I'll just cut to the chase, since this is really what you want to hear: J.P. Arencibia had a huge night, going 3-3 with 2 homers, a double and 2 walks. No matter what else happened, it was a good night for the affiliates.
Las Vegas 7 at Nashville 5
It was a see-saw battle in Nashville. The 51s jumped ahead in the first with a 3-spot in the 1st thanks to 2 bloops by Aaron Mathews and Randy Ruiz and J.P.'s first blast. Starter Ricky Romero held the Sounds at bay through 3 innings, but ran into some trouble in the 4th, which seemed to have everything - 2 hits, 2 walks, a hit by pitch, an error, a caught stealing. Throw it all in a blender and the game was tied at 3 after 4. Next half inning, Vegas regained the lead on a Randy Ruiz RBI double. The back and forth continued when Nashville scored a run in the bottom of the 5th to tie it, and another in the 6th to take the lead, but the 51s came back with single runs in the 7th, 8th and 9th. Romero's final line: 5 IP, 4ER, 8H, 2BB, 3SO. It's probably safe to say he'll make at least another start or two in Vegas. Jeremy Accardo pitched a perfect inning and his ERA stands at 2.70.
In his last 10 games, Arencibia is 15-39 with 10 extra base hits, 6 walks and 3 strike outs. His OPS on the season improved from .744 to .834 last night.
New Hampshire - scheduled off-day.
Daytona 10 at Dunedin 3
26 year old Vincent Bongiovanni got the start for the D-Jays and wasn't great - he only lasted 3 innings, and gave up 3 runs, 2 earned. Trystan Magnuson relieved him and was much worse, allowing 5 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks while recording 2 outs. The bullpen pitched well for the rest of the game, particularly Dumas Garcia, who allowed just a walk in 1.1 IP while striking out 4, but the damage had been done. Dunedin could only manage 3 runs on the evening. The offensive stars were Darin Mastroianni and Kevin Ahrens, who each doubled twice, with Ahrens adding a single, and Jesus Gonzalez, who went 2-3 with a walk. Justin Jackson went 1-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
Dayton 11 at Lansing 2
Maybe Jays' affiliates just have trouble against teams whose cities start with "Dayton". The Lugnuts got drubbed by even larger margin than the D-Jays. Ryan Koch started and actually wasn't that bad, going 6.2 innings and allowing 4 Dragons to score. Michael Barbara came in and allowed his only inherited runner to score to bring Koch's final line to 6.2 IP, 5ER, as well as 3 others, while recording only 2 outs. Just like in Dunedin, the Nuts couldn't come close to matching Dayton's offensive barrage. Kyle Mclanahan was the only Lugnut to reach base twice, smacking 2 doubles, while Justin Van Kirk hit a solo homer.
3. Kevin Ahrens - 3-4 with 2 doubles
2. Dumas Garcia - 1.1 IP, 4K
1. J.P. Arencibia - 10 TB, 2 BB