BAPR Plus: May 25

Ryan Braun didn’t get a hit on Thursday night, but he probably won’t remember that part of the day at all after finding out that he’s headed to Milwaukee. The Brewers decided that they could wait no longer to promote Braun to fix the team’s absolute lack of production at third base. Of course, the Brewers’ problems could be worse–even with the Craig Counsell and Tony Graffanino’s struggles at third, Milwaukee still has the second-best record in the National League.

Veteran second baseman Nick Green hit two home runs including a grand slam as Indianapolis beat up on Scranton/Wilkes Barre starter Steven Jackson.

Joey Votto’s is an International League pitcher’s worst nightmare right now. Votto extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a 3-for-5 night that included a home run. Votto is hitting .425/.500/.650 in May, thanks in large part to his decision to get contact lenses around the start of May. Before that he was unaware that he had an astigmatism in his right eye.

Jon Lester pitched very effectively in a rehab start with Pawtucket. Held to a 75-pitch limit, Lester needed only 65 pitches to make it through five innings.

Jason Jaramillo drove in three runs with two hits to help Ottawa beat Charlotte. Charlotte’s Josh Fields homered for the second time this week.

Ryan Braun got the call to Milwaukee after Nashville’s 9-5 win over Memphis. Braun leaves having hit .348/418/.701 in 117 at-bats with Nashville. Braun went hitless in his final game with the Sounds, but Joe Dillon made up that by hitting a home run and two doubles.

Philip Humber wasn’t outstanding, but he was able to pick up the win on Thursday night. The former first rounder allowed four runs, three earned, in five innings.

The hottest hitter around the minors is undoubtedly Craig Brazell. Brazell hit two home runs on Thursday night giving him a minor league leading 18 for the season. It was Brazell’s third two home run game in his last four games and he has now hit 11 home runs in his last 13 games. Billy Butler added a grand slam as well for the Royals.


David Winfree hit hit third home run of the season as New Britain pounded Bowie 12-4. The Rock Cats are now playing without closer Jose Mijares, who was promoted to Triple-A Rochester.

Michael Bowden had one of his worst starts of the season, and he still didn’t give up a run. Bowden walked five batters which explains why he lasted only four innings, but he didn’t give up a run, which ensured his combined ERA between high Class A Lancaster and Double-A Portland dropped to 1.31.

Akron’s Brian Barton’s fifth home run of the season led the Aeros to a 7-6 win over Altoona.

New Hampshire manager Billy Masse had a simple message for his Fisher Cats. If they lost to Reading on getaway day their five-hour bus ride would be made with the bus’ DVD player turned off. The Fisher Cats quickly fell behind 5-0, but with the team chanting “movies” in the dugout, New Hampshire rallied for a 7-6 win. Kevin Gray’s outstanding game story also notes that Victor Zambrano left behind some unhappy temporary teammates when he didn’t spring for a clubhouse spread during his rehab start with the team on Thursday. Maybe he was unhappy with his performance–he gave up 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Andrew Miller gave up one run in eight innings as Erie fell to Harrisburg.

It was just a normal night at the office for Justin Upton. He doubled and stole a base as part of his 3-for-5 night that led Mobile past Huntsville.

Starters Matt Harrison and Chris Mason were long gone by the time Montgomery finally finished off Mississippi Thursday night. Jason Pridie drove in the winning run in the 12th.

Jake Fox homered again last night, his ninth of the season in Tennessee’s loss to Jacksonville.

Gio Gonzalez was in command Thursday night, striking out 12 in six innings while allowing only three hits. Gonzalez now has 74 strikeouts, trailing Yovani Gallardo by two for the minor league lead.

Franklin Morales returned from the disabled list to shut down Midland for four innings in a start that was cut short by pitch limits. Morales allowed one hit while walking three and striking out five as Tulsa won 5-4. He had missed a month with a strained hamstring.

Chance Douglass hurled a complete-game shutout for Corpus Christi. Douglass, a 2002 12th rounder who boasts a solid fastball/changeup combination, allowed four hits.

High Class A

Javi Herrera homered and scored four runs as Stockton beat Visalia.

High Desert’s Ruben Flores struck out 11 in 5 1/3 innings in a 6-2 win over Lake Elsinore.

Antoan Richardson tripled in three runs and stole his 20th bag as San Jose beat Modesto.

Bubba Bell went 4-for-4 with three RBIs as the JetHawks beat Inland Empire 8-1.

Brad James has gone from being unhittable to just very good. James began the season by not allowing a run in his two starts. He then gave up one run in each of his next four starts. Now he’s given up two runs in each of his last three starts. But even very good is enough to beat most teams. He improved to 6-1 after allowing two hits in six innings.

Adam Boone homered in both ends of a doubleheader as Lynchburg swept Potomac.

Burke Badenhop stopped trying to aim his sinker and just let its natural action take its course. That was good enough to beat Palm Beach and Adam Ottavino. Ottavino allowed five runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Kei Igawa allowed two runs in five innings as Tampa beat Vero Beach.

Fort Myers Ryan Mullins allowed only three hits in eight scoreless innings to beat Daytona.

Low Class A

Wisconsin’s Carlos Triunfel keeps on hitting. Triunfel went 3-for-5, raising his average in May to .350 as Kane County avoided a sweep at Wisconsin.

Chris Cody struck out 10 batters in eight innings to maintain the Midwest League ERA lead as he snapped West Michigan’s four-game losing streak.

Clayton Kershaw lasted only four innings although he struck out seven and gave up only one earned run as Great Lakes fell to Burlington. Joe Dickerson stole three bases for Burlington.

Dayton was shut out for the third time in four games as Cedar Rapids’ Sean O’Sullivan allowed only four hits in eight innings.

Ryan Howard went 0-for-3 in a rehab assignment with Lakewood while Chris Marrero homered for Hagerstown to help them to an 8-6 win.

Chris Carter went 3-for-4 to lead Kannapolis past Hickory.

Wade Townsend allowed two runs in five innings while Charleston’s Mitch Hilligoss extended his hitting streak to 30 games with a single in the fifth.