If you were already in a bad mood after the parent club's Tuesday night debacle, the news down on the farm won't help. There was a no-hitter, an extra-innings setback after a blown lead in the ninth and a Bronx Bombing in the Sunshine State. The only positive on the night was a shutout victory.
Rochester 8 Buffalo 7 (14 Innings)
Buffalo, NY - The Bisons held a 4-2 lead in the ninth but the Twins affiliate rallied for two runs against David Aardsma in the ninth before scoring four off Ben Rowen (0-2) five innings later. That flushed a decent start by Wade LeBlanc, who limited Rochester to two runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out six and induced five groundball outs. Chad Jenkins got two outs, one of them via the strikeout, but walked two and had to be bailed out by Chad Girodo, who got three of the four hitters he faced. Aardsma got the final out of the eighth but only got one in the ninth. Bobby Korecky had the standout pitching line in this one. He stranded two runners for Aardsma and struck out five over 3-2/3 shutout innings, walking only one.
Alexi Casilla got the Herd rumbling with a home run in the second inning. RBI singles by Dalton Pompey and Domonic Brown highlighted a three-run seventh. Brown knocked home another run in the 14th before Jesus Montero connected for a two-run bomb. Brown had three hits while Andy Burns had two hits, two walks and a stolen base. Montero and Junior Lake also had two hits apiece with Lake drawing a walk. A.J. Jimenez was 1-for-6.
Trenton 4 New Hampshire 0
Trenton, NJ - The Fisher Cats were no-hit by the Yankees affiliate, mustering all of two walks from Jon Berti and Rowdy Tellez and a hit by pitch from Jorge Flores. Roemon Fields was 0-for-4 and Dwight Smith Jr. went 0-for-3.
John Anderson (1-2, 5.60) put together four strong innings, retiring 10 in a row at one point before it all came apart at the seams in the fifth. He faced six hitters and got exactly zero of them out, resulting in a four-run frame. Anderson allowed four hits, three walks and a HBP while striking out three. Brady Dragmire struck out the side in the fifth but not before issuing a bases-loaded walk. Like Dragmire, Chris Smith tossed two scoreless frames but outdid him in the strikeout column with four.
Tampa 11 Dunedin 5
Dunedin, FL - Ryan Borucki (1-2, 12.00) was bludgeoned and beaten by the Yankee bats as he was bashed around for four home runs, the last three being back-to-back-to-back as part of a seven-run third inning. The lefty was charged with six runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Carlos Ramirez was not immune to the long ball either as he was rocked for a two-run shot by 2014 Blue Jay draft pick Zack Zehner before getting the final out of the third. Tim Mayza took over in the sixth and put up a couple of zeroes on the linescore and a couple of K's. Tampa would rough up Chris Rowley with a three-run bomb in the eighth but he whiffed three over two innings.
Dunedin actually led 2-0 on RBI singles by Ryan McBroom and Danny Jansen in the first two innings. Jansen and Michael Bourn had RBI doubles in the seventh. Bourn added a run-scoring knock in the ninth. J.D. Davis was on base four times with two hits, a walk and a hit by pitch and stole his eighth base of the year. Jason Leblebijian also had two hits. D.J. Davis was 0-for-3 with a walk and Richard Urena went 0-for-5 with a pair of whiffs.
Lansing 1 Beloit 0
Beloit, WI - The Lugnuts got the only run of the game in the top of the ninth when Gunnar Heidt doubled, moved to third on a Juan Kelly groundout and scored on a Jacob Anderson infield single to short. Carl Wise had two of Lansing's six hits. Lane Thomas and J.C. Cardenas had the others. Heidt drew the only two free passes.
Francisco Rios was just one out shy of the six-inning mark but he blanked the Athletics affiliate on three hits and a walk. He struck out nine to give him a Game Score of 71. Josh DeGraaf (2-0) stranded a runner for Rios and pitched 2-1/3 perfect frames with two K's. Colton Turner struck out one in a clean ninth to earn his third save.
*** 3 Stars!!! ***
3. Gunnar Heidt, Lansing
2. J.D. Davis, Dunedin
1. Francisco Rios, Lansing
Today's Schedule / Probable Starters
New Hampshire @ Trenton, 10:35 am ET - Jason Berken (0-3, 5.06)
Rochester @ Buffalo, 1:05 pm ET - Casey Lawrence (0-2, 9.24)
Tampa @ Dunedin, 6:30 pm ET - Kyle Westwood (0-1, 6.75)
Lansing @ Beloit, 7:30 pm ET - Angel Perdomo (1-0, 2.84)