Around the System - Day 16
Ivan Nova contributed another excellent performance -- 6 1/3 innings, 3 hits, 1 R, 7 Ks -- before handing it over to Mark Melancon (who got hit a little) and Jonathan Albaladejo to close things out. With the outing, Nova, who also allowed five walks, lowered his ERA to a sparkling 1.88. Colin Curtis went 4-for-5 with three doubles, a run and three RBIs. Eduardo Nunez had two hits and stole his seventh base, good for third in the International League.
Double-A: Trenton 9, Portland 1
In what was billed a matchup of two prime pitching prospects, D.J. Mitchell emerged as last night's clear winner. The sinkerballer allowed two hits over six innings while outdueling Portland's Casey Kelly. Reid Gorecki, Dan Brewer, Kevin Smith, Austin Romine and Luis Nunez each doubled, and Brandon Laird hit his second home run in as many nights. Smith and Nunez each had two hits, while Gorecki had three.
High-A: Tampa 11, Daytona 3
Jack Rye had three doubles and two RBIs, and the T-Yanks topped Daytona. Brad Suttle, Addison Maruszak and Melky Mesa had two hits apiece in the win. Abraham Almonte and Jose Pirela each scored twice. Pat Venditte pitched two more scoreless innings -- albeit while allowing three hits -- in the process. Brad Rulon picked up the win.
Low-A: Charleston 6, Hickory 3
Shaeffer Hall lowered his ERA to 0.71 before handing the ball to Ronny Marte, Michael Solbach and Ryan Flannery to finish the game. Taylor Grote and Luke Murton each went deep -- both solo shots. Rob Lyerly and Jimmy Paredes each had three hits and scored a run apiece. Lyerly also stole a base.