Last Night on the Farm - 8/5/13
St. Lucie was rained out and a few other teams had off nights, so it was a rather abbreviated night on the farm: Las Vegas 5, Memphis 2Chris Schwinden was surprisingly serviceable, allowing 2 runs over 6 innings. Tim Byrdak made his Vegas debut, and retired the only batter he faced. Greg Burke allowed 1 hit and hit 2 batters to load the bases, but he struck out 2 to escape the 9th inning without allowing a run, getting the save. The 51s scored all their runs in the 4th inning: Eric Campbell singled, Wilmer Flores doubled, Zach Lutz doubled them both in, then after a HBP, Francisco Pena hit a 3-run homer. Flores played third base and Lutz played first base; now word is that Flores is being promoted.Savannah 6, Charleston 0Luis Cessa struck out 12 over 8 shutout innings, with no walks and just 4 hits. I actually think that Cessa, Gabriel Ynoa, and Steven Matz (Savannah’s top 3 starters) are all better prospects than the guys that were promoted from Savannah to St. Lucie earlier this season (Matt Bowman, Rainy Lara)Paul Sewald struck out 3, but allowed 1 walk and 1 hit in a scoreless 9th. Brandon Nimmo was 3 for 4 with a double and 2-run homer. Eudy Pina and Dimas Ponce had 2 hits each. Although they are already assured of a playoff spot for their first half championship, the Gnats are just 2 games out of first place in the second half of the season. GCL Mets 7, GCL Marlins 0Octavio Acosta threw 6 shutout innings, striking out 4. Ivan Wilson and Jhoan Urena had 3 hits each. Wilson had a triple and Vicente Lupo hit a double.