Dante Bichette did not play again. Eventually, we will be given a reason why. ————————— Charleston:
Another night, another win for the Riverdogs.
Scottie Allen tossed six impressive innings, and Charleston made all four of their hits count as they squeaked by West Virginia, 4-3.
Allen allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits. He walked one and struck out three as he lowered his ERA to 6.00. On the plus side, he is only 20 years old – on the negative side, he was torched as a 19-year old in Tampa last year.
Tyler Austin had a single, run scored, and stolen base (he is now 20-for-20 in his professional career), while Gary Sanchez doubled. Mason Williams drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk, while Reymond Nunez doubled, scored a run, and drove in a run. ————— Scranton:
The Scranton Yankees scored one in the seventh and three in the eighth inning to overtake Norfolk, 6-4.
Non-prospect Steve Pearce continued his hot hitting (3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RS, RBI), while Jack Cust tripled and drove in a run in the victory. Brandon Laird (who is only hitting .212) added a single, RBI, run scored, and walk.
Pat Venditte won the game with a scoreless inning of relief, allowing a hit and a walk. Left-hander Juan Cedeno earned the save with a scoreless ninth, allowing two hits while striking out one. ————— Trenton:
Abraham Almonte and Ronnier Mustelier
*Mustelier is* now hitting .351 after hitting .356/.397/.527 in 146 at-bats last year. He is older – 27 – as he defected from Cuba last year.
Almonte is hitting .286 with six extra-base hits in 56 at-bats. He has nine hits in his last four games.
Kevin Mahoney contributed a triple, two walks, two stolen bases, a run scored, and a run batted in.
Craig Heyer and was solid, though not spectacular: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. In 21 innings between Trenton and Scranton (1 game for Scranton), he has allowing five runs (three earned) on 19 hits with four walks and 14 strikeouts.
Preston Claiborne came on in relief, tossing two scoreless innings while allowing a hit and striking out one. In 10 innings this season, he has allowed seven runs (two earned) on eight hits with five walks and 14 strikeouts. Ryan Flannery also tossed two scoreless innings of relief, allowing a hit and a walk. He has allowed one run in nine innings this season. ————————- Tampa:
A not so good night for the Tampa Yankees, as they fell 9-2 to Daytona.
Eduardo Sosa went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, while Kelvin Castro went 3-for-4 with a run scored and his third stolen base. Castro (24) played at two levels (Charleston/Tampa) in 2011 (with a cup of coffee in Scranton), putting up a .267/.312/.412 line with 17 doubles, 9 triples, and 8 home runs. He is a right-handed hitting infielder.
Kramer Sneed started and was shelled (1.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K). This was Sneed’s first start. In four relief appearances prior to this game, he allowed one run (unearned) on four hits over five innings. Last season, the 23-year old left-hander went 5-9 with a 3.99 ERA in 103.2 innings for Charleston/Tampa. The best part of his effort was the 110/28 K-BB ratio.
Left-handed reliever Aaron Dott pitched 2.2 innings, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out six. The 23-year old was signed out of the Independent League by the Yankees last year, and put up a 1.99 ERA in 31.2 innings for Charleston, striking out 39 while only walking eight.
Right-hander Sean Black made his first appearance of the season, allowing one run over two innings. The Seton Hall University product went 6-9 with a ghastly 7.02 ERA for Tampa in 2011, after an impressive showing in Charleston in 2010..