New Britain 0 at Binghamton 3
W: J. Sanchez (6-4, 4.57); L: K. Aselton (2-1, 4.04); SV: T. Lavigne (4)
HR: BIN: N. Evans (9).
Offense seemed to be at a premium in the Twins minor league system, but while the Cats outhit the B-Mets, they couldn't out run, not being able to string enough together to cross the plate.
Jose Sanchez struck out 9 over six innings for Binghamton. He allowed 6 hits to New Britain and one walk.
Brock Peterson would single in the first inning with 2 outs on the board, Erik Lis then doubled, but Peterson would be taken out at home plate, saving the run and retiring the side.
Steve Tolleson doubled in the top of the 3rd, but would be picked off at second base.
In the bottom of that inning, Jonathan Mato doubled with one out on the board. Jose Coronado hit a line drive to right so plate him. Nick Evans then went yard over the right center field fence to give the B-Mets two more, for a 3-0 lead.
Taking a Bullpen start, Kyle Aselton would work 4 innings allowing the 3 runs on 3 hits while striking out only 1. Armando Gabino worked the next 3 allowing only 2 hits and striking out 3.
Lis doubled in to the top of the fourth, and following a strike out to David Winfree, Moses walked. Toby Gardenhire would ground into a double play however as the Cats continued to chase futility.
Back-to-back singles to Matt Moses and Gardenhire in the top of the 7th put two runners on base. He'd advance on a wild pitch by reliever Eddie Camacho. Felix Molina would be called out on strike, but Jeff Christy would walk to load the bags. Dustin Martin then ground into a force out, ending the inning.
Moses would go 3-for-3 with a walk at the plate, Peterson and Lis were 2-for-4. Christy was 1-for-3 with a walk and Tolleson was 1-for-5 with a double. Gardenhire was the lone one hit wonder, while the rest of the team Martin, Molina and Winfree all came up empty.
The Cats finish up the series with a 1:05 game today then head home to host the Altoona Curve for a three game homestand starting on Tuesday. Eric Brown (2-5, 6.79) will start for the B-Mets against Jay Rainville (5-5, 6.02) of New Britain.
Rochester 2 at Lehigh Valley 8
W: G. Knotts (2-1, 3.25); L: D. Graves (2-1, 3.68)
HR: ROC: J. Morales (3).
It's a fairly well known fact by now that this year's version of the Rochester Red Wings isn't a road team (10-24 away), but I'm sure that being trounced by the lowly Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs probably has the whole city howling.
Danny Graves gave up 3 runs on 7 hit and 4 walks while striking out 1 over four innings. Julio DePaula surrendered 3 more runs on 3 hits and 1 walks while striking out 2 over 2 innings. Carmen Cali allowed the final two runs on four hits and a walk in the final 2 innings while fanning 2.
Rochester would be kept off the board until the top of the 7th inning, when John Ennis replaced Gary Knotts on the mound. Jose Morales would greet him with a home run, his 3rd of the season. Sergio Santos and Ryan Jorgenson both singled. Tommy Watkins would ground into a double play that put Santos on 3rd. Jason Pride would single drive the run in for the Cats two.
Morales finished up 2-for-3 with a walk, a run and a RBI, Ryan Jorgensen was 2-for-4 while Pridie was 2-for-5.
The good: The Red Wings offense has hit at least one home run in 10 straight games. The bad: Randy Ruiz had his eight-game hitting streak snapped. The ugly: The Wings struck out 10 times, most in a game so far this season.
Howie Clark left the game with an abdominal strain in the fifth inning. He'll be re-evaluated today.
The two teams rematch on Sunday for a 1:35 game.
MILB: Tommy Watkins