Triple-A: Lehigh Valley IronPigs 11, Rochester Red Wings 8
In his valiant return to Triple-A, RP Michael Tonkin gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the eleventh inning to blow this one for the Red Wings. He was pulled in favor of new-guy RP Kevin Chapan, who proceeded to give up two more runs.
Still, the loss wasn’t all the bullpen’s fault. SP David Hurlbut got his butt kicked too, giving up seven earned runs in just 3.2 innings. The outing brought his ERA up to 3.38 on the year.
The Red Wings did score eight runs, though. C John Ryan Murphy hit a three-run home run in the third inning, while RF Daniel Palka, LF J.B. Shuck, 1B Matt Hague, and DH ByungHo Park all hit doubles.
Double-A: Birmingham Barons 8, Chattanooga Lookouts 6
Remember how RP Mason Melotakis went so long without giving up a single run? Well he gave up a grand slam yesterday, and then he gave up ANOTHER three-run home run. So he has a 2.65 ERA now.
Not all the runs scored on the grand slam were attributed to Melotakis, though. SP Felix Jorge got most of the guys on base so he technically earned them. He pitched 6.1 innings yesterday with officially five earned runs.
RP John Curtiss—the new Mason Melotakis—pitched a scoreless ninth, and he does still have a 0.00 ERA on the year.
There was some fun stuff offensively for the Lookouts. 2B Levi Michael hit his first home run of the year, a two-run shot in the fourth inning. 3B T.J. White also had a good game, going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 3, Clearwater Threshers 1
Despite giving up a run in the first inning, SP Lachlan Wells recovered and ended up going all nine innings on just 92 pitches. He gave up only four hits and two walks. Pretty amazing!
The Threshers lead was short-lived, at least, as LF Daniel Kihle hit a three run bomb in the second inning. It was obviously all the Miracle would get, but it was enough.
Sort game too—only lasted one hour and 58 minutes.
Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 7, Peoria Chiefs 4
Both SS Jermaine Palacios and DH Mitchell Kranson were a triple away from hitting for the cycle yesterday as the Kernels creamed the Chiefs 7-4. Top prospect 1B Lewin Diaz also hit a two-run bomb in the first inning of the game to give the Kernels an early lead.
SP Sean Poppen had a strong start, giving up three runs in six innings, though only two of the runs were earned. The unearned run came thanks to a fielding error by Palacios. Guess you can’t do everything right!