Upper Levels Thursday: A Ruben Renaissance?

AAA: Las Vegas 51s 10, Colorado Springs (COL) 7  

TRuben Tejadahin air baseball is a different beast indeed.

SS Ruben Tejada hit his first home run of the year at any level in a 3-for-5 night that extended his hitting streak to eight straight games. He’s now hitting .385/.444/.590 in his last 10 games and .295/.347/.379 in 57 games with Las Vegas.

LF Dustin Lawley, in his second game in AAA, was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a homer.

The 51s pitchers: Matt Fox, Sean Henn, D.J. Mitchell and Chris Schwinden (0.1 innings of relief). Ugh. Lets move on.

The 51s are two games ahead of the Sacramento River Cats with four games to play.


AA: @ Bowie Bay Sox (BAL) 13, Binghamton Mets 1

The Bay Sox scored six times in the first inning against Erik Goeddel and three more times in the five-run fifth. Goeddel’s (9-7, 4.37) ugly line: 4.2 IP, 12 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 4 HR.

One modest bright spot for the B-Mets: RF Travis Taijeron, who was 2-for-4, with a homerun and a strikeout. Taijeron has in fact seen his strikeouts (75 in 63 games) eat his batting average as he’s down to .241/.320/.500 in 63 games in AA. The 24-year-old has more extra-base hits (30) than singles (24). It’s an all-or-nothing approach that will not play, in its current form, in the big leagues.

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