The Lucies had a mid-morning double header, Buffalo gives a familiar face familiar treatment, a pitcher’s duel and the Gnats get trounced. Busy day. Let’s do it to it.
Buffalo 14, Gwinnett 7
Matt Tuiasasopo and Brad Emaus connected for back to back homers in the first innings, and the route was on. The Bisons pounded out seventeen hits as they trounced the Braves and Jair Jurjens, who gave up eleven runs (ten earned) in 4.2 innings. Tuiasasopo finished the night with four RBI, and Omar Quintanilla had three of his own. All the offense masked what was a rather disappointing pitching effort. Garret Olsen limped to the win, going five innings while giving up three runs on six hits and four walks. Jack Egbert and Chuck James each allowed two runs apiece, and overall the Herd hurlers gave up fifteen hits to the Braves.
Binghamton 1, Trenton 0
Now this is what I like, a good old fashioned pitching duel. Colin McHugh was electric, going seven scoreless allowing just six hits and a walk against six punch outs. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the ninth when Matt den Dekker lead off with a double (this hit streak goes to eleven) and, three batters later, Jefry Marte delivered a bases loaded single for the game’s only run. Brad Holt picked up the win with two shutout innings of relief, and the time of game was a crisp 2:20.
St. Lucie 6, Bradenton 3 (Game 1)
Just your usual 10:30 AM twin bill. Chris Young made what is likely to be his last rehab start for St. Lucie before heading to AAA Buffalo, and all things considered, it went well. Young tossed 5.2 innings allowing three runs on six hits while walking none and striking out two. The Lucies erupted for three in the bottom of the sixth (again, doubleheaders are seven inning affairs) to break a 3-3 tie. Wilmer Flores had a solo homer and LF Rafael Fernandez was 2 for 3 with a two run shot. Both homers came off Pirates #2 prospect Jamieson Taillon.
St. Lucie 4, Bradenton 0 (Game 2)
In the afternoon-cap Erik Goeddel went six scoreless (5H, 0BB, 2K) and Adam Kolarek threw a shutout final frame to collect the save as the Lucies swept the Marauders. Robbie Shields had a solo homer and Rafael Fernandez capped off a fine day with another two run bomb and a sacrifice fly.
Charleston 14, Savannah 5
The Panty Man can’t! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Alex Panteliodis got shelled for eight runs in three and a third, and Carlos Vasquez trotted in from the bullpen with a gas can to add another five runs in 1.2 innings. Aderlin Rodriguez had a cosmetic three run home in the ninth, but it seems the Sand Gnats could not get away fast enough on get away day.