Let’s start our tour of the minors with Dayton, where one of Redleg Nation‘s Spotlight Players had a huge game.
“I’m seeing it,” said Dayton first baseman Logan Parker, who became the first Dragon to hit two homers in an inning. Each of them accounted for three runs.
Second baseman Justin Turner and catcher Fernando Encarnacion also contributed homers.
Parker, who has hit only four homers this season, has three in the last four days.
“Guys in here were calling me the biggest slap hitter in the league,” Parker said. “I wish I knew the answer.”
At least for now, Parker does know the answer. He is hitting .485 over his last 10 games, with 12 RBIs.
–Last year’s first round pick, CF Drew Stubbs hit a couple of doubles, walked, and scored a run.
–2007 draftee SS Zachary Cozart has gotten off to a rough start, but he collected three hits in four at-bats last night.
–DOTF favorite 2B Justin Turner hit his eighth homer. I’m ready to see what Turner can do in Sarasota.
–22 y/o RHP Misael DeJesus picked up his fifth win, going 3.1 scoreless innings in relief, allowing just two hits and striking out six. He dropped his ERA to 3.72 with the effort.
Durham 10, Louisville 2 (AAA)
—David Dewitt Bailey got the start for the Bats, and he allowed 2 earned runs on 4 hits in 5.2 innings. Bailey struck out four, but walked three.
Chattanooga 9, Birmingham 2 (AA)
–Despite not having this guy in the lineup, the Barons were only able to muster 2 runs against the Lookouts. 23 y/o RHP Sam Lecure had an outstanding outing, going 7 innings, giving up 2 ER on 5 hits while striking out 9. Lecure is now 5-2 with a 4.27 ERA.
–At the plate, several Lookouts had two hits (1B Adam Rosales, 2B Drew Anderson, 3B Enrique Cruz, RF Tyrell Godwin), but 24 y/o catcher Craig Tatum had the best night of the bunch, going 2-3 with a double, a walk, and 4 RBI.
Sarasota 8, Daytona 6 (A+)
–SS Chris Valaika had a triple, a run, a walk, and 3 RBI in 3 ABs.
–23 year old C Miguel Perez went 2-4 with a double, a walk, and an RBI. I’m really hoping to see Perez bounce back and have a good year. He could have a future as a backup catcher with some pop.
Billings 7, Ogden 4 (Rookie)
Waring is hitting very well on the season: .305/.398/.552. Bour is at .322/.365/.441.
–OF Keltavious Jones was 3-5 with a double and an RBI.
–Starting pitcher Luis Montano ran his record to 5-1 (which leads the league) by going seven strong innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and striking out three. The 22 year old RHP lowered his ERA to 2.73.
GCL Orioles 3, GCL Reds 2 (Rookie)
–Not much to say here. 19 year old SS Neftali Soto — and DOTF favorite — continued his torrid hitting with another homer and 2 RBI.
–18 year old LHP Charles Snowden struck out 6 Orioles in three perfect innings of relief. Nice outing.