The Majors may have another day off, but it’s back to business in the minors. Except for Kingsport, they got rained out again – which is the best we can hope for them these days. The Lucies had a twin bill with the Tampa Yankees, and as always, we remind you that these are seven inning affairs. Something tells me they wished they played nine innings, especially in the second game. Let’s take a look at how everyone fared.
Buffalo 8, Pawtucket 5
The Bisons scored four times in the top of the ninth to win the game, and as much as I would love to give them all the credit in the world, Paw Sox reliever Garret Mock walked four batters, three of them with the bases loaded. Still – a win is a win is a win. Jenry Mejia went two thirds of an innings, giving up an unearned run while striking out one, and Fred Lewis went 2 for 5 with a solo homer and two runs knocked in. Matt den Dekker also went 2 for 5 and scored twice.
Erie 11, Binghamton 7
This one was a back and forth affair, one in which the Sea Wolves got the upper hand in with a run in the sixth, and then put out of reach with three in the ninth. Greg Peavey was ineffective in five innings, giving up seven runs (six earned) and Armando Rodriguez took the loss by giving a run without allowing a hit (2IP, 1R, 0H, 1BB, 1K). Brad Holt let things get out of hand with three runs in two innings of work. The bats were a better story. Juan Lagares (3 for 5), Jefry Marte (3 for 5, two runs scored), and Sean Kazmar (2 for 54 two runs scored) all had solo homers.
Tampa 4, St. Lucie 2 (Game 1)
Chase Huchingson lasted only two thirds of an inning as the Yankees jumped on him for three runs in the first. From there on out the Lucies could only scatter seven hits and never mounted much of a counterattack. Jason Bay played left field and went 0 for 3, and Cesar Puello was 1 for 3 with a run scored.
Tampa 1, St. Lucie 0 (Game 2)
I would have been a lot more upset about this before June 1st. The Lucies were no-hit in a seven inning affair by a pair of Yankee hurlers. Rafael Montero took the tough loss, going the distance (six innings), giving up three hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. Jason Bay sat this nightcap off, but even still had about as productive a game as everyone else.
Delmarva 3, Savannah 2
The Sand Gnats were handcuffed by the Shorebirds, managing only four hits on the night. Michael Fulmer pitched well, but took the loss. In five innings he gave up two runs while hitting the ‘number three’ trifecta – three hits, three walks, three strikeouts. His ERA is now 2.76 for the season.
Brooklyn 4, Connecticut 1
Rainy Lara put the brakes on the Cyclones four game losing streak as Brooklyn topped the Tigers. Lara gave up just three hits (including a homer) and a walk in six innings while fanning eight. Stefan Sabol was 2 for 3 with a run scored, while Phillip Evans was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Brandon Nimmo was held hitless in four at bats, but did walk and score a run.