The Farm Report: 4/16/2012

Empire State lost to Rochester 5-3:

The only team in the minor league system to lose tonight, the Yankees got the tying run on second in the form of Francisco Cervelli who finally had something go right for him as he came through with a two out double in the ninth (though he otherwise had another rough night, with a lineout, a strikeout, a GIDP, and a very Cervelli-esque gaffe behind the plate), and Ramiro Pena, who had already homered once in the game, at the plate. Alas, the comeback was not to be, as Pena was sat down on three consecutive swinging strikes to end the threat and the game. The Yankees also may have gotten bitten by the injury bug tonight, as the red-hot Dewayne Wise pulled up limp after beating out a bunt single and had to be removed from the game.

On the mound, it was another rough night for Dellin Betances, who surrendered all five of Rochester’s runs in the span of just 4.2 innings pitched. Betances allowed seven hits and four walks in those 4.2 innings, though he did strike out four batters as well.He added a couple of wild pitches as well. Betances has now started three games, but logged just 13 innings in those starts. He’s struck out 13 hitters in those innings, but he’s also allowed 15 runs on 11 hits, 11 walks, and three home runs.

Trenton defeated Erie 6-3:

A day after beating Akron, the Thunder finally found their, er, thunder by breaking out for six runs and 12 hits in Erie tonight. Zoilo Almonte rebounded from his 1-13 slump to go 2-4 with two RBI, while Cody Johnson and Melky Mesa both stayed hot. Johnson went 2-4 with a first inning home run, his fourth of the season, while Mesa went 2-4 with a home run of his own in the third. Mesa’s home run gave the Thunder some breathing room, expanding their lead from 4-3 to 6-3 in the top of the sixth, and the Thunder bullpen would do a terrific job holding down the lead, as Michael Dubee and Preston Claiborne combined to pitch the final four innings, allowing no runs to score while striking out five to three hits allowed and one walk.

Tampa beat Clearwater 6-2:

The Yankees brought their good wood to the ballpark once again and Nik Turley was fantastic on the mound, as Tampa nailed down their sixth victory in their last seven games, including the last three in a row. The Yankees opened the scoring with a four run third inning, with eight hitters coming to the plate and four of them picking up an RBI. Ramon Flores and Eduardo Sosa added insurance runs in the fifth and seventh innings, respectively, but the Yankees already had all the runs they would need on this night, as Nik Turley was simply outstanding in this start. The crafty lefty completed seven full innings, allowing six hits and walking no one while striking out seven opposing hitters. Through his first three starts, Turley has now struck out 20 batters in 18 innings pitched while issuing just 5 free passes, and he’s rocking an even 1.00 ERA.

At the plate, Ramon Flores finished 2-4 with a couple of RBI. Hopefully that will get him going a little bit, as he’s hitting just .189 to open the FSL season. Jose Mujica is not having similar struggles, and he had another good night at the plate, going 2-3 with a double and a triple. Eduardo Sosa also had a big game, going 3-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Charleston defeates Augusta 5-1:

Charleston rode their big Dogs to another win in this one, jumping on Augusta early and controlling the game throughout. Tyler Austin had another good night at the plate, going 2-4 with a triple and a walk, and also reaching on an error. All in all, he would score three of the Riverdogs’ five runs and drive in another. Gary Sanchez had a big night at the plate as well, going 4-5 and hitting two doubles, thereby doubling the number of extra base hits he’s recorded so far this season. Dante Bichette Jr. scored Charleston’s other two runs while going 1-4 with a walk. On the mound, Jose Campos lasted just five innings, allowed a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth, and threw two wild pitches, but also struck out seven while allowing just four hits and a walk. The home run represented the first earned run Campos has allowed this year.

Charleston has now won 5 of their last six games, and boast n 8-3 record through their first 11 games.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.