High A Dish: Can’t Stop Wieters

Matt Wieters continues to roll for Frederick while Jon Still takes advantage of the hitter-friendly California League.

California League

Stockton (Athletics) 5, Rancho Cucamonga (Angels) 3

Shortstop Josh Horton hit his second triple while first baseman Chris Carter hit his first home run in a 5-3 victory over the Quakes.

Horton tripled and scored in the first to put the Ports up for good. Carter’s home run came in the second inning. Andrew Carignan closed the door for his fourth save of the season.

Modesto (Rockies) 11, Lake Elsinore (Padres) 10, 12 Innings

It was an offensive marathon in Lake Elsinore. Both teams scored three runs in their half of the ninth to make it 10-10, but the Nuts prevailed in 12 innings.

Jason Van Kooten, who reached on a single, was sacrificed over, moved to third on a wild pitch and then finally scored on a throwing error that would have been the third out.

Lancaster (Red Sox) 5, Bakersfield (Rangers) 3

Still padded the JetHawks lead with his minor league leading seventh home run in the eighth inning. He finished the night 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Bakersfield’s Chad Tracy hit his first home run of the season in the eighth.

Carolina League

Frederick (Orioles) 7, Winston-Salem (White Sox) 2

Wieters is determined to prove he deserved that $6 million bonus from the 2007 draft. He went 2-for-5 last night with his fourth home run of the season, giving him his fifth multi-hit game.

RIghthander Pedro Beato earned the win after throwing seven innings in which he gave up two runs on six hits. He struck out two and walked two.

Kinston (Indians) 2, Myrtle Beach (Braves) 1

Will somebody help Gorkys Hernandez? The Pelicans outfielder led off the game with his first home run of 2008, but that would be the only hit of the night. It was all the Pelicans needed, until Kinston rallied for two runs in the ninth.

Pinch runner Jason Denham scored on a bases loaded walk and outfielder John Drennen drove in the winning run with a base hit to center field. The Indians had nine hits, three of which came in the ninth.

Wilmington (Royals) 5, Potomac (Nationals) 4

Lefthander Ross Detwiler made the start and left after four with the lead, but the Blue Rocks eventually rallied for the win. Detwiler would not have earned a win because he only went four innings and his numbers were less than stellar. He allowed just two runs on four hits and struck out four, but also issued five walks.

Florida State League

Vero Beach (Rays) 1, Jupiter (Marlins) 0

The Rays and Hammerheads were locked in a pitcher’s duel all game as both teams allowed a combined eight hits. Matt Fields‘ lead off home run in the eighth was all Vero Beach needed.

Kyle Winters went seven innings for Jupiter, giving up four hits and striking out three. Chris Leroux started the eighth and promptly gave up the round tripper.

Tampa (Yankees) 7, Dunedin (Blue Jays) 1

After a sensational debut, righthander Kenny Rodriguez has been pedestrian in his last two starts. Last night he went 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five.

Third baseman Mitch Hilligoss had three singles for Tampa, driving in two and scoring two.

Fort Myers (Twins) 3, Clearwater (Phillies) 2

Danny Valencia drew a walk in the bottom of the ninth and eventually scored on a double by Rene Tosoni to break the 2-2 tie and give the Miracle a win.

Lefthander Tyler Robertson started for Fort Myers and went five innings, giving up one unearned run on six hits. He struck out five and walked two.

Daytona (Cubs) 1, Palm Beach (Cardinals) 0, 10 Innings

In an another pitcher’s duel, the Cardinals and Cubs combined for four hits on the evening. Shortstop Darwin Barney hit a sacrifice fly in the tenth to drive in Russ Canzler with what would be the winning run.

Righthander Tyler Herron threw three innings for Palm Beach, giving up two hits, walking one and striking out two.