Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 5, Buffalo Bisons 4
The Red Wings broke up a 4-4 tie in the top of the ninth inning to sneak out with this win. It was DH ByungHo Park who did the honors, driving in CF Zack Granite on an RBI single. Park also had a triple in the game, which is a bit of an oddity.
3B Ehire Adrianza, on rehab assignment coming back from his mysterious intestinal issues, went 1-for-4 and had a key sac bunt in the top of the ninth.
SP Chris Heston started for the Red Wings and was pretty meh, giving up three earned runs over 4.2 innings. Two of those runs came on a dinger by Bisons SS Gregorio Petit in the fourth inning.
However, the bullpen was pretty strong. RP Ryan Pressly allowed one run in his one inning of work, but is still working with a 0.90 ERA in Triple-A this year. RP John Curtiss pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth and got his first Triple-A save (if that means anything to you).
Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 4, Mississippi Braves 1
SP Kohl Stewart pitched six scoreless innings yesterday as the Lookouts once powered themselves past the Braves once again. This time it wasn’t 1B Jonathan Rodriguez doing all the heavy lifting, though, as 3B T.J. White hit a three-run home run and DH Travis Harrison hit a solo home run, which accounted for all of the Lookout runs in the game (because three plus one equals four).
Not that J-Rod had a bad game or anything—he went 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.
High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 7, Clearwater Threshers 2
Well this was SUPPOSED to be a doubleheader, but rain forced the teams to cancel one of the shortened seven-inning games and just play one nine-inning game instead. It all worked out for the Miracle, though, as you can see from the score that they won.
How did they win? Basically singling the Threshers to death. Though the Miracle had only one extra-base hit in the game (a double by CF Tanner English), they had 13 hits and seven runs. Leading the hit parade was CF Max Murphy, who went 3-for-5. He’s hitting .309 now on the year.
The pitching was also good. SP Lachlan Wells gave up only one earned run in his 5 innings of work, and RP Andrew Vasquez kept up his incredible strikeout pace, striking out three batters in his 1.1 scoreless innings. Vasquez still has a 0.00 ERA through 9.1 innings pitched in High-A this year.
Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 11, Burlington Bees 3
Well holy runs scored, batman. After the the second inning, the Kernels were actually losing this game 3-1, but needless to say, they made quite the comeback. SS Gorge Munoz hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning, which certainly helped. He also smacked out a double, along with 1B Lewin Diaz, DH Amaurys Minier, and RF Hank Morrison. 3B Travis Blankenhorn fittingly had a triple in the game too.
SP Sean Poppen started for the Kernels, and was pretty darn good. Though he gave up those three runs in the top of the second inning, he ended up going 7 innings and racking up nine strikeouts.
Rookie League: Elizabethton Twins 8, Kingsport Mets 7
The baby Twins managed to pull out this win, breaking up a 6-6 tie in the top of the eleventh inning, even though the Mets almost ruined it for them. 1B J.J. Robinson homered and top prospect 3B Trey Cabbage hit both a double and a triple in the game.