SkyChiefs Use the Long Ball as Recipe for Win
Andy Dominique and Eric Crozier hit back to back homers in the fourth inning, and John-Ford Griffin got a two run single to complete the five run inning and sent Syracuse on their way to a 9-4 victory. Aaron Hill was the first of four Jays to homer with a home run in the third inning, and John-Ford Griffin’s homer in the fifth inning to score two runs ended the scoring for the SkyChiefs.
Gabe Gross finished the game with three hits, and a home run short of the cycle. Aaron Hill, John-Ford Griffin and Chad Mottola hit had two hit games, with Bryant Nelson, Jason Alfaro, Andy Dominique and Eric Crozier rounding out the hit parade with one each.
Justin Miller started for the SkyChiefs and allowed one run on five hits in four innings of work. Ryan Glynn picked up the victory despite allowed two runs on four hits in his three innings of work. Jason Arnold pitched the final 1 1/3 inning and struck out three batters for his first save of the season.
Player of the Game: DH- John-Ford Griffin: 2-4, 2R, HR, 5RBI
Fisher Cats Drop Extra-Inning Decision
Prentice Redman singled in the bottom of the 12th inning to hand the Fisher Cats a tough loss Friday evening in up state New York. New Hampshire opened the game with two runs, coming on a error by shortstop Anderson Hernandez. Ron Davenport scored in the eighth inning on a Raul Tablado sacrifice fly to tie the game. Cam Reimers started the game and allowed four runs, two earned, in 5 2/3 innings of work. Steven Andrade and Josue Matos combined for five innings of one hit baseball, however, Ryan Houston could not continue the stellar relief pitching getting the loss.
Player of the Game:Steve Andrade: RP- 2.1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 4SO
Outstanding Pitching Paves Way for Dunedin Victory
The Dunedin Blue Jays got four runs, and allowed just three hits to Fort Myers Friday evening on their way to a 4-1 victory. The Blue Jays got on the board early with a run in the second and two runs in the third. Robinson Diaz singled to lead off the inning, as Joey Reiman and Scott Dragicevich followed with consecutive walks to set up the scoring. Jason Waugh grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to score Diaz. Jayce Tingler and Ryan Roberts led off the third with singles, and the Jays went ahead 2-0 when Adam Lind reached on a fielding error to score Tingler. Clint Johnston followed with a single to left field to load the bases, and Roberts scored in a Robinson Diaz base on ball. The Jays fourth run of the game, also came on a 6-4-3 double play, as Johnston hit into it with runners at the corners.
Kurt Isenberg was spectacular on the mound striking out seven and allowed just one base runner in his six innings of work.
Player of the Game: SP- Kurt Isenberg: 6IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 7SO
Four-Run Fifth Enables Lansing to Defeat Beloit
Eric Nielsen doubled in Jason Armstrong and Curtis Thigpen for what proved to be the games winning runs in Lansing’s 6-4 victory Friday night. Nielsen finished the game with three RBI as he reached base three times in the game. Curtis Thigpen was also a major factor with the bat as he had two singles and drove in two runs, while scoring a run of his own. Jason Armstrong scored twice after reaching on base with a single and a double. Joey Wolfe continued his productive play going 1-4 with a double and a run scored.
Chi-Hung Cheng picked up the victory allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits in five innings of work, while striking out five batters. Joey McLaughlin got his third hold of the seasons as he struck out two batters in the eighth and Danny Hill picked up his fourth save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Player of the Game:: RF- Eric Nielsen: 1-3, R, 2B, 3RBI, 2BB