The Farm Report 5/14/13

Just when I thought I was going to have to recap four losses by the Yankee affiliates, Charleston saved the day with a walk off against Savannah. Hooray! Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got shellacked by the Toledo Mud Hens 10-2 The poor RailRaiders arrived in Toledo at 6 a.m. yesterday morning after a long bus ride, not that it should be an excuse but it could be a reason as to why a team that's 12-28 absolutely creamed 20-17 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Everything started off fine as Joba Chamberlain, who was making a rehab start, threw a scoreless first inning. Things fell apart once scheduled starter Caleb Cotham came in. He ended up giving up six runs in four innings.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got their two runs in the sixth after three straight two-out hits by Melky Mesa, Zoilo Almonte and Luke Murton.

The RailRiders were victimized by bases loaded walks and the long ball. This was their third loss in a row and fourth loss out of the last six games.

Trenton lost 5-3 to the Altoona Curve Check this out: "The Curve collected 19 baserunners in eight times at bat (nine hits, nine walks and one error), but Trenton pitching helped limit the damage by stranding 14 on base."

Trenton is lucky the final score was only 5-3. Unfortunately for them, four Altoona pitchers held the Thunder to only five hits and their starter Zach Nuding allowed four runs in the first three innings. Altoona's starter, Luis Sanz, allowed two runs in 5.2 innings and at one point, retired 13 straight Thunder batters.

Danny Burawa's 13-inning scoreless streak was snapped when he issued a bases loaded walk in the in the sixth.

Tampa lost to the Jupiter Hamerheads 7-2 Tampa was never in this one, finding themselves down 4-0 in the second inning. Jupiter's Austin Nola off led the inning with a walk which was followed by a Wilfredo Gimenez single. Nola moved to third. After Michael Main drove the Hammerheads' first run with an RBI single to right, Josh Adams hit a three-run home run to right field.

Tampa's Corey Black allowed four runs on five hits in his four innings of work. He also walked three and struck out four.

The Yankees scored their runs in the seventh and eighth innings but Jupiter scored again in the eighth and ninth to extend their lead.

Charleston walked off against the Savannah Sand Gnats, 3-2 Before I get to our lone winning recap of the Minor League system, I had to share this with you. It's from the notes section of the RiverDogs website:

BALLPARK FUN: It was 2-For-$20 Date Night. For $20 dollars, fans received two tickets, two slices of pizza, two Pepsis, and a popcorn. One lucky couple was chosen to enjoy a candlelit dinner sponsored by La Fontana Italian Restaurant.

That sounds like a great deal to me and I hope the lucky couple have a nice time at La Fontana.

Okay, so Charleston has been doing well lately. They had a comeback win on Monday and last night they won on a walk off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to pick up their 20th game of the season and jump into a tie for third place in the division. This also was their fifth win in a row.

Kelvin DeLeon hit a walk-off sac fly that scored Peter O'Brien to win the game for the RiverDogs.

Charleston scored in the bottom of the first inning on a two-RBI single from O'Brien. Savannah halved the score in the third and tied the game in the sixth thanks to a Cole Frenzel RBi single.

The RiverDogs loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with hits by O'Brien, who finished 2-4 with two RBI, and Yeicok Calderon and an intentional walk of Reymond Nunez. That opened the door for DeLeon's sacrifice fly.

Reliever Ben Paullus earned his second win of the season thanks to his one scoreless inning of work in which he allowed one hit and struck out two batters.