Triple-A: Norfolk Tides 7, Rochester Red Wings 2
SP David Hurlbut did indeed hurl, but lost. He had eight strikeouts in 7.1 innings. Alas, that “.1” meant leaving the game with two runners on base. Jake Reed came in to put out the fire, and it didn’t go well. One would score, and Reed then promptly gave up three runs of his own.
Not like the Red Wings were tearing it up at the plate. They had five hits in total, all from the top of the order: Zack Granite, C Mitch Garver, RF Daniel Palka, and Kennys Vargas. Incidentally the top Tides hitter was Mike Yastremski. He’s the grandson of Red Sox great Carl Yastremski. Plays outfield, just like grandpa. His father, Carl Jr., sadly died at age 44.
Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 7, Birmingham Barons 2
Flippin’ the script in AA, score-wise. Uber-prospect SS Nick Gordon had two hits, while both 1B Jonathan Rodriguez and CF LaMonte Wade walked twice. Recent acquisition Zack Littell was effective if wild, limiting the Barons to a single run in his six frames, while walking three guys. Yohan Pino, who I guess is a reliever now, gave up that second run in the seventh. RHP Ryan Eades was perfect the rest of the way.
High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 6, Dunedin Blue Jays 4 (Game 1)
The Miracle picked up this first half of a doubleheader despite getting outhit 12-6. That’s largely due to 2017 draft pick Brent Rooker’s three-run dong in his first at-bat. SP Wade LeBlanc pulled a Kyle Gibson, not managing to make it through the fifth after a total of ten Blue Jays reached base. Thankfully duct tape enthusiast Anthony McIver was able to stop the scoring from then on.
High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 1, Dunedin Blue Jays 0 (Game 2)
Talk about fun for the home fans! The team wins both games, and the second one is a fast-paced walk-off! The seventh-inning hero was sac fly artist CF Tanner English, a native of Pittsburg. SP Sean “Zitza” Poppen got five strikeouts in his six innings; LHP Andrew Vasquez recorded the win. Total time of game: 1:47.
Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 3, Quad Cities River Bandits 0
Nervous Muppet Clark Beeker allowed six runners in his seven innings; obviously, as you can read numbers, none scored. C Ben Rortvedt (he’s from Wisconsin) had a solo dinger and run-plating single. 1B Lewin Diaz wasn’t able to long dong, but one of his two hits scored a guy.
OF Trey Cabbage went 0-4 with three K’s, and is struggling since his promotion to the Mean Corn. He has kind of an interesting Twitter page, though. He’s only 6’3”, which is tall but not enormous, yet he completely dwarfs his girlfriend in the profile photo. That’s OK; my wife’s about her size. You can still hold hands. Cabbage is also on the #FreeGriff train, nobly (if futilely) pleading the case for Griffin Jax to be allowed to serve in the Reserves so he can follow his baseball dreams.
Rookie League: Greeneville Astros 3, Elizabethton Twins 1
Eight hits for the baby Twins, they just didn’t bunch ‘em up. 2B Jose Miranda’s bat refused to stay silent; he had two knocks, along with C Andrew Cosgrove. The alliterative 1B Kolton Kendrick provided all the scoring via solo dong. Taking the loss was 22-year-old Bailey Ober of Huntersville, NC. 21-year-old RHP Jared Finkel pitched a perfect ninth; he was, apparently, not born anywhere. Maybe it was on a plane or something.
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