Last night on the farm, there were some truly awful pitching performances, salvaged only by a teenager:
Buffalo 6, Rochester 5
Chris Schwinden let up 4 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings, but he struck out 6 and got the win. Jordany Valdespin and Raul Reyes both homered. Sal Manriquez drove in 3 runs. Luis Hernandez was 2-3 with a triple.
Binghamton 7, Erie 5
Matt Harvey won again. He didn’t have a pretty line, but he found a way to win. Harvey pitched 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks, striking out 3. Brandon Moore prepared for his future by pitching 4 innings out of the bullpen, getting the save. Everyone in the B-Mets lineup had at least 1 hit. Matt Den Dekker, Jon Malo, Juan Lagares, Michael Fisher, Eric Campbell, and Dusty Ryan all had 2 hits. The B-Mets had 15 hits, but that also had 16 strikeouts, including 3 from Den Dekker, Malo, and Brahaim Maldonado.
Bradenton 11, St. Lucie 3
Kyle Allen got blasted for 9 runs (5 earned) in 5 innings, giving up 5 in the first inning. Eric Beaulac struck out 4 in 2 innings, but also gave up 2 runs (1 earned). The Lucies had just 5 hits, which at least topped their 4 errors. Jefry Marte and Gilbert Gomez had 2 hits. I’ll say it again, at his age, and after such a big jump in level, even in a short sample it’s incredible what Gomez is doing, hitting .326 and slugging .609. Cesar Puello doubled.
Charleston 9, Savannah 6
Gonzalez Germen was torn to shreds, giving up 7 runs on 10 hits in 1.1 innings. The bullpen did a solid job, and the Gnats bats came back to make it close, but it was not enough. Albert Cordero had 3 hits, including a double. Darrell Ceciliani had 2 hits, including a triple, and Aderlin Rodriguez had 2 hits, including a double. Blake Forsythe drove in 2 runs. The loss drops the Gnats into a tie with Augusta for the second half title, with 6 games left to play.
Brooklyn 3, Hudson Valley 1 game 1 (7 innings)
Marcos Camarena pitched 6 strong innings, giving up just 1 run and striking out 5. Nick Carr pitched a scoreless inning to get the save. In his second game back after a short stint on the DL, Travis Taijeron doubled, tripled, and drove in all 3 runs. Daniel Muno also doubled, as the Cyclones won despite only 3 hits.
Hudson Valley 7, Brooklyn 0 game 2 (7innings)
Eduardo Aldama got lit up for 6 runs in the 3rd, an inning he did not complete. Just like game 1, the Cyclones only had 3 hits, and just like game 1 Travis Taijeron had 2 of the hits and Daniel Muno had 1, except this time they were all singles. The Cyclones are tied for the NY-Penn League wildcard with 6 games to go.
Kingsport 4, Bristol 1
Juan Urbina finished his season on a positive note, pitching 5.2 innings and giving up just 1 run on 4 hits with 6 strikeouts. Hansel Robles went the rest of the way, striking out 4. Dylan Brown, Nestor Moreno, and Lucas Stewart all had 2 hits. Jonathan Clark tripled and drove in 2 runs. Both Phillip Evans and Brandon Nimmo went 0-4; Nimmo struck out three times, Evans once.