Che-Hsuan Lin played the hero for Greenville, Mike Moustakas hit his 12th dinger and Cody Johnson continued heading in the right direction.
South Atlantic League
Prospect Of The Day
Picking a POTD is harder some days than others. Today was one of the easy days. Greenville (Red Sox) center fielder Che-Hsuan Lin went 4-for-5 with two doubles, his fifth home run and six RBIs in a wild 13-12 win over Asheville (Rockies). In the bottom of the first, Lin walked to lead off the game but was then thrown out trying to steal second. That was about the only thing he did wrong all night. Lin got a second chance to hit in the bottom of the first after the Drive batted around and came through with a two-run double that put Greenville up 6-1. Lin struck again in the sixth with an RBI infield-single to make it 7-2. Greenville added three more runs in the inning to open up a 10-2 bulge, but Asheville made a furious comeback in the late innings, scoring twice in the seventh, five times in the eighth, and three times in the ninth to take a 12-10 lead.
The Drive put two on with one out in the bottom of the ninth, when Asheville summoned righthander Craig Baker to face Lin. Home runs aren’t Lin’s calling card, but he has some pop and picked a good time to show it, drilling Baker’s first pitch over the left field wall to send everyone home happy.
"It was a fastball, middle in and a little high," Lin told the Greenville News through an interpreter. "I didn’t think too much about it, but I just enjoyed the moment."
Lin raised his numbers to .265/.363/.403 in 283 at-bats on the year. His six RBIs tied the Drive’s franchise record.
Asheville’s comeback was spearheaded by shortstop Everth Cabrera, who went 5-for-6 with his fourth home run, a double and three RBIs. Cabrera also stole his minor league-leading 50th base of the season … Charleston (Yankees) shortstop Carmen Angelini went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 3-2 win over Savannah (Mets) … Savannah catcher Francisco Pena went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI in the loss … Rome (Braves) left fielder Cody Johnson went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Johnson has quietly had a solid June, hitting .284/.340/.500 in 88 at-bats, while cutting his strikeouts down to a more manageable total of 27 in 24 games.
What To Watch For Today
Lefthander Zach Britton (7-5, 2.95) will take the hill for Delmarva (Orioles) as they host Lake County (Indians) at 7:05 EDT … After going 27-43 and finishing next-to-last in the Southern Division in the first half, Columbus (Rays) is off to a 9-1 start in the second half. They’ll look to continue that success as they visit Rome at 7:00 EDT.
Prospect Of The Day
Sunday was a pretty slow for prospects in the MWL, so POTD honors go to Burlington (Royals) third baseman Mike Moustakas, who hit his 12th home run of the year in the first inning of a 4-3 win over Wisconsin (Mariners). Moustakas finished the night 1-for-3 with the home run and a walk, raising his line to .242/.298/.414 in 302 at-bats.
Clinton (Rangers) righthander Blake Beavan didn’t pitch all that poorly, allowing three runs on five hits in five innings, with one walk and five strikeouts, but he gave up a pair of solo home runs in the fourth inning and would up taking the loss, dropping his record to 4-5, 3.16. Home runs have been an issue for Beavan, as he’s given up nine in 12 starts on the year, which is tied for the third-most in the MWL … Peoria (Cubs) righthander Dae-Eun Rhee had a rare tough outing last night against Kane County (Athletics). He gave up three runs on five hits in three innings of work. He also walked four and struck out two.
What To Watch For Today
Burlington righthander Matt Mitchell (5-6, 4.01) starts tonight as the Bees host Wisconsin (Mariners) at 8:00 EDT.
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