Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 5, Gwinnett Braves 4
SS Niko Goodrum hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to sneak out this win for the Red Wings. In fact, Goodrum had quite the day, going 2-for-4 with the home run, a double, the two RBI and two runs scored.
The great SP Jose Berrios started for the Wings and did well, giving up only one earned run over six innings. That earned run was on a solo-shot surrendered to 3B Rio Ruiz in the fourth inning. Oh yeah, and Berrios struck-out TEN!
After RP Trevor Hildenberger gave up two runs and the lead in the top of the eighth, RP J.T. Chargois—who still has a 0.00 ERA, bt the way—was able to slam the door in the ninth.
Double-A: Tennessee Smokies 2, Chattanooga Lookouts 0 (Game 1)
Yet another double header for the Smokies and Lookouts! Unlike yesterday, however, the Lookouts were unable to get a win.
Game one was scoreless until the top of the seventh (and final) inning, when the Lookouts allowed two unearned runs to score thanks to a fielding error by SS Engelb Vielma. It was his third error of the year.
Too bad too, because top prospect SP Fernando Romero had a great outing, giving up no earned runs on four hits and two walks over 6.2 innings.
Double-A: Tennessee Smokies 1, Chattanooga Lookouts 0 (Game 2)
The Lookouts lost this one too, but holy crap can we talk about SP Nik Turley for a second here? He started this gave for the Lookouts and pitched all seven innings, giving up only that one earned run on two hits and two walks. Oh, and he struck-out FOURTEEN batters!
High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 7, Bradenton Marauders 3
With the game tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Miracle exploded for four runs and the ultimate win. Much of the scoring came thanks to mistakes by the Marauders, who failed to catch a pop-up by 1B Trey Vavra and a wild pitch by their hurler RP Daniel Zamora. But I will take mistakes if they help out our boys!
The Miracle did get some big hits at the plate though, too. DH Zander Wiel hit a solo shot in the second inning for the first run of the game, and RF Casey Scoggins went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored. 2B Nelson Molina also went 2-for-3 in the game.
On the mound for the Miracle was SP Dereck Rodriguez, son of Pudge. Though he gave up nine hits and a walk, it only led to three runs (one unearned) over his 6.2 innings of work. The two earned runs were both on solo dongs.
Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 2, Burlington Bees 1
Perfectly-Twins-named SP Eduardo Del Rosario won this pitching duel for the Kernels, pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out an impressive ten batters. It was one of the strongest outings of Del Rosario’s career so far.
The only run the Bees did get came in the top of the ninth while RP Tom Hackimer was on the mound, and it was unearned thanks to a throwing error by 3B Travis Blankenhorn. It was Blakenhorn’s second error of the game and fifth of the year.
Luckily, the Bees also messed up too, allowing an unearned run on a wild pitch (which I always think is strange to think of as unearned, but whatever) in the 6th inning. The wild pitch also allowed 1B Lewin Diaz—who reached base on an intentional walk—to get to second, and he eventually scored what would be the difference maker in this game.
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