Saturday Farm Report: Short-Season Teams Open With Wins
Short-season A Boise and Rookie Grand Junction made their 2018 debuts a success on Friday night. Boise opened the season with a 7-4 victory at Spokane, and Grand Junction opened at home with a 9-4 victory against Orem.
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In Friday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (32-35) lost 6-4 in 10 innings against Memphis, which completed a three-game sweep and left the Isotopes winless in four extra-inning games this season. It was the first time Albuquerque was swept in a series at home since June 25-28 last season against Salt Lake City.
AA Hartford (31-35) won 6-3 against Binghamton in front of the Yard Goats' 17th sellout of the season. Forrest Wall (.210) was 3-for-5 with a home run, double and single. Jesus Tinoco (5-5, 5.12) allowed one run on six hits and a walk, striking out one in six innings. Matt Pierpont (1.91) earned his Eastern League-leading 17th save.
High A Lancaster (32-36) won 3-1 at Lake Elsinore. Matt Dennis (4-7, 4.93) earned the victory, allowing one unearned run on five hits and two walks, striking out two in 5 2/3 innings. Justin Lawrence (2.20) earned his sixth save and ran his scoreless streak to seven games, in which he has given up one hit and two walks in 6 2/3 innings. Vince Fernandez (.299) hit his ninth home run.
Low A Asheville (27-40) won 6-5 against Augusta. Nic Motley, a 14th-round draft choice a year ago out of Long Beach City College, made his 2018 debut with a sixth-inning home run. Tommy Doyle (4-4, 3.86) retired all six batters he faced in the final two innings of the game, and Ramon Marcelino (.249) brought an end to the game with his third hit of the game, a bases-loaded single off the right field wall in the bottom of the ninth. Nick Kennedy (7.00) started and allowed one run on two hits and two walks, striking out nine in five innings. Matt McLaughlin (.248) drove in a run in the third, and two more in the fifth with a single.
Short-season A Boise (1-0) won 7-4 at Spokane. Hunter Williams (1-0, 0.00) earned the win with two innings in relief of starter Pearson McMahan (0.00), who allowed two hits and two walks, striking out two, in four scoreless innings. Hayden Roberts (0.00) earned the save. Danny Edgeworth was 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI, and Daniel Jipping was 2-for-3 with a run scored, RBI, double and triple.
Rookie Grand Junction (1-0) won 9-4 against Orem. Reese Berberet, the Rockies 17th round draft choice out of Long Beach City College, made his professional debut with a home run in his first at-bat. A third baseman, Berberet went 3-for-4. Javier Guevara was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Alfredo Garcia started and allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks, striking out two in four innings. Moises Ceja (1-0) earned the win with 2 2/3 shutout innings in which he gave up a hit and a walk, and struck out a batter.
Dominican Summer League South (4-8) lost 1-2 at the Nationals. Brayan Castillo (0-1, 3.00) gave up both runs. Branfiel Conception (.250) was 2-for-4. Julio Carreras (.211) walked and scored the Rockies only run on a throwing error in the seventh.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (7-5) lost 7-2 to Pirates No. 2. Luis De Avila (0-1, 8.03) allowed six runs on six hits and two walks, striking out two in four innings. Shortstop Eddy Diaz (.326) singled, walked, stole two bases and scored two runs.