Triple-A roundup: Craig homers twice

LaPorta smacks pair of longballs; d'Arnaud collects three hits

By Staff | April 30, 2012 9:41 PM ET

In the Pacific Coast League, Allen Craig homered twice and knocked in five runs Monday as the Memphis Redbirds beat the Iowa Cubs, 5-4. He is batting .353 (6-for-17) during a four-game rehab assignment. Shelby Miller, the Cardinals' No. 1 prospect, improved to 3-2 after giving up four runs on seven hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked four. Top Cubs prospect Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, raising his average to .384.

New Orleans starter Tom Koehler struck out 10 over six two-run innings to beat Round Rock for his first win of the season. Chase Lambin collected three hits, including a home run, along with two RBIs and two runs scored in the 5-3 victory. Dusty Brown went deep for the Express, while Matt Kata and Joey Butler also drove in one run apiece.

Logan Schafer capped a three-hit day with a walk-off double to give Nashville a 4-3 win over Omaha. No. 3 Royals prospect Mike Montgomery yielded three runs on seven hits over six innings, but didn't factor into the decision. He fanned three and walked one. Brooks Conrad homered for the Sounds, while Jason Bourgeois and Clint Robinson hit longballs in the loss.

Coming off his second loss of the year, John Ely (2-2) struck out eight over 6 1/3 scoreless innings as Albuquerque shut out Oklahoma City, 5-0. Relievers Wil Ledezma and Shane Lindsay combined to toss 2 2/3 hitless innings for the Isotopes, while Jeff Baisley and Josh Bard both drove in two. Making his first start at Triple-A, No. 7 Astros prospect Brett Oberholtzer took the loss after yielding four runs on seven hits and a walk.

Top Blue Jays prospect Travis d'Arnaud went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double, an RBI and a run scored as Las Vegas trumped Reno, 8-7. Adeiny Hechavarria, Toronto's No. 16 prospect, homered and knocked in four runs. Adam Eaton led the Aces offense by collecting a home run, two doubles, three runs scored and two RBIs.

Eight of nine players in the Grizzlies' lineup collected a hit in Fresno's 9-5 win over Salt Lake. No. 7 Giants prospect Charlie Culberson homered and knocked in three, with No. 2 prospect Francisco Peguero also going deep and driving in two. The Bees scored all five of their runs in the ninth, led by Paul McAnulty's three-RBI double.

Jordan Pacheco homered and drove in three as Colorado Springs cruised to a 5-2 win over Sacramento. Rob Scahill earned the win after allowing two runs on six hits in six innings. Brandon Moss smacked a solo homer for the River Cats, while No. 6 A's prospect Grant Green drove in the team's other run on a groundout.

In the International League, veteran Matt LaPorta slugged a pair of solo homers in a losing effort as Columbus fell to Pawtucket, 6-4. Daniel Nava hit a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the ninth inning and Pedro Ciriaco was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the Red Sox. Reliever Mark Melancon retired the only batter he faced for Pawtucket.

Matt Torra allowed one hit over eight innings to improve to 2-2 as Durham beat Indianapolis, 1-0, to end its nine-game losing streak. Jesus Feliciano drove in the game's only run with an eighth-inning double and Cesar Ramos notched his first save with a scoreless ninth. Jeff Locke yielded three hits over seven shutout innings, not factoring into the decision for the Indians.

Bill Hall was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored, scoring the game-winner on a wild pitch in the 12th of Norfolk's 6-5 win over visiting Louisville. Ryan Adams, Baltimore's No. 12 prospect, hit a solo homer and scored twice for the Tides while Miguel Gonzalez allowed a hit and struck out four over four scoreless innings. Outfielder Denis Phipps drove in a pair of runs for the Bats.

Big league veteran John Lannan earned his second win after fanning six and allowing one run on four hits over seven innings as Syracuse routed Charlotte, 12-4. Jarrett Hoffpauir had two hits and three RBIs while Josh Johnson was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base for the Chiefs. Jordan Danks had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in a for the Knights.

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