Low A Dish: Two Homers Each For Brown And Waring

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.

Brandon Waring and Corey Brown each hit a pair of home runs, Neftali Feliz had a solid outing, and Jordan Walden didn’t get much help in another full night of Low Class A action.

South Atlantic League

Lexington (Astros) 5, Hickory (Pirates) 4

Trailing 4-3 after eight, Lexington came back thanks to DH Collin DeLome’s two-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth against Hickory’s Adam Simon. DeLome’s heroics negated the work of Hickory DH Thomas Hagan, who hit a two-out two-run double in the bottom of the eighth to give the Crawdads their brief lead. Lexington starter Sergio Severino worked five shutout innings, allowing only two hits and striking out seven, but received a no decision.

Columbus (Rays) 2, Rome (Braves) 1, 10 Innings

Rome’s run of hard luck continued as the Braves dropped their sixth in a row, with five of those losses coming by one run. The Braves scored their only run in the top of the first on a two-out double by first baseman Frederick Freeman, but they were unable to give starter Eric Barrett or their bullpen any more offensive support. Barrett did his part, working six innings, while allowing one run on two hits, with one walk and five strikeouts. Barrett’s only blemish came in the bottom of the sixth when he surrendered a solo home run to Columbus DH Cody Cipriano. Columbus shortstop Omar Luna‘s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the tenth ended the game. Also, although Catfish catcher Michael McCormick went 0-for-4, he didn’t have a bad night overall as he caught three Rome baserunners stealing.

Delmarva (Orioles) 10, Hagerstown (Nationals) 1

Delmarva left fielder David Cash went 4-for-6 with a three-run home run as the Shorebirds pounded out 18 hits against Hagerstown. Shorebirds leadoff hitter Matt Angle went 3-for-6 and was a home run short of the cycle. That was more than enough support for Zach Britton, who pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing only one run on six hits. Britton was followed on the mound by reliever Cliff Flagello, who struckout seven in 3 2/3 innings to finish the game.

Greensboro (Marlins) 8, Greenville (Red Sox) 2

Greensboro scored five runs in the top of the fifth to break open a 2-2 game. The rally was capped off by a three-run shot by third baseman Ben Lasater. Grasshoppers center fielder Bryan Petersen went 3-for-5 with an RBI and three stolen bases. Solo home runs by Luis Exposito and Aaron Reza provided the only runs of the night for the Drive. Greenville starter Nick Hagadone was off to a solid start before coming out after reaching his 50-pitch limit, and reporting elbow tightness, but Greenville manager Kevin Boles doesn’t believe its an issue:

“He just had a little tightness. That’s it,” Boles said. “It was just precautionary at this point. It looks like he is going to be fine.”

Lake County (Indians) 12, Lakewood (Phillies) 1

Lake County right fielder Matthew Brown went 3-for-5, and left fielder Roman Pena had three RBIs as Lake County blew out Lakewood. Captains starter Ryan Morris was solid, going five shutout innings allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out four.

Charleston (Yankees) 6, Savannah (Mets) 5

Charleston won its ninth in a row and improved its SAL-best record to 12-1, with five of those wins coming at Savannah’s expense. The RiverDogs took an early 4-0 lead, then held off a late rally. Charleston DH Jesus Montero went 2-for-4 with an RBI and second baseman Justin Snyder went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and an RBI.

Kannapolis (White Sox) 6, Augusta (Giants) 5

Kannapolis right fielder Jose Martinez went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs as Kannapolis nipped Augusta. Trailing 3-2 after three, Intimidators catcher Danny Jordan‘s two-run home run in the top of the fourth off Augusta starter Steven Calicutt gave Kannapolis a lead they held for the rest of the game.

Asheville (Rockies) 7, West Virginia (Brewers) 2

A three-run home run by Asheville’s Darin Holcomb keyed a four-run bottom of the fifth for the Tourists as they knocked off West Virginia. The home run was part of a 4-for-4 day for Holcomb that also included a pair of doubles and five RBIs.

Midwest League

Burlington (Royals) 7, Lansing (Blue Jays) 4

Burlington DH Jason Taylor had four RBIs, including a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth, to lead the Bees over Lansing. Lansing shortstop Justin Jackson went 4-for-5 in the losing effort, and left fielder Johermyn Chavez also went deep for the Lugnuts.

Kane County (Athletics) 8, South Bend (Diamondbacks) 5

Kane County center fielder Corey Brown hit a pair of home runs and first baseman Greg Dowling had three hits as the Cougars improved their record to 12-1. After Kane County starter Travis Banwart struggled through four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, three relievers combined to throw five shutout innings, allowing four hits, one walk, and striking out six.

Wisconsin (Mariners) 6, Fort Wayne (Padres) 2

Wisconsin scored four runs, all with two outs, in the bottom of the eighth to break a 2-2 tie and avoid a sweep. A two-run ground-rule double by left fielder Joseph Dunigan with the bases loaded was the big blow of the inning. Timber Rattlers center fielder Daniel Carroll went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Wisconsin starter Juan Ramirez worked 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with seven strikeouts and only one walk, but received a no decision.

Dayton (Reds) 9, Beloit (Twins) 2

The Dragons’ Brandon Waring hit two home runs as part of a 3-for-5, five RBI night to lead Dayton over Beloit. Right Fielder Denis Phipps also went 3-for-5 with three RBIs of his own. Dragons reliever Jeremy Horst struck out six in three innings of work.

Great Lakes (Dodgers) 8, Cedar Rapids (Angels) 7

Great Lakes’s Eric Kanaby scored the winning run in the top of the ninth after singling with two outs and the bases empty, then stole second and came all the way in to score when the throw from Kernels catcher Anel De Los Santos went into center field and was then misplayed by cneter fielder Clayton Fuller, capping off a night in which not much went right for the Kernels, as they committed six errors and their manager, Keith Johnson, forgot to list reliever Esmerlin Jimenez on his lineup card, forcing him to put shortstop Jerry Gonzalez on the mound for one hitter while another reliever warmed up. Kernels starter Jordan Walden allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings, but only one of those runs was earned.

Peoria (Cubs) 2, West Michigan (Tigers) 1, 11 Innings

Peoria second baseman Nate Samson hit a walk-off home run, his first of the season, in the bottom of the 11th to cap off a long duel between the Peoria and West Michigan pitching staffs.

Clinton (Rangers) 4, Quad Cities (Cardinals) 2

Mitchell Moreland‘s two-run double in the bottom of the first keyed a three-run rally by the Lumberkings, providing starter Neftali Feliz with all the support he needed. Feliz worked five solid innings, allowing two runs on four hits, walking two, and striking out seven.