Around the System - May 15 and 16
Triple-A: Scranton 2, Charlotte 1; Scranton 7, Charlotte 6
On Saturday, Zach McAllister tossed seven solid innings of one-run ball, helping his team edge the Knights. Z-Mac had two strikeouts and no walks, and his ERA stands at 4.40. Mark Melancon and Jonathan Albaladejo pitched the eighth and ninth. Chad Huffman had a tie-breaking home run in the seventh, and Eduardo Nunez smacked his eighth double. Reegie Corona also swiped a base.
On Sunday, after an awful performance from Kei Igawa, the Yankees rallied against former major leaguer Alan Embree to score a comeback victory and deny Thunder alumnus Jeff Marquez a win. After Igawa and Amauri Sanit let up five runs in seven innings, Josh Schmidt and Mark Melancon held the Knights to just one run over the final two frames. Schmidt picked up his first Triple-A win.
Kevin Russo, Reegie Corona and Jon Weber each had two hits. David Winfree and Chad Moeller picked up a double apiece. Jesus Montero was 0-for-4, lowering his batting average to .228.
Saturday box score
Sunday box score
Double-A: Trenton 6, Binghamton 2; Trenton 13, Binghamton 7
The Thunder took the last two games of their series with the B-Mets, completing the sweep and moving their winning streak to 10 games, three short of the team record. If they want to eclipse that mark, they're going to have to do it against the division-leading New Hampshire Fisher Cats, with whom they open a three-game set tomorrow.
On Saturday, D.J. Mitchell continued the slow progression toward where he wants to be as a Double-A starter. He allowed two runs in the third, but was otherwise solid over 5 1/3 innings.
Austin Romine's two-run double in the fifth was the big blow for the Thunder, ending the catcher's mini-slump after four games as a designated hitter. Dan Brewer also had a pair of doubles, and David Adams added a fourth two-bagger. Adams also had a triple, his third in the last 10 days.
Sunday at Waterfront Park was the Brandon Laird Show. The third baseman popped a three-run home run and a grand slam, marking his fifth multi-homer game and a career high in RBIs. Dan Brewer and Edwar Gonzalez also went deep in the win.
Jeremy Bleich, however, was the win's only dull spot. The left-hander picked up the win, but allowed six runs in five innings before being lifted with no outs in the sixth. He walked three more, bringing his season total to 28 and putting him into the EL lead in that category.
Saturday box score
Sunday box score
High-A: Tampa 2, Lakeland 1; PPD on Sunday
In his final start with Tampa, Hector Noesi fired a gem at the Flying Tigers. The right-hander, who was promoted to Trenton yesterday, tossed five scoreless innings with six strikeouts and a walk mixed in. Overall with Tampa, Noesi was 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA. Still, even with the solid outing, Noesi didn't get the decision. That honor went to Jonathan Ortiz, who tossed a scoreless 1 1/3 innings.
Walter Ibarra was 3-for-4 (his average: .387), and Brad Suttle had two hits, including the go-ahead RBI single in the 11th. Addison Maruszak's double set up the late rally.
Low-A: Augusta 3, Charleston 1; Sunday's game suspended
Shaeffer Hall allowed three runs over 7 2/3 innings, but was outdueled by the GreenJackets' Jorge Bucardo. The RiverDogs collected just four hits, including a solo home run from Luke Murton, his sixth bomb of the year. Rob Lyerly, Kelvin Castro and Ray Kruml had the other hits.