Daily Dish: July 11

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Buffalo’s Andy Marte hit 29 home runs–several of which cleared
Toledo’s Fifth Third Field scoreboard and struck the Seagate Center
across the street–to win Monday’s Triple-A Home Run Derby. It was
Marte’s second derby championship, with the first being the South
Atlantic League title he won in 2002.

Marte edged Toledo’s Ryan Ludwick, playing in front of his hometown
fans, for the crown when he connected for his sixth home run in the
third and final round. Marte, 22, was awarded $1,000 and a glass
sculpture for the win.

“There was a lot of good competition here, and I
was just trying to be selective and get a pitch I could drive out of
the ballpark,” Marte told the Toledo Blade.

Marte and Ludwick competed against Kevin Witt (Syracuse), Nelson Cruz
(Nashville), Justin Leone (Portland) and Luke Scott (Round Rock).

“Marte was consistent, and he’s a heck of a talent,” Ludwick told the Blade. “He
just seemed to get stronger as the night went on, and that was an
awesome display.”


Listen All Y’all, It’s A Sabotage

Donald Veal had to give up an earned run eventually. It just took his teammates inadvertently sabotaging him for it to happen.

The 21-year-old Cubs lefthander hadn’t allowed an earned run in 18 2/3
innings entering Monday since being promoted to high Class A Daytona
from the Midwest League. He stretched that streak to 24 1/3 with five
scoreless innings Monday before Vero Beach finally scraped together a
run in the sixth.

The Dodgers run came after Veal had been sitting around in the dugout
for a while as the Cubs scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth.

“There was a long wait between the bottom of the fifth and the top of
the sixth when we scored all those runs, and it might have taken the
edge off him a little bit, but he still competed well,” Daytona manager
Buddy Bailey told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “If someone would
have told me he was going to pitch six innings and they’d only score
one run, I’d take it in a heartbeat.”

Veal didn’t even allow a hit until the fourth inning, and finished with
four strikeouts, three walks and three hits allowed in 5 2/3 innings.
He is now 2-0, 0.37 through four starts in the Florida State League.

“To come up to this league and put together that type of streak is
tremendous,” Bailey told the paper of Veal’s scoreless stretch.


Tabata Still A Hit

The Yankees’ Jose Tabata did not arrive at the ballpark in time to start
Monday’s game, but he still made an impact in his only plate appearance.

The 17-year-old outfielder was the youngest player in Sunday’s Future’s
Game in Pittsburgh, and did not get back in time to start low Class A
Charleston’s clash with Savannah yesterday. He was inserted to
pinch-hit in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and the game tied
at three. Tabata was promptly hit by a pitch from reliever Josh
Perrault, allowing Marcos Vechionacchi to score the winning run.

“It wasn’t one of the prettiest wins, but we’ll take it,” RiverDogs
manager Bill Mosiello told The Post And Courier of Charleston. “We
didn’t run the bases very well, luckily we pitched well enough.
Pitchers threw well enough to keep us in the game, and we came through
when it counted.”

Mosiello resigned as RiverDogs manager after yesterday’s game to take a job as an assistant coach at Southern California.


Disastrous Defense

White Sox recent first-round selection Kyle McCulloch didn’t get much help from his defense in his third pro outing.

The righthander didn’t make it out of the third inning for Rookie-level
Great Falls yesterday. By that time, the 21-year-old had allowed six
runs to cross the plate, though only one was earned. The defense behind
McCulloch committed six errors in the first three innings, and eight on
the day, leading to a short day by the former Longhorn ace as the White
Sox fell to Casper 13-4.

“I thought Kyle pitched a good game, but the defense behind him–we’ve
got to do a lot better job,” catcher Matt Sharp told the Great Falls
(Mont.) Tribune. “Kyle has great stuff. He commands all four of his pitches and
can pitch in and out to hitters. But we didn’t make the plays behind

The parade of errors was led by shortstop Christian Acosta who had two
throwing errors and a fielding error. Sharp had two throwing errors of
his own and McCulloch got into the action too when he dropped a throw
while covering first.

In 2 1/3 innings, the McCulloch allowed four hits and three walks,
striking out five. He took the loss in what was his first decision as a
pro. On the season, the Texas alum is 0-1, 2.45 with 10 strikeouts and four walks in seven innings.



• Orioles catcher Juan Gutierrez
went 5-for-5 with three doubles and a pair of home runs in his second
game since a promotion to high Class A Frederick. That’s impressive
enough on its own, but consider this: Gutierrez had collected just
three doubles and three homers in 119 at-bats this season at low Class
A Delmarva before his promotion. The 24-year-old Cuban had collected
just two multi-hit games in 43 South Atlantic League contests, but he
racked up five hits in his second Carolina League game. Go
figure . . . Cardinals righthander Mark McCormick
made his first start in more than a month for low Class A Quad Cities.
McCormick, a supplemental first-round pick in 2005 out of Baylor, had
been out since June 1 with a shoulder bruise. He allowed two runs over
four innings while fanning four and walking none and took a
no-decision. On the season he is 2-4, 3.78 with a 63-38 strikeout-walk
ratio in 52 innings . . . Rookie-level Princeton’s Andy Lopez
hit a ninth-inning, pinch-hit, two-run home run Monday in a 6-4 win
against Pulaski. Lopez had narrowly missed hitting a homer two pitches
earlier when the ball went foul. Lopez told the Bluefield Daily
Telegraph: “It was a curve ball, it came high and in and I hit a foul
ball, and I knew they were going to come in with something offspeed. I
knew they weren’t going to do that again, he threw me a curveball and
I really wasn’t looking for it, but I ran into it and hit it
good.” . . . Second baseman Chris Minaker
knocked in the game-winning run with a two-out RBI single in the bottom
of the ninth inning Monday, helping Everett defeat Eugene 6-5 in the
short-season Northwest League. “It feels great,” Minaker told The
Herald of Everett. “We’ve been playing hard baseball and had the tough
loss in extra innings (Sunday). So it was great to win in the bottom of
the ninth and not have to go into extra innings. It’s always good to
get a hard-fought win.” Minaker, the Mariners’ 10th-round draft pick
from Stanford, went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored as well. It
was the second night in a row he’s gone 3-for-5.  In the last two
games, he’s raised his batting average from .188 to .259 . . . Yakima
outfielder Cyle Hankerd ended
his hitting streak Monday in a 2-1 loss to Boise. The USC product
had hit safely in 15 straight games and went 29-for-62 in that stretch.
The Diamondbacks third-round pick is now hitting .364/.406/.432 in the
NWL. Jeremy Papelbon earned
the win for Boise as he threw 2 2/3 innings of one-hit relief. So far
this season, Papelbon is 2-0, 0.00 with 2 saves and has 17 strikeouts
in 14 innings.