Nick Allgeyer had his best outing as a pro in Fort Myers Wednesday.
To paraphrase the late Jim Morrison of The Doors, a 2018 Vancouver Canadians lefthander could not get much higher in terms of pitching performance in Fort Myers Wednesday.
Nick Allgeyer earned his first professional victory with five shutout innings as the Blue Jays blanked the Miracle 5-0. The former Iowa Hawkeye permitted just three baserunners on two hits and a hit by pitch with a hit and a plunk coming in the first. He finished up strong by retiring nine in a row and 13 of the last 14 hitters he faced. The St. Louis native struck out five to give him an impressive 13-0 strikeout/walk total over 9-2/3 innings.
Allgeyer got the only run he needed from 2017 C’s infielder Cullen Large who socked his first Florida State League home run in the second inning. Large also scored in the eighth when he reached base on a passed ball in front of a Ryan Noda two-run blast in the eighth. The William and Mary product also reached base on a walk.
Before Noda’s homer, Chavez Young (2017) singled, went to second on a wild pitch and went to third on a Logan Warmoth (2017) grounder to short before scampering home on another wild pitch in the eighth.
2017 C’s outfielder Norberto Obeso made a splash in his season debut with a double in his first at-bat, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Cal Stevenson groundout in the third. Samad Taylor (2017) was on base once with a walk.
Kyle Weatherly negated three walks with three strikeouts over two shutout innings and his 2017 C’s teammate Dany Jimenez also put in a scoreless frame on two hits while striking out one.
Otto Lopez (2018) had two hits, a walk, a run batted in and a stolen base but Lansing was toppled by visiting West Michigan 7-3. Nick Podkul (2018) scored two of the Lugnuts runs after a 1-for-3 night with a walk.
Cavan Biggio (2016) had two hits, a walk, a stolen base and two run scored but Buffalo was walked off by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 9-8 in 10 innings. Justin Shafer (2014) walked just one batter and struck out three over two shutout innings. His 2014 C’s teammate Ryan McBroom had two hits and a run scored for the RailRiders. Shafer did not face McBroom over his two innings.
Nash Knight (2016) had three hits and an RBI single and Brock Lundquist (2017) had a two-run single but New Hampshire was hammered by Hartford 10-5 in Connecticut. Lundquist entered the game as a replacement for Josh Palacios who was 0-for-2 before his exit. That single by Lundquist snapped an 0-for-19 drought to start his Double-A tenure. Ryan Hissey also had a base hit while his 2015 C’s teammate was the only pitcher to emerge unscathed by tossing two scoreless innings with two strikeouts to get around a hit and two walks. The lefthander also had two outs on the ground.
A couple of former C’s hit a pair of long drives in the majors Wednesday. Rowdy Tellez (2014) and Dwight Smith Jr. (2012) did the honours for the Blue Jays and the Orioles respectively.