High A Dish: Late Rallies Galore

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) 9, Stockton (Athletics) 0

The Ports’ monster lineup and rotation were silenced last night by a trio of Blaze pitchers. Bakersfield righthander John Bannister made the start and worked five innings, striking out four and allowing three hits. Outfielder Julio Borbon collected three hits to get his own offense rolling while Grant Gerrard smacked two doubles, a single and picked up two RBIs to lead the Blaze. Third baseman Johnny Whittleman also had two doubles but struck out in his other three at-bats, something that he became a little too accustomed to in 2007.

• Lancaster (Red Sox) 3, Inland Empire (Dodgers) 3, 15 innings, Suspended

Matt Berezay pinch-hit for Francisco Lizarraga in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded, no outs and the 66ers down by three. Berezay promptly hit a bases-clearing double to tie the game, which would go into extra innings. After all that excitement, neither team could muster enough offense to decide the game and it was suspended at midnight after 15 innings. It is scheduled to resume tonight. Lancaster first baseman Lars Anderson went 2-for-6 with a triple and a walk, left fielder Reid Engel went 3-for-6 with a walk, while leadoff hitter and center fielder Jason Place went 0-for-5 with two walks and three strikeouts.

• Modesto (Rockies) 5, San Jose (Giants) 4

The Nuts were "lifeless for eight innings", but staged a rally in the ninth to win thanks to some timely hits. Down 4-1 going into the inning, first baseman Mike Paulk doubled and outfielder Victor Ferrante homered to cut the deficit to one run. After a strikeout, hit by pitch and walk, the Giants were able to induce a pop up and it seemed they might escape the rally, but outfielder Anthony Jackson singled in a run and catcher Michael McKenry followed an intentional walk with the game-winning base hit.

• Lake Elsinore (Padres) 8, Visalia (Diamondbacks) 6

Catcher Mitch Canham smashed his first home run of the season, a three-run shot in the first, to help the Storm snap the Oaks’ winning streak. Visalia outfielder Gerardo Parra continued swinging a sweet stick, going 4 for 4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.

• Ranch Cucamonga (Angels) 10, High Desert (Mariners) 3

Center fielder Peter Bourjos went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in the Quakes’ victory.

Carolina League

• Myrtle Beach (Braves) 5, Wilmington (Royals) 4

In the league’s only game yesterday, outfielder Gorkys Hernandez came through in the clutch, knocking in Willie Cabrera with a single in the top of the eighth to break the 4-4 tie. Then lefthander and Oregon State icon Kevin Gunderson entered to get the six-out save. He induced three straight ground balls to second base in the eighth and struck out two in the ninth, cutting a Blue Rocks rally short.

Florida State League

Lakeland (Tigers) 6-2, Clearwater (Phillies) 5-3

Designated hitter Ryan Strieby collected five RBIs in the first game of a doubleheader, four of which came on his eighth inning grand slam that would prove to be the winner in the first game. He then hit a solo shot in the nightcap, but the Flying Tigers couldn’t hold back the Threshers and ended up splitting the doubleheader. Clearwater second baseman Adrian Cardenas scored two runs and collected four hits in the first game to raise his average to .529.

Strieby’s second home run was in the bottom of the seventh (the last inning because of league rules), but Lakeland couldn’t continue the rally to sweep the day’s games.

• Daytona (Cubs) 4, Vero Beach (Rays) 3

Eleven hits in a game will usually get you a substantial number of runs, but Daytona’s 11 were all singles on Monday night, with the final one coming with two outs in the top of the tenth. Outfielder Yusuf Carter’s single to right field knocked in Jonathan Wyatt and proved to be the winner. Daytona second baseman Tony Thomas went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base (he was also caught stealing once) out of the leadoff slot.

• Sarasota (Reds) 7, Tampa (Yankees) 1

The middle of Sarasota’s order hasn’t cooled yet. Shortstop Chris Valaika hit his second home run of the season as part of a 4 for 5 performance. Third baseman Juan Francisco added a double while outfielder Drew Stubbs scored two runs and had a double of his own. Righthander Travis Wood went 4 2/3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, two walks and two hits allowed.

Yankees righthander Mark Melancon made his second appearance of the season, giving up Valaika’s home run in the seventh. He finished the night with two innings of work and gave up two runs on three hits while striking out one.

• Dunedin (Blue Jays) 7, Fort Myers (Twins) 4

Dunedin catcher J.P. Arencibia went 4-for-4 with a double and DH Travis Snider went 1-for-3 with a walk and a pair of runs scored to power the Blue Jays past Fort Myers.