Low A Dish: RiverDogs Stay Hot

Charleston and Kane County continued to pace their leagues, Michael Burgess hit another home run, and Neftali Feliz had a tough night in Monday’s Low Class A action.

South Atlantic League

Hagerstown (Nationals) 6, Lakewood (Phillies) 2

Hagerstown right fielder Michael Burgess homered for the second day in a row, this time a two-run shot in the bottom of the first, his fourth of the season. After going through a stretch in which he had only one hit over six games, sinking his average to .159, Burgess is 7 for his last 13, raising his average nearly 100 points to .246. He’s had three multi-hit games in the last four, after not registering any multi-hit games through the first 13 games of the season.

Charleston (Yankees) 7, Columbus (Rays) 2

Charleston continues to win, improving their SAL-best record to 15-3. With the score tied 2-2 in the top of the fifth Charleston’s Abraham Almonte singled with one out, stole second, stole third, and came in to score on a third strike wild pitch that would’ve ended the inning. The RiverDogs tacked on 10 more hits and four more runs over the next four innings against the Catfish’s bullpen. Columbus starter Glenn Gibson (5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO) fell to 0-3 on the season.

Rome (Braves) 7, Savannah (Mets) 2

Braves DH Cody Johnson went 3-for-5 with a home run, his fourth, and a pair of doubles to lead Rome over Savannah in a battle between the two teams at the bottom of the SAL’s Southern Division. Rome third baseman Adam Coe went 3-for-4 with three doubles. Braves starter Scott Diamond allowed two runs (one earned) over six innings to pick up his first win of the year.

Augusta (Giants) 5, Greenville (Red Sox) 2

Augusta scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth, breaking a 2-2 tie, the last two of which came in on a home run by GreenJackets DH Thomas Neal. The Drive scored two runs on three hits in the top of the first against Augusta starter Orlando Yntema, but Yntema and two relievers combined to shutout the Drive on four hits the rest of the way. After Greenville starter Eammon Portice was knocked out of the game by Neal’s home run, Daniel Bard came on in relief and had another strong outing, retiring all eight hitters he faced and striking out three.

Asheville (Rockies) 6, Hickory (Pirates) 1

Asheville starter Connor Graham tossed six shutout innings as the Tourists completed a three-game sweep of Hickory. Crawdads starter Emilis Guerrero (5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO) pitched well himself, his only blemish coming in the bottom of the second when he surrendered a solo shot to Tourists left fielder Kevin Clark. Asheville’s offense opened up after Guerrero left the scene, as the Tourists scored five runs on eight hits over three innings against the Hickory bullpen. Tourists first baseman Jeffrey Cunningham‘s three-run shot in the bottom of the eighth off Hickory’s Tom Boleska put the game away.

Midwest League

Fort Wayne (Padres) 6, Clinton (Rangers) 1

Fort Wayne ended Clinton’s four-game winning streak. The Lumberkings outhit the Wizards 8-7, but they left nine men on base compared to three by Fort Wayne. Clinton starter Neftali Feliz cruised through the first three innings, retiring nine of the first 10 hitters he faced, but things came undone for him in the bottom of the fourth. Feliz issued a leadoff walk, then gave up four consecutive hits leading to four runs, and was pulled after the inning.

Lansing (Blue Jays) 6, Peoria (Cubs) 3

Since going 3-for-4 in his 2008 debut last Friday, Peoria third baseman Josh Vitters is 0-for-10 over his last three games, including an 0-for-2 night on Monday before being removed from the game in the fifth. Lansing righthander Kyle Ginley (5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO) improved to 3-0.

South Bend (Diamondbacks) 5, Wisconsin (Mariners) 4

South Bend picked up its first home victory, and just its third overall, of the season, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the eighth on a sac fly by third baseman Ramon Ramirez. South Bend leadoff hitter Evan Frey went 3-for-4 with a pair of triples and an RBI.

West Michigan (Tigers) 2, Beloit (Twins) 1

West Michigan got a boost from rehabbing center fielder Curtis Granderson to knock off Beloit. In the bottom of the third, Granderson, making his second appearance with the Whitecaps, hit an RBI triple then came in to score on a sac fly, accounting for both Whitecaps runs. Beloit starter Michael Tarsi went the distance, tossing eight innings and allowing only the two runs (both of which were unearned) on six hits, with three strikeouts and one walk. A solo home run by third baseman Deibinson Romero accounted for Beloit’s only run of the night.

Dayton (Reds) 10, Cedar Rapids (Angels) 3

Dayton scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to turn a close game into a blowout. Kernels starter Robert Fish left after allowing only one hit over five shutout innings and with his team holding a 1-0 lead, but the Kernels’ defense and bullpen imploded in the sixth and seventh, including a stretch in which seven straight Dayton hitters reached base in the bottom of the seventh, all with two outs. Dayton’s Todd Frazier went 2-for-5 with a double and a pair of RBIs.

Kane County (Athletics) 6, Great Lakes (Dodgers) 4

Kane County rebounded from a rare loss by downing Great Lakes, improving the Cougars’ record to 15-2. Cougars leadoff hitter Michael Richard went 3-for-5, stole two bases, and scored three runs.