Last night on the farm had plenty of wins, but no new playoff births. Let’s have a look:
Tucson 3, Las Vegas 1
Rafael Montero was real good, striking out 8 over 6.1 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and 1 walk; despite a few rough outings in Vegas, his AAA ERA is 3.05. Tim Byrdak retired both batters he faced, but Justin Hampson gave up 3 runs in the 9th, blowing the game. Of course, the 51s only scored 1 run on 6 his. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Zach Lutz, and Juan Centeno had 2 hits each; everyone else was shutout. Sacramento also lost, so Vegas still has a 2 game lead with 3 games to play, although they own the tie-breaker with Sacramento, so 1 win is all it’s going to take to secure a spot in the playoffs.
Binghamton 3, New Hampshire 0
Darin Gorski threw another gem, striking out 5 and allowing 2 hits over 7 scoreless innings. Frank Francisco and Jeff Walters both pitched a scoreless inning of relief. The B-Mets had just 2 hits, but one was a 2-run doubled by Travis Taijeron.
St. Lucie 6, Jupiter 3
Octavio Acosta started and allowed 3 runs over 6.1 innings, striking out 7. T.J. Chism recorded his 20th save of the season. Kevin Plawecki was 2 for 3 with 2 doubles. Charley Thurber doubled twice and drove in 2 runs. Matt Reynolds and Cam Maron had 2 hits each.
Savannah 5, Greenville 4 (Game 1, 7 innings)
Tim Peterson went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits. Beck Wheeler gave up a run but got the save. Dilson Herrera and Cole Frenzel had 2 hits each. Frenzel doubled, homered, and drove in 3 runs.
Savannah 5, Greenville 2 (Game 2, 7 innings)
Steven Matz went 5.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits, walking 3 and striking out 6. Brandon Nimmo was 1 for 3 with a double and 2 strikeouts. Maikis De La Cruz and Stefan Sabol also doubled.
Staten Island 9, Brooklyn 3
Robert Gsellman lasted just 2.2 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, striking out 5. Ricky Knapp allowed 3 runs in 3 innings of work. Alex Sanchez and Tomas Nido both doubled. Aberdeen also lost, so the Cyclones remain a half game up in the division.
Kingsport 8, Bluefield 5
Martires Arias was good for a change, giving up just 2 runs in 5 innings, striking out 5. Zach Dotzon and Ruben Reyes each threw a scoreless inning in relief. Dominic Smith started and went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI’s. Jonathan Leroux was 2 for 4 with 2 homers. Yeixon Ruiz, Joe Tuschak, and Michael Bernal all had 2 hits each. Tuschak doubled and drove in 2 runs. The K-Mets ended the regular season with a 5-game win streak and division champs of the Appy West Division. The playoffs start tonight in Greeneville, but the K-Mets will host the next 2 games of the series.
In Texas Tech’s season-opening win over SMU, Bradley Marquez had 6 catches for 56 yards and a touchdown.