikeouts. But the Lake Monsters bullpen couldn’t keep the lead as Oneonta rallied for a 4-2 win.

Eight games into the season Boise is still looking for its first win. Chris Huesby gave up eight hits and four runs in five innings for his second loss. Kellen Kulbacki had three hits in his second pro game.

Matt Bush is liking the transition to the pitcher’s mound. Bush struck out four batters in 1 1/3 innings of relief work with the Arizona League Padres on Tuesday. His transition to pitching has started out well, as he’s allowed one hit while striking out six in 2 1/3 innings.

Jose Martinez, an 18-year-old Venezuelan outfielder, had four hits in five at-bats for Bristol on Tuesday raising his overall stats to .394/.394/.485.