Rains wrecked havoc upon the minor league slate tonight, causing the suspension of one game, and the postponement of another. Both games will be made up as part of double-headers tomorrow. The rest of the farm system went 0-5 on the night.
Toledo Mud Hens 1, Durham Bulls 1 (suspended, bottom 4)
The Bulls jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, as Tim Beckham led off the game with a single, and scored on Leslie Anderson‘s two out base hit. In the top of the second, Durham had runners on second and third with no outs, but a fielder’s choice, a play at the plate to gun down the runner on third, and a strikeout erased the threat. Toledo came back in the bottom of the fourth, as Brad Davis drove in Danny Dorn to tie the game at 1-1. With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the fourth, the game was suspended due to inclement weather, and will resume Saturday at 5:10 PM. Jesus Feliciano and Reid Brignac were both 1-1 with a double and a walk.
Jackson Generals 4, Montgomery Biscuits 2
Scoreless through the first, the Generals took the lead in the top of the second when Johermyn Chave hit a two-out, two run home run, driving in Jesus Sucre to give Jackson the 2-0 lead. Montgomery came back in the bottom of the inning, as Derek Dietrich doubled, coming around to score on Kyeong Kang‘s one out base hit, trimming the lead to 2-1. Jackson extended the lead back to two, as Rich Poythress hit a two out double, driving in Brad Miller. Stefan Romero homered leading off the top of the fifth, giving Jackson a 4-1 advantage. The Biscuits cut the lead back to two in the bottom of the inning, as Mikie Mahtook homered to start off the frame. Montgomery had one last chance to get closer in the bottom of the ninth, as Ty Morrison tripled with one out. However, Logan Bawcom and Yoervis Medina ended the threat, preserving the 4-2 victory. C.J. Riefenhauser took the loss, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in 4.1 innings, while striking out 8 batters. Morrison and Kang each had 2 hits in the loss.
Charlotte Stone Crabs v. Jupiter Hammerheads (postponed)
Due to rain and lightning in the area, the Stone Crabs and Hammerheads matchup on Friday was postponed. It is slated to be made up as part of a double-header, with game one beginning at 5:05 PM on Saturday, August 11th.
South Bend Silver Hawks 2, Bowling Green Hot Rods 1
The Silver Hawks grabbed a quick 1-0 lead, as Chris Ellison walked, took second on a wild pitch, and scored on Ryan Court‘s RBI double. After a one out walk put runners on first and second with one out, Bowling Green starter Paker Markel settled in, escaping further trouble. Bowling Green got the run back in the bottom of the inning, as Jake Hager tripled, and scored on an RBI groundout, tying the game at 1-1. Markel and South Bend starter Tyler Green got into a groove, matching one another inning for inning. Bowling Green had a chance to score in the bottom of the third, with runners on first and third with one out. Hager, however, was thrown out at home, and the game remained tied until the top of the ninth. Eric Groff doubled with one out, and scored on a two out error by Tyler Goeddel, giving the Silver Hawks a 2-1 victory. Charlie Cononie was stuck with a tough loss, giving up an unearned run on 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 5 in two innings. Kes Carter was 2-2 with a double, a stolen base, and 2 walks.
Lowell Spinners 9, Hudson Valley Renegades 5
Lowell jumped out to a 4-0 lead through the top of the second, highlighted by Mookie Betts‘ two run double in the three run first. With the score 4-1 heading to the bottom of the second, the Reengades tied the game, as Luke Maile hit a two run triple, and scored on an RBI double by Ryan Dunn. The Spinners grabbed the lead again in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with no outs. David Chester hit a sacrifice fly, plating Mike Miller. A throwing error allowed the runner to advance to third, but Jake Davies was gunned down at second. With two out, Betts hit an RBI single, giving the Spinners a 6-4 lead. Miller hit a two run home run in the top of the eighth, extending the lead to 8-4. Michael Williams hit an RBI double with two out in the bottom of the inning, trimming the lead to 8-5; however, the Spinners tacked on another run in the top of the ninth for the 9-5 victory. Jesse Hahn struggled in his start, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks over 3.2 innings, striking out 4 batters. Maile and Wililams each had 2 hits, and Richie Shaffer was 0-2 with 3 runs scored in the loss.
Greeneville Astros 5, Princeton Rays 0
Greeneville pitchers Daniel Minor and Tanner Bushue combined on a one hit shutout, as the Astros defeated the Rays 5-0. Princeton had the first scoring chance of the night, with Andrew Toles hitting a two out triple. After William Argo walked, Minor was able to get Ariel Soriano to groundout to third, ending the threat. The game remained scoreless until the top of the fifth, as the Astros had runners on second and third with two out. Brian Blasik singled, driving in Jose Monzon to put Greeneville on top 1-0. Monzon scored again in the top of the seventh, coming home on a groundout by Angel Ibanez. The Astros broke the game open in the top of the eighth, scoring three runs, highlighted by Ricky Gringas’ two run home run. Minor allowed only the 1 hit and 1 walk through his 7 innings of work, striking out 11 batters. William Argo was 0-2 with 2 walks in the loss.
GCL Orioles 6, GCL Rays 1
The Rays struck first, as Jiminson Natera hit a one out triple in the top of the second, and scored on Armando Araiza‘s sacrifice fly, giving the Rays a 1-0 lead. The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth, as the Orioles plated two runs with the help of a wild pitch and an error. Manuel Hernandez and Hector Veloz each had an RBI groundout, giving the Orioles a 2-1 lead. The Orioles put the game away in the bottom of the seventh, sending eight batters to the plate in the four run inning. With four runs already in, the Orioles had runners on first and third with no one out, when Hector Veloz lined into a double play. Kristopher Richards then grounded out, ending the threat. Geisel De La Cruz took the loss, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks over 5 innings of work. Isaac Gil was hammered, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and a walk in 1.2 innings of relief.