Wednesday’s MiLB Recap

Following the rain outs yesterday, we had a full slate of games. The first-place FredNats went up against Charleston after putting on an offensive clinic versus the same RiverDogs team last night. The Blue Rocks had a double header against the Hudson Valley Renegades as they look to stay above .500 on the season. This afternoon, the Senators played their first game of the week coming off a 5-1 road trip in Reading. Harrisburg started the day 7-3 in their last 10 games, good for first place in the Eastern League Southwest division. And lastly, the Red Wings game was postponed due to cold weather.

Class-A Fredericksburg “FredNats” Nationals

The story of the night: The FredNats’ bats were silenced by RiverDogs starter, Logan Workman. Workman struck out 11 in his five innings of work and didn’t allow an earned run. With the sensational outing, his ERA is now down to 1.10 for the season. Andrew Alvarez had an exceptional start as well, racking up eight strikeouts over four innings of work, however it wasn’t enough as the FredNats fell 5-1. Jeremy De La Rosa and Steven Williams had the only two hits of the game for Fredericksburg – a truly shocking performance from a powerhouse offense.

High-A Wilmington Blue Rocks

In game one of the doubleheader, Mitchell Parker had trouble finding the strike zone against the Renegades, but when he did, it resulted in a strikeout. Walks were an issue for Parker in 2021 – he walked 38 in 101.2 innings, good for a 1.39 WHIP. He was relieved by Gilberto Chu and Tyler Yankosky who both gave up meaningful extra-base hits late in the game. The Blue Rocks were held to five hits in the seven inning game, two of them doubles from Darren Baker. They rallied in the fifth, scoring three runs in the inning. Two from a Drew Mendoza single and the other on Baker’s second double. It wasn’t enough as they ended up losing 5-3. The second game of the doubleheader was another close game. Michael Cuevas turned in a solid start going five innings (7 inning game) while yielding two runs on three hits. To end his outing, Cuevas had a clutch strikeout with one out and a runner on third, followed by a fly out to strand the runner 90 feet away from scoring. Wilmington’s offense didn’t show up until the 6th inning. Cole Daily got it started with a walk then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Darren Baker followed him up with a single to score the Blue Rocks’ first run. They came back firing in the top of the seventh. Onix Vega led the inning off with his second single of the night, then Cole Daily put him into scoring position with a single of his own. The hero of the night, Darren Baker kept the rally going with his third hit of the night, a two-out RBI single to make it a 3-2 ball game. Unfortunately the game ended with the next batter and Wilmington dropped another one 3-2.

Double-A Harrisburg Senators

On a partly cloudy day in Harrisburg, Ronald Herrera got the ball for the Senators. He went five innings while giving up five runs (4 ER) on eight hits and two gopher balls. The Yard Goats would go on to score two more against Danny Dopico in the 8th and win the ball game 7-3. Senators hitters tallied nine total hits in the losing effort with a two-hit day from Taylor Gushue and Jacob Rhinesmith. It’s nice to see Jackson Cluff, top infield prospect, fill up the box score with a hit of his own, a stolen base, and a hit-by-pitch. His batting average is now sitting at .093 for the season.

Triple-A Rochester Red Wings

The Red Wings’ game against the Syracuse Mets was postponed due to cold weather and will be played on Saturday, the 30th, as part of a doubleheader.

Farm System final notes 🎶

Despite only one rain out on the slate today, you kind of wish the whole slate of games was rained out given that every team lost, and Wilmington was swept in a doubleheader. The player of the day was Darren Baker. Hopefully Thursday will be a better day!
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