Asheville 10, Hickory 2
Considered one of the bigger team matchups this week, Asheville is visiting Hickory for three games in a series featuring strong hitting. The Tourists took the series opener 10-2 behind homers from Rosell Herrera (sixth of season) and Tom Murphy (seventh). Julian Yan went 4 for 5 with three doubles and three RBI, and David Dahl added three singles.
Hickory's Lewis Brinson is sprinkling multi-hit games so far this season, and he had two hits with a walk in this game. Ranked 12th in the Rangers system by Baseball America, Brinson has six hits in his past 16 at-bats and has four home runs this season.
Crawdads starter Tyler Smith allowed two runs on five hits in five innings, with no walks and three strikeouts. Ryne Slack was knocked around for five runs in 2/3 of an inning in relief.
Lakewood 4, Charleston 3
Lakewood took the series opener behind two runs in the seventh inning. Chase Numata went 3 for 3 with a home run, while Brian Pointer picked up two RBI. Carlos Tocci, ranked 10th in the Phillies system, recorded two hits in four trips. Lakewood starter Yoel Mecias allowed one earned run and two total in 4.2 innings, walking two and striking out eight.
Charleston received two hits, including a double, from Greg Bird. Claudio Custodio went 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Reymond Nunez had a double and RBI.
Rome 3, Greenville 2 (10 innings)
Rome pulled out a tight contest with a walk-off home run by Blake Brown, his first of the season and only ninth hit for the 2012 fifth-rounder. Jose Peraza added two hits and is hitting .275/.330/.313 with five walks and six stolen bases. Peraza is drawing rave reviews for his mix of athleticism and glove. Brian McCann continues to mash Class-A pitching in his rehab stint, going deep for the third time.
The Braves received five solid innings from Frank Lafreniere, who allowed five hits and two runs with three walks and six strikeouts. First-rounder Lucas Sims followed with three scoreless innings on one hit with two walks and three strikeouts. Carlos Perez, attempting to revive his career in a bullpen role, pitched two scoreless innings.
Greenville's Cody Koback went 3 for 3 with two RBI and a walk. Mookie Betts walked three times from the leadoff spot. Cody Kukuk allowed one run on two hits in five innings, walking one and striking out five.
West Virginia 6, Greensboro 3
West Virginia's Joely Rodriguez allowed one earned run on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts in six innings. Eric Wood went 3 for 5 with a home run and four RBI. Dilson Herrera went 3 for 5 with an RBI. Josh Bell continued his three-true-outcomes style of play with three walks and two strikeouts.
Savannah 6, Kannapolis 3
Savannah's Kevin Plawecki has been on fire lately, going 3 for 5 with three doubles and an RBI to improve to .402/.462/.696 on the season. The Sand Gnats catcher has 15 doubles and four home runs, going 16 for 37 in his past 10 games. Savannah starter Matthew Bowman allowed three runs in eight innings, not walking any while striking out eight.
Kannapolis received two hits and one double each from Micah Johnson and Ruben Sierra. Johnson is hitting .311/.394/.500 with six doubles, four triples and one home run, further backing the reports of his surprising pop. Johnson also has 21 stolen bases, proving to be one of the more valuable players in the league so far.
Lexington 3, Delmarva 1
Lexington's Miguel Almonte had his best outing to date, throwing six shutout innings on one hit while walking three and striking out nine. He outdueled Delmarva's Matt Taylor, who allowed three unearned runs on three hits in six innings, walking three and striking out seven.
Humberto Arteaga went 2 for 4 with a triple and three RBI for the Legends.