AAA - Las Vegas 51's (4-3)_______________________________________
LAS VEGAS 3, FRESNO 6 (Box)
The well-traveled Chris Schwinden toed the rubber for the 51's, and to nobody's surprise, he got shellacked. He labored through four innings, allowing eight hits and six earned runs, including three home runs. At least he didn't walk anyone? Put in a deep hole, the Las Vegas offense tried to dig their way out of it. Landon Powell hit a homer in the top of the 5th, and Josh Satin clubbed another one in the top of the 6th. That knocked out Grizzlies starter Chris Heston, who had really been on cruise control until that point, allowing only four other hits and walking one, while striking out seven. The Fresno bullpen kept the 51's off the board in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings, bringing to an end a game I did not enjoy having to stay up late to recap; in the future, let's hope there are fewer games like this, and more where the 51's win, and before 12:30 AM EST.
- 3B Reese Havens: 2-4
- 2B Wilmer Flores: 0-3, R, BB, E (1)
- 1B Josh Satin: 2-4, R, 2 K, HR (3), 2 RBI
- LF Zach Lutz: 0-4, 2 K
- SS Omar Quintanilla: 0-4, 3 K
- RHP Chris Schwinden: 4 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3 HR, E (1)
- RHP Gonzalez Germen: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K
AA - Binghamton Mets (4-2)_____________________________________
We had ourselves a ballgame, but Mother Nature just wouldn't cooperate. As a result, the game was suspended in the bottom of the 4th, to be made up 08/09/13, the next time the B-Mets and the Erie SeaWolves meet up. For whatever it's worth, Binghamton was up 1-0, as Cory Mazzoni working on a two-hit shutout, with a walk and three strikeouts on his ledger. Darrell Ceciliani had two hits, as well as his first stolen base on the season (which promptly got turned into a caught stealing when he got greedy and tried for third). Alonzo Harris, Alonzo Harris, Allan Dykstra, Blake Forsythe all had a hit apiece, Dykstra and Danny Muno both drew walks, and Cesar Puello did not strike out once in two plate appearances, as opposed to Cory Vaughn, who did.
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (5-1)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 0, PALM BEACH 1 (Box)
It was statistically bound to happen eventually- St. Lucie lost their first game of the season. Two nights ago, St. Lucie shutout the Palm Beach Cardinals. Last night, the Cardinals evened the score, shutting out the Mets. The lone run in the game came in the bottom of the 5th, when Hansel Robles gave up three consecutive singles, allowing a run to score. More damage could have been done in that inning, had Colin Walsh not tried to stretch his single into a double- he was thrown out on a 8-5-6, Gilbert Gomez-Aderlin Rodriguez-Matt Reynolds outfield assist. Robles didn't have his best stuff, striking out only one and walking two. It wouldn't matter if he did, though, as his opposite, Kyle Hald, threw shutout inning after shutout inning. The most offense St. Lucie got in was an Aderlin Rodriguez ground-rule double in the 7th inning. If luck (and the wind) had been on his side, the ball might have gone out, but it was just not meant to be this time.
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-3, 2B
- SS Matt Reynolds: 1-3
- LF Travis Taijeron: 0-3
- C Cam Maron: 0-4, K
- DH Albert Cordero: 1-3, K, CS (1)
- CF Gilbert Gomez: 0-3, 2 K
- RHP Hansel Robles: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, K, HBP (1)
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (4-3)__________________________________
AUGUSTA 0, SAVANNAH 7 (Box)
Matt Bowman had a good showing for himself last night, throwing six innings of shutout ball. He gave up four hits and two walks, and notched four strikeouts for the night. Even if he had been a lot shakier, it wouldn't have mattered- Savannah's bats were out in force. Led by Kevin Plawecki, Stefan Sabol, and Eudy Pina the Sand Gnats laid the smackdown on GreenJacket pitchers, with Plawecki clubbing three doubles, Sabol whacking his first home run of the year and Pina going 3-4 with a single, double, and triple. Jake Kuebler pitched the last three innings for Savannah, earning himself an old-fashioned save in the process.
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 1-5, 1 R, 2 BB
- 1B Jayce Boyd: 1-4, R, BB, K
- C Kevin Plawecki: 3-5, R, 3 2B, RBI
- LF Stefan Sabol: 2-4, 2 R, BB, K, 2 RBI, SB (2), HR (1)
- DH Gregory Pron: 2-4, K, RBI
- 2B Yucary De La Cruz: 1-3, R, 2B, BB
- RF Eudy Pina: 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
- RHP Matthew Bowman: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, BB, 4 K
Star of the Night
It was tough, but I decided to go with Kevin Plawecki over Eudy Pina, on the basis of their positionality and pedigree. For all the accolades (and grief) that Brandon Nimmo gets, Kevin Plawecki is often overlooked. He's hitting .444/.500/.704 for the season (7 games/27 at-bats) while manning the backstop. While his importance in the organization is not as great as it was with the recent acquisition of Travis d'Arnaud, the first-round draft pick's continued development is nice to see.
Goat of the Night
Chris Schwinden earned the goat horns, giving up eight hits and six runs in four innings against the Fresno Grizzlies. There really isn't anything positive to take out of his start. Luckily, he's more or less organizational filler, so we don't have to look extra hard for anything positive to take out of his start.