Five of the six games on the farm were decided by one run last night. The other was decided by two. Thatís your teaser. If that isnít enough to convince you to read the update, I donít know what is. Here are the minor headlines: Blue Jays farmhand goes 4-4; no Jays hurt; triple-A contest goes to extra innings and several strong pitching performances in the low minors.
Syracuse 7 @ Richmond
6 (10) - Boxscore
Syracuse pounded out fifteen hits against Richmond pitching. Mike Vento was the only starter who went hitless and John-Ford Griffin, Rey Olmedo and Chad Mottola all contributed with multihit nights. Griffin went 2-5 and Olmedo went 3-5 with two doubles. Olmedo added two RBIs, but also committed his fifteen error of the year. Sal Fasano went 1-4, but combined with Olmedo for a strike-em-out-throw-em-out double play. Chad Mottola was the star of the game with a 4-4 night, which also include a walk. Mottola scored four of Syracuseís seven runs. He had a double and a 10th inning game-winning homer off reliever Will Startup, who had only allowed two in 40 innings coming into last nightís game.
New Hampshire 5 @ Binghamton
6 - Boxscore
Only four Fisher Cats collected hits on the night and if you guessed Aaron Mathews is one of them, youíre not winning any prizes. Youíre right, but I just donít enough prizes for all of you. Mathews was 2-4 with a double, a walk and two runs. He stole a base, but also made a baserunning error, getting doubled off second on a fly ball. Lyle Overbay went 0-5 on his rehab stint, but Iím much more interested in hearing about how his hand felt. Juan Peralta went 3-4 and Robinzon Diaz and Ryan Patterson each added two hits. Patterson had 3 RBIs with an RBI double that scored Mathews and a two-run homer. New Hampshire got runners on first in the eighth and ninth but could advance them no further and didnít come close to scoring the tying run.
Fort Myers 5 @ Dunedin
6 - Boxscore
Anthony Hatch and Brian Jeroloman were the run producers for Dunedin last night. Each drove in three runs on a double and a homer. The only difference in their individual lines was that Jeroloman went 2-2 with a walk and two runs while Hatch went 2-4 with only one run. The other runs were scored by Luke Hetherington, Carlo Cota and Cory Patton, each of whom went 1-4.
South Bend 7 @ Lansing 5 - BoxscoreMediocrity ruled the mound for Lansing. Graham Godfrey got the start and went six innings, surrendering five runs. Only three were earned, but Godfrey gave up eight hits and two walks in six innings and only struck out one batter, so he didnít particularly deserve a better result. Edward Rodriguez came on in relief and allowed two over three innings on three hits and two strikeouts. After losing the lead in the fifth inning, Lansing never got it back.
Lansing had ten hits last night and four Lugnuts had multiple hits. Matthew Liuzza led the way with a 3-4 night, but all of his singles came for naught as Liuzza didnít score or drive in a run. Travis Snider, Jonathan Jaspe and Josh Bell all had two hits and they combined to hit for the cycle. Bell had a single and a double, Jaspe a single and a triple and Snider a single and a home run. Jaspe added a walk and 3 RBIs to his totals while Snider scored twice and drove in a run. While Lansing added a run in the bottom of the ninth, the fact Edward Rodriguez just gave up two runs in the top of the ninth likely let most of the wind out of Lansingís sails. Jaspe drove home Snider with a triple in the ninth to make it a 7-5 game, but with two outs it would have taken a couple of hits or a homer to tie the game. Bell grounded out to the pitcher.
4 @ Batavia 3 - Boxscore
JP Arencibia had two singles in his five at-bats to account for a third of Auburnís hits. Arencibia singled home Victor Santana in the top of the first to give Auburn the first run of the game. However, the team could only get one run out of three straight singles to start the contest, as Baron Frost grounded into a double play to kill the rally. In the third, Darin Mastroianni and Arencibia got on base to start the inning. Manuel Rodriguez drove home Mastroianni with an RBI groundout and an Adam Calderone double scored Arencibia. With two out and Calderone on third Blake King uncorked a wild pitch, but Calderone couldnít score. It looked like the opportunity for the third run of the inning was lost, but then King balked home Calderone. Following that Wesley Stone was retired. A seemingly relatively insignificant run at the time, it turned out that King balked home the winning run and helped gift wrap a victory for Auburn.
2 @ GCL Blue Jays 3 - Boxscore
Brad Cuthbertson got the start for the Blue Jays and went one inning, striking out one. I have no idea why he was pulled so early. Nathan Melek came on to do four fantastic innings of relief. He allowed one hit, which was unfortunately a solo homer, and no walks and struck out five. John Zinnicker then did 2.1 innings and struck out six. Ryan Bird picked up his first save of the year after surrendering a solo homer.
3 star selection
3rd star Ė Brian Jeroloman, 2-2, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB, 6 TB
2nd star Ė Shane Benson, 6.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
1st star Ė Chad Mottola, 4-4, 4 R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB, 8 TB