Last night on the farm, Las Vegas was rained out, but both Binghamton and St. Lucie played double-headers, so there was plenty of action. Let’s check it out:
Binghamton 3, Portland 2 (Game 1, 7 innings)
Darin Gorski picked up the win after giving up 2 runs over 6 innings, striking out 5 and allowing no walks. Chase Bradford recorded his 5th save of the year after pitching a scoreless 7th despite allowing 3 base runners. Kevin Plawecki was 2 for 3 with a double. Travis Taijeron and Wilfredo Tovar each went 1 for 2 and drove in a run.
Portland 9, Binghamton 3
After being one of the best pitchers in the organization in April, Matthew Bowman got knocked around on Saturday, giving up 9 runs on 10 hits over 4.1 innings. Jack Leathersich struck out 3 but walked 2 in a scoreless inning of relief. Dustin Lawley had 2 hits and an RBI. Wilfredo Tovar was 1 for 3 with a double; Tovar is hitting .324 and is off to a nice start this season, although he’s spent the past season and a half in AA, so he’s used to this level.
Bradenton 3, St. Lucie 2 (Game 1, 7 innings)
Domingo Tapia had another nice outing, giving up 2 runs over 5 innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 walk, striking out 2. Ryan Fraser threw a scoreless 6th inning, but gave up a run in the bottom of the 7th to take the loss. The Lucies had just 4 hits, including a double by Dilson Herrera.
St. Lucie 5, Bradenton 1 (Game 2, 7 innings)
Luis Cessa bounced back from a rough April giving up just 1 run on 2 hits over 5 innings, more impressively he walked 1 and struck out 6. Randy Fontanez struck out 3 in 2 shutout innings to get the save. T.J. Rivera was 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Aderlin Rodriguez doubled and drove in 3 runs. Eudy Pina and Brandon Nimmo had 2 hits each.
Savannah 12, Rome 2
John Gant struck out 5 in 5 innings, giving up 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks. Tyler Vanderheiden gave up 1 run over 2 innings and Dario Alvarez threw 2 shutout innings to close out the game. Alvarez has thrown 17.1 scoreless innings to start the season, striking out 24 and allowing 13 base runners; of course, he’s also 25 and pitching in the SAL. Gavin Cecchini stayed hot, going 3 for 6 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Jeff Glenn also had 3 hits. Dominic Smith was 2 for 4 with a double and RBI. Jeff McNeil and Stefan Sabol both doubled and drove in 2 runs.