BAPR Plus: May 23

Steven Wright recorded 10 strikeouts in 12 outs, but lost. Heath Rollins saw his 42-inning streak of not allowing an earned run end, while the minors strikeout leader, Yovani Gallardo, and ERA leader, Henry Sosa, both pitched effectively.


Homer Bailey returned from a brief stint on the disabled list with a very effective 5 2/3 inning outing. Bailey allowed only one unearned run (thanks to his two errors), while striking out seven. Bailey also had a two RBI single. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Bailey’s fastball was sitting in the low 90s. His command still wasn’t outstanding–he threw 57 strikes in 92 pitches, but he seemed to be effectively wild with his secondary pitches.

Yovani Gallardo was even better than Bailey. Gallardo extended his minor league strikeout lead with 10 Ks in six innings. He allowed one run and two hits as he handcuffed Memphis. Hitting leadoff, Ryan Braun had a double, a home run and two RBIs.

Buffalo’s Aaron Laffey’s fill-in start for the injured Adam Miller didn’t turn out so well. Laffey gave up 12 hits and 10 runs in 2 2/3 innings, then watched as his teammates’ comeback fell just short in a 10-9 loss to Indianapolis. John Van Benschoten gave up four earned runs in six innings.

J.R. House’s quick thinking on the base paths led to two runs that proved to the difference in Norfolk’s 2-0 win over Rochester. With men on first and second with one out in the first, Matt Garza got Mike Cervenak to ground to second baseman Alexi Casilla. Casilla went to tag House for the first out before throwing to first, but House ran back to first, then got into a short rundown where he eventually ran into Casilla. Casilla was called for interference, allowing Terry Tiffie to score. House scored a batter later, which were the only two runs that Garza allowed.

Josh Field’s three hits weren’t enough as Charlotte fell to Toledo.

Playing without Tony Abreu, who was called up to play third base for the Dodgers, the Las Vegas 51s beat Tacoma behind Luis Maza’s 4-for-5 night.

For a moment it looked like Fresno’s Matt Kinney would get out of of the first inning after giving up one run. But when William Bergolla dropped a pop up, it opened the flood gates. Colorado Springs scored nine more runs in the inning, all of them unearned, in an easy 12-4 win for the Sky Sox. Joe Koshansky had three hits while Ubaldo Jimenez gave up one run in seven innings for the win.

Craig Brazell’s recent home run tear has the Omaha newspaper comparing him to Calvin Pickering. No word on whether that’s a good or bad thing for Brazell, but his two home runs on Tuesday gave him the minor league overall lead with 16. Brazell has back-to-back two home-run games and has hit nine home runs in his last 13 games. Tyler Lumsden, Omaha’s starter, appears to have gotten back on track. He allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings in what was his worst May start. Overall in May, Lumsden is 2-0, 1.88 while he was 1-3, 10.88 in April.


Alan Horne struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings as Trenton rolled past Portland. The city of Trenton is going crazy over Roger Clemens appearance. As this story relays, fans are getting offers of up to $300 for their tickets.

Andrew McCutchen had two doubles among his three hits but Akron’s Asdrubal Caberera hit a grand slam off Yoslan Herrera as Altoona dropped its sixth straight game.

It was a similar story for New Hampshire. Ryan Patterson hit three doubles, but his heroics were outdone by Greg Jacobs‘ four-hit night that included a pair of doubles and a triple.

Springfield’s Bryan Anderson’s third home run of the season tied its game with San Antonio at 2-2 in the ninth, but Michael Wagner drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Missions the 3-2 win.

Arkansas’ Aaron Peel hit for the cycle in the Travelers’ 15-11 loss to Corpus Christi. Peel didn’t have to stress about getting the final part of the cycyle–he had completed the feat by the fifth inning.

High Class A

Michael Saunders’ second home run of the game was a walk-off shot as High Desert beat Lake Elsinore.

Modesto’s Brandon Hynick gave up six runs on Tuesday after giving up four in his first eight starts, but he still picked up the win to improve to 7-0. Hynick’s ERA climbed nearly a full run to 1.50.

There are days where the JetHawks’ hitters love playing at Clear Channel Stadium, and others where the JetHawks’ pitchers wish they were anywhere else. Tuesday was a night for the hitters to be happy. Lancaster scored 19 runs thanks to Bubba Bell’s 4-for-4 day and plenty of help.

John Mayberry’s 13th home run of the season helped Bakerfield beat Rancho Cucamonga.

Chad Boyd drove in six runs in Stockton’s easy win over Visalia.

Michael Aubrey’s career has been sidetracked by back injuries, but he’s homered in his first two games of the season with Kinston. Aubrey’s home run was not nearly enough as Salem’s Chris Salamida shut Kinston down for six innings, alliowing one run before handing it over to the Avs’ bullpen.

Clayton Richard allowed only one run in nine innings, but still wasn’t involved in the decision because Jake Stevens and two relievers matched him pitch for pitch. Kevin Gunderson blew it for the Braves in the 10th as Cole Armstrong homered.

Jay Bruce’s streak of five straight games with a double ended on Monday, so he started a new streak on Tuesday, doubling and stealing two bases in Sarasota’s 7-4 win over Daytona. Carson Kainer, the former Texas outfielder who was best known for getting a kidney transplant in 2005, had two hits. He’s now 7-for-13 (.538) in his first three games in Sarasota.

Dunedin’s Josh Kreuzer homered for the third straight game to lead the Blue Jays to a 4-0 win.

Low Class A

He may only be 17-years-old, but Carlos Triunfel is having little trouble with the Midwest League. Triunfel went 3-for-3 on Tuesday with a double as Wisconsin beat Kane County. It was Triunfel’s third consecutive multi-hit game, and he is hitting .455 over his last 11 games.
Nate Culp outdueled Omar Poveda as Fort Wayne beat Clinton.

Cedar Rapids shut out Dayton for the second consecutive game. Chris Pettit homered and doubled while Doug Brandt and two relievers combined on the shutout.

Heath Rollins stretched his streak of not allowing an earned run to 42 innings before giving up an earned run in the fifth inning of Columbus’ 4-2 win over Charleston. Rollins improved to 5-0, although his ERA climbed to a still microscopic 1.16.

Emmanuel Burress has gotten hits in all three games since being demoted to Augusta. Henry Sosa allowed only one run in five innings, which actually raised his ERA to a still minor league best 0.63.

Lake County’s Steven Wright had one of the weirdest lines of the day. Wright struck out 10 in four innings but was charged with the loss when Delmarva’s Brad Bergesen and Chad Thrall dodged trouble inning after inning, stranding 11 Lake County baserunners in a 2-1 win.