MLN: Dunedin's Offense on FIRE

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<b>Walk-Off Homer Hands Baker, SkyChiefs Loss</b> <br> <br> Chris Baker came in to relieve Spike Lundberg to begin the bottom of the ninth inning in a tie ballgame, however, he recorded just two outs and walked off the field with his head down after allowing a two run homer to Shane Victorino as Scranton won the game 5-3.

Syracuse put up two runs on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning on a two run homer by Chad Mottola to left field, however, starter Chad Gaudin allowed all of his three runs in the bottom of the first inning. The big blow came on a two run homer by Chris Coste to make it a 3-2 ball game. Gaudin retired twelve of the thirteen batters that come up before allowed a double in the sixth and one in the seventh inning. The right-hander went seven innings allowing six hits, three runs, a walk and struck out three batters.

The SkyChiefs still trailed 3-2 going into the top of the 8th inning. Gabe Gross led off with an infield single to second base, and advanced to second on a wild throw to first. Mottola then came up big one again and singled to center field to score Gross and tie the game. Spike Lundberg pitched a perfect eighth inning. Julius Matos went 2-4 as he came off the suspended list, for violation baseball's drug policy.

Player of the Game: RF- Chad Mottola: 2-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Fisher Cats Split Doubleheader with B-Mets

Josh Banks got a seven inning complete game victory in the first game of the double header allowing just two hits and one run on the afternoon. Banks had perfect command as he walked none and struck out eight.

The Fisher Cats scored both of their runs in the bottom of the first inning. Yusmeiro Petit hit Ron Acuna to open the inning, and then Carlo Cota singled on a fly ball to right field which allowed Acuna to score, and Cota to advance to second on the plate. Ron Davenport drove in Cota for the second run two batters later when he his a sacrifice fly to center field. The lone Binghamton run came on a Prentice Redman solo homer in the second inning.

Binghamton won the pitchers duel in the second game of the doubleheader on a 2-0 shutout. Vince Perkins started the game and lasted five innings allowed two runs on three hits, while walking three batters. All the damage came in the third inning when Prentice Redman and Bob Malek each doubled in a run.

Player of the Game: Game 1: SP- Josh Banks: 7IP, 2H, 1ER, 0BB, 8SO
Player of the Game: Game 2: RP- Steve Andrade: 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 2SO

Dunedin Destroys Lakeland

The Dunedin Blue Jays pounded nineteen hits and scored five runs in two different innings on their way to a 16-2 victory Sunday at Lakeland. Adam Lind was the star of the game going 5-6 with two runs scored, a double, and driving in three runs. David Smith and Manuel Mayorson each had three hits on the evening. Smith belted two doubles, a single, scored three runs and drove in two more, while Mayorson connected with three singles as he drove in a run. Catcher Robinson Diaz, third baseman Eric Arnold and center fielder Jason Waugh each had two singles in the game and drove in two runs. Arnold scored three times, with Diaz crossing the plate twice and Waugh scoring once. Ryan Roberts had an RBI double and scored two runs and Brian Patrick rounded out the offense with a single, two walks, and scored all three times.

David Purcey picked up his second victory of the season going five innings and allowing two runs on five hits, as he struck out five batters.

Player of the Game: LF- Adam Lind: 5-6, 2R, 2B, 3RBI

The Lansing Lugnuts game was washed out because of snow for the second straight day

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