Zach Wheeler kicks off his second half in a big way, Jason Bay continues to rehab, the Cyclones show no ill effects from getting hit by a bus, and the K-Mets continue to defy God and Mother Nature. Let’s check out what happened.
Buffalo 8, Pawtucket 2
Chris Schwinden labored through his first start in over a month (4IP, 1R, 6H, 2BB, 4K), though with all his travels, you could hardly blame him. The Bison bats came alive however, and put this one out of reach fairly early. The Jason Bay rehab Tour continues with a 1 for 4 effort and a run scored. Zach Lutz was 2 for 3 with a solo homer and two RBI, Matt den Dekker was 1 for 5 with a pair of RBI, and Lucas May was 3 for 5. Jenry Mejia gave up a solo homer in 1.2 innings of relief.
Binghamton 1, Erie 0
In his first start since a scoreless two thirds of an inning during the Futures Game, Zach Wheeler fired off his first career complete game shutout, allowing six hits, a walk, a hit batsman, and seven strikeouts. I don’t know if he is 100% ready for the majors – in fact I doubt it – but I feel he should be moved up to Buffalo at some point. IN 102IP, he has allowed 36 BB and 95K’s – doesn’t seem to be challenged anymore at AA. Reese Havens was 1 for 4 and his solo homer in the sixth was all the scoring the game would see.
St. Lucie 3, Tampa 1
Angel Cuan stifled the Yankee lineup with 7.2 innings of one run ball (that coming off a solo homer), while allowing five hits and a walk against seven strikeouts. Adam Kolarek went the rest of the way for the save. CF Alonzo Harris was 1 for 4 with a solo home run, while Cory Vaughn was 1 for 3 and Aderlin Rodriguez was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Lakewood 8, Savannah 1
Jim Fuller (3.1IP, 8R, 8H, 2HR, 3BB, 2K) gave up a first inning grand slam and it was all downhill from there. Jared West and Randy Fontanez each had scoreless stints of relief, but the damage was done. Greg Pron was 3 for 3 and scored the lone run for the Sand Gnats.
Brooklyn 6, State College 3
Luis Mateo (who 22 and making his US debut, so let’s not get too excited) fired off seven shutout innings while allowing a hit and a walk to go with eight strikeouts. David Wynn gave the Spokes a glimmer of hope in the bottom of the ninth by allowing three runs, but Taylor Vanderheiden came in to close it out. Brandon Nimmo had his second straight multi-hit game, going 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored, and Phillip Evans was 1 for 5 with an RBI of his own.
Johnson City 11, Kingsport 3
The K-Mets insist on continuing to play after three straight rainouts, so this is what happens. Persio Reyes gave up five runs in four innings, and then Chris Flaxen came in and detonated any chance Kingsport had of getting back in this (1.2IP, 6R, 6H, 1HR, 1BB, 6K!!!!). Gavin Cecchini was 0 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI.