Ninth Inning Run Dooms Syracuse
Matt Whiteside gave up a lead off homer in the top of the ninth inning with the game tied at six which led to a 7-6 SkyChiefs loss Wednesday evening.
Francisco Rosario struggled allowing six runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. It was the second consecutive start that Rosario allowed five runs or more, however, in his previous start he pitched seven innings. Despite the two bad outings, the right-hander is still holding opposing hitters to a .223 average and has yielded 51 hits in 63 innings of work. Michael Nannini had a huge relief outing tossing 3 2/3 innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits. It was the first time in four starts that Nannini did not allow a run. In his four appearances before Wednesday he allowed ten runs in just nine innings of work.
Bryant Nelson has three hits for the SkyChiefs and drove in two runs. Nelson is carrying a three game hitting streak and is 6-14 during that span. John Hattig went 1-4 with an RBI and has reached base safely in all nine games since joining Syracuse on May 23. Gabe Gross went 1-4 with a run scored and has a five game hitting streak with the SkyChiefs. Gross has also scored in five consecutive games, crossing the plate seven times in that span.
Jackson Shines as Fisher Cats Win
Zach Jackson surrendered just one run in eight innings of work as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats defeated the Portland Sea Dogs 4-1 Wednesday evening.
Zach Jackson picked up his first Double-A victory allowing one run on five hits in eight innings of work. The left-hander did not issue a walk and struck out two batters. Jackson was 8-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 59.1 innings pitched with the Dunedin Blue Jays. It was the third consecutive start he has pitched eight innings going back to his started in the Florida State League. Jackson buckled down as he allowed just one hit while facing nine batters with runners on base, and one hit in five at bats with a runner in scoring position.
Every starter in the lineup had at least one hit with Ryan Roberts and Kevin Barker having two. Ron Acuna, Roberts, Erik Kratz, Raul Tablado and Vito Chiaravalloti each doubled in the victory. Roberts, Tablado, Chiaravalloti and Maikel Jova drove in the four runs for the Fisher Cats. Roberts had a multi-hit game for the third time in nine games since joining the Fisher Cats on May 23. In nine games he has driven in four runs and walked six times. It was the second consecutive game that Tablado drove in a run and in the past nine games, the shortstop has driven in six runs.
Lee Gronkiewicz picked up his 16th save in 16 chances and set a new franchise record for saves, breaking Adam Peterson’s mark set in 2004. The closer has now gone 4.1 innings without allowing a hit and is holding opponents to a .186 batting average.
McGowan Struggles in First Start as Dunedin Gets Blown Away
Pitching for the first time since May 8, 2004 Dustin McGowan showed the expected rust any pitcher would should after missing over twelve months, especially a hard-thrower like Dustin.
McGowan allowed seven runs on seven hits in just over an inning of work as he surrendered two home runs in his outing. The right-hander allowed just one hit in the first inning while striking out two batters, however, showed signs of fatigue in the second inning. McGowan allowed a lead off home run, and then back-to-back singles, before yielding a three run homer to the fourth batter he faced that inning. He then issued a walk, followed by a single, and after he balked the runners over a base, retired what would be his only batter of the inning on a pop out. Dustin then allowed a single before leaving the game in favor of David Romero, and after an RBI ground out, Romero allowed a two run homer. Romero also surrendered seven hits and allowed five runs in two-plus innings of work. After throwing 7.2 scoreless innings since being moved back to the bullpen on May 14, Romero has allowed seven runs in his last two outings, and is 0-5 with a 5.00 ERA on the season. In 45 innings he has allowed 60 hits, and opposing batters are hitting .324 off him.
Yesson Berroa then came in and pitched two full innings, but allowed three runs on four hits. Since joining Dunedin on May 6, Berroa has allowed at least one run in three of his six appearances and has a 6.48 ERA in 8.1 innings. Tracy Thorpe and Milton Tavarez each pitched an inning, and were the only Blue Jay pitchers not to allow a run. Thorpe currently has a nine inning scoreless streak and has allowed just five hits and has not issued a walk during that span.
Carlo Cota continued his dominance of the Florida State League knocking two doubles and a single while driving in a run. In eight games since being “demoted”, Cota is hitting .371 with three home runs and seven RBI. We believe Cota was demoted as a “lesson” and expect him to rejoin New Hampshire shortly. Adam Lind went 0-4 and is 0-7 since snapping his eight game hitting streak on May 30.
Four Run Seventh Propels Lansing to Victory
Trailing 5-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning Luke Hetherington led off with a walk, and Clinton loaded the bases as Ryan Klosterman and Yuber Rodriguez drew a base on ball as well. Juan Peralta then lined his second triple of the season to left field which cleared the bases. Peralta would come across home plate the following at bat on a Jason Armstrong sacrifice fly.
Daryl Harang picked up his second victory of the season tossing three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three batters. Joey McLaughlin picked up his third save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning. Starter A.J. Wideman pitched well allowing three earned runs in five innings of work, but allowed three home runs. Wideman has pitched five or more innings in 10 of his 11 starts. The only start that he failed to go five innings was his first of the year when he was removed after reaching his pitch count as he tossed four scoreless innings with five strikeouts.
David Hicks went 2-4 with a triple and two runs batted in as Eric Nielsen went 1-4 with an RBI. Peralta has driven in 27 runs in 46 games this season and has nine games with multiple RBI. Peralta has proven to be a clutch player for the Lugnuts as he is hitting .413 (19-46) with runners in scoring position, and an even better average of .435 (10-23) with runners in scoring position and two outs. It seems Peralta is disappointed when nobody is on base as he is hitting .208 in 72 at bats with the bases empty.