Farm Report: Pint's Control Problems Resurface in Saturday Start

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The challenge of Riley Pint added another chapter on Saturday night. Pint, the fourth player selected in the 2016 first-year player draft, failed to get out of the first inning in his second start of the season for Low-A Asheville.

Pint (0-1, 13.50) did not give up a hit, but allowed four runs while registering two outs in Asheville’s 5-4 loss in the second game of a doubleheader at Hagerstown. He did get two outs – a strikeout and sacrifice fly – but also walked six batters in a 34-pitch appearance that included only nine strikes

In his first start of the season, Pint pitched a solid two innings, allowing one hit and one walk, and struck out three.

Since signing in 2016, Pint has pitched only 141 innings, walking 100 batters. He is 3-20 with a 5.49 ERA.

In Saturday’s Games:

Triple-A Albuquerque (6-4) won 11-2 at Tacoma (Mariners). Ryan Castellani (1-0, 2.79) allowed one run on four hits and two walks, striking out seven. Sam Hilliard (.205) drove in four runs with a three-run home run in the third, and sacrifice fly. Veteran outfielder Craig Gentry (.455) was 3-for-6 and scored two ruins in his second appearance since joining the Isotopes. Noel Cuevas (.375) was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two stolen bases as the Isotopes stole their first four bases of the season. Roberto Ramos (.308) was 3-for-5 with two RBI.

Double-A Hartford (3-7) won 9-6 at New Hampshire (Blue Jays). The Yard Goats equaled a club record with four home runs, three in the first inning from Alan Trejo (.448), Mylz Jones (.364) and Vince Fernandez (.242). Fernandez, whose two-run shot went in the upper deck at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, has homered in all three games at the ballpark. Bret Boswell (.267) added a two-run home run in the fourth. Jordan Foley (1-1, 7.36) was credited with the win despite allowing three runs on five hits and a walk, striking out two in 2 2/3 innings. Ben Bowden (5.79) struck out two of three batters he faced in the ninth to earn his second save. Rico Garcia (4.50) started and allowed three runs on three hits and three walks in four innings.

High-A Lancaster (4-6) won 7-6 at Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers). Ryan Vilade (.342) singled home a run in the seventh and doubled home a game-tying run in the ninth, ahead of Luis Castro (.282) drawing a bases-loaded walk to produce the game-winning run. Austin Moore (1-0, 3.38) retired two of three batters he faced in the eighth to be credited with the win. Tommy Doyle (0.00) earned his second save. Antonio Santos (5.06) started and allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings.

Low-A Asheville (5-5) split a doubleheader at Hagerstown (Nationals), winning 5-1 in Game 1 and losing the second game, 5-4. Asheville came up with a three-run fifth inning in Gamd 1 in which Terrin Vavra (.361) tripled home one run and scored another on a sacrifice fly by Grant Lavigne (.267). Vavra also had a sacrifice fly in the third. Nick Kennedy (1-0, 0.00) worked two shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out two, in Game 1. Alfredo Garcia (7.27) started and gave up one run on one hit and a walk, striking out four in four innings.