Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 10, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 8
It’s not too often as a starter that you give up seven runs in the second inning and still get the win, but that’s exactly what happened here for Red Wings SP Jason Wheeler. Despite the seven runs, Wheeler lasted five innings and struck out six. He has a 5.35 ERA in Triple-A now this year.
Obviously, Wheeler only won because the offense was ON FIARH! RF Daniel Palka hit a home run in the first inning to give the Red Wings an early lead (before the second inning meltdown). 1B Matt Hague also had an extremely impressive game, going 3-for-5 with a home run and a double.
Oh yeah, 3B Tommy Field? 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. He has 11 doubles on the year now in Triple-A. LF J.B. Shuck was also impressive, going 2-for-3 with a double.
Also—fun fact! Guess who started for the IronPigs? SP Mark Appel—the guy the Astros took first overall in the 2013 draft. The Twins had the second pick that year, adn they took some guy named Byron Buxton. The Astros traded Appel to the Phillies organization after the 2015 season.
Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers 9, Chattanooga Lookouts 3
Another rough start for top prospect SP Fernando Romero, sadly. Romero made it 4.1 innings at least, but gave up seven runs (six earned) on five hits and four waks (boo) in the process. He have four stike outs, which is a little fewer than once an inning, I guess.
DH Travis Harrison was the only Lookout with multiple hits in the game, going 2-for-4. CF Levi Michael had the only extra-base hit—a double—and whet 1-for-3 with a walk, RBI, and run scored overall.
Top prospect SS Nick Gordon (who can now start regularly at SS since the slightly older Engelb Vielma was promoted to Triple-A) went 0-for-4, but had a walk and a stolen base.
High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 5, Clearwater Threshers 2
The Miracle thrashed the Threshers once again yesterday, completing their four game sweep and five-game winning streak.
SP Brady Anderson was serviceable for the Miracle, and by serviceable I mean he lasted 4.1 innings and gave up only two earned runs. RP Michael Theofanopoulos, who relieved Anderson, actually got the win. Our favorite space astronaut pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, giving up only two hits and a walk.
The rest of the bullpen was especially impressive. RP Williams Ramirez didn’t give up a run or a hit in his inning of work (Although he walked two—Eddie G would appreciate him for making it interesting), and RP Sam Clay gave up only one hit and struck out one in the ninth.
Oh, I guess I should talk about the hitters. LF Bradley Strong and C Kevin Garcia both went 2-for-4 and were the only Miracle batters with multiple hits. Of the eight total hits the team got, none were for extras.Piranha ball at its finest!
Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 6, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3
RF Jaylin Davis is on fire! After hitting three home runs in one game just two days ago, Davis hit not just another home run but another TWO home runs yesterday. He also freaking doubled. What is this kid eating!?!?!
Starting for the Kernels was SP Domenick Carlini, who did great. Carlini gave up only one earned run on a solo shot to Timber Rattler DH Demi Orimoloye, who has a fantastic name. Overall Carlini lasted six innings and gave up only six hits and walked no one. Also, four strikeouts.
Still. Freaking five home runs in three days. Wow.