The Farm Report: 4/4/14 – losses all around

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was rained out.

Trenton lost to New Hampshire 7-3:
The Thunder continues to look for their first win of the season, coming up short against the Fisher Cats on Friday night. After two scoreless innings, A.J. Jimenez doubled in two runs, putting New Hampshire ahead 2-0. They added three more runs in the top of the fourth and one run in the fifth and the sixth for the 7-0 advantage. Mason Williams started the bottom of the sixth with a single to second. A walk by Rob Segedin was followed by an error that allowed Gary Sanchez to reach, loading the bases. Zach Wilson singled in Williams and Trenton had their first run of the night. Sanchez started a rally in the bottom of the eighth with a double to left. Ben Gamel drew a walk and Wilson singled, loading the bases again. Taylor Dugas hit into a double play that allowed Sanchez to cross the plate. Gamel scored on a single by Francisco Arcia, but that was all the Thunder could manage, falling 7-3.

Wilson, Arcia and Ali Castillo all went 2-4. Sanchez was 1-5 with a double and a run scored. Williams had the only other hit for Trenton, going 1-4 with a walk and a run scored. Jeremy Bleich threw four innings and allowed five runs on five hits, a walk and seven Ks. Charley Short went three innings and gave up two runs on five hits, striking out three. Branden Pinder pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a pair of hits, walking one and striking out three.

Tampa lost to Lakeland 5-1:
Dante Bichette had the lone hit for either team through the first three innings, but Lakeland found their bats in the top of the fourth. Dixon Machado drew a walk and Jeff McVaney drove him in with a double to left. Eric Jagielo drew a walk to start the Tampa half of the inning. A walk by Bitchette was followed by a single from Angelo Gumbs to load the bases. Reymond Nunez hit a sac fly to right and the game was tied. In the top of the sixth, Jeff Holm drive a RBI ground-rule double to right-center, giving the Flying Tigers the lead once more. Tampa had a chance to turn things around in the eighth, as they trailed 3-1. Cito Culver singled and Jagielo drew a free pass. Peter O’Brien struck out, but Bichette walked to load the bases with just one out. Gumbs struck out, however, and Nunez grounded out to short to end the threat. Lakeland put together two more runs in the ninth and Tampa fell 5-1.

Bichette went 1-1 with three walks. Culver went 1-5 and Gumbs went 1-4, accounting for all of the Tampa offense. Jagielo is still looking for his first hit of the season, but he did draw a pair of walks and scored a run. Eric Wooten made the start, allowing one run on one hit, a walk and five Ks in five innings. Alex Smith allowed one run on two hits, a walk and a strikeout in his inning of work. Phil Wetherell threw a hitless, scoreless inning, striking out two. James Pazos ended the game with two innings of work. He gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits, a walk and two Ks.

Charleston lost to Augusta 6-3:
The RiverDogs drew first blood, albeit without the use of a hit in the first inning. Abiatal Avelino drew a walk, moving to second on a wild pitch and stealing third. Aaron Judge drew a walk and another wild pitch scored Avelino and moved Judge to second. Augusta got the run back in the bottom of the inning, however, as Randy Ortiz drew a walk and Brandon Bedner singled. A double by Ryan Tuntland scored Ortiz and Bednar crossed the plate on a wild pitch by Luis Severino for the 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the second, Augusta got another run when Tyler Horan stole home. Avelino drew another walk to start the third. Mike Ford singled to right and both runners moved over on a wild pitch. Another wild pitch scored Avelino and the RiverDogs trailed 3-2. Augusta broke the game open with three runs in the fifth. Charleston had one last chance in the top of the ninth. Gosuke Katoh started with a walk and stole second with one out. Avelino singled him in, but a fly ball by Judge ended the rally and the RiverDogs fell 6-3.

Avelino went 2-2 with two runs scored, a RBI and three walks. Judge went 1-4, while Ford and Katoh both went 1-3. Severino lasted just two innings and gave up three runs on two hits, two walks and two Ks. Jaron Long threw three innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk. He struck out three. Andrew Benak gave up just one hit in his two innings, picking up three Ks. Andury Acevedo threw a hitless inning, allowing one walk and striking out two.

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.