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MLM Recap: Rick Porcello gets rocked in AAA (maybe for the best)

AAA: Gwinnett 7, Toledo 3

Rick Porcello got his butt handed to him- he went 5 innings, giving up 5 runs on 10 hits and 3 walks with 3 strikeouts. The good news: according to Beck, he's working on that slider. Hey, I'll take a couple crappy AAA starts if it means Rick starts K'ing 6 per 9 with his groundball rate (still good- 12 GB to 1 FB) Ryan Perry also had a rehab appearance- and he did poorly. Beck notes in the Porcello article that he struggled with his command, and that's evident in his line of 1.2 innings with 1 unearned run allowed on 2 walks and a hit with a strikeout. Will Rhymes was 3-5 with a triple and Brent Dlugach was 2-4 with a double.

AA: Bowie 6, Erie 5

Ugh. More suck from Erie, PA. Ramon Garcia wasn't horrible, going 7 innings and giving up 5 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. So maybe he was kinda bad. Rawley Bishop went 2-4 with a double and a walk and Michael Bertram went 2-5 with a double.

A+: Tampa 5, Lakeland 0

Jon Kibler had a solid start- 6 innings pitched with only one earned run allowed on 6 hits and 3 walks with 5 strikeouts. He still caught the loss due to an utter lack of offense. Samir Rijo was 1-3 with a double. 3 other Flying Tigers managed to pick up a base- Daniel Fields via a walk and Brandon Douglas/Jordan Lennarton via base hits.

A: South Bend 2, West Michigan 1 (10 innings)

Hooray, more losses. Jade Todd left the game with an injury after throwing 3 pitches, so the bullpen took over. Victor Larez was the 5 inning stopper, allowing 1 earned run on 6 hits and a walk. Miguel Mejia gets the nod for best performance with his 1.2 innings, in which he struck out 4 and walked 1. Jamie Johnson was 2-3 with a walk. Promote him. Yes, even if that means sending Daniel Fields down to West Michigan.

SS: Connecticut 1, Lowell 0

Only the short season team wins. Maybe because they haven't been taught how to lose by the other clubs yet. Luis Sanz pitched very well, going 6 innings and giving up a mere 3 hits and a walk with 6 strikeouts. He probably goes up to replace Jade Todd for West Michigan if he hits the DL. Michael Torrealba threw 3 hitless innings, walking 3 and striking out 7.