The Farm Report: 8/29/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Lehigh Valley 9-2:After being delayed by rain, the RailRiders jumped out to a nice lead in the bottom of the first. JR Murphy hit a one out homer and Ronnier Mustelier followed him with a long ball of his own. Brent Lillibridge grounded a single to first and stole second, reaching third on an error. Neil Medchill then drove out the third homer of the inning, giving the RailRiders a 4-0 lead. Lehigh Valley finally got on the board when they got three straight singles in the fifth, but Scranton still held the 4-1 advantage. They cut the Scranton lead in half with another run in the sixth, but the RailRiders used a big eighth inning to put the game away. Lillibridge drew a walk and Medchill was given a free pass. Jose Gil grounded a single to left, plating one run and Medchill scored on a single by Bobby Wilson. Alberto Gonzalez was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. David Adams walked, scoring Gil and Mustelier followed suit, plating Wilson. A wild pitch scored one more run as the RailRiders took the 9-2 victory.

Scranton's offense was largely dependent on walks, as they managed nine runs on six hits and eight walks. Murphy, Medchill and Gil all went 1-3. Lillibridge, Wilson and Mustelier went 1-4. Lillibridge also had a stolen base. While Scranton took plenty of free passes, the RailRiders' pitchers did not walk a single batter. Chris Bootcheck threw 5.2 innings and gave up two runs on six hits. He walked no one and struck out five. Sam Demel went 2.1, allowing one hit and striking out three. Jim Miller finished the game, allowing one hit and striking out two in his inning of work.

Trenton lost to New Britain 4-1 (13 innings): Reynaldo Rodriguez started the Red Sox with a triple in the second, scoring on a single by Brad Boyer. Trenton had a chance to get the run back when Kyle Roller and Yeral Sanchez were both hit by pitches. Reegie Corona singled, loading the bases with one out, but Francisco Arcia and Ben Gamel both struck out. Arcia drew a walk and moved to second on a sac bunt by Arcia. Jose Pirela connected with a single to center, giving the Thunder their first run of the day. After nine innings, the game was still tied and both teams continued to struggle to score as the extra innings piled up. Trenton got the first two base runners on in the twelfth, as Jose Pirela doubled and Gary Sanchez was hit by a pitch. Yeral Sanchez drew a two-out walk to load the bases, but Corona popped out to first to end the inning. The Red Sox got the first runner of the thirteenth as Angel Morales was hit by a pitch. Manny Barreda intentionally walked Eddie Rosario and Nate Hanson drew a walk. Daniel Ortiz doubled in three runs, giving New Britain the 4-1 win.

Gamel, Ramon Flores and Corona all went 2-6. Gary Sanchez went 2-5, while Pirela went 2-7. Bryan Mitchell gave up one run on four hits in 7.1 innings, picking up an impressive ten Ks and walking no one. Francisco Rondon pitched 2.2 hitless innings, allowing a pair of walks and striking out four. Manny Barreda gave up three runs on two hits and two walks in three innings, striking out two.

Tampa lost to Lakeland 6-3: Devon Travis set the tone for the day, knocking a solo homer for the Flying Tigers in the first inning. Corey Jones lined a double to right that scored Steven Moya in the second. The Yankees got on the board in the bottom of the inning, as Peter O'Brien lead off with a double and scored on a single by Tyson Blaser. Unfortunately, Lakeland started to pull away in the third. Jason Krizan started off with a homer and Francisco Martinez grounded a single to left to give the Flying Tigers a 4-1 advantage. Travis hit a sac fly in the fourth for another Lakeland run, but Tampa got the run back in the fifth when Cito Culver singled in Cody Grice. They pulled within two runs in the eighth, as Taylor Dugas went long with a solo shot, but the Flying Tigers got the run back on a solo homer by Aaron Westlake, giving Lakeland the 6-3 win.

Dugas went 2-4 with a homer. Culver, O'Brien and Blaser all went 1-4. Grice went 1-3 with a run scored and a stolen base. Rafael De Paula had a rough outing, giving up five runs on ten hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out four. Zachary Varce allowed just one hit and two walks in two innings, striking out a pair. Zach Woods gave up one run on one hit in two innings.

Charleston was off.

Staten Island lost to Brooklyn 2-1: The Cyclones quickly took the lead, as Jonathan Clark drew a lead off walk in the bottom of the first and scored on a double by Ismael Tijerina. He then started the third with a single to left and Jared King and James Roche drew walks. A ground out by Alex Sanchez scored Tijerina and Brooklyn had a 2-0 lead. Staten Island struggled to score, but finally came through with a run in the eighth. John Murphy flew a single to center. Eric Jagielo drew a walk and Murphy scored when Mike Ford grounded a base hit to second. A wild pitch moved the runners over with two outs, but Yeicok Calderon struck out, ending the Yankee rally. Kale Sumner started the ninth with a single, but Trent Garrison flew out and Tyler Wade hit into a game-ending double play as Brooklyn defeated the Yankees 2-1.

The Yankees only had four hits, as Ford and Murphy both went 1-3 and Sumner and Garrison both went 1-4. Giovanny Gallegos gave up two runs in three innings, allowing four hits and four walks, while striking out just one. Cale Coshow threw 3.2 innings and allowed just one hit and two walks. He struck out three. Stefan Lopez went 1.1 and did not allow a hit or walk, striking out two.