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The Scoop: Céspedes’ Little League HR, A Bethancourt Update, And More…

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Last night, the world witnessed Kyle Lloyd’s major league debut against the Mets at Petco Park.  It didn’t go quite as well as he would’ve liked, as the Mets ended up winning by a score of 6-5, with Lloyd allowing four of those runs.  He left the game with no outs in the fifth and runners on, one of which was allowed in by Kirby Yates.  As far as milestones go, the first hit that he gave up was to Yoenis Céspedes, a monster home run in the first, and his first strikeout victim was Lucas Duda in the second.  The 26-year-old righty struggled a bit with his command and just missed on a few pitches, but a few hanging sliders in the 80 MPH-range did him in.

Aside from Lloyd’s first major league start, the highlights included second inning home runs by Hunter Renfroe (his 20th) and Allen Córdoba (his 4th) and a spirited ninth inning rally, which included Dusty Coleman’s first major league RBI, a double that scored Cory Spangenberg from first.  In the end, it wasn’t enough, as a Little League home run by Céspedes turned out to be the deciding run.

With Phil Maton pitching in the seventh, Céspedes was fooled on a pitch and tried to check his swing.  He couldn’t hold up, and he hit a floater down the line in right.  Renfroe, playing the right handed slugger to pull, had a long way to go to dig it out of the corner, but made a perfect relay throw to Wil Myers.  It would’ve been tough to get Curtis Granderson out at home, so Myers threw to third to try to get Céspedes, but his throw was not even close and went past Spangenberg.  José Pírela was backing up and got the ball quickly as Céspedes took off for home, but he rushed an off balance throw that catcher Héctor Sánchez had to lurch backwards to get and then dive towards the plate, and he wasn’t able to apply the tag.

It was a little quieter night on the farm than usual, with Fort Wayne and AZL Padres 1 taking the night off, but there was still plenty of action to check up on.

 

Bethancourt Gives and Takes

Chihuahuas pitcher Christian Bethancourt, who usually pitches in relief, got the start for El Paso, and went three innings, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out four.  El Paso would go on to lose to Iowa 2-1, with both of the Cubs runs coming off a Mark Zagunis 2-run home run in the third.  Bethancourt would hit in the bottom of the inning and hit a home run of his own.

The rehabbing Travis Jankowski went 2 for 4 with a double, and Nick Buss and Christian Villanueva got the only other hits for the Chihuahuas.  Rafael De Paula, Logan Bawcom, and Adam Cimber combined for six innings of no-hit relief, allowing four walks while striking out eight.

 

Kennedy Regains Strikeout Lead

Missions pitcher Brett Kennedy wasn’t his usual sharp self, allowing three runs (on a pair of home runs) on three hits and two walks.  Still, it was enough to help San Antonio to a 6-5 win,  and his six strikeouts enabled him to pull ahead of Grant Holmes (Midland RockHounds) for the Texas League lead in strikeouts.  Entering the game tied at 102 each, Holmes also pitched yesterday, but recorded just five K’s.

Javier Guerra went 2 for 4 with a double, bringing his average up to .231 since his promotion to Double-A.  Nick Torres went 1 for 5, extending his hitting streak to six games, and Franmil Reyes and Ty France each went 1 for 4 and scored twice.

 

Elsewhere Around The Farm

 

  • Tri-City lost 2-0 to the Vancouver Canadians.  Ben Sheckler had a solid outing, allowing two unearned runs in 6.2 innings, scattering four hits and two walks while striking out five.  The Dust Devils bats were kept silent, with Chris Mattison and Kelvin Melean accounting for all three of their hits.

 

  • Making his second appearance after spending a month on the disabled list, Jerry Keel gave up four runs (two earned) in two innings in the Storm’s 8-3 loss to the Inland Empire 66ers.  Trevor Frank had a rough outing as well, allowing four runs in 1.1 innings.  Fernando Perez and Chris Baker each homered for Lake Elsinore.

 

  • 18-year-old Cuban lefty Ramon Perez threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and four walks while striking out seven in the AZL Padres 2 squad’s 2-0 victory over the AZL Athletics.  Gabriel Arias went 2 for 4, Eguy Rosario went 1-4 with a double, and Tirso Ornelas went 1 for 3 to raise his average to .264.