The Farm Report: 8/20/12

Trenton lost to Altoona 6-2:
After four scoreless innings, the Thunder drew first blood in the bottom of the fifth, as Addison Maruszak hit a solo homer to left. Altoona got the run back in the top of the sixth, but Trenton retook the lead in the bottom of the inning. Jeff Farnham singled and moved to second on a sac bunt by Walter Ibarra. Adonis Garcia doubled him in for the 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, the Curve had a big eighth inning, plating five runs with two outs. That would prove to be more than enough, as the Thunder was unable to put up much fight in the last two innings, losing 6-2.

Garcia went 2-4 with a double, a stolen base and a RBI. Maruszak and Farnham both went 1-3 with a run scored, with Maruszak tagging a homer. David Adams had the Thunder’s only other hit. Shaeffer Hall pitched a strong game, going 6.2 and giving up one run on five hits, a walk and six Ks. Graham Stone Burner pitched one inning and gave up one run on one hit and one K. Josh Romanski did not record an out, allowing two runs on a walk and a hit.

Tampa had the day off.

Charleston lost to West Virginia 9-2:
West Virginia took a quick lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. They added two more in the second for a healthy 5-0 advantage. The RiverDogs finally got on the board in the top of the fourth. Ben Gamel tripled to right and scored on a ground out by Ali Castillo. Willy Garcia homered in the sixth, putting West Virginia up 6-1. Charleston tried to rally in the top of the eighth, as Nick McCoy started the inning with a single to right. Gamel followed with a single and McCoy scored on a ground ball by Castillo, cutting the West Virginia lead to four. Unfortunately, the Power put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the inning, taking a 9-2 win over the RiverDogs.

Gamel went 2-4 with a run scored and a triple. Castillo went 1-4 and had the RiverDogs’ lone RBI of the day. McCoy went 1-3 with a run scored. Corey Black pitched three innings and gave up five runs on eight hits, a walk and five Ks. Melvin Mercedes gave up three runs on four hits and a strikeout in one inning of work.

Staten Island beat Tri-City 8-7 in eleven innings:
The Yankees were the first to score, as Peter O’Brien followed a Matt Snyder single with a homerun to right center before the ValleyCats picked up their bats. Tri-City responded, however, with a two-run homer from Preston Tucker and a RBI single from Dan Gulbransen for the 3-2 lead. Fu-Lin Kuo started the second with a double and scored on a single by Jose Rosario. Tri-City got the run back in the bottom of the inning and the score stayed 4-3 through four. Tri-City added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth with another run, but the Yankees rallied in the sixth. Snyder drew a walk and O’Brien went yard once again, tying the game 5-5. Ravel Santana followed with a single and stole second. He scored on a single by Rosario for the 6-5 lead. The ValleyCats managed another run in the sixth, tying the game yet again.  Tri-City took the lead in the bottom of the eighth, as Tucker lined a double to left and scored on a sac fly. Rosario drew a lead off walk in the ninth and Taylor Dugas worked a free pass. Claudio Custodio reached on an error, loading the bases.  Rosario scored on a ground out by Snyder and the game was tied 7-7 after nine, taking it into extra innings. Custodio started the top of the eleventh with a bunt single to third.  Snyder followed by flying a double to left, plating Custodio for the lead. Taylor Garrison set Tri-City down in order and the Yankees took the 8-7 extra innings win.

Snyder went 2-5 with two runs scored, a double and two RBIs. O’Brien went 2-5 with two runs scored, two homers and four RBIs. Rosario went 2-4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Gabriel Encinas pitched four and gave up four runs on eight hits, a walk and six Ks.

GCL Yankees lost to GCL Phillies 6-3:
Mikeson Oliberto singled to start the third and Ericson Leonora knocked a two-run homer to left, giving the Yankees a 2-0 edge. They held the lead through the fifth, but the Phillies rallied in the sixth. Zach Green doubled and Willians Astudillo reached on an error. Dylan Cozens walked, loading the bases and Carlos Valenzuela doubled, clearing the bases and giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead. They plated two more runs in the inning for a 5-2 advantage. The Yankees got one run back in the seventh, as Oliberto doubled in Jerison Lopez, but the Phillies responded with a run in the eighth for the 6-3 win.

Oliberto went 2-4 with a run scored, a double and two stolen bases. Leonora and Miguel Andujar each had one hit for the Yankees. Leonora had a two-run homer and a stolen base. Giovanny Gallegos pitched three scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and one walk, striking out a batter. Rookie Davis allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits, a walk and two Ks over 1.1 innings of work. Brady Lail pitched 2.2 and gave up two runs on four hits, a walk and two Ks.

About Tamar Chalker

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 - I can pay you in maple syrup.

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