Bus Leagues Express: April 16

April 16, 2012
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Top stories Offense abound around country: No specific link for this one because there were plenty of good performances to share. There were 22, 19 and 18 run outbursts today across three different leagues, and it wasn't a bad day for individuals either. Four players had two home run games, and four had six RBI games. 15 different teams scored double digit runs, and two games featured both teams in double digits. Look below for some of the top individual players today. It was very difficult to narrow the field down. Northwest Arkansas postponed amid dangerous storms: Due to wild storms that have pounded Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas, Sunday's Naturals game was postponed. Unfortunately, the tornadoes and hail have proved deadly in Oklahoma. The thunderstorms and high winds will likely continue all night all across the midwest and plains regions. Residents are urged to pay attention to all warnings posted by local weather bureaus. Pettitte one step closer to Yankee Stadium: Pettitte was sharp again on Sunday in his second start of the season, both against Clearwater. He pitched four innings this time out, allowing no runs on two hits and no walks while striking out three. He's expected to make about three more starts before the Yankees will consider bringing him up. With Phil Hughes and Freddy Garcia off to poor starts and Michael Pineda on the DL, there should be a spot for Pettitte when he's ready. San Jose sweeps doubleheader: The Giants are now on a six game winning streak. Sound familiar, Cal League fans? The pair of 2-1 wins over Bakersfield make the Giants 9-2 on the season, and that puts them atop the North division again. The teams combined for just 18 hits in the 15 innings of baseball, and Billy Hamilton had five of them. Adam Duvall's walkoff home run decided game two, and it was one of five extra base hits on the day. Tony Cingrani, Jake Snodgrass, Kyle Lotzkar and Jose Valdez all deserve credit for throwing at least four solid innings. Bowling Green has record setting day: There was no shortage of offense in today's game between Bowling Green in Lake County. Through eight innings, it was a classic slugfest with the Hot Rods leading 11-10. Then they doubled their run total. Unbelievably, eight of those runs came with two outs. There were only two extra base hits in the inning, including Drew Vettleson's first home run of the season. Vettleson had 5 RBI in the 9th inning alone. His performance may have only been topped by Tyler Goeddel. He went 4 for 6, scored four times, stole a base and slugged his first two professional home runs while driving in six. High school coaches a tad overzealous: In a recent Louisiana high school game that went 18 innings, two starters with a futures in college baseball combined to throw 347 pitches. Mitch Seward (LSU) and Emerson Gibbs (Tulane) each threw 154 and 193 pitches respectively. This is becoming a problem in high school with an increasing pressure to win. Coaches ride their horses with no regard for their future. While everyone understands that winning is important too, the players are still kids with a lot in front of them. Their health has to come first. Batters

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Top HittersAff.H/ABRXBHHRRBIBBKSB

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Adam LoewenBUF3/42226200

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Alen HensonWV3/42113011

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Colin WalshQC3/42215110

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Drew VettlesonBG2/23115000

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Evan GattisLYN5/62216000

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Gabriel LinoDEL4/53324100

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Jeremy BarfieldMID4/54316000

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Jordan LennertonERI3/42223010

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Jordan SmithLC3/53212100

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Justin ChristianFRE3/42203000

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Luigi RodriguezLC3/41102203

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Luis ValbuenaIOW3/42114310

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Neil MedchillTAM3/33113100

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Sammie StarrDEL2/44215110

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Todd GlaesmannBG4/63315000

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Tyler GoeddelBG4/64226011
Pitchers

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Top PitchersAff.IPHRERBBK

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Name

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Craig HeyerTRE651107

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Garrett RichardsSL7.232226

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Hunter StricklandBRA670026

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Jason BerkmanNOR530025

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Justin FitzgeraldRIC530025

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Luke FrenchNB720033

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Paul ClemensOKC631125

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Raymond HernandezVIS530004

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Stephen KohlscheenCLI420008

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Travis BlackleyFRE5.111116
On tap today Today's MiLB.TV schedule Dellin Betances looks for better results Casey Kelly tries to build momentum Jarred Cosart returns from blister Ethan Martin has chance to bounce back Wilmer Font has a second chance Jose Campos hopes to continue great start If you have any player performances or links that should be shared, let me know at @5runrally on Twitter so I can check it out!

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Billy Hamilton, Bakersfield Blaze
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