No sense in waiting, this was Sunday afternoon on the farm. Buffalo and Binghamton both lost badly while Savannah finished their first half on a strong note. Let’s read further:
Pawtucket 6, Buffalo 1
Garrett Olson, who continues to start for some reason, lasted 2.1 innings giving up 4 runs on 7 hits. Jenrry Mejia started the 5th inning but was taken out because of a pitch limit after 22 pitches. He let up a run on 2 hits and a walk and struck out 1, which was the only out that he recorded. Manny Acosta faced 8 batters and retired all of them, including 4 strikeouts. Ronny Cedeno and Matt Den Dekker both went 1 for 4. Raul Reyes was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, but other than that the Bisons were shutdown by Brandon Duckworth.
Altoona 15, Binghamton 6
Greg Peavey went 5 innings and gave up 7 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits. Adrian Rosario struck out 3 in 2 innings, but he also allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. Robert Carson got lit up for 5 runs on 6 hits while only recording 1 out. B-Mets pitchers gave up a total of 20 hits. Travis Ozga hit a 3-run homer. Reese Havens was 1 for 3 with a double, an RBI, and 2 walks. Pedro Zapata was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Savannah 5, Rome 3
Marcos Camarena pitched 6 strong innings, giving up an unearned run on 2 hits. Camarena has pitched mostly out of the bullpen this year but quietly is having a good year with a 1.30 ERA and a WHIP under 1. Jeffrey Walters worked around 2 hits to pitch a scoreless 9th and earn his 4th save of the year. Travis Taijeron was 2 for 4 with a 2-run homer; it was his 12th of the year putting him into tie for second in the SAL in homers. Cam Maron was 2 for 4 with an RBI, extending his hit streak to 13, which is impressive considering he’s splitting time at catcher and not playing everyday. Dustin Lawley and Aderlin Rodriguez both doubled. This was Savannah’s final game of the first half. They finished 41-26, finishing 2nd in the SAL Southern Division 5 games behind Asheville. The Gnats won their final 6 games and had a real good first half, especially for a team that was so inconsistent offensively. The Savannah pitching staff had the lowest ERA and the lowest WHIP in the South Atlantic League. They also had 8 shutouts and 24 holds; both led the Sally. Travis Taijeron, T.J. Rivera, and T.J. Chism will play in the SAL all-star game Tuesday night. Taijeron will also participate in the home-run derby on Monday night.