Upper Levels Friday: Everybody Wins; Notes About Walks

AAA: Las Vegas 51s 9, Sacramento RiverCats 3 

The RiverCats played some a-ball level defense which led to a five-run Vegas third inning that removed much of the suspense from this game early.

Notable offensive performances:
C Travis d’Arnaud: 1-for-2, 3 BB.
– The only statistical blemish in d’Arnaud’s performance in the last two years in AA and AAA has been his walk rate – under 7% last year in AAA, so it’s especially nice to see him being this patient early.

Game two in AAA is already Chris Schwinden time, and he was very Schwindeny: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.

 


AA: Binghamton Mets 1, Akron Aeros (CLE) 1

The B-Mets scored the go-ahead run in the seventh on a dropped popup.

Cory Mazzoni had a nice start: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. Watch his strikeout rate really closely in 2013. His seven strikeouts tied a AA-high he achieved once in 14 starts in 2012.

For the second game in a row, Alonzo Harris lined up in CF, with Cory Vaughn in LF and Cesar Puello in RF. Harris was 1-for-4.

LHP Jack Leathersich fanned two and walked two in the ninth for his first AA save. His walk rate has climbed as he’s moved through the minors.