AAA: Rochester Red Wings 5, Syracuse Chiefs 2
SP Jose Berrios was on fire yet again, pitching a complete-game victory on only 87 pitches. He gave up only one earned run. The other run was thanks to a bad throw by SS Tommy Field, but it doesn’t matter because the Red Wings still won!
On the offensive side, 1B Kennys Vargas, Tommy Field, and LF Adam Brett Walker each hit a solo home run in support of Berrios’ efforts.
AA: Chattanooga Lookouts 5, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 0
This was a closer game than it appears, with the Lookouts up only 1-0 thanks to SS Leo Reginatto sac-fly going into the 7th inning. In the top of the 7th, the Lookouts were able to score two runs thanks to an error and poor defensive play by the Blue Wahoos. The Lookouts tacked on two more runs the next inning on a two-out two RBI double by LF Ryan Walker.
SP Kohl Stewart had a nice start, pitching seven shut-out innings with seven strikeouts. RP Mason Melotakis pitched a perfect 8th inning and RP Jake Reed slammed the door in the 9th, striking out all three batters he faced.
High A: Ft. Myers Miracle 7, Jupiter Hammerheads 0
This game was actually tied 0-0 going into the bottom of the 8th inning, but then a poor appearance by Hammerhead RP Travis Ballew and a throwing error by SS Rehiner Cordova led to the Miracle scoring seven runs with only one extra-base hit. That hit was a two-out, two RBI double by CF LaMonte Wade, which capped off the end of the rally.
Four Miracle pitchers combined to shut out the Hammerheads: SP Tyler Jay, who went 4 innings; RP Brandon Peterson, who went 2 innings; RP Luke Bard, who also went 2 innings; and RP Todd Van Steensel, who pitched the last inning.
Low A: Beloit Snappers 8, Cedar Rapids Kernels 1
Kernels SP Dereck Rodriguez, son of Pudge, just can never catch a break. Rodriguez carrier a perfect game into the 4th inning giving up back-to-back walks and and RBI double to Snappers CF Skye Bolt (now that’s a name!) Son of Pudge ended up surrendering four earned runs over 6.1 innings, but he also struck out ten batters, which is pretty impressive. Alas, he ended up taking the loss and fell to a 1-10 record on the year.
The Kernels actually score first too, thanks to an RBI single by C Rainis Silva in the second inning. RF J.J. Fernandez also had a nice day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. It just wasn’t enough for the win.
Rookie: Bluefield Blue Jays 8, Elizabethton Twins 6
It was another high-scoring affair for the babies, but unfortunately the Twins babies did not come out on top. 2B Travis Blankenhorn had the biggest hit of the day for the Twins with a two-run home run in the 5th inning.
As for errors, Twins C Bryant Hayman threw away a ball and RP Max Cordy couldn’t field a ball.