Last night on the farm….
Scranton/Wilkes Barre 6, Buffalo 2
Pat Misch was scheduled to start, but got bumped (hmm, wonder why), so Dylan Owen started in his place and continued to struggle, giving up 4 runs in 3 innings of work. Any realistic chance at a comeback was lost when Manny Alvarez gave up 2 more runs in the 6th. The offense could only muster a pair of runs, despite Zach Lutz, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Justin Turner each getting two knocks. Unfortunately the 1-4 part of the lineup combined for just 1 hit. Both Nick Evans and Lucas Duda were a part of those struggles at the top of the order, both striking out twice.
New Hampshire 3, Binghamton 2
The B-Mets dropped their fourth in a row after Ricky Brooks let up two runs in the top of the 9th, spoiling the home opener for Binghamton. Before the blown save, Mark Cohoon was strong for 7 innings, surrendering just 4 hits and an unearned run. Jesus Feliciano went hitless in his B-Mets debut, as did Jordany Valdespin, who joined him at the top of the order. Michael Fisher had a big night with 3 hits, and Eric Campbell added 2 of his own, but Binghamton didn’t do much else to at the plate.
St. Lucie 6, Charlotte 3
St. Lucie stretched their winning streak to 6 games. They’re winning games for one simple reason: pitching. It was Scott Moviel’s turn this time, getting the win after giving up 3 runs on 7 hits across 5 innings. John Church, Darin Gorski, and Nick Carr combined for the final four innings, allowing only 2 hits. Cesar Puello got above the Mendoza line with 2 hits. Travis Ozga and Rafael Fernandez had 2 hits of their own, while Rylan Sandoval drove in two runs. Those guys producing at the bottom of the order helped make up for a hitless Matt Den Dekker and a 1 for 4 Wilmer Flores.
Savannah 6, Hickory 1
Unlike the big league club, the Gnats were able to avoid a 4-game sweep. Taylor Whitenton went 5 innings letting up just 1 run on 3 hits in his first start of the season. Ryan Fraser piggy backed off of Whitenton and pitched 4 scoreless innings of his own for his first save of the year. Savannah finally broke out the bats, getting 13 hits, including 3 each by Cory Vaughn and Catcher Albert Cordero, who also launched a solo homer. Alonzo Harris filled in at the top of the order for the injured Darrell Ceciliani with a double, RBI, and a run scored. Robbie Shields showed signs of breaking out of his early-season funk with 2 hits, and Sam Honeck continued to scorch South Atlantic League pitching with 2 more hits of his own.