Around the System - May 30
Romulo Sanchez allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings, and Mark Melancon blew a save during while the Yankees fell to the Chiefs. Jason Hirsh, in his first bullpen appearance since being pushed aside for Tim Redding. Reegie Corona doubled twice, and David Winfree added another two-bagger. Winfree and Jesus Montero had Scranton's RBIs. Montero produced his with a sacrifice fly.
Double-A: Trenton 13, New Hampshire 2
Dan Brewer's grand slam in the ninth inning capped an offensive explosion for the Thunder, who slugged three more longballs against New Hampshire hurlers. Brandon Laird connected on his tenth longball, and Marcos Vechionacci and Austin Krum also went deep. With 50 RBIs, Laird is third in all of the minor leagues. Impressive stuff. Laird also was a triple away from the cycle. Lost in all the offensive madness was another stellar start from Lance Pendleton, who scattered four hits over seven innings of two-run ball.
High-A: Tampa 14, Bradenton 5
Corban Joseph's four-hit, two-HR effort led the way in the T-Yanks' beatdown of the Marauders. Joseph is 12 for his last 25. Jack Rye led off the game with a longball, and finished with two hits and two runs. Trent Lockwood, Jose Pirela and Francisco also put together two-hit efforts. Oh, and then there's Shaeffer Hall, who blanked Bradenton for five innings in his Tampa debut. Hall, a lefty from Kansas, fanned six and walked three.
Low-A: Kannapolis 7, Charleston 1; Charleston 10, Kannapolis 6
In game one, the Intimidators roughed up Kelvin Perez to the tune of seven earned runs on seven hits in five innings. White Sox prospect Brady Shoemaker hit two home runs off of Perez, a grand slam and a solo bomb. Jimmy Paredes, Luke Murton, J.R. Murphy and Francisco Arcia collected the only hits for Charleston, all singles.
In game two, Charleston got its revenge. Paredes and Murton both went deep, and the bullpen combination of Michael Solbach, Ryan Acosta and Ryan Flannery were good enough. Paredes' longball was part of a 4-for-4 effort, and Murton added a double to his home run. Paredes also had three RBIs. Murphy went 0-for-4, but did add his 11th RBI in just 14 games with the RiverDogs.
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