11/09/08 2:39 AM EST
Hankerd, CaneFires hammer Honu
D-backs prospect homers twice, continues torrid stretch
By Steve Conley / Special to MLB.com
After scoring three times in the opening frame, the CaneFires tacked on eight runs in the second. Tigers farmhand Kyle Peter followed a leadoff double by Brian Friday (Pirates) by one-hopping a line drive past right fielder Kenji Sato for an inside-the-park home run. Miles Durham (Pirates) doubled home two more runs and Hankerd capped the inning with a two-run homer.
The 23-year-old left fielder also singled and scored in the fourth, had another base hit in the fifth and belted his fourth fall homer in the eighth. The USC product has seven hits in his last eight at-bats following a 1-for-16 slump and is batting .436 (17-for-39) with four homers, 16 RBIs and 10 runs scored in his last 11 contests.
Mark Hallberg (Diamondbacks) and Tyler Henson (Orioles) each had two hits, while Tigers catching prospect James Skelton drove in two runs and scored twice for the CaneFires (16-14).
Orioles farmhand Chris Salberg (3-0) allowed an unearned run on four hits over six innings, fanning four and walking two, for the win.
North Shore starter Sang-Hwa Lee (0-2) of Korea's Lotte Giants surrendered five runs on five hits and a walk in one inning.
Ryan Kalish (Tigers) and Dustin Realini (Indians) each drove in a run for the Honu (13-18).
Steve Conley is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.