Despite some really bad performances by starting pitchers throughout the organization, it was a perfect night on the farm. Let’s take a look:
Buffalo 11, Indianapolis 6
After two or three nice outings in a row Jeurys Familia struggled, lasting only 3.2 innings and giving up 4 runs on 5 hits while walking 4 and striking out 3. Luckily the bullpen was good. Justin Hampson pitched 2.1 scoreless innings. In 2 innings Josh Edgin gave up 1 hit and struck out 3; he’s not ready for the big leagues yet but Edgin is definitely starting to adjust and have some success in AAA. Offensively Vinny Rottino was the star, launching 3 homeruns and collecting 5 RBI’s. Rottino also played catcher in this one and could actually be returning to the big leagues on Monday. Corey Wimberly, Brad Emaus, and Matt Tuiasosopo all had 2 hits each. Tuiasosopo homered for the 5th time this year. Jordany Valdespin made his return to Buffalo and hit a pinch-hit homer. Valdespin is expected to play mostly at second base for the time being.
Binghamton 6, Portland 5 10 innings
Jenrry Mejia made the start as he continues his rehab. He was on a 50-60 pitch limit and was pulled after 48 pitches. He finished 3 full innings allowing 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 3. Darin Gorski followed for 4.1 innings, letting up 3 runs while walking 4 and striking out 6. Brad Holt went 1.2 innings, blowing the save but getting the win. Adrian Rosario made his AA debut a pitched a perfect 10th inning to get the save. I told you Reese Havens was on the way back. Two days ago he went hitless but didn’t get ejected and now yesterday he actually got a hit, going 1 for 3 with a double, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Matt Den Dekker was 1-4 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts, pushing his hit streak to 14 games. Jefry Marte, Raul Reyes, Eric Campbell, Juan Centeno, and Pedro Zapata all had 2 hits. Reyes and Zapata both homered, with Zapata’s coming in the 10th and being the difference in the game.
St. Lucie 7, Lakeland 3
Another win for the Lucies, so typical. Yohan Almonte pitched the first 5 innings, giving up 3 runs and getting the win. Pedro Beato made his first appearance of the year and pitched 2 shutout innings striking out 2. Kyle Allen also pitched 2 scoreless frames and struck out 2. Francisco Pena continued to swing the bat well, going 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Alonzo Harris, Cory Vaughn, and Wilmer Flores all had 2 hits each. Blake Forsythe was 1 for 2 with a double and 2 RBI’s while playing a little left field after replacing Rafael Fernandez mid-game.
Savannah 7, Augusta 4
It was a rough outing for Michael Fulmer, who lasted only 2 innings and gave up 4 runs (3 earned) while striking out 1 and walking 3. Luckily Carlos Vazquez, Chasen Bradford, and T.J. Chism combined for 7 shutout innings, which allowed the Gnats to come back and win. Brian Harrison was 3 for 3 with a double and knocked in 4 RBI’s to lead the offensive effort. Luis Nieves tripled and drove in 2 runs. Aderlin Rodriguez doubled, walked twice, and drove in a run.