BAPR Plus: May 10

Inland Empire’s Marlon Arias threw a no-hitter, Jared Goedert became the minors’ home run leader, and Gio Gonzalez retook the minors’ strikeout lead.


The Louisville Bats’ bats were anything but clutch on Wednesday. Louisville went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and 0-for-4 with runners on third and less than two out in the team’s loss to Ottawa. Joey Votto did double twice for Louisville. Matt Childers threw six shutout innings for the win for the Lynx.

Josh Banks was extremely efficient. The Syracuse starter needed only 92 pitches to beat Indianapolis 2-1. Banks allowed five hits and one run in a complete-game effort, while Sean Burnett was a tough-luck loser. Burnett allowed two runs in seven innings.

Chase Wright’s second Triple-A start went much better than his first. Wright allowed only six hits and one run in seven innings on Wednesday.

Yunel Escobar’s second homer run of the season wasn’t enough to overcome two Wiki Gonzalez home runs as Charlotte beat Richmond.

One of the toughest tasks for most minor league pitchers to learn is the value of pitching inside. Andy Sonnastine has learned that lesson well. He kept Norfolk off balance to the tune of two runs in 7 2/3 innings to actually raise his ERA to 2.17 as he improved to 4-2.

Ben Francisco’s seventh-inning grand slam led Buffalo past Columbus.

Iowa hit nine doubles and Angel Pagan added a home run as the I-Cubs beat Fresno 8-5. Mike Fontenot had three of the doubles. Fred Lewis homered for Fresno.

In his first game with Albuquerque, Brett Carroll tripled and homered as the Isotopes topped Portland.

Carlos Gomez hit his first home run of the season as part of a three-hit night. In the game story we learn that Jamie D’Antona will get a night off as the Sidewinders try to give him a little more rest. D’Antona is 6 for his last 38, lowering his average to a still solid .322.

After hitting .091 in three major league games, Brandon Wood is back in Triple-A Salt Lake. Wood celebrated his return by doubling and hitting his fourth home run of the season.

Colby Lewis improved to 4-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.42 in Sacramento’s 10-2 win over Omaha. The Omaha World-Herald’s game story points out that Lewis was released by the Nationals this spring on the day his son Cade was born. Daric Barton doubled twice while Hiram Bocachica and J.J. Furmaniak each homered for Sacramento.Double-A

Eulogio de la Cruz dominated Altoona with his mid-90s fastball. He struck out eight while allowing only two hits and one run–an Andrew McCutchen home run that Chris Kline blogged about yesterday. De la Cruz got plenty of help from the Erie bats. Mark Hollimon and Kody Kirkland homered to lead an 11-hit attack.T.J. Nall became the minors first seven-game loser of the season–no one else has more than five losses. Nall allowed seven runs, six earned in three innings to drop to 0-7. Luke Hughes was 4-for-4 for New Britain.

Portland’s Jed Lowrie’s seventh-inning two-run double was enough to beat Trenton 4-3.

Oscar Salazar’s grand slam led Bowie past Reading.

Tennessee’s Mark Holliman picked up his fifth win of the season and lowered his ERA to a barely visible 0.44 with eight shutout innings on Wednesday. Holliman, a third-rounder out of Mississippi in 2005, has given up two runs all year and he’s lasted at least six innings in all six starts.

Brandon Jones’, Brent Lillibridge’s and Diory Hernandez’ solo home runs were all the runs the Mississippi Braves needed in a 3-1 win over West Tenn. The Jackson Clarion Ledger also has a feature on outfielder Matt Esquivel, back after the Braves suspended him for the second half of the 2006 season. He’s made the most of the second chance to lead the Southern League in home runs, RBIs and runs scored.

Rick Vanden Hurk and Camilio Vasquez combined to strike out 18 batters in a pitchers’ duel on Wednesday. Tony Gutierrez singled in Cody Strait with the winning run in the 10th as the Lookouts beat Carolina.

Lou Palmisano homered for the second consecutive game, but Huntsville fell for the fifth time in six games.

Gio Gonzalez retook the minor league strikeout lead with seven strikeouts in five scoreless innings. Dewon Day blew the save, giving up three runs in one inning. Gonzalez’ 54 strikeouts leads Yovani Gallardo by three.

Doug Mathis’ allowed only one hit in seven innings and Anthony Webster homered, powering Frisco to a 2-1 win over Corpus Christi.

Brad Baisley homered in Midland’s 5-2 win over San Antonio.

High Class A

If you were looking for a candidate to throw the first nine-inning no-hitter of the season, Marlon Arias wouldn’t have been near the top of the list. Arias came into Wednesday’s game having given up 38 hits in 28 innings. But Arias was unhittable last night, throwing 68 strikes in 99 pitches on his way to the 66ers first no-hitter in 10 years. Arias’ gem dropped Edinson Volquez to 0-4, although Volquez pitched effectively, allowing two runs in seven innings.

Justin Upton tripled as Visalia rolled over Modesto 11-3.

Oswaldo Sosa and Will Inman hooked up for one of the best pitching matchups of the week. The two pitchers traded zeroes for seven innings, with Sosa giving up three hits and Inman giving up four. Lorenzo Cain walked in the winning run in the ninth. Alexander Smit was placed on the disabled list with a sore foot.

Playing for Jupiter on a rehab assignment, Jeremy Hermida homered twice and tripled, ruining Daryl Thompson’s Sarasota debut. Thompson gave up five runs in 3 2/3 innings, two more than he had allowed in five starts for low Class A Dayton.

Mark Hamilton homered twice to lead Palm Beach past Dunedin.

Tim Battle homered and drove in five and Ian Kennedy allowed one run in five innings as Tampa beat St. Lucie 9-2.

Clearwater’s Carlos Carrasco allowed one run in eight innings while striking out eight.

Low Class A

The bad line of the night belongs to Kane County’s Craig Italiano. Italiano’s rehab from labrum surgery hasn’t been easy, but Wednesday night’s game was the worst. Italiano gave up 10 runs on 10 hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings, raising his ERA to 15.07. Opposing hitters are now hitting .433 against Italiano and have a .538 on-base percentage in 14 innings.

Tony Barnette keeps making a pitch to get promoted. Barnette allowed one unearned run in eight innings, lowering his ERA to 1.70 as he improved to 3-1. Tonight’s matchup is an interesting one as South Bend’s Brett Anderson will face Beloit’s Jeff Manship.

P.J. Phillips, younger brother of Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, homered twice as Cedar Rapids beat West Michigan.

Dayton had plenty of heroes Wednesday night. The Dragons’ Justin Turner went 4-for-5 with a double and a home run. Juan Francisco hit his eighth home run; Drew Stubbs added his fifth homer and Rafael Gonzalez improved to 5-0.

Rome dropped its ninth one-run loss of the season. Asheville’s Keith Weiser improved to a league-best 6-0 as he allowed one run in seven innings.

Jared Goedert became the minors’ home run leader when he hit his 12th and 13th home runs of the season on Wednesday. Goedert is now hitting .380/.508/.830 in 100 at-bats. Chris Kline blogged about the unlikely home run leader yesterday.

Greensboro’s Chris Coghlan had four hits including a double and stole two bases as part of the Bats 20-hit attack.

Columbus’ Woods Fines shutout first-place Augusta for the second time this season.