Highs & Lows: April 15


HIGHS: Ryan Braun’™s easy power came alive in the Big Easy on Saturday, as the Brewers’™ 2005 first-round pick belted three home runs in Nashville’™s 14-1 win against New Orleans. Not to be outdone, Milwaukee No. 1 prospect Yovani Gallardo allowed just three hits over six innings and struck out 12 . . . Also in the double-digits in terms of strikeouts was Cubs righthander Carlos Marmol, who whiffed 10 in Iowa’™s 8-0 shutout of Round Rock . . . Reds righthander Homer Bailey’™s command wasn’™t perfect, but he pitched five solid innings in his second 2007 start. Bailey allowed a run on three hits, struck out four and walked three over five innings in Louisville’™s 8-2 win against Norfolk . . . Last year, Yankees righthander Matt DeSalvo went 1-6, 7.68 with 34 walks in 39 innings in Triple-A before being reassigned to Double-A Trenton. It appeared as if the 26-year-old was on a similar track after he allowed a pair of runs in his three-inning debut last week, but DeSalvo righted the ship against Pawtucket. Over six shutout innings, DeSalvo allowed just one hit and struck out eight in Scarnton/Wilkes-Barre’™s 5-1 win.

LOWS: Astros righthander Chad Reineke took Round Rock’™s loss to Iowa on the chin, allowing eight runs on eight hits and walking five over 3 1/3 innings . . . First, Angels lefthander Phil Seibel was beat out of a spot in the big league bullpen. Now, he’™s scuffling in Salt Lake. Seibel allowed six runs on nine hits over five innings in the Bees’™ 9-6 loss to Las Vegas, and has now given up 10 earned runs in just eight innings of work.


HIGHS: Yankee righthanders Allan Horne and Kevin Whelan scattered six hits and combined for nine strikeouts in Trenton’™s 2-0 win against Connecticut. It was Horne’™s second straight win . . . Erie second baseman Michael Hollimon went 3-for-5 with a double and a pair of runs scored as the Sea Wolves defeated Harrisburg, 6-1 . . . Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold remained hot against Akron on Saturday, homering against Indians lefthander Chuck Lofgren in Bowie’™s 7-2 win. Reimold is now hitting .367/.387/.767 with three home runs. Adding insult to Akron’™s loss was the performance of 26-year-old lefthander Oscar Alvarez, who went 7-2, 3.36 with the Aeros three years ago. Alvarez picked up his second straight victory despite walking five over five innings . . . Reds outfielder Cody Strait went 3-for-4 with a home run in Chattanooga’™s 4-3 win against Montgomery . . . Angels righthander Nick Adenhart won his second consecutive Double-A start, allowing a run on five hits over six innings. Righthander Jose Arredondo picked up the save in Arkansas’™ 3-1 win against Frisco.

LOWS: Sure, he walked twice, but it’™s been a tough start for Indians outfielder Trevor Crowe. The 2005 first-round pick is hitting just .160 (4-for-25) . . . Along similar lines, Diamondbacks outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is also battling it right now. Gonzalez went 1-for-5 in Mobile’™s 7-5 loss to Birmingham, and is now hitting .184 (7-for-38) . . . At least Kevin Mulvey can take one positive with him from his loss against Portland: it was better than his debut. Mulvey, the Mets’™ 2006 second-rounder, allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings. In his first Double-A start, Mulvey gave up seven earned runs and didn’™t make it out of the second inning. Even though he took the loss on Saturday, Mulvey still lowered his ERA over 35 points. It now stands at 11.37 . . . Speaking of bad outings, Harrisburg reliever Zech Zinicola has had three in a row. The Nationals’™ sixth-round pick last year out of Arizona State allowed four runs over just 1 1/3 innings in the Senators’™ loss to Erie, and has now given up eight earned runs on six hits in four innings.


HIGHS: Bakersfield romped Modesto, 11-2 with Rangers catcher Taylor Teagarden leading the way. Teagarden, the club’™s 2005 third-round pick, went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer. Righthander Bear Bay pitched well in his Rangers’™ debut, allowing a pair of runs on four hits in five innings . . . Athletics righthander Vin Mazzaro allowed four runs on five hits over six innings but still earned the win in Stockton’™s 9-5 victory against Visalia . . . Another start, same story. Astros righthander Brad James recorded 15 groundouts over seven innings in Salem’™s 5-2 win against Wilmington. James allowed an unearned run on three hits, struck out six and walked two . . . Phillies lefthander Dan Brauer is further making his case for the poster boy of labrum survivors. Brauer, who had the shoulder surgery at Northwestern, was Philadelphia’™s sixth-round pick last year. The 23-year-old struck out nine and allowed just one hit over six shutout innings in Clearwater’™s 10-1 win against Lakeland. Third baseman Wellington Baez was the offensive hero for the Threshers, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored.

LOWS: Red Sox lefthander Michael Rozier struggled again in the California League. Rozier, who allowed seven earned runs in his debut, allowed seven runs’"only four were earned’"in Lancaster’™s 9-8 loss to Inland Empire. The 21-year-old gave up 12 hits, walked two and struck out four over 5 2/3 innings . . . Indians righthander Sung-Wei Tseng was also hit hard on Saturday, allowing six runs on nine hits over six innings in Kinston’™s 6-4 loss to Winston-Salem. The 21-year-old is now 0-2, 5.73 and has given up 13 hits in 11 innings overall . . . In that same game, Warthogs’™ lefthander Joe Torres had one of the stranger lines of the day: Torres faced two batters and hit them both before being pulled.


HIGHS: The Rangers drafted Chad Tracy in the third round last year as a catcher, but have moved him to left field this season. So far, so good for Tracy’"at the plate, anyway. The Pepperdine product went 2-for-5 and drove in both runs in Clinton’™s 2-1 win against Beloit . . . Though he got a no-decision, Beloit righthander Jeff Manship was certainly impressive. Manship, a 14th-round pick out of Notre Dame last year, allowed a run on five hits and struck out 10 over 5 2/3 innings . . . Angels catcher Hank Conger went 2-for-4 with a home run in Cedar Rapids’™ 6-3 loss to Wisconsin. And don’™t look now, but the Angels have two Arredondos in the system. Jose pitched well in relief for Double-A Arkansas, and 20-year-old Mexican righthander Felipe Arredondo tossed two scoreless innings in the Kernels’™ loss, striking out three. No relation, by the way . . . Lansing righthander Chase Lirette pitched well in his 2007 debut. Lirette, a 2006 16th-rounder, tossed six shutout innings and whiffed eight in the Lugnuts’™ 2-0 win against Great Lakes.

LOWS: The knuckleball wasn’™t dancing so good for Rockies righthander Simon Ferrer in Asheville as the 26-year-old allowed four earned runs and walked four in the Tourists’™ 5-4 loss to Columbus. Ferrer, who converted to the mound in 2005, is 0-1, 7.59 in 11 innings this season . . . Yankees center fielder Austin Jackson saw his average dip to .195 after an 0-for-4 performance in Charleston’™s 2-0 loss to Augusta and hadn’™t had a hit in 10 straight at-bats.