BAPR Plus: May 18

In Today’s BAPR, Justin Upton is human; he only doubled on Thursday to halt his home run streak. Jake Fox continued to punish Southern League hitters, and Brian Bogusevic seems to be figuring things out.


Charlie Zink was promoted to Pawtucket to make a fill-in start. It didn’t go well. Zink allowed nine runs in three innings as Wes Bankston and Elliot Johnson hit two of Durham’s five home runs. The Pawtucket Times also notes that Jon Lester is rejoining the PawSox, although he won’t be allowed to throw his cutter as a precaution as he returns from forearm cramps.

Jon Connolly pitched a one-hitter in Game 1 and Jeremy Johnson carried a perfect game into the seventh of Game 2 as Erie swept Louisville.

Tyler Clippard appears to be the next Yankees prospect ticketed for a promotion to the big leagues. Clippard was pulled after one inning despite the fact that he wasn’t injured. The Scranton Times-Tribune puts the pieces together and figures out that Clippard is likely to make the start in New York on Sunday.

Buddy Carlyle outdueled Matt Garza as Richmond swept Rochester.

Yovani Gallardo simply overwhelmed the Albuquerque Isotopes. Gallardo struck out 11 and allowed only one hit in six innings to lower his ERA to 2.22.

Sean Marshall allowed two hits in eight innings as he made his pitch to be the Cubs’ fill-in starter if Angel Guzman is forced to miss a start with a strained hamstring.

Billy Butler seems to be handling his demotion well. Sent back to Omaha when Ryan Shealy was activated off the disabled list, Butler homered on Thursday. Butler will play first base predominantly as he gets more comfortable there.

Adam Jones’ three-run home run and Jake Woods threw seven shutout innings as Tacoma beat Tucson.


Yoslan Herrera and Clay Buchholz locked up for a pitcher’s duel that ended in a deadlock, but the Altoona bullpen topped Portland’s. Herrera allowed only one run in 5 1/3 innings as he continues to round into form. Herrera has allowed four earned runs in his last 16 1/3 innings. In the second game of the doubleheader, Portland got its revenge with a 15-3 win.

Dallas Trahern’s sinker was working on Thursday as Erie beat Trenton. Trahern recorded 16 ground-ball outs in seven innings. Alan Horne struck out nine in six innings for Trenton.

Radhames Liz struck out nine in seven innings as Bowie beat Akron.

Justin Upton’s three-game home run streak ended on Thursday. The new Mobile center fielder had to settle for a double as Chattanooga beat Mobile. Paul Janish had three hits, including a pair of doubles, for the Lookouts. Janish is now hitting .284/.398/.426.

Jacksonville’s Cory Dunlap hit a walk-off two-run home run to beat Carolina. Justin Ordenduff struck out eight in five scoreless innings.

Jake Fox’s amazing run continues. Fox hit three doubles on Thursday for his fifth-consecutive multi-hit game. Over the last five games Fox is 14-for-20 (.700) with four home runs and five doubles. Fox’s hitting wasn’t enough against Mississippi however. Brandon Jones drove in J.C. Holt with the winning run in the ninth. Jones had three hits for Mississippi.

Solomon Manriquez doubled in the winning run in the ninth of Frisco’s 9-8 win over San Antonio. Chase Headley homered for the Missions.

Jason Jennings threw five scoreless innings in a rehab start with Round Rock.

High Class A

Chris Davis hit two home runs and John Mayberry and Bubba Bell also homered in Lancaster’s 2-1 win over Bakersfield.

Matt Torra has had plenty of ugly outings this season, so it seems almost unfair that his best outing of the season would result in a no-decision. Torra allowed one earned run in six innings of Visalia’s 7-3 loss to High Desert. It was only the second time in nine starts that Torra hadn’t allowed five or more runs.

It was a rough night for Trent Peterson. The Stockton starter faced only one batter, but still got the loss. Leadoff hitter Jamie Hoffman lined a shot off of Peterson’s head that forced Peterson to leave the game. Stockton’s trainer told the Daily Bulletin that Peterson is OK. Hoffman came around to score as Inland Empire beat Stockton 5-0. Cory Wade threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings to improve to 6-0.

Manny Ayala allowed one hit in six shutout innings to improve to 6-1. Mike Baxter had a pair of triples in Lake Elsinore’s 9-0 win.

Myrtle Beach’s James Parr struck out 12 in a complete-game shutout of Wilmington.

Brian Bogusevic’s pro career has had plenty of struggles. But the former Tulane star is starting to figure things out. Bogusevic threw five more scoreless innings on Thursday in Salem’s 5-0 win over Frederick. Bogusevic has now allowed one run in his last three starts as he’s lowered his ERA to 2.95.

Ryan Roberson’s league-leading ninth home run was a monster shot as he helped lead Lakeland to a 7-4 win over Dunedin. Michael Hernandez added a pair of doubles for the Flying Tigers.

Jay Bruce hit one of five Sarasota home runs in a 16-6 rout of Clearwater.

Alcides Escobar is having more fun in his second trip through the Florida State League. Escobar wowed opposing managers with his glovework last year but struggled at the plate. Last night Escobar doubled, tripled and had four hits to raise his averages to .302/.327/.327 as Brevard County beat St. Lucie 8-7.

Tyler Norrick allowed one run in six innings to pick up his fourth win of the season for Palm Beach.

Low Class A

Mike Massaro went 4-for-4 to lead Kane County past Great Lakes. The win was the third straight for the Cougars (10-28) who are playing their best baseball of the season.

Jase Turner provided the extra-inning heroics for the second time in two games. Turner’s single and a throwing error by Gerardo Parra brought in Kurt Mertins with the winning run in Burlington’s 2-1 win over South Bend.

Omar Poveda struck out nine in 6 2/3 shutout innings and John Whittleman’s home run provided Clinton with the only run it needed in a 1-0 win over Dayton. Sean Watson was the rough loser for Dayton despite allowing only one run and three hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out nine.

Justin Maxwell hit his 10th home run of the season for Hagerstown in its win over Lake County. The game story focuses more on the surprising rise of Indians prospect Jared Goedert, the minors’ home run leader.

Augusta’s Henry Sosa lowered his league-leading ERA to 0.48 as he combined with Robert Grace to shut out Hickory 7-0. The shutout was Augusta’s 10th of the season–the entire rest of the 16-team South Atlantic League has 18 shutouts.

Chris Carter hit his eight home run of the season in Kannapolis’ 11-inning win over Lexington. John Shelby scored the winning run to cap a night where he went 3-for-6 with a double and a stolen base.

Chris Coghlan is one of the hottest hitters in the South Atlantic League. The former Mississippi star has two more hits, including a double, in Greensboro’s 8-7 loss to Greenville. Coghlan is now 7-for-10 over the past two games with three extra base hits as he’s raised his season numbers to .311/.409/.534.

The Asheville Tourists are on a roll. The Tourists are now 16-2 over the past 18 games after pounding West Virginia 12-9. Michael McKenry’s grand slam was the big blow for the Tourists. Left fielder Stephen Chapman continued his hot hitting for the Power as he had his second consecutive three hit game, this time with a home run and triple. Chapman, 21, is now hitting .302/.359/.526 for the season.