Brooklyn (SSA – New York Penn League)
Tim Stronach retired one batter in a first inning in which he was charged with five runs. He got himself in immediate trouble with a leadoff walk and then couldn’t get out of trouble pitching off a fastball at 88 or 89 mph that he had trouble controlling. He couldn’t throw his sweeping slider for strikes.
Jeffrey Kaplan (pictured) who piggybacks with Stronach worked uneventfully through the second and third innings before running into big problems in the fourth. Again, a leadoff walk created problems. After a single and another walk, Kaplan gave up a grand slam to Yanks first baseman Brian Baisley that was gone off the bat – the Cyclones’ outfielders barely moved.
Kaplan left two runners on base for Erik Turgeon, who promptly gave up a three-run jack to the first hitter he faced. However, I like Turgeon’s arm a little bit. In 3.1 innings, he struck out eight with a fastball that sat at 92 and a usable breaking ball.
1B Ike Davis made the best contact he’s made in a week, a double to rightcenter in the second inning on a fastball down in the middle of the plate. It’s the pitch, fastball down and out a little bit, he handles best. He added a single later. Video of Ike Davis from Thursday is below.
Ike Davis Fouls a Ball Back
Ike Davis Grounds a Ball to Second
Kingsport (R – Appalachian League)
The K-Mets came back from a 4-0 deficit in the first tinning to win a slugfest and move into a tie for first with the Twins. Each of the first four batters in the K-Mets lineup had multiple hits. Leadoff man, 2B Kyle Suire was 3-5 with a double, a two run homer and three RBI. Suire is 9-for his last 20 in the last five games, a .450 clip. C Dock Doyle (.333/.407/.389) reached base four times, going 2-4 with two walks. And of course, SS Wilmer Flores (.348/.381/.587) was 3-6 with an RBI, extending his hitting streak to nine games. RF Seth Williams was 2-4 with a walk and an RBI.
The Twins touched Guillaume Leduc for eight runs in four innings, but Philips Orta did a nice job in relief, yielding just one run in four innings of his own.
GCL Mets (R – Gulf Coast League)
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