AAA: New Orleans 8, Omaha 7 (11 innings)
L: Ryan Braun (0-1, 0.00)
HR: Billy Butler (7)
|CF Joey Gathright||5||1||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.300|
|1B Billy Butler||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||2||0||.344|
|C Matt Tupman||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.344|
|Ryan Braun (BS, L, 0-1)||1.0||2||3||0||1||1||0||0.00|
Bad news for the Pacific Coast League -- Billy Butler is back. Butler played first base and went 2-for-4 with a pair of walks. In the 11th inning, he broke a 5-5 tie with a solo home run. Ryan Braun came into close the game with a 7-5 lead, but he couldn't shut the door. New Orleans scored three runs in the bottom of the 11th to win the game. However it clearly was not Braun's fault, as two errors (including one by Butler) and a passed ball came back to haunt him. Tyler Lumsden had a solid outing, going 5.2 innings and striking out six. Lumsden, who started out the season in a disappointing matter, has a 1.04 ERA in his last three starts.
AA: Arkansas 7, Wichita 1
L: Danny Christensen (1-2, 5.03)
|Danny Christensen (L, 1-2)||5.2||10||5||5||1||4||1||5.03|
Wichita only pounded out three hits on Thursday, none of which came from Chris Lubanski, ending his 10-game hitting streak. Danny Christensen allowed a season high 10 hits and five runs, taking his record to 1-2 on the season. Wichita will try to rebound tomorrow with staff ace Luke Hochevar taking the hill.
High A: Myrtle Beach 4, Wilmington 0
L: Daniel Cortes (L, 0-3)
|CF Jose Duarte||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.295|
|LF Brett Bigler||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.248|
|Daniel Cortes (L, 0-3)||6.2||4||4||4||0||8||0||3.97|
Daniel Cortes came through with another solid outing, but Julio Pimentel couldn't pick him up, as he allowed two inherited runners to score in the seventh inning. Cortes only allowed four hits, while walking none and striking out a season high eight, including six in the first two innings. Brett Bigler is on a tear after a terrible start, batting .412 in his last 10 games. The loss takes the Blue Rocks to .500 on the year, at 20-20.
Low A: Burlington 2, South Bend 1 (10 innings)
W: Tyler Chambliss (3-0, 0.00)
|CF Derrick Robinson||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.212|
|LF Joseph Dickerson||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.277|
|Tyler Chambliss (W, 3-0)||2.0||0||0||0||0||3||0||0.54|
The Bees came through in the opener against South Bend with a strong pitching performance, led by starter Everett Teaford. Teaford recovered from a less than desirable outing a week ago, tossing six innings while allowing only one run. Relievers Aaron Hartsock and Tyler Chambliss shut the door, allowing only one baserunner in the last four innings. Derrick Robinson contributed with a couple of hits, and Joe Dickerson added a hit and stole his eighth base of the season.