Clay Buchholz looked like a blossoming top prospect twice this week.
Organizational One-Stop: 4/27/08
Double-A Portland: Michael Bowden had his best start at the Double-A level as he allowed just three hits and struck out a career-high 11 over six shutout innings to lead the Sea Dogs past Binghamton, 12-1, in front of 7,368 at Hadlock Field in Portland, ME. Bowden, who retired the first 11 batters he faced and didn't allow a runner past second, hadn't pitched five innings in any of his first four starts this season and had never pitched shutout ball over more than four innings in any of his 23 starts for the Sea Dogs dating back to last year. It was also only the time in 59 career starts Bowden has whiffed 10 batters; he struck out 10 while pitching for Greenville May 1, 2006. The Sea Dogs enjoyed their second eight-run inning against Binghamton in six days in the fifth, when they sent 13 batters to the plate. Andrew Pinckney, who finished 4-for-5, laced a three-run homer in the surge. Aaron Bates and Tony Granadillo each finished with two hits and two RBI while John Otness had two hits, including his first Double-A homer. Every starter had at least one hit for the Sea Dogs, who also received two hits apiece from Sean Danielson and Ryan Khoury. The Sea Dogs will conclude the seven-game homestand today, when Kris Johnson is scheduled to start against Binghamton.
Single-A Lancaster: Josh Papelbon gave up a grand slam in the ninth inning as Lake Elsinore stormed back to beat the JetHawks, 7-5, in front of 2,731 in Lancaster, CA. It was the third blown save of the season for Papelbon, who has allowed two or more runs in four of his eight appearances. The JetHawks, who have lost five in a row, scored all their runs in the fourth, when they racked up seven singles. The JetHawks have scored five or fewer runs in their last 10 games after scoring six or more runs in seven of their first 13 contests. Lars Anderson had three hits for the JetHawks, who received at least one hit from every starter and two hits apiece from Jon Still and Josh Reddick. Starter Tony Bajoczky allowed three runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out two over five innings. Carlos Vasquez allowed one hit and one walk while striking out four in three impressive innings of relief. The JetHawks continue their series against Lake Elsinore tonight, when Adam Mills is scheduled to start.
Single-A Greenville: Mike Jones extended his hitting streak to 17 games by going 2-for-4, but Jordan Craft was tagged for six runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief as the Drive fell to Hickory, 7-2, in front of 4,854 in Greenville, SC. It was the third straight loss for the Drive, who have been outscored 29-11 in that span. Jones, who has recorded two or more hits 11 times in his streak and has raised his average to .405, had an RBI, as did Ryan Kalish. Che-Hsuan Lin had two hits while Kris Negron stole two bases. Craft, who was making his first appearance since he was activated from the disabled list, gave up the six runs on six hits and two walks while striking out none. He's surrendered multiple runs in all three of his appearances this season and has allowed opposing batters to hit .481 against him. Ryan Colvin started and allowed an unearned run on two hits and no walks while striking out four over four innings. The Drive will attempt to snap its losing streak today, when Eamonn Portice is scheduled to start against Hickory.
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