Triple-A roundup: Culberson rips a pair

Kozma, Hill slam RedHawks; Tribe's Marte collects three hits

By Staff | July 22, 2012 9:44 PM ET

Giants No. 6 prospect Charlie Culberson homered twice and drove in four runs to power Fresno to a 10-5 triumph at Salt Lake. No. 10 prospect Conor Gillaspie went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the Grizzlies. Rehabbing big league veteran Vernon Wells homered and Angels No. 11 prospect Andrew Romine collected three hits for the Bees.

Pete Kozma and Steven Hill hit grand slams in the fourth inning and Memphis set franchise records for runs and hits (24) in a 24-7 romp over Oklahoma City. Both Kozma and Hill finished with five RBIs, while Cardinals No. 20 prospect Ryan Jackson went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs scored and Mark Hamilton also homered. Travis Buck went deep in a losing cause.

Jeremy Hermida went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs and Bear Bay struck out five over six solid innings in Tucson's 5-3 win over Sacramento. A's No. 14 prospect Jermaine Mitchell homered and doubled and Josh Donaldson added his 11th roundtripper for the River Cats.

Chad Tracy and Matt McBride homered and Omir Santos went 2-for-3 with two RBIs as Colorado Springs topped Tacoma, 9-6, in the first game of a doubleheader. Mike Wilson led the Rainiers with a homer and two runs scored, while Mariners No. 3 prospect Nick Franklin went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Cory Riordan allowed two runs on five hits over five innings before Colorado Springs completed a doubleheader sweep with a 3-2 victory over Tacoma. Brendan Harris capped a three-hit, two-RBI effort with a walk-off single for the Sky Sox, while Luis Rodriguez delivered an RBI double and scored the Rainiers' other run.

Mark Rogers allowed a run on two hits and struck out seven over five innings to win his third straight start as Nashville edged New Orleans, 3-2. Brewers No. 14 prospect prospect Caleb Gindl doubled and drove in two runs, while Dayton Buller homered for the Sounds. Marlins No. 9 prospect Kevin Mattison homered and tripled for the Zephyrs.

Alex Castellanos fell a triple short of the cycle while plating three runs and Trent Oeltjen hit his third homer in two games, leading Albuquerque past Iowa, 9-5. Stephen Fife recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts over seven innings for the Isotopes, while Cubs No. 10 prospect Josh Vitters smacked a three-run shot in a losing effort.

Ryan Spilborghs singled home Luis Hernandez in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Round Rock an 8-7 win over Omaha. Spilborghs went 3-for-6 with three RBIs and Brad Nelson hit a two-run homer for the Express. Tony Abreu and Anthony Seratelli drove in two runs apiece for the Storm Chasers.

David Cooper hit a three-run walk-off homer in the 10th inning to give Las Vegas a 7-5 triumph over Reno. Cooper finished 4-for-4, while Blue Jays No. 15 prospect Moises Sierra was 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs for the 51s. D-backs top prospect Trevor Bauer returned from the big leagues and allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks while fanning four in five innings for the Aces.

Pirates No. 3 prospect Starling Marte went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and a stolen base as Indianapolis bested Toledo, 7-6. Jose Morales hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning for the Indians, while Danny Dorn led the Mud Hens with three hits, including a homer, and two RBIs.

Dallas McPherson stayed hot with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored in Charlotte's 10-8 win at Buffalo. White Sox No. 15 prospect Josh Phegley also went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored for the Knights, while Josh Rodriguez and plated a pair of runs for the Bisons.

Jesus Valdez and Brett Carroll combined to drive in six runs and pace Syracuse to an 11-4 romp over Norfolk. Valdez was 2-for-4 with a double, while Carroll blasted his seventh homer for the Chiefs. Brandon Waring went 3-for-4 with a solo shot and Orioles No. 14 prospect Joe Mahoney and Zelous Wheeler also homered for the Tides.

Jeff Manship allowed a run on three hits over six innings as Rochester shut down Durham, 5-1, in the first game of a doubleheader. Clete Thomas gave the Red Wings all the offense they needed with a two-run homer. Stephen Vogt doubled and hit a solo shot for the Bulls.

Henry Wrigley delivered a walk-off single in the seventh inning as Durham edged Rochester, 4-3, to earn a split of the doubleheader. Leslie Anderson produced the rest of the Bulls' offense with a three-run homer in the second. Ray Chang doubled and scored twice for the Red Wings.

Yankees No. 11 prospect Adam Warren gave up three hits and struck out five over six shutout innings before Scranton/Wilkes-Barre edged Gwinnett, 4-3. Corban Joseph doubled, homered and drove in two runs, while Ramiro Pena went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored for the winners. Braves backstop Jose Yepez doubled and drove in two runs.

Vinny Rotino's two-run homer n the seventh inning was the difference in Columbus' 5-3 win over Lehigh Valley. Corey Kluber struck out seven and allowed two runs on five hits over six innings for his 10th win, while IronPigs starter Scott Elarton yielded two runs on six hits over six frames.

Red Sox No. 3 prospect Ryan Lavarnway went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI for Pawtucket, which scored six times in the 12th inning to defeat Louisville, 9-3. Jonathan Hee doubled home two runs and pitched a perfect inning to close out the win. Leadoff hitter Denis Phipps went 3-for-6 with a homer and two RBIs on his 27th birthday for the Bats.

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