AAA Dish: Capellan’s Near No-No

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.

Jose Capellan flirted with a no-hitter, David Purcey continued to pitch well and Fernando Perez led Durham to a win.


Richmond (Braves) 6, Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 2

The IronPigs will win a game someday, but Sunday was just more of the same–an 11th straight loss. Lehigh Valley is the only winless team in the minors, thanks in part to Jo-Jo Reyes. The Braves righthander threw four scoreless innings, striking out eight. Lehigh’s J.A. Happ was nearly as good, with nine Ks in five innings and two runs allowed, but the IronPigs bullpen gave up four runs in four innings.

Syracuse (Blue Jays) 3, Rochester (Twins) 2

David Purcey’s outstanding start to the 2008 season continued. A member of the first Prospect Hot Sheet of the season, Purcey threw seven solid innings (7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K) as Syracuse edged Rochester.

Indianapolis (Pirates) 2, Norfolk (Orioles) 1

Bryan Bullington and Hayden Penn hooked up for a pitching duel on Sunday. Both allowed one run in seven innings, but Indianapolis won the battle of the bullpens.

Durham (Rays) 2, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) 0

Fernando Perez doubled, stole a base and drove in both runs as the Bulls beat Kei Igawa and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Igawa has only given up three runs in three starts, but he dropped to 1-2 thanks to poor run support. Three Bulls pitchers combined on a two-hitter.


Tacoma (Mariners) 11-1, Colorado Springs (Rockies) 7-6

Pitchers don’t normally thrive at Colorado Springs; they just hope to survive. But Jose Capellan came within three outs of the first no-hitter in Colorado Springs in 21 years. Jeff Clement led off the seventh-inning of Sunday’s second game with a home run, ending Capellan’s no-hit bid.

“You never want to get no-hit,” said Clement. “I felt like it was game seven of the World Series leading off.”

Clement said that the former Brewers and Braves prospect was able to mix effective off speed stuff that made his fastball even better.

In the opener former first-round pick Greg Reynolds was tagged for seven runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Oklahoma (Rangers) 10, Albuquerque (Marlins) 9

Eric Hurley was battered for 10 hits and four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings and Brett Carroll had two doubles and a triple for Albuquerque, but the Redhawks hung on for their third straight win over the Isotopes.

Fresno (Giants) 10, Tuscon (Diamondbacks) 4

Nate Schierholtz has been left in Triple-A Fresno while the Giants cycle through outfielders on their big league club. He tried to offer a reminder to what he can do on Sunday. Schierholtz hit his first home run of the season and added a pair of RBI singles.

"I think I showed [the Giants] last year what I’m capable of," said Schierholtz, who raised his average to .286. "I’ve had kind of a slow start mostly because I’ve been hurt, but I saw the ball better today. I know my time is going to come."

Salt Lake (Angels) 13, Portland (Padres) 6

Nick Green practiced damage control on Sunday. The Bees starter gave up 12 hits and one walk in seven innings. But by dancing out of continual trouble, he managed to give up only three runs.