AAA: Pawtucket Red Sox 3, Rochester Red Wings 2
SP Logan Darnell struggled in his start against the Sox, giving up a two run dinger to Sox CF Rusney Castillo in the second inning. Although the Red Wings came back to tie it, with a run in the 3rd inning and another in the 5th (both driven in my C Carlos Paulino), Darnell gave up an RBI single to 1B Chris Dominguez that turned out to be the game winner.
Red Wings did have some terrific defense in the game. In the third inning 2B Tommy Field dove for a grounder then flipped it to second base while flying flat on the ground to get the runner. CF Logan Schafer made a great catch in the outfield the following inning. SS Wilfredo Tovar dove and stopped a grounder to start a double play to end that inning as well.
And of course, there was 1B James Beresford’s amazing and much talked about catch off Miguel Sano’s head.
AA: Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3, Chattanooga Lookouts 0
SP David Hurlbut had a strong performance, giving up only one earned run over 6 innings. Unfortunately, however, sloppy defense with errors by LF Travis Harrison, SS Leonardo Reginatto, and C Mitch Garver led to two unearned runs.
Oh, and the Lookouts didn’t manage to score any runs themselves anyway.
High A: Ft. Myers Miracle 5, Palm Beach Cardinals 3
Miracle SP Felix Jorge was the story of the night, striking out ten batters over 6.1 innings. He did give up two earned runs on eight hits and one walk, but the performance was enough to secure the win.
The Miracle offense also struck first, thanks to a two out RBI double by 1B Trey Vavra. The Miracle started to pile on the runs later with two in the 5th and two in the 6th. The stupid Cardinals never came back. Losers!
RP Todd Van Steensel got the save, but he made it interesting, giving up a hit and two walks before getting the last out.
Low A: Quad Cities River Bandits 4, Cedar Rapids Kernels 2
Despite earning the loss, Kernels SP Miles Nordgren had a pretty impressive outing. Nordgren gave up all four runs on eleven total hits, but had nine strikeouts and only one walk. Oh, and he went the distance, pitching all eight innings for the Kernels.
2B Luis Arraez went 3-for-4 with one RBI, while DH J.J. Fernandez and 3B Sean Miller both had doubles.
Rookie: Pulaski Yankees 6, Elizabethton Twins 1
Even the damn baby Twins suck against the baby Yankees, I guess.
Twins’ 2016 first round draft pick DH Alex Kirilloff made his professional Rookie League debut. He went 1-for-3, and, uh, didn’t give up any errors! Also, the somewhat hot (I mean, it’s rookie ball) 3B Ariel Montesino went 2-for-3 with a walk.
All of the Twins’ pitchers kinda sucked, either giving up hits, runs, or walks, or a combination thereof.