Last Night on the Farm - 5/11/11
Winning Trends continue down on the farm:Buffalo 5, Scranton Wilkes Barre 3Chriw Schwinden was solid yet again, carrying a no-hitter into the 6th inning before giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and leaving before he could finish the 6th. He did walk 3, but he also struck out 6. Bobby Parnell finished up the 6th for him, striking out the only batter he faced. The rest of the bullpen finished the job with 3 scoreless innings. Ruben Tejada, Jesus Feliciano, and Val Pascucci all had 2 hits. Pascucci had 2 RBI’s one night after driving in 6. Luis Hernandez also drove in 2 runs. Kirk Nieuwenhuis was hitless but did draw 2 walks. Fernando Martinez did not play, which some take as a sign that he will be in Houston this weekend if Ike Davis goes to the DL, but it could just be a planned day off. Lucas Duda would make more sense if Davis misses significant time, but he sat out his third straight game with back issues.New Britain 10, Binghamton 8Brandon Moore suffered his first loss of the season, getting roughed up big time to the tune of 9 runs (5 earned thanks to an Eric Campbell error) on 9 hits in 2.1 innings. The bullpen was great, totaling 6.2 innings, giving up only 1 run, allowing the B-Mets to come back and make it close. Campbell made up for his error with his bat, going 4-6 with 3 RBI’s. Josh Satin added 3 hits of his own, and the team as a whole had 14 hits, but it was not quite enough to overcome Moore’s rough outing.St. Lucie 6, Lakeland 0Kyle Allen got his first win of the season, despite some control issues. Allen walked 6 and struck out 2, but managed to pitch 5 shutout innings on just 2 hits. John Church and Jeff Kaplan both pitched 2 shutout innings in relief. The 3 pitchers combined for a 4-hitter. Cesar Puello had 2 hits and scored 3 runs from the leadoff spot. Matt Den Dekker got back on track with 3 hits, including a triple, and 2 RBI’s. Jefry Marte had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. The boys in PSL have won 3 of their last 4 but have not relinquished first place after a rough stretch, and they’re doing so with good pitching.Savannah 2, Hickory 0Taylor Whitenton was strong yet again, but didn’t pitch long enough to get the win. He went 4.2 innings, striking out 5 while walking 2 and giving up 4 hits, lowering his ERA to 0.64. Gabriel Zavala, Luis Rojas, and Josh Edgin combined for the final 4.1 to complete the shutout, with Zavala getting his first win and Edgin his 6th save. Aderlin Rodriguez, Rafael Fernandez, and Blake Forsythe had 2 hits apiece. The Gnats have now won 5 of their last 6, and are starting to look more like the team they were expected to be.