This is pretty simple: if your city starts with a “B” you won last night, if it doesn’t you sucked at hitting and lost last night. To be more specific, Darin Gorski and Hansel Robles excelled on the hill while Wilmer Flores and Darrell Ceciliani did good work with the bat. Let’s read on: Buffalo 5, Rochester 3 Chris Schwinden gave a nice effort, scattering 9 hits over 6.2 innings while giving up 3 runs (2 earned). Fernando Cabrera notched his 22nd save of the year. Zach Lutz, Matt Den Dekker, and Mike Nickeas all had 2 hits each. Den Dekker is hitting a decent .244 in August, but he has a less decent .286 OBP and is slugging just .337 this month. Val Pascucci hit his 16th homer, but will likely fall short of last year’s total of 21. Binghamton 5, Portland 1 Darin Gorski looks to finish the season strong, going 7.2 innings, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits and a walk while striking out 9. Ryan Fraser, who is having a strong second half, got the final 4 outs. Wilmer Flores continued his hot hitting by going 3 for 4 with a walk and 2 doubles. Reese Havens was 1 for 5 with a homer (10th of the season) and 3 RBI’s. Charlotte 2, St. Lucie 1 (12 innings) Chase Huchingson threw 8 shutout innings, but couldn’t finish off the complete game and gave up the tying run in the top of the 9th. Huchingson lasted 8.2 innings, allowing just 3 hits but only striking out 3. Jeff Walters gave up the game-winning homer in the top of the 12th. The Lucies had just 7 hits, all singles, 2 from T.J. Rivera and 3 from Darrell Ceciliani. Cecilliani probably doesn’t have enough at bats to justify starting him in Binghamton next year, which is a shame because he has done nothing but hit when he’s been healthy this year. Rome 2, Savannah 0 (Game 1, 7 innings) The Gnats managed just 4 singles, giving Yohan Almonte the loss after giving up a 5th inning homer, which provided the only runs of the game. Rome 4, Savannah 1 After 4 hits in game 1, the Gnats had just 3 hits in Game 2. Cole Frenzel had 2 of the hits, including a double. Alex Panteliodis struck out 8, but let in 4 runs in 5.2 innings. Brooklyn 11, Staten Island 0 This was a good old-fashioned beat down of the Yankees. Phillip Evans was 3 for 5 with 2 RBI’s. Dimas Ponce had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Jeff Reynolds hit a 3-run homer. Brandon Nimmo was 1 for 2 with a double and 3 walks. On the mound, Hansel Robles did his part, throwing 7 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and a walk while striking out 8. Logan Taylor and Tyler Vanderheiden each pitched a scoreless inning. Bluefield 7, Kingsport 0 This game was vintage K-Mets: 3 hits and 5 errors. Shortstop Anthony Chavez had 3 of the 5 errors. Gavin Cecchini, who still isn’t back in the field, had 1 of the 3 hits. Despite all the errors, 3 for the 5 runs John Gant gave up were earned. Robert Whalen (12th round) and Brandon Welch (5th round) both made their professional debuts in relief. Whalen threw a scoreless inning while Welch allowed a run on 2 hits. Both were intriguing arms to me on draft day.