Brooklyn had the night off, but it was still a busy night in the minors. Kingsport had a double dip (two seven inning games, as are all minor league double headers, St. Lucie has a wild finish, and Jeurys Familia flashes why he is still a top 10 prospect. Let delve in!
Buffalo 6, Lehigh Valley 0
Just when I’ve given up on him Jeurys Familia pulls me back in. The mercurial righty turned in a stellar performance last night, shutting out the Iron Pigs over seven innings, allowing just a run and four hits while striking out eight. The game was tight until the Bisons broke it open with five in the seventh, keyed by Matt den Dekker’s grand slam.
New Hampshire 5, Binghamton 2
Allan Dykstra supplied the offense for the B-Mets with a two run homer, but that was it for the highlights on this one. Gonzalez German got the start and was very hittable (5.1IP, 5R, 3ER, 8H, 1HR, 1BB, 1HBP, 3K). Reese Havens is out with a stiff back. I’ll give you a moment to recover from the shock.
St. Lucie 9, Palm Beach 8
Yeesh. The Lucies took a comfortable 8-2 lead into the ninth inning, when the wheels absolutely came flying off. Kyle Allen came in to close the game out and hit the first batter. It went downhill from there. A grand slam later, Adrian Rosario came in to stop the bleeding but before he could, the Cardinals had completed their six run outburst to tie the score. In the bottom of the ninth, Blake Forsythe’s two out single plated TJ Rivera from third to give the Lucies the victory. Hey – a win is a win is a win. The Lucies brought out the thumping stick in this one, hitting four home runs. Danny Muno (4 for 4, two run homer, two runs scored), Corey Vaughn (1 for 5, two run homer), Robbie Shields (2 for 4, solo homer), and Cesar Puello (1 for 3, solo homer, two runs scored). Puello now has a slash line on the season of .243/.307/.387.
Lexington 10, Savannah 1
I’ve already used the “the Panty-Man can’t” joke haven’t I? Anyway, Alex Panteliodis bombed last night for the Sand Gnats (5.2IP, 7R, 6ER, 10H, 0BB, 5K). He didn’t get much help from his offense however, even though the gnats banged out nine hits and didn’t even score their lone run until the bottom of the ninth. Matt Reynolds was thrown out at home trying for a second run to end the game.
Kingsport 4, Johnson City 2 (Game 1)
Victory! For a brief while at least. Matt Budgell went three scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win, and 3B Kevin Weigertse (can we get Chris Russo to try to pronounce this?) went 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Johnson City 4, Kingsport 2 (Game 2)
Well, that didn’t last for long, as the Cardinals turned the tables in the nightcap. Persio Reyes started and didn’t pitch poorly (6IP, 3R, 2ER, 7H, 2HR, 0BB, 4K). Jeyckol De Leon drove in two with a double in the bottom of the seventh, but the rally stalled there. Gavin Cechini was 1 for 3, scoring on De Leon’s double.