BAPR Plus: June 4

Joe Whilhoit’s hitting streak record is safe. Mitch Hilligoss saw his hitting streak end at 38 games when Matt Durkin and two relievers held Hilligoss hitless on Sunday. Now Brandon Watson can try to make a run at the record–the Columbus outfielder has hit safely in 31 straight games.


Virgil Vasquez struck out four in six scoreless innings as Toledo beat Buffalo.

Kei Igawa was effective, but not effective enough to beat Nick Blackburn as Rochester topped Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Mike Pelfrey threw five shutout innings as New Orleans beat Salt Lake City. Pelfrey has now allowed one run or less in three of his four Triple-A starts. The Mets also announced that they have granted Chan Ho Park his unconditional release.

Matt Albers has struggled this season, but he was in command on Sunday. Albers struck out 10 while allowing only eight hits and one run in a complete game win.

Mitch Jones hit two home runs (giving him 18 for the season) and Matt Kemp had four hits, but it wasn’t enough as Memphis relied on two home runs from John Rodriguez to top Las Vegas 14-10.

Not only is Yusmeiro Petit giving up more hits now that he’s reached the upper levels of the minors but the strikeouts have gone away. Petit has only 33 strikeouts in 55 innings this season, but he did strike out seven in 6 1/3 innings on Sunday.


Andrew Miller left Binghamton helpess on Sunday. The lefthander threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 6-0 Erie win.

Michael Bowden’s stuff is significantly better than Dave McKae’s, but that didn’t matter on Sunday. In his Double-A debut McKae outdueled Bowden in Connecticut’s 4-3 win. McKae allowed no runs in seven innings while striking out eight while Bowden gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings. The Kennebec Journal wrote a feature about Bowden leading up this start on Sunday.
Reid Brignac and Gaby Martinez homered to lead Montgomery to a 4-2 win past Carolina.

Justin Upton had three hits, but back-to-back two-run doubles by Cory Dunlap and John Manuel fave Marshall McDougall gave Jacksonville a 10-3 win.

Mississippi’s Matt Harrison was dominant although he was held to an 80-pitch limit. Harrison allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings but was not involved in the decision.

Drew Sutton hit three triples in Corpus Christi’s 15-3 rout in the opener, but Juan Richardson hit a walk-off three-run home run in the seventh of the nightcap as Springfield pulled out a split of the doubleheader. The Springfield newspaper also has a feature on Colby Rasmus’ attempt to improve his approach against lefthanders.

High Class A

Lakeland rallied from a nine run deficit to beat St. Lucie 12-11 in 11 innings. Ryan Roberson, Will Rhymes and Michael Hernandez homered and Cameron Maybin had three hits and stole his 17th base of the season to help pace the comeback.

Johnny Cueto returned to Sarasota with some new-found confidence after a successful spot start for Triple-A Louisville. Cueto struck out 10 while allowing only three hits in six scoreless innings of a 16-0 win over Vero Beach.

Daytona manager Jody Davis wasn’t around to see Dunedin finish off a 20-5 pounding of the Cubs. Carlo Cota and Eric Nielsen each had five hits in the rout.

Low Class A

Johnny Woodard homered twice to ruin Juan Mateo’s rehab stint as Beloit hammered Peoria 14-4.

It was a showcase day for the Dodgers’ 2006 draft. Clayton Kershaw, last year’s first round pick, allowed one unearned run while striking out six in five innings while supplemental pick Preston Mattingly had four hits.

Burlington’s Harold Mozingo struck out eight in a complete-game shutout of Cedar Rapids.

Matt Durkin and two relievers ended Mitch Hilligoss’ hitting streak at 38 games. Hilligoss walked in the first, grounded out in the third and fifth and flied out in the seventh. He got one more chance to extend the streak in the ninth when he grounded out again.

Darren Ford had four hits and Jeremy Jeffress allowed two unearned runs in 3 2/3 innings as the West Virginia pounded Greensboro 15-3.