A big comeback for the Red Wings. A not awful, but not good day for Jose Berrios. Not much offense for the Miracle. A second big day for Trey Vavra. Randy LeBlanc strikes out four in one inning.
ROCHESTER 11, SYRACUSE 7 IN SYRACUSE
Batting stars: Aaron Hicks was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a walk, scoring twice and driving in two. Eddie Rosario was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer (his second), a double, and a walk, scoring twice. Doug Bernier was 3-for-5 with a run and three RBIs.
Pitching stars: Stephen Pryor struck out three in 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up two walks. Ryan Pressly struck out two in a perfect inning. Logan Darnell struck out one in a perfect inning.
Opposition stars: Ian Stewart was 2-for-4 with a home run (his second) and a triple, scoring twice and driving in three. Michael Taylor was 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs. Jason Martinson was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer (his second) and a walk.
The game: Stewart had a two-run triple and Martinson a two-run homer in a four-run first. It was 6-1 Syracuse after three, but the Red Wings scored five in the fourth as Hicks had a two-run double and Rosario a two-run homer. It was 7-7 after five. In the sixth. the Red Wings scored four more to take an 11-7 lead. The bullpen took over from there, as four pitchers allowed no hits in 4.2 innings and retired the last eleven Chiefs.
Of note: Josmil Pinto was 2-for-5 with a walk, scoring once and driving in two. Brock Peterson was 0-for-5. Danny Ortiz was 0-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. Starter Jason Wheeler pitched 4.1 innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
MISSISSIPPI 4, CHATTANOOGA 3 IN MISSISSIPPI
Batting stars: Levi Michael was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer. Travis Harrison was 2-for-4 with a double. Max Kepler, in his AA debut, was 1-for-3 with a double and a run.
Pitching star: Adrian Salcedo struck out three in three shutout innings, giving up two hits.
Opposition stars: Corban Joseph was 2-for-4 with a double, scoring once and driving in one. Mallex Smith was 3-for-4 with a run. Jake Brigham pitched six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
The game: Harrison doubled and scored in the second and Michael hit a two-run homer in the fifth to make it 3-0 Lookouts. In the bottom of the fifth, however, a hit batsman, a single, a double, and two more singles produced four runs for the Braves. Following a one-out single in the sixth, the last eleven Lookouts were retired.
Of note: Byron Buxton was 0-for-4. Jorge Polanco was 0-for-4. Miguel Sano was 0-for-3 with a walk. Dalton Hicks was 1-for-4 with a run.
PALM BEACH 7, FORT MYERS 2 IN PALM BEACH
Batting stars: Niko Goodrum was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs. Mitch Garver was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.
Pitching stars: Brandon Peterson struck out three in two shutout innings, giving up only a walk. J. T. Chargois pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Bruce Caldwell was 2-for-4 with a double, scoring twice and driving in two. Rob Kaminsky struck out six in five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. Josh Lucas pitched two shutout innings, allowing no hits and no walks with one strikeout.
The game: Marcus Knecht singled in a run in the top of the first, but the Cardinals responded with five in the bottom of the first. Carson Kelly had a two-run double and Juan Herrera had an RBI double in the inning. The Miracle never really got back into the game after that.
Of note: Aderlin Mejia was 1-for-4. Bryan Haar was 0-for-4. Alex Swim was 0-for-4. Starter Aaron Slegers pitched three innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and a walk with one strikeout.
CEDAR RAPIDS 5, WISCONSIN 4 IN WISCONSIN
Batting star: Trey Vavra was 4-for-4 with a double, scoring once and driving in one. In his last two games he is 7-for-9 with a double, a triple, and a home run.
Pitching star: Cameron Booser struck out five in two shutout innings, giving up one hit.
Opposition stars: Monte Harrison was 2-for-3 with two home runs and a walk, scoring three times. David Denson was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run. David Burkhalter pitched four innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits and a walk with one strikeout.
The game: To start the game, the Kernels loaded the bases with two singles and a hit batsman. A walk forced in one run, Vavra singled in a second, an infield out brought home the third, and a double steal of second and home made it 4-0 in the first. Wisconsin crept back into the game with single runs in the second, fourth, and fifth to make it 4-3, but the Kernels got an insurance run in the sixth when Vavra doubled and T. J. White singled him home. Harrison homered in the seventh, but ten of the last fourteen Timber Rattlers struck out. In fact, Randy LeBlanc struck out four in one inning, as one reached on a wild pitch.
Of note: Zach Granite was 1-for-4 with a run. Nick Gordon was 1-for-4 with a run. Zack Larson was 0-for-2 with a run. Max Murphy was 0-for-3 with a walk, scoring once and driving in one. Starter Zach Tillery struck out six in 4.2 innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk.
12:05 Cedar Rapids (Stephen Gonsalves, 1-0, 1.38 at Wisconsin (Luis Ortega, 0-1, 5.63)
12:05 Rochester (Mark Hamburger, 0-1, 9.35) at Syracuse (Scott McGregor, 0-1, 3.12)
5:30 Fort Myers (TBA) at St. Lucie (TBA)
7:00 Chattanooga (Greg Peavey, 1-1, 12.00) at Mississippi (Greg Ross, 1-1, 11.74)