Mason WIlliams Leaves Game; Gary Sanchez Hits His First HR, Also Leaves Game; Angelo Gumbs; Manny Banuelos; Chase Whitley; Ronnier Mustelier; Melky MesaMinor Leagues Report — By Tom K on May 8, 2012 9:21 pm
A wild game in Charleston tonight.
Delmarva broke a 3-3 tied in the top of the 9th by putting up a four-spot, only to have the Riverdogs’ match it with a four-spot of their own (highlighted by a two-out, two-run single by Dante Bichette with the bases loaded). Kelvin DeLeon doubled in a pair of runs in the inning as well.
Delmarva scored a run in the top of the 10th over usually reliable Phil Wetherell to ultimately win the game, 8-7. Wetherell’s ERA climbed to 1.40.
Gary Sanchez belted his first home run of the season. He is hitting .359 on the season. He also stole his 7th base. He left the game after the 7th inning, with the score tied 3-3. He had struck out to end the previous inning.
Mason Williams was 0-for-2 with a walk and a caught stealing before leaving the game. He flew out in the bottom of the 5th inning; didn’t come out for the sixth. His replacement, Ali Castillo, went 2-for-3 with a run scored in his Lou Gehrig/Wally Pipp moment. Castillo actually showed some promise in the Dominican Summer League – but failed to do anything in his first trip to the states in 2011 (.224/.264/.289 in Staten Island)
Tyler Austin doubled and scored a run. Angelo Gumbs, who is hopefully starting to turn the corner, went 3-for-5 with a run batted in and his 11th stolen base. He was caught stealing for the first time this season later in the game. His average rose 20 points to .240. ——– Scranton:
A double dip for Scranton today.
In Game 1, Manny Banuelos tossed five strong innings, but the offense was nowhere to be found in a 1-0 loss.
Banuelos gave up one run on four hits while walking nobody and striking out three (4.50 ERA; 14 IP, 20 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 HR, 7 BB, 10 K). Six of those seven walks came in his second start, which was also the start in which lead to his trip to the disabled list. Control does not seem to really be an issue with him right now.
Chase Whitley tossed the final two innings, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out three (2.55 ERA; 17.2 IP, 14 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 15 K).
In Game 2, Scranton allowed 14 hits…but only three runs as they earned the split with a 4-3 win over Columbus.
Adam Warren started, lasting 4.2 innings while giving up three runs on 11 hits. He walked nobody and struck out four (5.34 ERA; 30.1 IP, 44 H, 18 R, 18 ER, 4 HR, 11 BB, 19 K)
Ronnier Mustelier hit his first Triple-A home run (a two-run blast), while Kevin Russo went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a run batted in, and a run scored. He also stole his 4th base of the season.
Kevin Whelan worked 1.1 scoreless innings to earn the save. He allowed a hit while striking out two (2.51 ERA; 14.1 IP, 12 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 BB, 23 K) ———————– Trenton:
Melky Mesa doubled, homered, and drove in three as Trenton defeated Reading, 5-3.
Corban Joseph added a pair of singles, a walk, and a run scored, while Kevin Mahoney doubled, drove in a run, walked, and scored a run in the victory.
Craig Heyer started, lasting six innings while giving up two runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out four. I have always said the same thing about Heyer: He doesn’t have extreme talent, but his ability to throw strikes and generate grounders could potentially land him in a long-man role somewhere. ————————– Tampa:
Shane Greene was roughed up badly in a 9-2 loss to Jupiter.
Greene went 2.2 innings, allowing eight runs (five earned) on nine hits. He walked two and struck out nobody (5.23 ERA; 32.2 IP, 31 H, 23 R, 19 ER, 18 BB, 27 K). Greene does have some promise, but it hasn’t yet been fulfilled. Last year, he was 5-14 with a 4.37 ERA for Charleston.
Eduardo Sosa went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored, while Kyle Roller had two singles and two walks.