Full slate and then some down on the farm, but the Cyclones are the only team to win – a win they sorely needed, and they had to work overtime to get it. The Lucies get swept in a doubleheader (as always, twin bills are seven inning affairs), and we say goodbye to the Kingsport Mets for the season. Fellas, it was….well, it was a season. Let’s take a look!
Rochester 10, Buffalo 4
Elvin Ramirez went 1.1 scoreless innings. That’s great. The bad news is that the Bisons used six pitchers and the other five all got touched up for at least one run. This one was relatively close until the Red Wings scored five in the ninth to put it away. Fred Lewis and Matt Tuiasasopo both connected for two run homers. Jordanny Valdespin is back in Buffalo, and back playing second. He was 0 for 4.
Reading 12, Binghamton 8
Not a good night to be a pitcher – on either team. The B-Mets actually put up a six spots in the top of the fourth to take a brief 6-2 lead. It was gone by the bottom of the inning and though Binghamton got it back the next frame, the Phillies scored all the rest of the runs for the game. Cory Mazzoni allowed six runs in 3.2 innings, Armando Rodriguez too the loss, giving up three in 2.1 innings (two of the three hits he gave up were homers, although he didn’t walk anyone and fanned four), and Brad Holt gave up three in the final two frames. Juan Lagares went 2 for 5 with a two run homer, Wilmer Flores (playing second) was 3 for 5 with two runs scored, and Jefry Marte was 1 for 3 with two RBI and a runs scored.
Jupiter 5, St. Lucie 4 (Game 1)
Adam Kolarek surrendered a leadoff single, then a two run homer in the bottom of the seventh to give the Hammerheads the victory, which is a shame because Erik Goeddel pitched well enough to win (5.1IP, 3R, 1ER, 5H, 1BB, 5K). Cory Vaughn was 1 for 3 with a three run homer (his 23rd of the season), and Cesar Puello was one for three with a solo shot.
Jupiter, St. Lucie 2 (Game 2)
The Hammerheads jumped on Angel Cuan for four runs in the first, knocking Angel out in just two thirds of an inning, and the Lucies never really recovered in the nightcap. Kyle Allen, Jack Leathersitch and John Church combined to shutout Jupiter the rest of the way, but the damage was done. Alonzo Harris and TJ Rivera were 2 for 4, while Danny Muno and Cory Vaughn both went 2 for three with a run scored.
Asheville 6, Savannah 5
The Sand Gnats scored three times in the top of the ninth, but Brian Harrison grounded out with the tying run on third as the rally fell just short. Domingo Tapia pitched well, but not great, in taking the loss (6.1IP 5R, 7H, 1HR, 0BB, 9K). Craig Hansen continues his rehab tour, now getting bumped up from Brooklyn. He walked two in a scoreless inning. Dustin Lawley was 2 for 4 with a solo homer.
Brooklyn 6, Aberdeen 3 (11 Innings)
Dimas Ponce (2 for 5, 3 RBI, 1 run scored) delivered a key two run double as the Cyclones posted three runs in the top of the eleventh to complete the two game sweep in Aberdeen. Luis Cessa had a perfect game going into the sixth, but the Iron Birds jumped on him for three runs to take a brief lead. Matt Bowman got the win with four shutout innings out of the pen. Jayce Boyd (2 for 5) had a solo homer for the second straight game. The Cyclones head to Hudson Valley to take on the first place Renegades, who hold a five game lead on Brooklyn with eight to play. The Cyclones still have a two game lead in the wild card standings over Batavia.
Pulaski 5, Kingsport 2
The K-Mets had a brief lead in this one, but the Mariners scored solo runs in five innings for what must have seemed like Chinese Water Torture as the Appalachian regular season comes to an end. Christian Chivilli took the loss in relief, but he pitched well enough to win (4IP, 1R, 0ER, 2H, 1BB, 0K). Gavin Cecchini went 1 for 5 with a run scored. The Mets first round pick in this year’s draft finishes the season with a line of .246/.311/.330. Some K-Mets might get called up to Brooklyn for the stretch, and Gavin’s numbers strongly mirror those of Brooklyn shortstop Phillip Evans (.242/.324/.332) – though I’d love to get a firsthand look at him.