Around the System - May 20
Double-A: Trenton 9, New Hampshire 7
Somehow, the Thunder's pitching staff allowed 20 hits and still won. Josh Schmidt, freshly back from Triple-A, pitched the best and got the win in relief. His Double-A ERA is 0.90. Ryan Pope pitched a shaky eighth, and couldn't retire any of the three batters he faced in the ninth. Despite allowing two more runs to cross home in the ninth, Eric Wordekemper picked up his fourth save.
Every starter but Austin Krum picked up a hit yesterday, and Austin Romine notched two singles, a double, an RBI and a run scored. His .316 average has surpassed David Adams for the team lead. Adams, Dan Brewer and Luis Nunez each had a pair of hits. Adams and Nunez also had a pair of RBIs apiece.
High-A: Tampa 6, Palm Beach 0
Stepping into Hector Noesi's spot for the time being, Craig Heyer locked up the Cardinals on three hits over 5 2/3 innings. Tim Norton went the rest of the way, permitting just two baserunners over the final 3 1/3 frames.
Addison Maruszak went 3-for-4 in the win (all singles), and Melky Mesa and Trent Lockwood added two hits apiece. One of Lockwood's hits was a double. Neil Medchill launched a two-run home run in the third inning, his second with Tampa.
Low-A: Savannah 5, Charleston 2
Shaeffer Hall pitched well, permitting just two runs over seven walk-free innings, but the bullpen (as well as some shoddy defense) couldn't make his efforts stand up. A Kelvin Castro miscue opened the door for two runs in the eighth, breaking a 2-2 tie and giving the Sand Gnats the cushion they needed.
J.R. Murphy, Jimmy Paredes and Luke Murton had a double and a single apiece in the loss. Each of Murphy's hits drove in a run.