The Farm Report: Memorial Day Edition

Trenton beat Richmond 4-3:
Zoilo Almonte grounded a single to center to start the second inning.  He stole second, but Trenton loaded the bases on a pair of walks by Kevin Mahoney and Addison Maruszak.  Damon Sublett drew the third straight base on balls, plating Almonte for the first run of the game.  Richmond had a chance to strike back in the bottom of the inning, as Juan Perez singled and errors by Michael O’Brien and Luke Murton allowed him to reach third, as Ryan Cavan was safe at first.  Cavan stole second and Wendell Fairley drew a walk, but the Thunder escaped with the shut out intact as Gary Brown flew out to end the threat.  Murton made up for his error with a solo homer to start the fourth, giving the Thunder some insurance.  With two outs in the ninth, Abraham Almonte drew a walk and Jose Pirela was hit by a pitch.  David Adams lined a double to right, plating both runners and giving the Thunder a 4-0 lead.  Richmond battled back in the bottom of the ninth, as Tommy Joseph walked and Perez doubled him in.  He moved to third and then scored on consecutive ground outs.  Ryan Flannery walked the next two batters and was replaced by Preston Claiborne on the mound.  Claiborne struggled right away, hitting Brown with a pitch and walking Ehire Adrianza, bringing Flores home.  Luckily, he struck out the next batter and got the 4-3 win for Trenton.

Adams went 2-5 with a double and two RBIs.  Murton went 2-5 with a homer.  Mahoney was 2-2 with two walks.  O’Brien went 6.1 innings and allowed just two hits and four walks.  He struck out four.  Ryan Flannery had a rare tough outing, going .2 innings and giving up three runs on a hit and three walks.

Tampa had the night off.

Charleston lost a long slugfest against Asheville 15-12:
The Tourists were the first to score, as Taylor Featherston hit a one out single.  Jared Simon grounded a single to short and Featherston scored on a two-out single by Brian Humphries.  Asheville broke the game open in the third.  Trevor Story worked a walk and stole second. Samuel Mende and Harold Riggins were both hit by pitches, loading the bases.  Tyler Massey knocked a single to left, plating Story.  A wild pitch let Mende score and Featherston singled to center, plating two more runs.  Simon’s second single of the day brought Featherston home and the Tourists had a 6-0 lead. Charleston started to chip away at the Asheville lead in the fourth.  Dante Bichette doubled to left and Tyler Austin drew a walk.  Gary Sanchez then ripped his fourth homer of the year over the wall in left, cutting the Tourists’ lead in half.  Unfortunately, Asheville responded in the bottom of the inning, as Delta Cleary was hit by a pitch and Story followed with a homer, making the score 8-3.   Asheville added another run in the bottom of the fifth, but their 9-3 lead was far from safe with this RiverDogs’ lineup.

Cito Culver started the sixth with a single to center.  Bichette followed with a ground single to third, with both runners moving over on a throwing error.  Austin singled them both in and Asheville called for a new pitcher.  Sanchez got hit by a pitch and Ben Gamel singled.  Reymond Nunez grounded out, the first out of the inning, and Kelvin De Leon struck out, but the RiverDogs’ rally was not over.  Ali Castillo drew a walk and Angelo Gumbs reached on an error, scoring Sanchez.  A balk brought Gamel home and Culver hit his second single of the inning, plating Castillo and Gumbs and giving Charleston its first lead of the night.  Bichette singled in Culver and the RiverDogs had an 11-9 lead.  Mariel Checo struggled on the mound for Charleston in the bottom of the inning, however.  He walked Mende and Riggins before letting them move over on a wild pitch.  He loaded the bases on another walk before striking out Featherston.  Jared Simon singled in Fred Lewis and Ryan Casteel lined a double to right, plating Riggins and Tyler Massey.  A ground out plated Simon and Cleary doubled, plating Casteel.  Story singled in Cleary and the Tourists did more than retake their lead, as they went ahead 15-11.   De Leon started the eighth with a solo homer, but that was all Charleston could manage as they took a 15-12 loss.

Bichette had a great night, going 4-5 with two runs scored, a double and a RBI.  Gamel was 3-5 with a run scored.  Culver was 2-5 with a pair of RBIs and runs scored.  Austin was 2-4 with two runs scored, two doubles, a walk and a stolen base.  Scottie Allen gave up eight runs on seven hits and a walk in four innings.  He struck out three.  Mariel Checo picked up the loss, throwing one inning (and to three batters in the sixth with no outs) and gave up four runs on a hit and four walks.

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help.