Triple-A roundup: Taylor powers up

Cardenas gets four hits; Spears slugs walk-off shot in 14th

By Staff | July 15, 2012 9:35 PM ET

A's No. 20 prospect Michael Taylor homered and drove in three runs for the second straight game, powering Sacramento past Las Vegas, 12-5. No. 2 prospect Brad Peacock (7-6) allowed a run on four hits while striking out eight over six innings, while Daric Barton and A's No. 5 prospect Grant Green also went yard for the River Cats. Blue Jays No. 2 prospect Anthony Gose homered and tripled for the 51s.

Adrian Cardenas went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs and Alfredo Amezaga also drove in three runs as Iowa crushed Omaha, 9-1. Chris Rusin allowed a run on two hits over five innings for the Cubs. Johnny Giovatella was 2-for-5 with a double for the Storm Chasers.

Barry Enright allowed two runs on five hits over five innings in Reno's 5-3 triumph over Salt Lake. Brent Clevlen tripled, doubled, walked twice, drove in a run and scored twice for the Aces. Paul McAnulty homered for the second straight game for the Bees.

Charlie Blackmon smacked a three-run homer in the 11th inning to give Colorado Springs a 7-4 win at Tacoma. Chad Tracy contributed two hits and two RBIs for the Sky Sox. Luis Rodriguez hit a solo shot in the 10th for the Rainiers, who got six solid innings from Andrew Carraway.

Mike Hessman, J.B. Shuck, Angel Sanchez and Jair Fernandez each collected two RBIs to lead Oklahoma City to a 12-3 romp over New Orleans. Astros No. 8 prospect Brett Oberholtzer yielded two runs -- one earned -- on two hits over six innings for the RedHawks. Bryan Petersen ripped a two-run homer for the Zephyrs.

Brewers No. 6 prospect Logan Schafer hit his second solo homer of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Nashville a 2-1 win over Albuquerque in the first game of a doubleheader. Brewers top prospect Wily Peralta allowed a run and scattered seven hits over four innings for the Sounds. Trent Oeltjen went 3-for-4 and drove in the Isotopes' lone run.

Trent Oeltjen delivered a two-run double to spark an eight-run sixth inning as Albuquerque salvaged a split of its doubleheader with an 8-5 win at Nashville. Brian Cavazos-Galvez went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs for the Isotopes, while Caleb Gindl went 2-for-3 with a solo homer for the Sounds.

Nate Spears led off the bottom of the 14th inning with his seventh homer, giving Pawtucket a 5-4 victory over Buffalo. Infielder Andy LaRoche earned the win after allowing one hit in a scoreless innings. Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby champ Valentino Pascucci and Adam Loewen went deep for the Bisons.

Rick VandenHurk allowed two earned runs on six hits over six innings as Indianapolis edged Columbus, 4-3. The 6-foot-5 right-hander improved to 9-1 in 12 appearances, including 10 starts. Brandon Boggs was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk for the Indians, while former IL MVP Russ Canzler homered, doubled and drove in two runs for the Clippers.

John Maine gave up two runs on two hits over six innings in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's 4-2 win over Syracuse. Gustavo Molina's three-run homer in the second provided the bulk of the Yankees offense. Carlos Rivero drove in both runs for the Chiefs.

White Sox No. 6 prospect Simon Castro tossed three innings and combined with three relievers to scatter 11 hits as Charlotte blanked Durham, 4-0. Leadoff hitter Tyler Kuhn was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, while Hector Gimenez and Dallas McPherson hit solo homers for the Knights. Henry Wrigley, Leslie Anderson and Matt Mangini each went 3-for-4 for the Bulls.

Pedro Villarreal allowed one run on eight hits over seven innings to halt a personal four-game losing streak as Louisville edged Gwinnett, 3-2. Mike Constanzo was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored for the Bats, while Ernesto Mejia went 3-for-3 with a solo homer and fell a triple short of the cycle for the Braves.

Orioles No. 6 prospect Xavier Avery went 2-for-5 and scored the winning run on an error in the ninth inning as Norfolk beat Lehigh Valley, 6-5. O's No. 14 prospect Joe Mahoney was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and two RBIs for the Tides. Cody Overbeck slugged a grand slam in the first, but the IronPigs did not score again until the ninth.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka singled in a run and scored on a throwing error in the ninth inning to give Rochester an 8-7 victory over Toledo. Clete Thomas collected three RBIs for the Red Wings, while Ryan Strieby and Audy Ciriaco contributed solo homers for the Mud Hens.

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

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