Last Night on the Farm - 4/25/13
Last night on the farm things got crazy in Vegas, the St. Lucie bullpen fell apart, and two-thirds of NimBowEcki carried the Gnats to a sweep. Here we go: Tacoma 13, Las Vegas 12Zack Wheeler pitched 5 plus innings, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits, including 2 homers. Wheeler walked 3 and struck out 7. He left with a chance to get the win, but the bullpen blew it for him by giving up 7 runs in the 9th inning. Justin Hampson gave up 2 runs, Greg Peavey gave up 4 runs without recording an out, and Armando Rodriguez gave up the final run that ended up being the difference. On the bright side, the 51’s bats were functioning at a high level. Josh Satin got back on track with 3 hits, including 2 doubles. Andrew Brown, Zach Lutz, and Jamie Hoffman had 2 hits each. Omar Quintanilla homered and drove in 3 runs. Wilmer Flores was 1 for 5 with a double. Kirk Nieuwenhuis was 1 for 5 with an RBI and 4 strikeouts in his first game back in AAA. Bradenton 9, St. Lucie 1The Lucies got run of the building on this night. Domingo Tapia was perfect for the first 3 innings, but ended up taking the loss after giving up 2 runs on 4 hits in 5.2 innings with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. The bullpen did not help, as Wanel Mesa got 1 out and gave up 2 runs and Chasen Bradford gave up 4 runs. The bats didn’t help Tapia much either with just 6 total hits. Matt Reynolds had 2 hits and T.J. Rivera doubled, but other than that there wasn’t much going on offensively. Savannah 7, Delmarva 2The Gnats completed the sweep of the Shorebirds Thursday night. Gabriel Ynoa allowed just 1 run on 3 hits in 6.1 innings with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. Hunter Carnevale and Bret Mitchell finished the job out of the bullpen. Jayce Boyd and Kevin Plawecki were both 3 for 4 with a homerun; with Plawecki adding a double as well. Those two picked up the slack for Brandon Nimmo, who was 0 for 5 with a strikeout. Chad Zurcher and Yucary De La Cruz had 2 hits each. De La Cruz and Stefan Sabol both had a double. As good as NimBoyEcki has been this year, Sabol and Phillip Evans are both on the interstate and have had disappointing performances in April.