BAPR Plus: May 24

Justin Upton homered again. Roger Clemens‘ appearance in Trenton drew 75 media members and Luke Hochevar continued to struggle in Wednesday’s action.


Mike Pelfrey struck out four while allowing one run in six innings for New Orleans.

Hong-Chih Kuo and Eric Stultz combined on a five-hit shutout as Las Vegas beat Tacoma. Kuo, sent down when Tony Abreu was promoted to the big leagues, threw four solid innings, then handed the ball to Stultz, who had been a starter until Kuo’s arrival. Stultz responded with five one hit innings for his best outing of the season.

Ryan Braun is liking batting leadoff. The Brewers’ power prospect homered and doubled for the second consecutive game as Nashville fell to Memphis. Braun is now slugging .726.

Terry Evans doubled for the third consecutive game to help Salt Lake beat Sacramento.


Trenton was on the national map on Wednesday night thanks to Roger Clemens’ rehab start. Clemens struggled in the sixth inning, but none of the sellout crowd cared. The Trenton pitchers were thrilled that they got a chance to listen to Clemens talk about pitching.

Justin Upton hit his fifth Double-A home run in nine games as Mobile beat Huntsville.

Jon Connolly deserved better. Connolly went into the ninth with a shutout, a 7-0 lead and a 33-inning streak of not allowing an earned run. But Cristian Guerrero hit a two-run homer run to snap the shutout, and Connolly was chased after allowing two more hits. Kyle Sleeth came in needing one out to pick up the save, but three hits, a walk and a wild-pitch later Harrisburg had completed a seven-run ninth to tie the game and send it to extra inning. Harrisburg then won the game in the 10th.

Chuck Lofgren pitched effectively for six innings as Akron beat Altoona. Adam Boeve hit his fifth home run of the season for Altoona.

Adam Russell outdueled Gaby Hernandez as Birmingham beat Carolina thanks in part to Jose Campusano’s inside-the-park home run.

Issmael Salas was 4-for-4 with a home run and double to lead Tennessee to a 16-11 drubbing of Jacksonville.

Richie Gardner fanned nine in 4 2/3 innings but Chattanooga still fell to West Tenn.

You don’t see nine-inning complete games that often, especially when the pitcher gives up 10 hits, but Midland’s Ben Fritz dodged trouble to beat Tulsa 10-3.

Luke Hochevar continues to be very hittable. Eric Hurley, on the other hand, was sensational. Hurley held Wichita to five hits as he threw a complete-game shutout. Hochevar gave up eight hits and seven runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings.

High Class A

Ryan Khoury hit two home runs including a grand slam, Scott White and Zach Daeges each homered as well in Lancaster’s 16-8 win over Inland Empire.

Visalia dropped to 2-7 since Justin Upton was promoted with a 12-3 loss to Stockton. Matt Torra saw his minor league worst ERA climb back into double digits when he failed to get out of the first inning, allowing five runs on four hits and three walks in 2/3 of an inning.

Daniel Carte tripled twice and Modesto rallied from a seven-run deficit to beat San Jose.

Eric Campbell homered in his third game back since missing a month with a thumb injury but some mental errors by the Pelicans allowed Winston-Salem to pull out a 4-3 win.

Michael Aubrey had an extra-base hit for the third-straight game but Justin Tellum drove in four runs with three hits as Salem beat Kinston.

Wilmington’s Rowdy Hardy improved to 5-0 with 7 1/3 solid innings against Potomac.

Travis Wood returned in spectacular fashion after missing a month with a left shoulder strain. Wood struck out nine and allowed only two hits in five shutout innings to lead Sarasota to a 6-0 win over Daytona.

Vero Beach’s Matt Walker put together one of his best outings of the season allowing only two unearned runs in five innings, but Ryan Roberson homered to help Lakeland win 5-3.

Low Class A

Dayton’s Chris Valaika hit a three-run home run to tie the game and Juan Francisco followed with another home run for the win as Dayton beat Cedar Rapids 6-5. There is one shocking stat in this game. Drew Stubbs was caught stealing for the seventh time in 15 tries.

John Whittleman is having an amazing season. Whittleman had two more hits, including a double, to raise his stats to .373/.462/.676, which is even more impressive when you consider that the Midwest League is the toughest hitters’ league in the minors. Clinton rolled over Fort Wayne 10-1.

Against the rest of the league, Wisconsin struggles, but playing Kane County has been a nice salve for the Timer Rattlers. The Timber Rattlers have won three straight against Kane County to improve to 14-29. Anthony Vavaro allowed only one hit in six shutout innings.

Chris Parmelee homered as Beloit won its eighth straight.

Polin Trinidad stifled the Greenville bats with seven shutout innings as Lexington beat the Drive.

Kannapolis hit five home runs but still lost as Hickory rallied from a six-run deficit to win 8-7.

Bill Rowell singled in two runs in his first game of the season. The Orioles’ prospect had missed the first month and a half of the season with an oblique strain.

Taylor Green’s strong season continued with a home run and a double as West Virginia beat Augusta 4-2. Green, 20, is hitting .318/.394/.614 in 88 at-bats this season. The game story is focused on Power closer E.J. Shanks who has resurrected his career by going to a submarine delivery.