Triple-A: Lehigh Valley IronPigs 2, Rochester Red Wings 1
A sad loss for the Red Wings, as RP Alex Wimmers gave up a walk-off home run IronPig RF Dylan Cozens in the bottom of the eleventh inning. It ruined a great start by SP David Hurlbut, who gave up only one run on seven hits and one walk over six innings. Hurlbut is now sporting a 1.59 ERA on the year.
The rest of the bullpen was strong, though. RP Trevor Hildenberger pitched one perfect inning and RP Nik Turley gave up two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings.
The most notable guy at the plate for the Red Wings was RF Daniel Palka, who went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored. 2B Ben Paulsen was the one who drove Palka in for that only Red Wings run.
The game also featured the return of 1B ByungHo Park! Park only played in four games to start the season before going down with a hamstring strain. He went 0-for-5, but the good news is he only struck out once.
Double-A: Montgomery Biscuits 4, Chattanooga Lookouts 3
Hey, look at this—another walk-off loss! Here the Lookouts lost it when RP Todd Van Steensel gave up a RBI single to Biscuits SS Michael Russell in the bottom of the twelfth.
More than that, RP Mason Melotakis, who pitched 1.1 innings, finally gave up his first run of the year (though he still boasts a 0.60 ERA).
Lookouts SP Randy LeBlanc had a strong start, giving up two runs on two hits over seven innings, although only one of the runs was earned. That unearned run came thanks to a missed catch by SS Nick Gordon, who was tagged with his somewhat-alarming seventh error of the year.
Gordon was 2-for-6 at the plate with a double, a run scored, and three strikeouts. Also still hot was LF LaMonte Wade, who went 3-for-6; 1B Jonathan Rodriguez, who went 2-for-5 with a walk; and CF Levi Michael, who went 2-for-4 with a double.
High-A: Palm Beach Cardinals 5, Ft. Myers Miracle 0
The woes continued for Miracle SP Keaton Steele yesterday. Making his sixth start of the year, Steele lasted only 1.2 innings and gave up five earned runs before getting the hook. He now has a 9.11 ERA in Double-A for the year.
The offensive star for the Miracle was by far SS Sean Miller, who went 3-for-4 with a double. 1B Zander Wiel went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Of course, no one got any actual scoring done...
There was some impressive work done by the bullpen, though. RP Jonny Drozd pitched 3.1 innings, giving up only two hits and zero walks. RP Sam Clay pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, giving up only one hit and no walks.
Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 6, Dayton Dragons 5
Finally, an extra-inning marathon game where the Twins affiliate actually won! DH Shane Carrier—who went 3-for-4 overall—hit the go-ahead single in the top of the tenth inning to help the Kernels bring home the win.
It was a lucky one for the Kernels, who were actually leading 5-3 going into the bottom of the ninth inning. That’s when RP Colton Davis blew the save, giving up a game-tying, two-run dinger to LF Taylor Trammell. It was the third home run given up by the Kernels in the game, as SP Tyler Wells also surrendered two—one in the first inning and one in the fourth.
Other than Carrier, 1B Lewin Diaz and 2B Ariel Montesino were standouts at the plate—Diaz going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored, and Montesino going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI, and a run scored.
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