AAA - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre [Yankees] 2, Lehigh Valley 0
Scranton takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
WP: J. Montgomery, LP: B. Lively, SV: D. Enns
HR: Scranton - Mason Williams; LV - none
Hitting Recap: It was a tough night to have a bat in your hand if you were a Lehigh Valley IronPig. The 'Pigs managed just four hits in the game, all of which were singles. They only had one runner reach second base, which came in the third inning when Jesmuel Valentin delivered a one-out single, followed by a walk to Taylor Featherston. J.P. Crawford then struck out and Nick Williams struck out to end the threat.
Pitching Recap: Ben Lively was magnificent until his 105th pitch when he hung a curveball and Mason Williams didn't miss it, taking it out to right-center field, producing the only runs of the game. In 7 2/3 innings, Lively allowed five hits and walked just one, while striking out eight. Both teams pitchers had to deal with an inconsistent strike zone all night, but Lively was able to pitch through it and admitted afterward that a few pitches he thought were there, actually were balls when he watched them on video.
IronPigs Notes: Phil Klein, who is scheduled to start Game Three in Scranton on Friday, was named Minor League Baseball's Pitcher of the Month. He became the first IronPigs player ever to win that honor... Anthony Vasquez starts Game Two Thursday against Phil Coke... Against left-hander Montgomery, the 'Pigs starting lineup had five left-handed hitters, two switch-hitters and two right-handed hitters.
AA - Trenton [Yankees] 3, Reading 2
Trenton takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
WP: J.P. Feyereisen, LP: Mark Leiter, SV: Tyler Jones
Pitching Recap: Mark Leiter seemingly ran out of gas in the seventh. After walking just one batter through the first six innings and showing good command, Leiter walked a batter and threw two wild pitches in the inning, leading to the go-ahead run for Trenton, which was unearned. Leiter struck out ten hitters. Hoby Milner, who was sent to Reading from Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, fired a perfect eighth inning for the Fightins.
Fightins Notes: Jorge Alfaro has one of the better arms in the minors, but when he tried to gun down Dante Bichette Jr. attempting to go to second on a wild pitch, Alfaro's throw was off the mark, allowing Bichette to move to third on his error. Bichette later scored on Leiter's second wild pitch of the evening... Trenton will throw Will Carter in Game Two, while Dusty Wathan counters with Ricardo Pinto.
Low-A - Lakewood 6, Hagerstown [Nationals] 1
Lakewood has a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.
WP: Grant Dyer, LP: Jefry Rodriguez, SV: none
Hitting Recap: Damek Tomscha came through with a two-run double in the bottom of the fifth to put Lakewood up 3-1. Grenny Cumana had led off the inning with a double and scored on a base-hit by Emmanuel Marrero that tied the game. Cumana had a base-hit an inning later and scored on a single from Marrero. In the seventh, Wilson Garcia and Deivi Grullon both had an RBI single to give Lakewood even more breathing room.
Pitching Recap: Alberto Tirado had a bit of a rough start and gave up a first inning run before settling in and giving the BlueClaws four innings, allowing four hits and issuing one walk. The walk and one of the hits came in the first inning, along with a wild pitch and a hit batter. Grant Dyer took over for Tirado in the fifth and was the beneficiary of the awakening Lakewood offense, getting the win. Zach Morris and Sutter McLoughlin each threw a perfect inning, with both pitchers striking out two batters. In all, Lakewood pitchers fanned 12 hitters.
BlueClaws Notes: With the series being just three games, it now shifts to Hagerstown after an off-day on Thursday. Friday's pitching match-up has Jose Taveras going for Lakewood and Tyler Watson pitching for the Suns. If the series goes to a third game, it would also be in Hagerstown and would be played on Saturday, with Franklyn Kilome pitching for Lakewood and Joan Baez going for Hagerstown.
Rookie - GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Phillies 2
The Cardinals win the best-of-three series 2-1 to capture the GCL Championship.
WP: Juan Alvarez, LP: Luis Carrasco, SV: Colton Thompson
Hitting Recap: Daniel Brito continued to swing a hot bat, picking up two hits and scoring a run for the Phillies. Danny Zardon also had a good stretch in the postseason, picking up a two-run single in the first to give the Phillies a quick 2-0 lead in the game. After getting three hits in the first inning, the Phillies would get just four over the final eight innings.
Pitching Recap: The Cardinals offense exploded for three runs against Luis Carrasco in the sixth inning. Starter Kyle Young went five innings, giving up one run, and Jordan Kurokawa and Tyler Frohwirth kept the Cardinals off the board over the final three innings to give the hitters a chance to pull the game out.