Cesar Puello has a dislocated finger. At this late stage, I imagine he will be done for the season. His slash line for the year is .250/.306/.389, with 9 HR, 45 RBI and 15 stolen bases. The 20 year old was a bit overwhelmed at Hi A, but had raised his average ten points in the second half of the season. Best of luck Cesar! Onto the scores!
Buffalo 3, Durham 2
The Herd was able to hang in there against Matt Moore, one of – if not the – best pitching prospect in the minors. Moore was lifted after the 6th and Buffalo struck for all three of their runs in the 7th. All around good guy Mike Nickeas was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Richmond 6, Binghamton 2
Robbie Carson was shelled for six runs in 6.1 innings and the B-Mets were held to just four hits. Brahaim Maldonado did have a two run homer, but there was scant offense after that. I love that Richmond’s team name is the Flying Squirrels.
St. Lucie 3, Charlotte 0
The pride of Kutztown U. (motto: We’ll Kutz You), Darren Gorski is having a breakout year at St. Lucie. Last night he went 6.1 innings, the only blemish being a third inning single. He is now 11-1 with a 2.27 ERA, striking out 125 in 122.2 innings. It will be interesting to see what the future has n store for him. Wilmer Flores was 1 for 4 with two RBI, and Jefry Marte was 2 for 3.
Savannah 5, Greenville 4
After the Drive tied the game in the top of the ninth, Blake Forsythe drew a bases loaded walk to give the Sand Gnats the victory. By the way, Alonzo Harris had the highest average in the Savannah lineup last night. He’s hitting .276. Currently, the Sand Gnats are in first place by five games and won the first half title. This team amazes me.
Brooklyn 10, Mahoning Valley 6
Bronx native TJ Rivera, newly promoted from Kingsport, went 4 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored to pace the Cyclones thirteen hit barrage.
Kingsport 6, Princeton 5
Oh Akeel Morris, what do we have in you? The talented but erratic righty lasted just a third of an innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on one hit and four walks. However, the K-Mets chipped away and eventually won the game, thanks in part to solo homers by LI-native Camden Maron and Greg Pron.