High A Dish: Deja Vu In Kinston

As we did last year, we’ll look around the minors every weekday with the Daily Dish, a supplement to the Baseball America Prospect Report, which is available by e-mail every weekday.

California League

Bakersfield (Rangers) 4, San Jose (Giants) 3

The Giants were cruising, up 3-0 going into the eighth, but the Blaze put up four runs in the top half of the inning. Third baseman Johnny Whittleman hit a two-run single to tie it then scored on a Chad Tracy double to take the lead.

Lancaster (Red Sox) 14, Lake Elsinore (Padres) 5

Lancaster jumped out to an early lead, scoring five runs in the first and six in the third. First baseman Lars Anderson was 3 for 5 with three RBIs while outfielder Reid Engel hit his second home run of the season.

Lefthander Cory Luebke was roughed up for 11 runs in three innings, though only seven were earned. Outfielder Cedric Hunter was 2 for 4 with two runs scored.

High Desert (Mariners) 11, Inland Empire (Dodgers) 10

Third baseman Josh Bell tied the game at 10 with a solo home run in the eighth, but the Mavericks were able to get an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to grab the win.

Bell finished the night 2 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI.

Stockton (A’s) 9, Modesto (Rockies) 1

The Ports offense woke up for this one and lefthander Brett Anderson pitched six solid innings for the victory.

First baseman Sean Doolittle was 2 for 4 with two home runs, five RBIs and three runs scored. Anderson went six innings, allowing only two hits and two walks while striking out seven. He still hasn’t let off an earned run this season.

Carolina League

Kinston (Indians) 6, Frederick (Orioles) 5, 16 Innings

Free baseball in Kinston! The Keys tied the game in the ninth on a single to force extra innings and went up two in the tenth. But in the Indians’ half, Beau Mills scored on a wild pitch and Jared Goedert was knocked in by Carlos Rivero to tie the game again.

Then, in the 16th with Kinston down by one, it was deja vu. With Rivero batting, Mills scored on a wild pitch and Goedert was then knocked in by a single, Indians win. All of Kinston’s 13 hits were singles.

Winston-Salem (White Sox) 5, Lynchburg (Pirates) 3

Lefthander Aaron Poreda made his first start of the season, went five innings, but got a no decision. He allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits, while walking three and striking out two.

The Warthogs scored three in the sixth to pull ahead and held on for the win.

Potomac (Nationals) 3, Myrtle Beach (Braves) 2, 10 Innings

Outfielder Gorkys Hernandez had a triple and run scored as part of his 2 for 5 night, but third baseman Matt Rogelstad capped his 3 for 4 performance with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the tenth and give the Nationals the walk-off win.

Wilmington (Royals) 5, Salem (Astros) 4

The Blue Rocks surrendered four runs in the seventh and eighth innings, but put up a four-spot in the top of the ninth before making an out in the top of the ninth. A triple by Joshua Johnson knocked in the tying and go-ahead runs.

Jimmy Van Ostrand was 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored for the Avalanche.

Florida State League

Dunedin (Blue Jays) 7, Tampa (Yankees) 5

Travis Snider is getting back into his 2007 form after going 2 for 5 with a double and home run. The home run came in the sixth inning off of righthander Mark Melancon who continues to struggle. Melancon is returning from Tommy John surgery and now has an 11.57 ERA in three appearances.

Fort Myers (Twins) 2, Clearwater (Phillies) 0

First baseman Whitney Robbins’ two-run homer in the seventh was all the Miracle needed for the win. Righthander Deolis Guerra, who came over in the Johan Santana deal, started the game and threw five innings, giving up four hits and five walks while striking out two.

Sarasota (Reds) 10, Lakeland (Tigers) 5

Sarasota’s 4-5-6 hitters continue to blister opposing pitchers. Chris Valaika, Juan Francisco and Drew Stubbs combined to go 7 for 15 with four runs and three RBIs. Stubbs and Francisco both picked up doubles in the game. Stubbs had two stolen bases while Valaika swiped home.

The pitching victim was righthander Jonah Nickerson, who was making his second start of 2008. He is now 0-1, 9.82 in 7 1/3 innings.