Everyone was back in action last night, with St Lucie and Kingsport cruising to victory and the Cyclones meeting a potential playoff foe. Let’s take a look.
Lehigh Valley 4, Buffalo 1
Chris Schwinden (5IP, 4R, 3ER, 7H, 2BB, 1HBP, 3K) gave up four runs in the decisive fourth inning, and the Bison bats couldn’t recover. CJ Nitkowski added a scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout. Matt den Dekker knocked in the lone run for the Herd in a 1 for 4 effort, and Lucas Duda went 1 for 3.
Binghamton 6, New Hampshire 2
2B Wilmer Flores and OF Raul Reyes (two run homer, four RBI, run scored) each went 2 for 4, and C Juan Centeno added a 3 for 5 night to pace the B-Mets over the Fisher Cats. Darrin Gorski (7IP, 2R, 1ER, 8H, 1HR, 2BB, 6H) picked up his eighth win of the season and Brad Holt pitched a scoreless frame with a walk and a strikeout.
St. Lucie 6, Palm Beach 0
The Lucies continue to bust out the lumber like it’s Whacking Day, putting up two spots in three consecutive innings. Cory Vaughn and Travis Taijeron each hit two run homers, while Blake Forsythe supplied a solo shot. The real star of the game was Erik Goeddel however. Goeddel smothered the Cardinals over seven innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out eight.
Savannah 8, Lexington 2
Led by 1B Brian Harrison (3 for 4, solo homer, three RBI, three runs scored) the Sand Gnats erupted for three in the first and never looked back. As Harrison giveth, however, Harrison also taketh away – as his two errors led to the two unearned Legends runs. Marcos Camarena went five innings, allowing those two unearned runs on four hits, three walks and four punchouts.
Tri-City 6, Brooklyn 2
In what could shape up as a playoff preview, the Cyclones fell to the Valley Cats, who have been a juggernaut all season long. Luis Cessa took the loss for Brooklyn, going four innings while allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and five strikeouts. He didn’t issue any walks. The Cyclones pulled within 3-2 in the seventh, but the Tri-City added some insurance in the bottom of the innings and eighth. Brandon Nimmo was 1 for 2 with a run scored. Craig Hansen went an innings for Brooklyn. Back in 2005, I thought the Mets might draft him in the first round out of St. Johns. Instead they took Mike Pelfrey. Makes sense, even without the hindsight – you never want to draft a pitcher as a reliever, it usually doesn’t pan out. Anyway, Hansen was dealt to the Pirates in the Jason Bay deal and the Mets recently picked him up after he was cut. He’s on a rehab stint with Brooklyn, and gave up a run on three hits and a walk in one inning of work.
Kingsport 14, Johnson City 4
Look at the K-Met swing those bats! Kingsport got three in the third and six in the fourth to make this one a laugher early. RF Juan Rivero went 4 for 6 with three RBI and a run scored, and CF Maikas de la Cruz was 4 for 5 with four RBI. Gavin Cecchini went 0 for 3 with two RBI and a run scored. John Gant went six innings, giving up just an unearned run on six hits, two walks and five strikeouts.