Former University of Kentucky star AJ Reed added a pair of home runs to his minor league baseball-leading total in Double-A Corpus Christi's 8-6 victory against San Antonio on Saturday.
The Houston Astros prospect hit a three-run homer in the first inning and added a solo shot in the seventh for his 33rd homer. Reed also leads the minor leagues with 119 RBI.
"I'm up there hunting strikes, I don't want to let any strikes go by," Reed said in a report on MiLB.com. "I want to put good swings on them, be aggressive at strikes. And this year, it's been working out really well for me. I'm happy that it's been able to go on for so long."
He's batting .355 in 44 games with the Hooks after hitting .346 in 82 games with Class A Advanced Lancaster. Reed's overall .349 batting average ranks third among full-season leagues.
His seventh-inning home run broke a 6-all tie and gave Corpus Christi the lead for good.
"It's my job to drive in runs and give us a chance to win, so anytime I can do that, I'm really pleased with it," Reed told MiLB.com. "It's really fun to just be able to go into the dugout after the second one and celebrate with the teammates. We just have fun with it, and this one was nice because it gave us a lead late. It kind of felt like we had the game won at that point."
■ Logan Darnell won his third straight start for Triple-A Rochester. Darnell, part of the Minnesota Twins' organization, gave up one run and struck out eight in eight innings in a 5-1 victory against Pawtucket. He improved to 5-1 with a 2.84 ERA.
Darnell ran his scoreless stretch to 15 straight innings and 21 1⁄3 without an earned run allowed before giving up a run in the sixth inning.
After spending much of the season as a relief pitcher, Darnell's ERA as a starter is at 1.02 in six starts.
"Really, whatever they need me to do, I'll do," Darnell told the Democrat & Chronicle of Rochester. "It does feel good to have three, four good starts in a row.
"The thing I have learned from the bullpen is that you have to come in and throw every pitch for a strike early."
■ Cleveland Indians prospect Ka'ai Tom (UK) had two hits, a double and a single, to extend his hitting streak to 12 games for Class A Short Season Mahoning Valley. He's batting .290.