Down on the Farm

Well, it's Friday morning and I'm hungover at work.  What better way to waste time than to write a recap of last night's Sox minor league action.

Charlotte 5, Syracuse 4 (Game 1); Charlotte 2, Syracuse 7 (Game 2)
Charlie Haeger pitched 6 innings in game 1 of a doubleheader, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits, 3 of which were homers, walking 1, and striking out four.  Boone Logan pitched two scoreless innings of relief with 1 hit, 1walk, and 1 strikeout, and Paulino Reynoso vultured a win when the Knights scored in the bottom of the ninth.  At the plate, Luis Terrero was the hitting star, going 2-4 with a 3-run homer and raising his average to .304.  Josh Fields went 1-4 with a double, a walk, and two strikeouts, while Ryan Sweeney was 0-3 with a walk and a K.

In game 2, Lance Broadway was the hard luck loser after giving up a 2-run homer and scattering 8 other hits in a 5K, 0BB, 6 inning effort.  Corwin Malone was rocked for 5 runs in the 7th to solidify the loss for the Knights.  Josh Fields was hitless in one official at-bat, but drew two walks and scored a run.  Ryan Sweeney went 1-3 with an RBI double and a run scored and sits at .286 on the year.

Birmingham 5, Mobile 2
Jack Egbert got the victory, giving up 2 runs on just 4 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 5 in six innings of work.  Catcher Donny Lucy continued his hot hitting, going 2-4 with 2 doubles and a run scored and raising his average to .444.   Tom Collaro added a hit, a walk, and run with his 1-3 effort, but still managed to lower his average to .355.  Chris Getz had a rough night, going 0-4 with 2 strikeouts, and Robert Valido continued to struggle, going 0-3 with 2 strikeouts and falling to .069/.100/.103 on the young season.

Winston-Salem 3, Myrtle Beach 5 (Game 1), Winston-Salem 1, Myrtle Beach 10 (Game 2)
The Warthogs also played a twin bill on Thursday, but couldn't get much going in either game.  In the first game, Kyle McCulloch surrendered 4 runs on 7 hits, walking 2 and striking out 3 in 5 innings.  32-year-old starter Joe Gannon got rocked in game 2, allowing 7 runs (6 earned) on 6 hits and 4 walks.  Perhaps it's time for someone to pull Joe aside and gently encourage him to hang up the spikes.  John Lujan worked one scoreless inning of relief, striking out 1.  On the other side of the ball, Aaron Cunningham continued his assault on Carolina League pitching, going 4-7 on the day, bringing his average to .455, while Micah Schnurstein cooled off with an 0-6, 4 K line.  Cole Armstrong and Tyler Reves (neither of whom I know anything about) both went 2-3 in game 1 and are batting .353 and .444, respectively.  Both are 23 and are listed as catchers, though Reves played first base.

Kannapolis 3, Rome 2
21-year-old Dominican right-hander Faustino De Los Santos gave up a run on one hit and 4 walks while striking out 4 in 4.2 innings, but didn't qualify for the win, which went to Jose Zazueta.  Kanekoa Texeira and Steve Spurgeon each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.  Chris Carter went 2-4 and Anderson Gomes went 1-3 with a triple and a walk in the win.

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