AAA: Rochester Red Wings 7, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 1
Byron Buxton continues to not be dead, hitting a three-run dong to put Rochester up 6-0. His average for the season? .324. Adalberto Mejia struck out five and walked none in seven innings; his ERA is 3.76. Maybe they just like upstate New York. I'm told it can be pretty.
AA: Chattanooga Lookouts 4, Jacksonville Suns 2
The Chattanooga batters were certainly "looking out" for Suns pitcher Travis Ballew, who had some wee control problems (with his pitching, not his wee). A HBP, wild pitch, another HBP, infield hit, walk, and third HBP scored three runs. RHP Felix Jorge boringly hit no batters of his own, and lasted through seven. 3B Niko Goodrum (is there such a beverage?) had a single and double.
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High A: Jupiter Hammerheads 4, Ft. Myers Miracle 3
Seven more innings, this time from Derek (son of Pudge) Rodriguez. Three earned runs; no walks, only one strikeout, though. Gotta miss more bat'leths that that. 1B Trey (son of Joe) Vavra had a little hit, and CF Tanner English had three of 'em, including a triple. His parents' names are Ron and Shely. I'm sure they're proud.
Low A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 9, Clinton LumberKings 5
Enough to drive you crazy if you let it. A three-hit night for 3B Travis Blankenhorn, LF Jaylin Davis, and 1B Zander Wiel; Davis and Wiel homered. Tyler Beardsley and his silly mustache had a strong start, with two runs and three Ks, walking nobody in six innings.
Rookie: Elizabethton Twins 7, Burlington Royals 6
Who's your baby Twins hero? That's right, it's 1B Mitchell Kranson, who walked off Elizabethton in the ninth with a solo dong. (Given up by baby Royal Vince Tatum; relationship to Channing unknown.) Hot CF Alex Kiriloff had an earlier two-run shot of his own. RHP Miguel DeJesus went four mostly sharp innings; I get the feeling they protect the youngsters' arms a little at this point of the year.