Last night on the farm Collin McHugh made his AAA debut, a couple major leaguers rehabbed in St. Lucie, and the Cyclones played their season opener. Let’s take a look:
Norfolk 7, Buffalo 5
Collin McHugh made his long-awaited AAA debut, going 5 plus innings and giving up 4 runs on 5 hits while walking 4 and striking out 5. McHugh gave up just 1 run through 5, but allowed the first 3 batters of the 6th to reach base. McHugh will certainly settle down and be better in future starts. Josh Edgin came in next and allowed McHugh’s inherited runners to score as well as 2 runners of his own while only getting 1 out. Corey Wimberly was 4 for 5 with an RBI. Matt Den Dekker was 2 for 4 with a double, a homerun, and 2 RBI’s.
Bradenton 6, St. Lucie 5
Angel Cuan had another good outing, giving up 2 runs across 6 innings, striking out 5. A rehabbing Ramon Ramirez gave up 3 runs on 5 hits in an inning of work. A rehabbing Ruben Tejada went 1 for 5 with a double and a strikeout while playing 9 innings at shortstop. Francisco Pena was 3 for 4. Richard Lucas and Alonzo Harris hit back-to-back homers in the 9th to pull St. Lucie within 1, but the Lucies couldn’t complete the comeback.
Brooklyn 2, Staten Island 0
The Cyclones opened up the season with a win over the hated Yankees. Gabriel Ynoa got a no decision but pitched 6 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and no walks while striking out 4. Darwin Frias pitched 2 scoreless innings to get the win and Tyler Vanderheiden (19th round pick) struck out 2 in a perfect 9th inning to get the save. Phillip Evans and Alexander Sanchez had 2 hits each. Stefan Sabol and Cole Frenzel were hitless but provided the RBI’s. Brandon Nimmo was 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored in his Brooklyn debut.
On the flight deck of the USS Yorktown Savannah’s Travis Taijeron advanced to the finals of the SAL homerun derby, which will be held tonight prior to the all-star game. Taijeron, T.J. Rivera, and T.J. Chism will represent the Sand Gnats.