BAPR Plus: June 29

There are several players who will hate to see June turn into July. Nick Blackburn’s outstanding June wrapped up just as well as it started and Jeff Clement added his seventh home run of the month.

It’s been the year of the streaks. First it was Mitch Hilligoss’ 38-game hitting streak. Then it was Brandon Watson’s 43-game hitting streak. Now Rochester’s Nick Blackburn has extended his streak of not giving up an earned run to 41 1/3 innings as the RedWings shut out Durham. In five starts in June, Blackburn never allowed an earned run, but he did give up three unearned runs.  More to come on Blackburn soon.

Another streak ended on Thursday. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had not allowed a run in 32 innings before Brad Snyder hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning to open the flood gates against starter Tyler Clippard. Clippard gave up eight hits and six runs (five earned) in 3 1/3 innings.
Syracuse’s Jesse Litsch allowed only one run in eight innings, but the Sky Chiefs bullpen fell apart in the ninth as Charlotte rallied for a 4-3 win. Lance Broadway was solid for the Knight as the starter allowed no earned runs in seven innings of work.

Jacoby Ellsbury tripled as part of a three-hit night as Pawtucket beat Norfolk to snap a four-game losing streak.

Fresno beat Sacramento 8-7 in 16 innings in the longest game in franchise history for both teams. Justin Knoedler drove in the winning run for Fresno. Jason Perry had two home runs while newly promoted Landon Powell had two hits in the losing effort for Sacramento.

Ronny Cedeno’s amazing week continued. Cedeno hit another home run on Thursday. Over the past six games, Cedeno has gone 15-for-29 with three home runs and four doubles. Buck Coats and Scott Moore also homered for the Cubs, but it wasn’t nearly enough in a 10-5 loss to Oklahoma.

Jeff Clement hit his 14th home run in Tacoma’s 7-2 loss to Portland. Craig Stansberry homered for Portland.

Matt Moses homered as he continued a hot streak since being demoted to Double-A New Britain in a split with New Hampshire. The Union-Leader also has a feature on Fisher Cats catcher Robinzon Diaz.

Joba Chamberlain struck out 10 in five innings, but Trenton was swept by Altoona. Steven Pearce and Neil Walker homered in the nightcap for the Curve.

Mike Carp homered as part of a three-hit day but Binghamton lost to Akron.

Colby Rasmus hit his 15th home run of the season in Springfield’s 15-2 win over Midland.

Recent call-up Brooks Brown held West Tenn to one run in six innings and Carlos Gonzalez homered in Mobile’s 4-1 win.

High Class A

Brian Dopirak hit his third home run in five games and added a pair of doubles in a loss to Dunedin.

Rowdy Hardy gave up one hit in six innings as he picked up his 10th win of the season.

Eric Campbbell homered twice in Myrtle Beach’s 7-6 win over Potomac.

With every home run, Matt Antonelli helps answer questions about his power potential. Antonelli hit his third home run of the past week, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Visalia’s Frank Curreri hit a pair of home runs in an 11-5 Oaks’ win.

Chris Davis hit two home runs for the second consecutive game, but this day was even more impressive. Davis had three hits on Wednesday, on Thursday his two home runs came as part of a five-hit day, and the second home run was a game-winner in the 11th inning.

Low Class A

How bad have the Columbus Catfish dominated the Rome Braves this year? Apparently enough to reach spiritual realms. “They own our souls,” Rome infielder Chad Lundahl told the Rome News Tribune after Columbus’ 7-5 win on Thursday improve them to 18-4 against the Braves. Desmond Jennings homered and Jeremy Hellickson threw six strong innings for Columbus.
Daniel Bard’s command problems rose their ugly head again. Bard walked five batters and gave up three hits in a short 1 1/3 inning outing, but Greenville rallied to win 6-5.

In a matchup of the South Atlantic League’s two top teams, Kevin Pucetas lowered his ERA to 1.55, but some uncharacteristically bad GreenJackets defense helped West Virginia to a 3-2 win.

Short Season/Rookie Leagues
Eugene catcher Justin Pickett hit his fifth home run in six games in the Emeralds’ 9-2 win over Boise. Pickett, a 2006 22nd round pick out of Walters (Tenn) CC, is converting back to catcher after spending time at first base in college. Matt Latos, the Padres’ high profile draft and follow signing, allowed one run in three innings.
Matt Sulentic homered in Vancouver’s 9-4 win over Yakima.

Angel Villalona hit his first professional home run in the AZL Giants 10-0 win over the AZL Athletics. Villalona, a $2.1 million signing as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic last year, is hitting .462/.533/.846 in three games.

Marcus Crockett, the Marlins’ eight-round pick this year out of Prairie View A&M, doubled, tripled and homered and drove in four in a 12-8 win over the Nationals.

Jeremy Hambrice, the Mets 31st pick in 2006, hit two home runs (his third in the past two games) as Kingsport beat Bluefield 18-6.