Last Night on the Farm - 6/25/12
Full slate, and double header, some serious shellings (the wrong kind) and Zach Wheeler is in action Let’s get to it. Durham 14, Buffalo 10Have a good football score joke? Please take time to make it now. We’ll wait…..Thank you. Mark Cohoon got a very rude welcome to AAA on national television, getting absolutely pounded by the Bulls (3IP, 7 runs, 8 hits, 0BB, 1K 2HR). The Bisons actually hung in there thanks to an offense powered by Josh Satin (4 for 5, 2 HR’s, 4RBI) and Raul Reyes (4 for 5, solo homer, 3 runs scored). Jack Egbert, pitching in relief of Cohoon, could not stem the tide, giving up five runs on five hits in two thirds of an inning. Manny Acosta, Elvin Ramirez and Pedro Beato also came on to pitch, with Beato the only one to not allow a run. It’s not every day you score 10 runs on fifteen hits and are not really in it. Binghamton 11, Erie 5The B-Mets jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead, thanks to two runs a piece in the first three innings. Reese Havens was 3 for 5 with a two run homer, and Wilfredo Tovar was 4 for 4 with two RBI to pace Binghamton’s 18 hit attack. As a result, it’s hard to tell what the deal was with Zach Wheeler. The highly touted righty went seven innings, allowing five runs on eight with while walking three and striking out four. I was kinda hoping he was just pitching to contact after getting staked to such an early lead, but the two wild pitches he added last night indicate that his control was off. Could be a rough patch, could be something to watch…. Daytona 7, St. Lucie 3 (Game 1)Angel Cuan got roughed up in the second inning, giving up five runs (four earned). To compound matters, it’s only a seven inning game as part of a doubleheader, so the Lucies never really got back in it after that. The offensive output, such as it was with only three hits for the game, came courtesy of Rylan Sandoval (solo homer) and Travis Taijeron (two run homer). Daytona 4, St. Lucie 3 (Game 2 – 12 innings)So much for trimming the games to seven innings to get a DH in quickly. The Lucies nursed a 3-0 lead going into the 6th, but Erik Goeddel ran into trouble and Jeffrey Walters could not bail him out. Adam Kolarek and Taylor Whitenton each threw two scoreless innings but Hamilton Bennett took the loss by allowing a run in the twelfth. The newly active Allen Dykstra was 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI. Charleston 3, Savannah 2The Sand Gnats’ ninth inn rally came up a run short. After plating two runs, Gilberto Gomez flew out to right with the bases loaded to end the game. Marcos Camarena pitched well, going five innings allowing two runs on five hits (though one was a home run), while walking none and striking out five.Brooklyn 3, Hudson Valley 0Luis Mateo continues the strong string of Cyclone pitching, going six strong scoreless, allowing just two hits and a walk while fanning seven. He actually outpitched Taylor Guererri, who was a first round pick of the Rays last year. Paul Sewald threw two shutout innings and submariner Taylor Vanderheiden notched the save. Phillip Evans continues his strong start, going 2 for 4 with a triple. Danville 10, Kingsport 2There are bad innings that you just want to end, and there are train wreck innings, that morbidly fascinate you. The Braves hung a ten spot (!) on the K-Mets I the fifth inning, as neither Akeel Morris nor Edioglis Villasmil could stop the bleeding, and each gave up four earned runs in that frame alone. The two errors didn’t help. Morris has an electric arm and he is young, but this is his second stint with Kingsport and you would like to see him start having more control over his talent. Right now his ERA is 10.29. Villasmil’s is 30.38. I love early season ERAs.