Can’t say how impressed I was by Jacob deGrom last night; he was above and beyond what the scouting reports said about him heading into the season, which means he’s continuing to make significant improvements, which shouldn’t be that surprising for a converted shortstop. Now, onto last night’s games.
Las Vegas 4, El Paso 3
Giancarlo Alvarado walked 6, but only allowed 1 run in 5 innings. Zack Thornton struck out 3 in 1.2 scoreless innings, and Vic Black walked 1 in a scoreless 9th to pick up the save. Andrew Brown was 2 for 4 with a double. Zach Lutz also had 2 hits. Kai Gronauer and Kirk Nieuwenehuis both doubled. Cesar Puello was 3 for 5 with a double, homer, and 2 RBI’s. Since returning from a few days away from the team, Puello has 7 hits in 5 games.
Binghamton 3, Altoona 2
Darin Gorski had another good outing, allowing 1 run on 4 hits over 6 innings, striking out 6 and walking none. John Church allowed Altoona to tie the game, but Cody Satterwhite got the final 5 outs of the game and got the win after Cory Vaughn led off the bottom of the 9th with a walk-off homer. Vaughn also doubled in the game, as did Travis Taijeron.
Tampa 10, St. Lucie 5
Just when he was making progress, Domingo Tapia got shelled, allowing 8 runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings. He walked 3, struck out 3, and allowed 3 homers. Brandon Nimmo was 2 for 3 with a triple, RBI, and 2 walks. Dilson Herrera and Phillip Evans had 2 hits each. Cam Maron and T.J. Rivera both doubled.
Savannah was rained out, although they already had a double-header scheduled for today, so it’ll have to be made up later in the season. With about a month to go in the first half of the season, the Gnats have a 6.5 game lead in the SAL Southern Division, and their magic number to clinch the first half title and a playoff birth is 26.