Before we start, there’s some injury news in case you missed it yesterday: Jeff Walters has been diagnosed with a torn UCL in his elbow, and is likely headed for Tommy John surgery. Perhaps that explains his 8.86 ERA and .409 BAA in Vegas after dominating as Binghamton’s closer last year. Now, onto Monday night’s games, which were not pretty:
Colorado Springs 11, Las Vegas 5
Rafael Montero got hit hard and only lasted 3 innings. He allowed 6 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits, walking 2, striking out 3, and committing a balk. Zach Lutz committed 2 errors behind him that led to the unearned runs. Erik Goeddel gave up 2 runs in 2 innings of work and Chase Bradford gave up 3 runs in his triple-A debut. Lutz and Kirk Nieuwenhuis both homered. Travis d'Arnaud had a pinch-hit single.
Akron 10, Binghamton 2
Hansel Robles takes the loss, although he only allowed 3 runs on 3 hits over 6 innings, striking out 6. Chase Huchingson let things get out of control, giving up 6 runs in 1.1 innings. Kevin Plawecki and Dustin Lawley had 2 hits each. Plawecki doubled and drove home a run while Lawley hit a solo homer, but that was the extent of the B-Mets offense.
Palm Beach 9, St. Lucie 5
Domingo Tapia took another loss, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits over 5.2 innings, walking 3 and striking out none. Gonzalez Germen retired the only batter he faced to get the final out in the 6th. Cole Frenzel was 4 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Yeixon Ruiz, Gilbert Gomez, T.J. Rivera, and Maikis de le Cruz all had 2 hits. Aderlin Rodriguez doubled and drove in a run. Still no Brandon Nimmo and Dilson Herrera had the day off, as St. Lucie remains 2 games back in the division with time running out to catch Fort Myers.
Kannapolis 4, Savannah 2
Kevin McGowan took the loss, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and 5 walks; he struck out 6 in just 4.2 innings. Tim Peterson struck out 6 in 3.1 hitless innings. Dominic Smith was 3 for 5. Champ Stuart and Colton Plaia had 2 hits each. Gavin Cecchini was 0 for 5 with a strikeout.