Gausman gets first Triple-A victory

Tides starter strikes out seven over five scoreless frames

By MiLB.com Staff | August 19, 2013 11:00 PM ET

Baltimore's top prospect Kevin Gausman picked up his first Triple-A victory in his sixth start at the level, logging five shutout innings for Norfolk in a 7-2 win over Columbus. The right-hander, selected fourth overall by Baltimore out of Louisiana State in the 2012 Draft, struck out seven and limited the Clippers to two hits without issuing a walk. Gausman (1-2) has also made five starts and nine appearances in the Major Leagues this season, picking up his first and only victory for Baltimore on June 28. Monday's win was the sixth in the 22-year-old's pro career.

Henry Urrutia supported Gausman with a solo home run in his second game since being sent down from the Major Leagues. Yamaico Navarro and Jason Pridie both went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

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Pawtucket's Clayton Mortensen won in his fifth start of the season, limiting Buffalo to just one hit over six innings as the Red Sox held the Bisons to three hits in a 3-0 victory. Mortensen (3-0) walked three and struck out five and now has a 2.95 ERA in 13 appearances this season. The right-hander moved out of the bullpen on Aug. 2, and he has a 1.35 ERA over 20 innings as a starter since.

Dan Butler hit a solo home run to help fill the offensive void left by top prospect Xander Bogaerts' promotion to Boston. No. 2 prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. and Drew Sutton had two hits apiece for the Red Sox.

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Liam Hendriks limited Louisville to four hits over eight innings in a 7-0 win. The right-hander struck out eight and didn't walk a batter while improving to 4-8 in 16 starts this season. The native of Perth, Australia has a 3.64 ERA over his past 10 starts.

Chris Parmelee and Josmil Pinto both homered for the Red Wings. Parmelee drove in two and scored twice, while Pinto added a double and two runs.

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In a stellar pitchers' duel, the No. 2 White Sox prospect Erik Johnson picked up the win over Tampa Bay's No. 2 prospect Jake Odorizzi in Charlotte's 1-0 victory over Durham. Johnson (3-1) struck out five and walked one over eight seven-hit innings, dropping his ERA to 1.59 in Triple-A this season.

Odorizzi retired the final 14 batters he faced, striking out the side in his final inning. Odorizzi gave up a solo homer to Andy Wilkins. MLB.com's No. 42 rated prospect struck out seven over seven innings and held the Knights to four hits without a walk.

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Hector Noesi limited Colorado Springs to one hit over six innings and Tacoma scored the winning run when Carlos Peguero beat out a potential double-play ball to score Abraham Almonte in a 1-0 11-inning victory. Noesi struck out seven and walked two in the effort. In 13 Triple-A appearances this year, the 26-year-old has a 6.00 ERA.

Collin McHugh started for the Sky Sox, logging seven shutout innings. The right-hander limited the Rainiers to three hits while striking out nine and walking one, and he slimmed his ERA to 3.08 in seven Pacific Coast League starts for Colorado Springs.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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