A lack of pitching spoils a Sunday afternoon for most of the affiliates.
Lehigh Valley 7, Buffalo 2
After 3 real impressive starts for the Bisons, Chris Schwinden cruised through 5 innings only to give up 4 runs in the 6th, including a 3-run homerun. After a stellar April, Taylor Tankersley gives up 3 runs in an inning of work, increasing his ERA by over 2 points. Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 4-5 with a triple and an RBI; he’s now batting .330. Lucas Duda, Nick Evans, and Raul Chavez had 2 hits each. Meanwhile Fernando Martinez went hitless, striking out in 3 of his 4 at bats.
Akron 10, Binghamton 1
After Wally Backman’s rant, 1 win is all the B-Mets could muster before falling back into their old ways. The team had 4 hits and committed 2 more errors in the field, to go along with bad pitching. Mark Cohoon struggled for the first time this season, giving up 6 runs (5 earned) in 5 plus innings, walking 3 and striking out just 1, while giving up a pair of bombs. Following him was Michael Powers, who made his AA debut after 6 good relief outings for St. Lucie, and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits, walking 2 in 1 inning of work. Jordany Valdespin had 2 of the team’s 4 hits, including a double. Josh Satin also doubled and drew 2 walks, but the team had 11 strikeouts in a pitiful offensive showing.
Jupiter 10, St. Lucie 4
The team in PSL continues to struggle just a bit, losing their 4th game in their last 6. Colin McHugh bounced back from a rough outing, giving up 4 runs (2 earned) in 6 innings, striking out 8, but still took the loss. John Church and Chris Hilliard both gave up 3 runs apiece. It was Hilliard’s season debut after a solid season in Brooklyn last year, which he ended with 2 good appearances with Savannah. Jefry Marte hit his 5th homerun of the year, but also struck out twice. Catcher Juan Centeno had 2 hits, including a double.
Savannah 3, Lakewood 2
After losing 7 in a row, the Sand Gnats win their second straight game. Starter Yohan Almonte had a mysterious 2-inning start before letting the bullpen take over. Luis Rojas pitched 4 shutout innings, followed by 2 from Josh Edgin, with the save going to Ronny Morla, his first of the season. The offense managed just 3 runs on 6 hits, but it was enough for the win. Cory Vaughn led the charge with 2 hits and an RBI. Wilfredo Tovar and Robbie Shields both had an extra-base hit. A hitless Blake Forsythe drove in what would become the deciding run in the 7th inning to help Savannah get the win.