Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 2, Toledo Mud Hens 0
Tim Melville, a 27-year-old RHP from Alexandria, VA, is quietly racking up a good season. He was never anybody’s idea of a hot prospect, and in his brief stint with Cincinnati last year, got pretty pummeled. He pitched eight scoreless innings for the Red Wings last night. Yeah, he only struck out four guys, and no, he’s probably nothing amazing. Except that he pitched eight scoreless innings in AAA ball. That’s pretty amazing. I couldn’t do it, neither could you, or anybody we’ve ever known.
No dongs for the strokers, but our faves Mitch Garver and Byung-Ho Park each had hits. Or they’re among my faves, at least. To each their own and such.
Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 4, Mobile BayBears 2
Dereck (son of Pudge) Rodriguez had himself six strikeouts in five scoreless innings here. He only threw 66 pitches, as Chattanooga wanted some time for Ryan Eades. Mr. Eades did not do as well. The Lookouts still won, thanks to guys who weren’t traded for Jaime Garcia like RF LaMonte Wade and LF Travis Harrison. Two hits per, had they. DH Andy Wilkins crushed, or mashed, or walloped, or jacked, or hit a solo homer.
High-A: Tampa Bay Yankees 4, Ft. Myers Miracle 1
Alas, my friends, not every effort can result in supreme triumph. SP Sean “Zitza” Poppen and magnificently-named reliever Michael Theofanopoulos both got a case of the yips and sunk a 1-0 Miracle lead. Manager Doug Mientkiewicz then gave everyone else in the dugout ice cream, forcing Sean and Michael to watch, because that’s the kind of tough-but-fair-hardass Douggie Baseball is.
A LOBster fest for Ft. Myers yesterday; 3B Nelson Molina went 0-4 and stranded six runners. He didn’t get ice cream either. 2B Sean Miller, SS Jermaine Palacios, and some guy from nowhere Brent Rooker all had three hits apiece. They got two scoops.
Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 7, Great Lakes Loons 4
Great Lakes this, you Michigan pretenders! Our Great Lake is the greatest! SP Evan Sanders K’ed seven guys in his five innings. He also gave up four earned runs, but hey, Sanders had a respectable showing in the primary. Weird-smiling Hector Lujan (it was not his best photo day) gotted the six-out save.
For the O-Fence, 3B Joe “Hume” Cronin knocked a dong. Other multi-hit games were had by DH Lewin Diaz, LF Trey Cabbage, and C Caleb Hamilton. The guy from the musical Hamilton founded the New York Post; there is rich irony here for musical lovers who hate the New York Post as much as I do.
Rookie League: Bluefield Blue Jays 8, Elizabethton Twins 5, 13 innings
Ouch, Juan Gamez. The 23-year-old from North Dakota State U gave up all the go-ahead Blue Jays runs in one inning. That’s what rookie ball is for; you stay in there, you finish your three outs, you learn from it. Get ‘em next time, Juan.
Lots of fun names in this one. C Andrew Cosgrove (Mad Men fans will get why.) LF Matt Albanese, whose team photo looks like he’s posing for a 1987 high school yearbook. SS Jordan Gore — I don’t know whether to make a vice-president or Vidal reference here. My absolute favorite is DH Akil Baddoo, who has no team photo, so I suspect he’s from a Star Wars planet and STAR WARS IS REAL.
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