Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Triple-A: Salt Lake Bees
It was a back-and-forth affair in Las Vegas last night, but once Vinnie Pestano got on the seesaw, it tipped in favor of the Las Vegas 51s (NYM). Our old friend Captain Kirk had an RBI double for the 51s that inning as well. If only Michael Kohn were still in our system. He could have gotten Kirk.
Double-A: Arkansas Travelers
Starter Albert Suarez went the distance yesterday, but not in a good way. Most likely, he had to take it all on the chin due to it being game one of a double-header. Through six innings, he gave up five earned runs on the home-run ball. His ERA is still a respectable 3.20, but he's hit a bit of a rough patch as of late.
The Travs' only run came in the seventh when Eric Stamets (SS) walked with the bases loaded and Wade Hinkle (1B) scored.
Chris Ellis was flat-out great in the makeup of Monday's rainout. His second start for the Arkansas Travelers was one of near dominance, as he went six innings, struck out three and only really made one mistake. Sure, that mistake left the yard, but who's counting? Lefty Greg Mahle threw a scoreless seventh to secure the win.
Sherman Johnson (2B) went 2-for-4, scored two runs and swatted his fourth dinger of the year, a solo shot to start the game. Anyone else really, really like this kid? The General also started off the hit parade in the third when he singled to open the frame. After that, a barrage of doubles and two-out RBI followed. Wade Hinkle (1B) drew the most blood when he hit a three-run ding-dong, his fourth of the year. My favorite moment of the third, though? From the official game recap:
- Raywilly Gomez singles on a pop up to shortstop Raul Mondesi.
You don't see that every day. I mean, Raul Mondesi still plays baseball?! (Just kidding, it's his son.)
Class A Advanced: Inland Empire 66ers
Sean Newcomb was cruising through three innings. And I mean cruising. He faced 10 batters. He struck out nine of them. NINE OF THEM. And Bakersfield's Rayder Ascanio (SS) only reached because of a throwing error by third-baseman Pedro Ruiz. The best part about Duke's early dominance? This bullet from the official game recap:
- Burt Reynolds strikes out swinging.
Good for Burt, doing something with the twilight years of his career!
Then came the fourth inning... It started off so well when Newcomb fanned his tenth batter of the night. What followed was nothing short of hilariously tragic, though. Single. Wild pitch. Single. Walk. HBP. Single, followed by a throwing error from Ruben Sosa (LF). Single, followed by a throwing error from Newcomb. Groundout. Strikeout. So, a dookie sandwich with strikeouts for bread.
Alex Blackford took over for Newcomb in the sixth, but I'm not sure the Bakersfield Blaze (SEA) knew the difference, as the first two batters of the inning went down on strikes and the third grounded out. The rest of the bullpen followed suit, pitching three perfect innings to close out the game.
The 66ers took the lead in the seventh, plating seven runs with great situational hitting. The highlight of the inning was a bunt single by Roberto Baldoquin (SS) to load the bases. Well, maybe not the highlight, but it was pretty cool. He ended the night going 2-for-4 with two runs scored.The rest of the lineup kept the merry-go-around going with a steady stream of RBI singles. Death by a thousand paper cuts, it was.
Class A: Burlington Bees
Bees catcher Wade Wass' solo shot, his third of the year, was the only offense last night. Reliever Justin Anderson came on in relief of Jeremy Rhoades, who threw a perfect first inning, and went 6.2 very strong innings. Unfortunately, Anderson was yanked with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth, and Eduardo Paredes quickly walked in two runs. Paredes only needed to get one out. He failed.
Rookie: DSL Angels
These Angels really are like the big club. Win five in a row, lose five in a row. And yesterday's contest was lost on a walkoff. Rough.