Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 7, Charlotte Knights 6
DH ByungHo Park drove in CF J.B. Shuck on a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to complete the Red Wings’ four-game sweep of the Knights. It was actually quite the game for Park, who went 3-for-4 with the aforementioned winning hit and a home run earlier in the game off Knights SP Carson Fulmer.
1B Kennys Vargas and C Mitch Garver also homered in the game. It was Garver’s team-leading thirteenth dong of the year.
Red Wings SP Justin Haley, who is with the team on rehab assignment, did okay, I guess. He lasted 4.1 innings and gave up five runs—though only four of them were earned—on seven hits and two walks. The unearned run was thanks to a passed ball on Garver’s part.
RP Mason Melotakis threw two scoreless innings in relief, giving up only three hits. He has a 1.04 ERA over 8.2 innings pitched in Triple-A this year.
Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 12, Mobile BayBears 1
Holy Home Run Derby, batman! See those twelve freaking runs? The Lookouts scored all of those runs on home runs.
The eighth inning was particularly monstrous, with the Lookouts smacking three dingers, including a GRAND SLAM by CF LaMonte Wade. 3B T.J. White and DH Andy Wilkins hit the other two dongs that inning.
But I can’t even say Wade was the most impressive, because 1B Jonathan Rodriguez actually hit two home runs in the game—one in the 5th and one in the 7th. He leads the team now with thirteen home runs on the year.
SS Nick Gordon was the one who actually started the home run barrage, hitting a two-run homer in the 3rd.
Funny part is, the Lookouts didn’t even need all these runs, since the had top prospect SP Stephen Gonsalves on the mound. He pitched well, giving up only one earned on five hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. He also struck out eight.
High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 4, Bradenton Marauders 3
The Miracle pulled off an impressive come-from-behind win in this one, scoring all four runs in the 8th and 9th innings. A two-run home run by 2B Sean Miller in the 8th tied the game 2-2, and a RBI double by DH Mitchell Kranson, along with a RBI single by RF Jaylin Davis and a fortuitous error by the Marauders, put the Miracle ahead 4-2 in the top of the ninth.
The Marauders got one back in the bottom of the inning off RP Tom Hackimer, but then the Miracle brought in RP Sam Clay, who was able to get the final our and secure the win.
On the mound for most of the game for the Miracle was SP Lewis Thorpe. He pitched 7 innings, giving up only two runs while striking out seven.
It was also the first game in High-A for the recently-promoted LF Brent Rooker. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, but he did walk once, at least.
Low-A: Great Lakes Loons 8, Cedar Rapids Kernels 3
Bad day for Kernels SP Domenick Carlini, who gave up seven runs in the game, though only three of them were earned. 1B Lewin Diaz committed two of the Kernels’ four errors in the game, including a fielding error to allow the very first batter of the game to reach base. SS Gorge Munoz also messed up on a pick-off attempt, and later RP Patrick McGuff threw a ball away.
Yeah. This was just a sloppy, bad game.
Rookie League: Elizabethton Twins 17, Bristol Pirates 8
Isn’t Rookie Ball fun?
Amazingly, the baby Twins managed to score 17 times, but only hit one home run—a solo shot by 1B J.J. Robinson. Instead the Twins just wracked up the hits, getting 20 of them as a team, and it led to a crap load of runs. Plus, the Pirate pitchers were all pretty crappy—all five who appeared in the game gave up at least one run.
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