Caleb Cotham; Brett Gerritse; Gary Sanchez; Brandon Laird; Ronnier Mustelier; Abraham Almonte; Melky Mesa; Brett MarshallMinor Leagues Report — By Tom K on April 24, 2012 9:26 pm
Another night, another win for the Riverdogs, who are living up to their preseason hype.
Caleb Cotham tossed five strong innings, while Gary Sanchez singled, doubled, and scored two runs as Charleston defeated Lexington, 4-1.
Cotham allowed one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out two (2-0, 2.00 ERA; 18 IP, 15 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 12 K)
Brett Gerritse made his first appearance of the season, tossing three scoreless innings on one hit. He walked nobody and struck out three. Last season, the 21-year old right-hander was 4-0 with a 1.72 ERA in 18 games for Staten Island/Charleston, striking out 32 in 36.2 innings.
Phil Wetherell earned the save with a scoreless ninth, allowing a walk while striking out two.
Sanchez is now hitting .365 with seven doubles.
Angelo Gumbs had two hits, including a double, drove in a run, and scored a run while Cito Culver singled, drove in a run, and drew a walk. Culver is 7 for his last 25, so he is starting to show a little life after a horrid start. ————— Scranton:
DJ Mitchell had one bad inning, and it cost him the game as Pawtucket squeaked by Scranton, 4-3. Mark Melancon earned the save for Pawtucket.
Mitchell went six innings, allowing all four runs (in the fourth) on five hits. He walked two and struck out six while allowing two home runs. He is now 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA (23 IP, 13 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 7 BB, 21 K, 3 HR)
Brandon Laird had two hits, including his first home run of the season, two runs batted in and two runs scored while Steve Pearce went 3-for-3 with a run scored. ————— Trenton:
An offensive explosion for the Thunder tonight in a 11-4 victory over Erie.
Ronnier Mustelier, who is probably too advanced for this league, went 3-for-5 with two doubles, four runs batted in, and a run scored to lead the charge. Abraham Almonte had a 3-for-5 night with a double, three runs scored, two stolen bases, and an RBI. The resurgent Almonte is up to .288 on the season with six steals in seven attempts.
Melky Mesa had two hits, including a double, and a walk while Walter Ibarra had three hits, including a triple, three runs scored, and two runs batted in.
Brett Marshall was the beneficiary of all of the runs. He lasted 5.1 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits. He walked three, struck out four, and allowed a home run. He is now 3-1 with a 4.35 ERA (20.2 IP, 19 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 2 HR, 9 BB, 12 K) ————— Tampa:
The ho-hum 9-1 loss to Dunedin for the High-Class A squad tonight.
Kyle Roller had two hits, a walk, and a run batted in in the loss. He is now at .259/.365/.333 on the season. Shane Brown added two hits, including a double, while Ramon Flores doubled, scored a run, and drew a walk.
Jose Ramirez started and wasn’t very good: 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, HR