Game winning single for Diaz
The pitching failed for most of the farm system on Tuesday evening as the Fisher Cats bullpen blew a lead given to them, and Lansing had an off night on the mound. Dunedin salvaged the evening with a come from behind victory after trailing for most of the game. Offense was the story Tuesday as several key players went deep and got the clutch hit.
Fisher Cats Blow Lead in Late Innings
Just when the offense is beginning to show signs of life for the Fisher Cats, the bullpen is beginning to disappoint.
The Fisher Cats took a 4-3 lead into the final two innings, however, the relievers could not hold the game.
New Hampshire belted eleven hits Tuesday evening and put up a four spot in the fifth inning, however, dropped a 5-4 decision against Harrisburg. With one out and runners on first and second in the fifth inning, Carlo Cota hit a homer to center field to tie the game at three. Kevin Barker and Maikel Jova followed up with back-to-back singles and after Rob Cosby struck out, Raul Tablado singled to right field to score Barker for the fourth run of the inning.
Josue Matos relieved an ineffective Vince Perkins to begin the fifth inning. Perkins allowed three runs in four innings of work on five hits and walked four batters. Perkins did strike out five batters in his four innings of work. Matos allowed two hits and one run in 3 1/3 innings of work, but left with one out in the eighth inning with runners on first and second. Steven Andrade came in relief and allowed a single off his glove to load up the bases, and then a sacrifice fly to right field to allow the tying run to score.
Andrade was on the mound when the bottom of the ninth inning started and allowed a leadoff single on a 3-2 pitch. After a sacrifice bunt, and an intentional walk to set up a force play and a potential double play, Jordan De Jong came out of the bullpen to face Craig Kuzmic. De Jong retired him on one pitch, however, the runners advanced to second and third with two outs. Facing a 3-2 count, Shawn Norris singled right pass a diving Vito Chiaravalloti as Rich Lane scored for the game winning run.
Maikel Jova and Rob Cosby each had two hits on the evening. Every other starter in the Fisher Cats lineup had one hit.
Player of the Game: 2B- Carlo Cota: 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
Dunedin Wins Back and Forth Game
They were down, they were tied, they were down, in the end…. they won. The Dunedin Blue Jays scored two runs in the ninth inning Tuesday evening at Lakeland to defeat the Tigers 6-5. Zach Jackson started the game for Dunedin, and struggled as he allowed four runs early in the game. Lakeland opened the second inning with four consecutive singles, and a double as three runs came across before an out could be recorded. Lakeland would score a fourth run on a RBI groundout later in the inning.
Dunedin would come back and scored a run in the fourth, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth as they tied the game. Ryan Roberts led off the fourth with a homer to left field. David Smith tripled in the fifth inning to score Robinson Diaz, and Smith scored the next at bat on an RBI ground out by John Schneider. Dunedin tied the game in the top half of the sixth when Robinson Diaz singled to score Eric Arnold.
Danny Core relieved Jackson in the sixth inning and allowed a one out homer to Brent Clevlen as Lakeland re-took the lead.
With two outs in the top of the ninth, Adam Lind and Eric Arnold each singled to center field, and Clint Johnston hit a ground rule double to left field to score Lind, and move Arnold to third base. Robinson Diaz then singled in Arnold for what ended up being the game-winning run.
Zach Jackson allowed four runs on six hits in his five innings of work and struck out five batters. Tracy Thorpe pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the win, and Milton Travarez pitched the ninth for his fourth save of the season.
Ryan Roberts, Eric Arnold and Robinson Diaz each had two hits on the evening, and Adam Lind reached base three times with a single and two walks.
Player of the Game: C- Robinson Diaz: 2-4, R, 2RBI
Pitching Fails Lansing in Series Opener
The Lansing Lugnuts dropped the first game of an eight game homestand Tuesday night against West Michigan. The Lugnuts scored the first run of the game in the bottom half of the third inning. Juan Peralta singled on a line drive to left field to lead off the inning, and moved to second on a Yuber Rodriguez single. After Curtis Thigpen walked to load up the bases, Cory Patton grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to score Peralta.
Starter Kyle Yates got into trouble in the sixth inning as he allowed three singles to open the inning and the game was tied at one. With runners at the corners Yates allowed a double to left field for the second run of the inning to come across and then allowed a single to center as Lansing trailed 3-1. The Lugnuts would get a run back in the bottom half of the sixth when Chip Cannon hit a homer to right field. Lansing, however, would fall apart at that point as they allowed a run in the seventh, four in the eighth and one in the ninth, all totaling to their 9-2 loss.
Kyle Yates allowed three runs on nine hits in his six innings of work while striking out four batters. Mark Sopko relieved Yates, however, got lit up for five runs in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Third baseman Chris Snavely led the Lugnuts in hits with two singles.
Player of the Game: DH- Chip Cannon: 1-4, R, HR, RBI