Tyler Austin Up to His Old Tricks; Cito Culver; Mason Williams; Jose Campos Struggles; Phil Wetherell; Walter Ibarra; Melky Mesa

Minor Leagues Report — By on April 28, 2012 8:26 pm

Charleston:

Jose Campos’ poor pitching put the Riverdogs in an early 8-4 hole…..but when this offense is at its best, there is no deficit that is impossible to climb.

Tyler Austin connected for two home runs, including a grand slam, while driving in seven as Charleston roared past Hickory, 14-9.

Austin now has 8 home runs and 21 runs batted in on the season. His slugging percentage is all the way up to .870.

Cito Culver singled, doubled, tripled, drove in three runs, scored three runs, and drew two walks in the victory. The double and triple were his first extra-base hits of the season.

Mason Williams had three hits, including a double, three runs scored and two runs batted in while Dante Bichette singled, scored twice, walked, and drove in a run.

Gary Sanchez singled, walked, and stole his 6th base of the year. Anderson Feliz went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

Campos lasted 2.2 innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out three as his ERA jumped from 1.23 to 4.01.

Philip Wetherell calmed the game down nicely, throwing three innings while allowing one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out nobody (1.20 ERA; 15 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 14 K) ————————- Scranton:

Kevin Russo doubled and drove in three runs, while Francisco Cervelli went 3-for-5 with a double, run batted in, and run scored as Scranton defeated Lehigh Valley, 8-4.

Jayson Nix put up a 2-for-4 night with a double and two runs batted in, while Brandon Laird singled, drove in a run, drew a walk, and scored a run.

Chase Whitley tossed a scoreless inning of relief, allowing a hit, while Kevin Whelan struck out two in the ninth while also allowing a hit. ——– Trenton:

It took 11 innings, but the Thunder eventually pulled out a 4-3 win over New Hampshire.

Walter Ibarra doubled, tripled,and drove in a pair of runs in the win. Melky Mesa contributed 2-for-2 day with three walks and a run scored, while Abraham Almonte had a pair of hits.

Preston Claiborne was brilliant in relief of Cory Arbiso, going 2.1 innings allowing no runs on one hit. He walked nobody and struck out four to lower his ERA to 3.21.

Kelvin Perez tossed 2.1 scoreless innings to earn the win, lowering his ERA to 0.71. Ryan Flannery lowered his ERA to 0.79 with a scoreless 11th to earn his 2nd save of the season. —————– Tampa:

A 6-1 loss to Dunedin for Tampa tonight.

Rob Segedin singled and scored the lone run. He is hitting .329.

Shane Brown singled, walked, and drove in the only run of the game.

Shane Greene started, lasting five innings while giving up three runs on four hits. He walked one, struck out six, and allowed a homer. (3.60 ERA; 25 IP, 18 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 1 HR, 13 BB, 20 K)

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