It’s Friday, so I’m going to take the easy way out tonight…
- Triple-A Empire State (loss): They only had three hits as a team — a single by C Frankie Cervelli and doubles by 3B Kevin Russo and LF Ronnie Mustelier. That was it. LHP Mike O’Connor allowed one run in 5.1 innings and RHP Cory Wade allowed an unearned run in 1.2 innings. Not a good game for the displaced SWB club.
- Double-A Trenton (win): LF Jose Pirela had three hits including a double and the just promoted CF Adonis Garcia had four hits (including two doubles) in his Thunder debut. RF Zoilo Almonte hit a homer, C J.R. Murphy a double. LHP Vidal Nuno struck out nine in five innings, walking a pair and allowing three hits. RHP Kelvin Perez allowed one run and struck out three in two innings, a bump in the road of an otherwise dominant season.
- High-A Tampa (win): DH Kyle Higashioka and 1B Kyle Roller each homered and drove in a pair while C Gary Sanchez and 2B Jose Toussen both doubled. The last three all had two hits. CF Ramon Flores went hitless in four at-bats and RF Tyler Austin singled. RHP Zach Nuding allowed a pair of runs in 6.2 innings, striking out five and walking one. LHP Jeremy Bleich chipped in two perfect innings with three strikeouts.
- Low-A Charleston (win): They had five hits as a team and all five were singles, including RBI shots by 1B Saxon Butler and 3B Dante Bichette Jr. The others came from SS Cito Culver, RF Rob Refsnyder, and 2B Jamiel Orozco. Refsnyder stole two bases as well. RHP Phil Wetherell was stretched out to five innings, allowing one run on five hits and no walks while striking out six. The game was completed after six innings due to the weather.
- Short Season Staten Island (loss): They had a dozen hits as a team but only one was for extra bases — a triple by SS Claudio Custodio: 1B Matt Snyder, CF Ravel Santana, 3B Matt Duran, and 2B Jose Rosario all had two singles apiece. RHP Corey Black allowed one run on four hits and a walk in six innings, striking out five while hitting 97 on the gun.
- Rookie GCL Yanks (win): SS Austin Aune doubled twice and this year’s second rounder is up to .304/.400/.443 on the season. RF Yeicok Calderon, 3B Dalton Smith, and 2B Jake Anderson all had singles while C David Remedios homered. RHP Gio Gallegos threw two scoreless innings and has now started his career with a 16/1 K/BB in 16 scoreless innings. RHP Rookie Davis threw 2.2 scoreless in his return from a minor arm ailment.