Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 5, Gwinnett Braves 2
The Red Wings busted this one out early, thanks to a bases-clearing triple by 1B Kennys Vargas and an RBI single by RF Daniel Palka in the top of the first inning. DH Matt Hague followed up with his own RBI single in the second inning to drive-in the Red Wings fifth and final run of the game.
Luckily, the Wings had some strong pitching so those five runs were more than enough for the win. SP David Hurlbut pitched 5.2 innings with only one unearned run allowed and seven strikeouts. RP D.J. Baxendale and RP Trevor Hildenberger both came in just for one out, but each walked a batter in the process (Baxendale had a wild pitch in there too). RP Drew Rucinski pitched the final 2.2 innings and did give up a solo home run, but that was it for Braves scoring.
Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers at Chattanooga Lookouts (postponed)
They played two scoreless innings and then had to reschedule for the next day due to weather.
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High-A: Florida Fire Frogs 5, Ft. Myers Miracle 4
Poor SP Dereck Rodriguez, son of Pudge. He started this game yesterday and didn’t really get any help from the defense. Of the three runs D-Rod gave up in his six innings of work, only one was earned. A fielding error by 2B Alex Perez in the first inning and a missed catch by SS Nelson Molina in the second didn’t exactly help the Miracle out.
A handful of Miracle players had a good day at the plate, though. 1B Zander Wiel went 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored; CF Max Murphy went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored; and 3B Chris Paul also went 3-for-5 with one RBI.
Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 5, Peoria Chiefs 0
This one was a bit of a pitchers duel, but Kernels SP Tyler Beardsley had the upper hand. Though Chiefs SP Bryan Dobzanski lasted longer in the game (seven innings), he gave up two-run double to DH Mitchell Kranson that would be the Chiefs undoing. Beardsley, on the other hand, gave up no runs in his six innings of work, and struck-out six batters in the process. He surrendered only five hits—all singles—and a walk.
Kranson’s double was the only extra-base hit for the Kernels, but some other guys had good days at the plate. 3B Travis Blankenhorn remains hot, going 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored. He’s now hitting .311 for the season. RF Jaylin Davis also went 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored.
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