High A Dish: Hot Bats Continue

Chris Valaika stayed hot, Barry Enright got his first victory, and Tommy Hanson hasn’t gotten any easier to hit.

California League

Bakersfield (Rangers) 6, Rancho Cucamonga (Angels) 4

Third baseman Johnny Whittleman was 2-for-3 with a home run while shortstop Marcus Lemon hit a bases loaded triple in Bakersfield’s five-run seventh inning.

John Lackey made a rehab start for the Quakes and Sean O’Sullivan took over after two innings, only to be tagged with the loss. He gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings on four hits and two walks. He struck out three.

Visalia (Diamondbacks) 6, Inland Empire (Dodgers) 4

Righthander Barry Enright finally got his first win of 2008, allowing just two runs on eight hits over five innings. He struck out six and walked one. Outfielder Steve Mena led Visalia with three RBIs.

Stockton (Athletics) 7, San Jose (Giants) 2

The 2-through-4 hitters for Stockton combined to go 8-for-15 with two doubles and righthander Fautino de los Santos found a groove in the victory. De los Santos allowed two runs over five innings on seven hits while walking one and striking out four. Sean Doolittle scored two runs for the Ports.

Carolina League

Myrtle Beach (Braves) 13, Salem (Astros) 1

So Tommy Hanson is hittable, but it’s still pretty hard. He gave up one run on four hits over seven innings while walking two and striking out six. The one didn’t score until Hanson’s final inning of work.

Shortstop Brandon Hicks added another home run for the Pelicans and scored three runs as part of his 2-for-3 night. Outfielders Willie Cabrera and Ernesto Mejia each had three RBIs for Myrtle Beach.

Florida State League

Dunedin (Blue Jays) 3, Lakeland (Tigers) 1

Rick Porcello allowed the first home run in his professional career and took another loss after letting off three runs on four hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four.

Lefthander Brett Cecil started for Dunedin and went three innings, allowing just one hit while striking out five.

Daytona (Cubs), St. Lucie (Mets) 2

Second baseman Tony Thomas was 3-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBIs. He also stole home in the fifth inning.

Sarasota (Reds) 6, Clearwater (Phillies) 4

Shortstop Chris Valaika is still swinging a hot bat, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs in last night’s win over the Threshers. Outfielder Drew Stubbs added two doubles and two RBIs.

Lefthander Joe Savery started for Clearwater and went six innings allowing three runs on seven hits and no walks. He struck out eight, but the bullpen blew the lead and he was left with a no decision.

Palm Beach (Cardinals) 3, Vero Beach (Rays) 0

Righthanders Jesse Todd and Kyle Sadlowski combined for a two-hit shutout and 14 strikeouts against Vero Beach last night. Todd worked the first five innings, allowing one hit and one walk, while striking out nine. Sadlowski finished the final four innings, allowing one hit and one walk, while striking out five.