Another slow night with the bats, as not even Vegas could get it going, but at least there’s all that pitching to fall back on. Let’s take a look:
Nashville 4, Las Vegas 1 (8 innings)
Rafael Montero got back on track with 6 strong innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits, walking 3 and striking out 7. Zach Lutz had 2 hits. Matt den Dekker was 1 for 2 with a double and walk. Wilmer Flores and Jordany Valdespin were both hitless; Flores started at second base, Valdespin in right field.
Binghamton 3, Altoona 2
Mark Cohoon allowed 2 runs over 5.1 innings to get the win. Jeff Walters got the final 4 outs, striking out 2 to notch his 30th save. Just 5 hits for the B-Mets, including a double by Blake Forsythe and triple by Wilfredo Tovar.
Tampa 4, St. Lucie 1
Domingo Tapia was actually pretty decent, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits over 6 innings, walking 2 and striking out 5, but he took the loss regardless. Kyle Johnson and Matt Reynolds doubled, but the Lucies managed just 4 hits; the other 2 hits were singles by Jayce Boyd and Kevin Plawecki.
Savannah 9, Asheville 5
Luis Cessa allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits over 7 innings, with 1 walk and 6 stikeouts. Brandon Nimmo was 2 for 4 with a double and RBI. Jeff Reynolds had 2 doubles. Eudy Pina and Cole Frenzel each doubled as well. Frenzel drove in 3 runs. Jeff Glenn had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s.
Williamsport 1, Brooklyn 0
Seth Lugo took the tough loss, after allowing 1 run in 5 innings, striking out 9. Patrick Biondi, Jared King, and Alex Sanchez all had singles, but those were the only hits of the game for Brooklyn.
Elizabethton 7, Kingsport 1
Persio Reyes struck out 5, but allowed 4 runs in 4.2 innings to take the loss. Jeff Diehl and Pedro Perez had 2 hits each. Brad Marquez has left Kingsport to return to Texas Tech to play his junior football season. Marquez struggled early in the season, hitting .091 in June, but he finished strong, hitting .306 in July. Returning to school for his junior season will cost Marquez a majority of his signing bonus, but his agent gives the impression that his baseball career isn’t over. It hurts his career not to commit to baseball full time, but his athleticism makes him an incredibly intriguing prospect.
GCL Mets 2, GCL Cardinals 1
Vicente Lupo was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th for the walk off HBP (only in the GCL). Octavio Acosta struck out 7 in 6 shutout innings. Casey Meisner blew the save, but got the win after giving up 1 run on 4 hits over 3 innings. Travis d’Arnaud was 1 for 4 with a double and left for a pinch runner after doubling to lead off the bottom of the 9th; d’Arnaud is expected to move up to Binghamton soon.