AAA: Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 7, Rochester Red Wings 1
The Iron Pigs made steel bacon out of LHP Jason Wheeler. After a harmless pop fly to begin the game, seven straight hitters reached, five scored, and Wheeler was yanked. Hope he's OK. Meanwhile, a crowd of 12,889 didn't see a Red Wings hit until two outs in the ninth; the loss also knocked Rochester out of playoff contention. Just a giant bummer all around.
AA: Chattanooga Lookouts 5, Jackson Generals 0
Happier day for Lookouts starter Aaron Slegers, who struck out seven dudes in as many innings. LF Travis Harrison, 1B D.J. Hicks (no relation to Aaron) and 3B Niko Goodrum all had multi-knock games, including an extra-base hit for each. LHP Mason Melotakis and RHP Bra Peterson provided the relief. Bra is really named "Brandon," but it says "Bra" on my phone box score, so that's what I'm using.
High A: Bradenton Marauders @ Ft. Myers Miracle, Postponed
This after Thursday's game was suspended because of rain. So that will be finished today. This one prolly gets canceled unless there's some playoff implications or something. And it might rain again. Tropical Storm Hermine hates baseball.
Low A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 5, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4, 16 Innings
Five hours and 27 minutes in scenic Appleton. Both starters got touched for four runs each, with Angry Corn RHP Tyler Beardsley and his stupid mustache gone after 4.2 IP. Three walks and two SOs, Tyler. Shave. Five relievers finished the game, including three innings each from LHP Anthony McIver and RHP Max Cordy.
Crazy night offensively, too, as SS Brandon Lopez, 1B Zander Wiel, and RF J.J. Fernandez all had three hits in eight at-bats. J.J. and Zander added dingers. 3B Nelson "Not A" Molina tripled home Wiel for the two-out, go-ahead run.
But your ULTIMATE HERO is winning pitcher Kevin Garcia. Because HE'S A FRIGGIN' CATCHER. He pitched two perfect innings and struck out two batters.
As Cedar Rapids has already secured a playoff spot, hopefully manager Jake Mauer took all the guys over 21 out for beers after this one. Or, heck, Kevin Garcia could; he's 23.
Rookie: No Game Scheduled
IS THAT EVEN AMERICAN???
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