The Farm Report: 5/27/12

Trenton lost to Richmond 5-2:
Zoilo Almonte started the second with a single to center, moving to second on a wild pitch.  Jose Gil lined a single to center, plating Almonte, but getting thrown out at second to end the inning.  Richmond responded in the fourth, starting the inning with back-to-back singles.  Jose Gil threw out one runner trying to steal second, but three more singles and an error by Yadil Mujica put the Flying Squirrels in front 2-1.  Richmond added another pair of runs in the fifth.  Ehire Adrianza tripled in the seventh and scored on a sac fly, putting the Thunder down 5-1.  Almonte doubled in the top of the eighth and Luke Murton drew a walk.  Jose Gil scored Almonte on a sac fly, but Trenton was unable to keep the rally going, taking a 5-2 loss.  Zoilo Almonte went 3-5 with two runs scored and a double.  Corban Joseph went 2-3 with two walks.  Vidal Nuno went five innings and gave up four runs (none earned) on nine hits.  He did not issue any walks and struck out three.

Tampa lost to Lakeland 4-0:
The Yankees had plenty of opportunities against the Flying Tigers today, but they never amounted to much.  Lakeland scored on an error by Jose Mojica in the first.  Kelvin Castro got hit by a pitch to start the second and Mojica reached on an error.  Eduardo Sosa (who had also been hit by a pitch in the first inning) singled to load the bases, but J.R. Murphy popped out to the Lakeland catcher to end the threat.  The Flying Tigers answered with two runs in the bottom of the second.  They added another run in the sixth, but that was more than they needed, as Tampa did not put up much of a fight in the final innings.  The Yankees really did have plenty of chances, they had eight hits and were 1-11 with runners in scoring position – not even managing to score on that hit.  Eduardo Sosa went 2-4 while every one else picked up a hit, except Mojica and Murphy who went 0-4.  Caleb Cotham went three innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits, four walks and two Ks.  Mark Montgomery showed that he can dominate in non-save situations as well, throwing a perfect ninth inning and striking out two in the process.

Charleston lost to Greenville 3-2 (11 innings):
In another close game, Charleston and Greenville were scorless through the first three innings.  Keury De La Cruz homered for the Drive in the start of the fourth, giving them a 1-0 lead.  Mason Williams started a RiverDogs rally in the sixth with a single to right.  Dante Bichette got hit by a pitch and both runners moved on a wild pitch.  Gary Sanchez grounded out to second, but Williams crossed the plate, tying the game 1-1.  Unfortunately, Greenville wasted little time retaking the lead.  Henry Ramos took a lead-off walk and moved to second on a sac bunt.  He score on Blake Swihart’s single, giving the Drive a 2-1 lead.  With two outs in the ninth, Francisco Arcia lined a double to right and he scored on a single from Reymond Nunez, tying the game and giving Charleston some extra baseball.  The score stayed knotted 2-2 through the tenth, but De La Cruz started the eleventh with a homer for Greenville.  They followed with a couple singles, but Charleston was able to minimize the damage.  Angelo Gumbs managed a two-out single in the bottom of the inning, but Arcia flew out on the first pitch to end the game with a 3-2 Charleston loss.  Cito Culver and Gary Sanchez were the only RiverDogs hitters to not pick up a hit, as the rest of the lineup each had one hit.  Arcia’s double was their only extra base hit and Gamel had a stolen base.  Bryan Mitchell made the start and went six innings, giving up one run on two hits, three walks and striking out nine hitters in the process.  Pedro Guerra got the loss, giving up a run on four hits, no walks and a K in two innings of work.