|Rochester||Lost, 8-7||@ Indianapolis, 6:35 p.m.||Mengden (2-3, 7.11) vs. Contreras (0-0, 4.71)|
Indianapolis 8 Rochester 7
• Hernandez 5IP, 10H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 2K, 3HR
• Banda (L, 2-5) 2+ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• Harris (BS, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 3-3 IR-S
• Dunn 2-4, R, BB, OF assist @ HP
• Adams 2-4, 2B, 3RBI
• Lindsly 2-4, R, RBI
Rochester opened the Book of Genesis with a big inning in the 7th, turning a 4-0 deficit into a 7-4 lead. Unfortunately, the Indians went Ezekiel 25:17 on the Red Wings ‘pen, which coughed up one in the 7th and three in the 8th to lose this one, 8-7.
Alemao Hernandez was strafed for ten hits, three homers, and the first four Indianapolis runs while issuing a walk and striking out two. Anthony Banda was charged with the last four Indians runs, allowing three hits and two walks over two-plus innings. Hobie Harris blew his fifth save in six opportunities as he gave up a triple to the first batter he faced to clear the bases and turn a 7-5 lead into the 8-7 final.
The implosion wasted a strong offensive effort (or masked a similar meltdown by the Indianapolis ‘pen) as the Red Wings marched to an 11-hit parade with Jeter Downs as the beer man (though he walked twice) and Jack Dunn, Matt Adams, and Brady Lindsly each going 2-for-4 and combining for a walk (Dunn), a double (Adams), and four RBI. Rochester only left on five baserunners and went 5-for-11 with RISP.
Roster moves: LHP Joe LaSorsa recalled to Washington.
Five Honored with 2023 Minor League Awards
As noted in the comments, the Nationals named their 2023 Minor League Award winners this week:
- Hitter of the Year – OF James Wood
- Pitcher of the Year – LHP Andrew Alvarez
- “Nationals Way” Award – OF Jacob Young
- Defensive Player – IF Trey Lipscomb
- Baserunner of the Year – OF Johnathan Thomas
Wood is a repeat winner, though his inclusion last year was a bit odd given that he had only played 21 games after The Trade while Young last year’s baserunner of the year. Not much to quibble about otherwise, unless you want to argue about the
coaches’ favorite “Nationals Way” (neé Bob Boone award) winner.