Top storiesMatt Harvey socks dinger: The top Mets prospect also pitched well. Prior to Monday, a Buffalo pitcher hasn't hit a home run since 1994, and now it has happened twice in three days. Harvey's two-run home run came in the 5th inning of Buffalo's 12-1 blowout win over Lehigh Valley against reliever B.J. Rosenberg. Harvey now has three hits on the season, and if New York's lineup is any indication, he could be their next cleanup hitter. It was also one of Harvey's best starts in his pro career, starting with four perfect innings and finished with five strikeouts in seven scoreless innings. His ERA now sits at 4.85 this season.
Eldred does it again: How hot can he get? Brad Eldred hit his 13th home run of the season Wednesday in Toledo's 6-4 win at Columbus. It was his third straight game with a home run, and he has five in those three games. He has nine in his last 10. He's batting .388/.444/1.013 in 20 games this season, and 23 of his 31 hits have gone for extra bases. Eldred had 23 home runs last year in the Pacific Coast League last year, and it looks like he's in great shape to beat that this season. Eldred last saw major league action in 2010 with Colorado.
Pettitte moves up to Trenton: Andy Pettitte wasn't particularly sharp Wednesday night, but there were plenty of positive signs for the Yankees to take from his outing. He allowed a run in four of the six innings he pitched in, but at one point he did retire nine in a row. He threw 81 pitches and 59 strikes, so at least he's stretching out and around hte plate. His final line was 5+ innings and four runs, three earned on seven hits and one walk with three strikeouts. The news that Michael Pineda is undergoing labrum surgery won't rush Pettitte's ascent back to the Yankees, but he's expected to be ready in a couple weeks barring any setbacks.
Pawtucket's bid for franchise record winning streak ended: Pawtucket baseball has been played for more than 40 years, but they've never had a double digit winning streak. For now, that continues. A four-run Empire State 9th inning led the Yankees to an 8-6 win at the venue of the longest professional baseball game ever. A bevy of veterans from Andrew Miller to Rich Hill to Will Inman pitched three scoreless innings for the Red Sox, but Garrett Mock gave up his first four runs of the season to hand the Yankees the lead they didn't relinquish. Will Middlebrooks hit his 9th home run of the season for Pawtucket, and Jack Cust hit a home run and drove in three runs for Empire State.
Ravens top Falcons 24-2: Football score jokes in baseball games got old a long time ago which is why I'm going with it. The Hagerstown Suns had six multi-run innings in Rome on Wednesday in a 24-2 rout of the Braves. Steven Souza stood out with a solid four-hit, nine-RBI game. Six other Suns had two or more hits, and all 10 position players who played had at least one. Matthew Skole walked five times, and Bryce Ortega scored five times. All four Rome pitchers (and a position player) gave up multiple runs, and only Ernesto Silva lasted more than two innings.
Concepcion rocked in stateside debut: The Cubs signed Gerardo Concepcion to a huge bonus, but the consensus among analysts is it was an overpayment before signing bonus restrictions are in place, and he has the upside of a back-end starter. Wednesday's start certainly did nothing to change those opinions. He allowed five runs in the first inning, and although he didn't allow any more after that, his only clean inning was the 5th. In five innings, he allowed five runs on eight hits and one walk while only striking out two. Even if he doesn't have tremendous potential, Concepcion is still an arm to keep an eye on in the Cubs' system.