Last night on the farm was basically about starting pitchers trying to one up each other. How childish, right? Let’s take a closer look:
Gwinnett 5, Buffalo 3 10 innings
Jeremy Hefner made another strong start, going 7.2 innings and giving up 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 6. Josh Edgin gave up 1 run on 2 hits and struck out 1; his ERA is now at 8.22. Val Pascucci was 3 for 5 with an RBI. Omar Quintanilla doubled twice. This lineup continues to struggle, as it is made up mostly of minor league veterans and lacks any true prospects outside of Zach Lutz.
Binghamton 9, New Hampshire 2
Zach Wheeler only lasted 5 innings throwing 94 pitches, but he struck out 7 and walked 1 while giving up a couple runs. He earned his second victory of the year after missing a start with fingernail problems. Armando Rodriguez and Jeff Kaplan both pitched 2 scoreless innings each. Rodriguez recorded 6 outs, allowed 1 hit and struck out 5. The B-Mets racked up 14 hits in all. Raul Reyes and Juan Lagares had 3 each. Reyes drove in 3 and Lagares had 2 RBI’s. Reese Havens also had 2 RBI’s on a 1 for 4 night that included a double. Matt Den Dekker was 2 for 5.
St. Lucie 4, Brevard County 3
Chris Young made his first rehab appearance and everything went well. Young pitched 5 shutout innings allowing 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. Hamilton Bennett pitched 2 innings, blowing the save but ending up with the win. Adam Kolarek gave up a couple runs in 1.2 innings. They were the first runs he has given up all year. He also struck out 3 and his ERA remains under 1. Adrian Rosario picked up save number 10 on the year. Ronny Cedeno also made his first rehab start, going 0 for 4 and playing 9 innings at shortstop. Cory Vaughn also went 0 for 4, returning to the lineup after missing a couple games with a bruised glute. Cesar Puello was 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and Daniel Muno hit his 4th homer of the year to lead the offense.
Savannah 7, Hickory 2
The bad news is the Gnats committed 5 errors. The good news is they only allowed 3 hits. Domingo Tapia started and allowed no hits for 5.2 innings. He did allow 3 walks and an unearned run in that time while striking out 6. Marco Camarena pitched the next 2.1 innings allowing another run and all 3 hits while striking out 4. Jeffrey Walters finished out the 9th. Walters didn’t start the season with Savannah but he has yet to allow a run in his first 11.1 innings, and has struck out 14 along the way. The Gnats bats were unusually productive, totaling 11 hits and getting 7 runs on the board. Dustin Lawley was 3 for 5 with an RBI. Brandon Brown, Travis Taijeron, and Brian Harrison all had 2 hits each, including a double. Harrison drove in 3 runs.