Last Night on the Farm - 8/18/12
Just a couple wins on the farm last night, as the bats felt silent most everywhere. But there was a few decent pitching performances mixed in, so let’s have a look: Buffalo 2, Pawtucket 0 (Fenway Park) Collin McHugh continues to pitch well at AAA, throwing 7 scoreless innings, giving up just 5 hits with no walks. Rob Carson, Elvin Ramirez, and Fernando Cabrera combined for the final 6 outs. Josh Rodriguez homered. Zach Lutz and Matt Tuisasosopo both contributed a double. Matt Den Dekker and Lucas Duda were both 1 for 4. Richmond 4, Binghamton 0 Cory Mazzoni struck out 7 in 7 innings with no walks, but he gave up 3 runs and got no offensive support. The B-Mets accumulated just 3 hits, one by Mazzoni himself. Reese Havens returned to the lineup after a few days off with back problems and struck out 3 times. Charlotte 9, St. Lucie 8 Jacob DeGrom lasted just 3 innings before mysteriously being taken out. The Lucies looked like they would win until Adam Kolarek let up 3 in the 8th to tie the game. St. Lucie scored a run in the 9th to retake the lead, but Hamilton Bennett let up 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to give the game away. Alonzo Harris homered and scored 3 runs. T.J. Rivera doubled and drove in 2 runs. Richard Lucas was 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Hickory 12, Savannah 5 A demotion didn’t help Yohan Almonte, who gave up 6 runs in 3.1 innings. Randy Fontanez gave up 5 more, putting the game out of reach. Brian Harrison and Greg Pron both homered. Vermont 4, Brooklyn 1 Luis Mateo lasted 5 innings, giving up 2 runs while striking out 4. Paul Sewald gave up 2 runs, his first of the season. He also struck out 3 in 2 innings of work. Five singles was the entire Cyclones offense. Brandon Nimmo was 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts. Kingsport 8, Elizabethton 4 The K-Mets bullpen pitched 4.2 scoreless innings to help get the win. Akeel Morris threw 3 scoreless frames, allowing just 2 base runners and striking out 5. The difference between Morris’ numbers as a starter and reliever are incredible. Whatever he changed when he moved to the bullpen, it’s working. Yeixon Ruiz, Maikis De La Cruz, and Jorge Rivero all had multi-hit games. All but one starter had at least one hit, including Gavin Cecchini, who continues to play DH and has not played shortstop since coming back from injury.