Posted by Mack Ade at 9:00 AM
1Minor League Player of The Night - Wifredo "the Bomber" with a 2 home run game in game 1, and 4 for 6 overall in the doubleheader, raising his average to .303.
Honorable Mention - Seth Lugo, for another fine start in Bonghamton. Chase Bradford and Paul Sewald, for both tossing scorelss relief again and sporting 0.00 ERAs this deep into the season.
AAA - Las Vegas - (18-8) 11 - Albuquerque (11-15) in game 1, and Vegas is 3-1 winners in the nightcap, running their winning streak to 12 games with their twinbill sweep.
Steve Matz solid in the opener to go to 4-1. Vegas with typical output, scoring 14 runs in 14 innings.
Game 1 - LHSP Steven Matz - 6 IP, 9 H, 2 R, BB, 7 K, 2.04
2B Wilfredo Tovar - 3-3, 2 HR, 4 RBIs.
Game 2 - RHSP Logan Verrett - 1 IP, 1 run, as presumably he is being stretched back out. Fine relief outings by Rice (1.00) and Bradford (0.00 in 13 innings, including his 3rd save).
3B Danny Muno - 2-3, 2 doubles, .279
With the bevy of middle infielders around, Tovar gets overlooked. But again, he is hitting well, displaying uncharacteristic power, only 5 Ks in 80 at bats, and a plus fielder. I'll bet he can get a bunt down too. A Tejada should be nervous.
AA - Binghamton - (15-10) 3 - Portland (10-15) 1
RHSP Seth Lugo - 6.2-IP, 5-H, 1-R, 6-K, 1-BB, 1.37, 2-0
RHRP Paul Sewald - 1.0-IP, 0-H, 0-R, 1-K, 0-BB, 0.00
3B Josh Rodriguez - 2-4, 1-R, 1-RBI, .342
Great pitching from Lugo, again, in low scoring affair. Sewald just keeps putting up zeroes in relief. Cecchini 1 for 3 with an RBI, hitting .333.
A+ - Palm Beach (14-12) 4 - St. Lucie (13-13) 1
RHSP Miller Diaz - 6.0-IP, 5-H, 4-R, 6-K, 3-BB, 2.57
RHRP Mike Hepple - 1.0-IP, 0-H, 0-R, 2-K, 0-BB, 1.98
RF Maikis De La Cruz - 2-4, 1-RBI, .292
Miller Diaz was solid, but lacked dominance needed to overcome very little run support, but it was not to be.
Conforto has cooled off (.298), and Dominic Smith goes o-fer again, sinking to .164, with no homers and 3 RBIs in 55 ABs.
A - Savannah - no game scheduled