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The Farm Report: 7/24/13

Yesterday was a busy day for me, so here are the bullet points on how things went down on the farm.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Toledo 4-1:

  • The RailRiders used a big first inning to take care of business. Dan Johnson hit a RBI single to right and Randy Ruiz followed with a three-run homer to give Scranton a 4-0 lead.
  • The Mud Hens scored their first and only run in the top of the fifth on a single by Avisail Garcia.
  • Adonis Garcia, Johnson and Ruiz each went 1-3 with a run scored. Ruiz’s homer was Scranton’s lone extra base hit.
  • Ronnier Mustelier went 1-4 with a run scored.
  • Brett Marshall made the start and pitched a very strong eight innings, allowing one run on five hits and a walk. He struck out two.
  • Dellin Betances got the save, but walked two batters in his inning of work and did not strike out anyone.

Trenton lost to Altoona 4-2:

  • The Thunder scored first, when Slade Heathcott tripled in Reegie Corona in the bottom of the first.
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The Farm Report: 7/22/13

Scranton and Trenton were both rained out.

Tampa beat Palm Beach 2-1:
Mason Williams started the game with a single, but Robert Refsnyder hit into a double play. The Yankees had a couple runners on base in the second, but another double play ended the inning and another scoring chance. Saxon Butler lined a single...

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The Farm Report: 7/14/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Buffalo 7-1:
Brett Marshall made the start and gave up a run in the first and second innings, giving Buffalo a quick lead. He kept them scoreless over the next two innings, but it fell apart in the fifth. Mike Nickeas was hit by a pitch and Mike McCoy drew a walk. A one-out single loaded the bases and an error at first by Dan Johnson allowed three runs to score. A sac fly by Andy LaRoche brought another run in for the Bisons, giving them a 6-0 lead. Sean Ochinko homered in the sixth to round out Buffalo’s offense for the day, while Scranton finally got on the board in the top of the seventh. David Adams drew a walk and scored on a two-out double by JR Murphy. A fly ball by Melky Mesa ended the RailRiders’ threat as they went on to lose 7-1.

Murphy went 2-3 with a double and a RBI. Mesa and Walter Ibarra both went 1-3, while the rest of the lineup came up empty.…

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The Farm Report: 7/11/13 – Pineda gets roughed up in Scranton loss

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Syracuse 7-1:
After three scoreless innings Syracuse broke through in the fourth on a solo homer by Danny Espinosa. The RailRiders had a chance to get the run back when David Adams tripled with two outs in the bottom of the inning, but Brent Lillibridge lined out to end the threat. The Chiefs wasted little time in lengthening their lead, plating five runs in fifth, thanks to a couple hit by pitches and a grand slam by Tyler Moore. A solo homer by Randy Ruiz in the sixth gave the RailRiders their first run of the night. Syracuse added one more run in the top of the ninth, but the RailRiders went down in order, taking the 7-1 loss.

Adonis Garcia went 2-4. Ruiz went 1-4 with a homer and two Ks. Fernando Martinez and Adams both went 1-4, while Lillibridge, Corey Patterson and Walter Ibarra went 1-3. Michael Pineda gave up six runs on four hits, a walk and five Ks over just 4.2 innings.…

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The Farm Report: 7/8/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Rochester 6-3:
Chris Herrmann hit a solo homer in the first, giving Rochester the quick lead. They added another run in the third, when former Yankee farmhand, Doug Bernier, scored on a single by Deibinson Romero. Scranton broke through in the bottom of the inning. Derek Jeter lead off with a walk. JR Murphy followed with a single and Randy Ruiz singled in Jeter, as Scranton trailed 2-1. Rochester struck again in the top of the fourth, but Scranton rallied in the bottom of the fifth. Murphy doubled to left and Brent Lillibridge singled, putting runners on the corners. Murphy scored on a ground out by Ruiz. Dan Johnson scored Lillibridge with a single to center and Thomas Neal doubled. A single by Josh Bell scored two more runs and the RailRiders took a 5-3 lead. A solo shot by Bell in the seventh gave Scranton some added security as they went on to win 6-3.

Jeter went 0-2 with a run scored and a walk.…

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The Farm Report: 7/7/13 – Jeter picks up hit in Scranton win

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Lehigh Valley 6-2:
The IronPigs drew first blood, as Cody Overbeck doubled in Cody Asche in the top of the first. Derek Jeter took a lead off walk to start the RailRiders’ half of the inning, but Brent Lillibridge struck out and Thomas Neal hit into a double play. They took the lead in the bottom of the second, however, as Addison Maruszak and Corey Patterson hit back-to-back homers. They got some breathing room in the bottom of the third. Walter Ibarra drew a walk and Jeter followed with a single to left. A homer by Randy Ruiz scored all three of them, giving Scranton a 5-1 advantage. Ibarra would single with two outs in the seventh. Jeter drew another walk and Lillibridge plated Ibarra with a single to center for the 6-1 lead. Lehigh Valley had a lot of room to make up in the ninth, and they started a bit of a rally right away. Leandro Castro started the inning with a single and Michael Martinez drew a walk.…

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The Farm Report: 7/3/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Pawtucket 11-5:

  • Scranton took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third on a two-run double by Fernando Martinez. The Red Sox tied the game in the bottom of the inning, but a homer by Dan Johnson and doubles by Brent Lillibridge and Addison Maruszak gave the RailRiders a 4-2 advantage.
  • Will Middlebrooks hit a three-run homer in the fourth, capping off a four run inning for Pawtucket. JR Murphy hit a solo homer in the top of hte fifth, but Middlebrooks hit a grand slam in the bottom of the inning, giving Pawtucket a 10-5 lead. They added another run in the seventh, taking the game 11-5.
  • Martinez went 3-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. Lillibridge went 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Maruszak went 2-4 with a pair of doubles, a RBI and a run scored.
  • Caleb Cotham gave up nine runs (six earned) on ten hits, four walks and a strike out over 4.2 innings.
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The Farm Report: 7/1/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Pawtucket 1-0:
The RailRiders had a chance early, as Corey Patterson singled to start the game and moved to second on a wild pitch. Unfortunately, he was caught stealing third before Fernando Martinez drove a double to left. The game stayed scoreless after three, but the Red Sox broke through in the fourth. With two outs, Xander Bogaerts drew a walk and moved to third on an error on David Huff’s attempt at a pickoff. A single by Ronald Bermudez was all Pawtucket needed as they scored the lone run of the day and held on to beat Scranton 1-0.

Patterson went 2-4 and was the only RailRider with more than one hit. Martinez went 1-4 and had a double, the only Scranton extra base hit. The other RailRider hits came from Randy Ruiz, Dan Johnson, Adonis Garcia and Josh Bell. David Huff threw five innings and gave up one run (unearned but the error was his) on four hits and two walks.…

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