Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 9, Syracuse Chiefs 3
Is this what they call a “crooked number”? Rochester hung up eight (8) runs in the third inning. C/LF Mitch Garver both led off with a single and later had a solo dong. Every Red Wing had at least one hit in this game, except C John Hicks Murphy.
On the pitching side, David Hurlbut did not allow any eight-run innings. Reliever Alan Busenitz had a scoreless seventh, and regaled teammates with stories of life in the Big City. His description of escalators astonished those born in Mississippi, Alabama, and Wisconsin.
(Kudos to the Red Wings for their site redesign today. Yeah, for one day only, they’re the Rochester “Plates,” and even the website is all in.)
Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 6, Tennessee Smokies 1
And when you put a guy with MLB experience in AA, this can happen. Former Brewer and White Sox Andy Wilkins went 3-4 with a double and dong. 1B Jonathan Rodriguez squeaked, “hey, me too!” and matched the double part.
Randy LeBlanc allowed only one run in six strong innings. 40-man-er Randy Rosario pitched two shutdown frames of his own.
High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 5
A classic tale of Terror and Suspense for Miracle fans, who saw their boys cough up four runs and the lead in a nasty fifth inning, only to get it back in the home half. Seven hits were divided equally among seven players, with the party poopers being Pride Of Robbinsdale CF Max Murphy and RF Tanner English. C/DH Mitchell Kranson gots hisself a dong.
All four of those fifth-inning runs were tagged on reliever Williams Ramirez, who up until this point had been doing just fine for a 24-year-old. The superbly-named Michael Theofanopoulos and Tom Hackimer provided better bullpen help.
Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 5, Peoria Chiefs 2
HOW MANY MOTHERBLEEPING TEAMS ARE NAMED THIS DAMN NICKNAME The Kernels benefitted from a solid offensive outing, with multi-hit nights by CF Aaron Whitfield and 1B Lewin Diaz. Starter & nervous Muppet Clark Beeker only surrendered one run in six full. I MEAN YOU’D EXPECT IT IN NOWHERESVILLE BUT PEORIA IS IN ILLINOIS AND SYRACUSE IS IN NEW YORK AND FOR PETES SAKES WHY NOT LUMBERKINGS OR TIMBERRATTLERS OR I DUNNO
Rookie League: Elizabethton Twins 5, Johnson City Cardinals 0
Moar winning, you ask? Oui, si, jawohl! South Carolina lefty Charlie Barnes had seven strikeouts and only one hit/walk during his five scoreless innings. The hottest Baby Twin hitter was CF Mark Contreras, who went 2-4. LF Brent Rooker contributed a double, plus his name, which is the most perfectly apt one for this league.
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