Down on the Farm: July 16
Behind a solid pitching performance by Esmailin Caridad and timely hitting, the Smokies beat the Stars, 3-1.
RHP Esmailin Caridad (W 4-1, 3.31) 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 BB
? LF Jake Fox led the Smokies offense, going 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI … he is hitting at a .316 (50-for-158) clip when batting fourth.
? Caridad tossed 7.0 scoreless innings, earning his fourth win and third quality start of the season … he is 2-0 with a 0.93 ERA (2 ER/19.1 IP) when tossing 6.0 or more innings.
? RHP Jose Ceda converted his sixth straight save, surrendering one run on three hits over 2.0 innings of relief.
With its 4-2 win over Ft. Myers, Daytona took over first place in the Florida State League … the Cubs have won six of their last eight games.
RHP Hung-Wen Chen (W 1-0, 3.47) 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
HOMERS – Darwin Barney (3)
? SS Darwin Barney put the Cubs ahead for good with a two-run homer in the first frame … he ended the night 2-for-4 with the clout, a run scored and two RBI, recording the fourth multi-hit contest in his last seven games.
? RHP Blake Parker converted his fourth consecutive save of the season, tossing a scoreless ninth frame, yielding one hit … he has yet to surrender a run over his last four outings (4.0 IP).
Peoria defeated Lansing for the first time this season, pounding 15 hits en route to its 8-1 win.
RHP Jose Pina (ND) 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
HOMERS – Jonathan Wyatt (3), Rebel Ridling (2)
? In his first home game with the Chiefs, 1B Rebel Ridling put on a show, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a two-out, two-run homer, two runs scored and three RBI.
? 3B Jovan Rosa also recorded three-hits, going 3-for-5 with a triple, a run scored and two RBI … he is
36-for-87 (.414) with 47 RBI with RISP.
? RHP Jay Jackson picked up his first win of the season after hurling a season-high 4.1 innings of scoreless relief, yielding two hits and fanning eight.
The Hawks dominated the Dust Devils, pounding out 10 runs on 22 hits in their 10-4 victory … Boise collected its first sweep of the season, out-scoring Tri-City, 27-16.
LHP Harol Tolentino (ND 2-0, 3.63) 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 BB
? C Michael Brenly, who was 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, recorded his third straight multi-hit affair … he is batting .522 (12-for-23) with a pair of doubles in seven home games.
? 2B Josh Harrison collected a season-high four hits, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI … he is riding a nine-game hitting streak, going 18-for-37 (.486) over the stretch.
? RHP Bubba O’Donnell won his third straight decision, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits and fanning two …with RISP and two outs, opponents are hitting a paltry .083 (1-for-12).
? Every Boise starter recorded a hit including seven multi-hit affairs.
Mesa battled back from a 9-0 deficit, but fell short, falling to the AZL Brewers, 9-8.
RHP Larry Suarez (L 0-1, 13.50) 0.2 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
HOMERS – John Contreras (5)
? RF Nelson Perez was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI … of the 15 games he has recorded a hit in, nine have been multi-hit contests.
? 3B John Contreras extended his hitting streak to seven games, going 1-for-3 with a walk, a homer, three runs scored and an RBI.
? RHP Francisco Acosta tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, surrendering one hit and two walks, while striking out one … he extended his scoreless innings streak to 6.0 IP (four appearances).