There were eight games on the slate last night, so let’s get to it:
Gwinnett 6, Buffalo 1 (game 1)
D.J. Carrasco let up 6 runs in 5 innings, continuing his lackluster stint in AAA. The Bisons managed just 2 hits, one by Jesus Feliciano to prevent a no-hitter, and then a monster homerun by Lucas Duda in his return from the disabled list.
Buffalo 3, Gwinnett 1 (game 2)
The Bisons managed to salvage game 2 behind a quality performance from Josh Stinson, who gave up an unearned run through 6 innings, striking out 4. Manny Acosta finished things up for his 2nd save of the year. Jason Botts had 2 hits, including a triple, to lead the way for Buffalo who won with only 5 hits.
Altoona 8, Binghamton 6 (continued from Friday night)
Rhiner Cruz finished the 7th without giving up a run, but gave up a run in the 8th and then again in the 9th and took the loss. The B-Mets managed just 1 hit in the final 3 innings.
Altoona 10, Binghamton 6
Tobi Stoner made his first appearance for the B-Mets this year, and gave up 6 runs in 7 innings, including a pair of homeruns. The B-Mets came back to make it close, but Erik Turgeon gave up 4 more runs in 2 innings of work to put the game out of reach. Reese Havens was 1-5 with 2 strikeouts. Josh Satin launched a 3-run homer. Jordanny Valdespin had a hit and an RBI, hitting at the bottom of the order. Jerry Manuel favorite Jon Malo drove in 2 runs with a double. Wally Backman was ejected in the 7th inning; video can be found here: http://www.twitvid.com/OBRAI.
Dunedin 9, St. Lucie 6
Armando Rodriguez (who is on the 40-man roster) made his season debut after coming back from an injury and went 3 innings, giving up just 1 hit and 4 walks, but struck out 5. Kyle Allen piggy backed him and gave up 4 runs in 2 innings. Ronny Morla gave up 3 runs in an inning after that, and Michael Powers let in 2 more in 2 innings. Juan Lagares had 3 hits, and Pedro Zapata and J.B. Brown had 2 hits apiece, but the heavy hitters at the top of the order didn’t do enough damage to make up for a tough pitching night, although Cesar Puello left the building for his 2nd homer of the year.
Augusta 3, Savannah 2
Yohan Almonte got the lost after failing to get out of the 2nd inning, but all 3 runs he gave up were unearned because of 3 Savannah errors. Ryan Fraser came in and pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, striking out 5, but the Gnats’ bats struggled to overcome the deficit. Darrell Ceciliani had 2 hits, including a double and an RBI. Young Wilfredo Tovar had 2 hits, but his average remains under .200.
DSL Yankees1 6, DSL Mets1 3
The Dominican summer league got kicked off with a subway series matchup. The first of the Mets 2 teams has a few pitchers that were on my pre-season watch list as well as outfielder Eudy Pina (and who knows who else, these are all young mostly no-name guys). 20-year old Rafael Montero started and pitched 3 innings, striking out 6. Only third baseman Yeixon Ruiz had a multi-hit game.
DSL Mets2 6, DSL Royals 5
The second DSL Mets team has notable off-season international signings SS Alfredo Reyes and 3B Elvis Sanchez on board. On opening day they scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to win. Jose Fana got the win after pitching 3.2 scoreless. Sanchez went yard on opening day, but also struck out 3 times and was playing first base by the end of the day. Reyes struck out 3 times, but then singled to drive in the tying and winning runs to end the game in the bottom of the 9th.