FAIRFIELD — You know you’re having a decent season when a 2 for 12 slump drops your batting average to .429 for the last 10 games, .386 for the month, .346 since the all-star break and .301 for the year.
Jordan Brown had one of those slumps last week, but the Vacaville High grad is still having a solid season for the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Miami Marlins’ Triple-A team in the Pacific Coast League. During one four-game stretch earlier this month he batted .625 (10 for 16) with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBIs.
Brown has never hit for much power – his single-season high is 15 homers (twice) and he’s hit only two this season – but he’s made decent contact, striking out just 31 times in nearly 280 plate appearances.
As with nearly all minor league teams, the season for the Zephyrs (65-66) will end Sept. 2. Their magic number for being eliminated from playoff consideration is four.
On the other hand, Andrew Aplin (Vanden) isn’t having the greatest of months, but he’s been hot over the last week or so.
The outfielder for the Lancaster Jet Hawks of the Class A advanced California League, is hitting just .222 for August, but in the last week he’s hitting (.333) 6 for 18 with two doubles, two triples, five runs scored and six RBIs.
Aplin had both triples and and four RBIs in a 14-11 win over the High Desert Mavericks on Aug. 16. Earlier in the month, he hit probably the most forgotten 3-run homer as it came in a 30-8 loss to High Desert on Aug. 9 during which the Mavericks scored 10 runs in both the first and second innings. Aplin’s blast in the third cut the deficit to 20-4.
The JetHawks, winners of the California League South first-half title, are 35-22 in the second half and have a magic number of seven to clinch. The playoffs begin Sept. 7.
Aplin’s high school rival and fellow Houston farmhand Max Stassi of Yuba City got called up by the Astros from Double-A Corpus Christi of the Texas League and had two hits in his major league debut, a 4-2 loss to the Rangers.
After hanging around.300 for awhile, Geno Escalante (Rodriguez) has dipped to .275 on the season for the Salem-Keiser Volcanoes, the San Francisco Giants’ Class A short-season team in the Northwest League.
Escalante was 1 for 10 last week with two RBIs and is hitting .219 (7 for 32) for August.
The Volcanoes are 16-10 and in first place by a game in the second-half standings after having won the first-half title.
Kris Negron (Vanden) continues to slump after hitting .279 in June. The shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds’ Triple-A Louisville Bats of the International League, is hitting .133 (4 for 33) over his last 10 games and .122 (5 for 41) for August.
Nick Baligod (Fairfield) joined teammate Jonathan Jones (Vanden) on the 7-Day Disabled List for the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Class A advanced Florida State League.
Baligod hasn’t played since Aug. 10 when he went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored in a 7-6 win over the Brevard County Manatees. He’s hitting .276 on the season in 80 games.
Jones, who hasn’t played since May 21, has now been activated by Dunedin.
Ryan Lipkin (Vanden, Solano) is back on the 7-Day DL with the Oakland A’s Double-A Midland RockHounds of the Texas League.
He got into 10 games after missing most of April and all of May and June, batting .176 (6 for 34) with a homer and four RBIs.
A new teammate of Lipkin’s is Drew Carpenter (Vacaville), who was released by Arkansas of the Angels’ system and signed by Midland. In two starts with the RockHounds, Carpenter is 0-1 but has a 2.00 ERA, giving up 10 hits and three runs (two earned) with six strikeouts and one walk in nine innings.
Midland has already been eliminated from playoff contention.
After being released by the Royals organization, Chris Elder (Armijo, Solano) batted .333 (6 for 18) with two homers and seven RBIs in six games with the Vallejo Admirals before signing with Evansville of the Frontier League.
In 12 games with the Otters, Elder is hitting .267 (12 for 45) with three doubles, a triple and seven RBIs.
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