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BMLN: Purcey Makes Double-A Debut
The Syracuse Sky Chiefs were blanked by the Indianapolis Indians 3-0 on Friday evening just twenty-four hours after their convincing 16-3 win against the Indians. Justin Singleton continued his hot hitting going 3-for-3 with a double in the game, and was one of a few bright spots for the Sky Chiefs in the game. Chad Gaudin made his first start since returning from a stint in Toronto. He picked up the loss but really didn't pitch badly enough to deserve one. The right-hander went five innings and surrendered two runs (only one of them earned) on five hits. Gaudin also walked a pair of batters and struck out one. It was Gaudin's third straight loss in Triple-A but he has allowed just one earned run in each of his last two starts. He is 2-4 with a 2.41 ERA since his return to Triple-A on June 20. Matt Whiteside returned from his suspension for violating the drug policy and pitched a scoreless inning of relief. He didn't allow a hit, a run or a walk and didn't strike out anyone either. Jason Arnold continued his struggles as he went two innings in relief of Whiteside. Arnold gave up a run on three hits, as he walked a batter and struck out a pair. Adrian Burnside pitched a scoreless inning. Burnside didn't allow a hit or a run and struck out two. Gabe Gross went 2-for-4 with a triple and Kevin Barker also went 2-for-4 with a double.
Purcey Has a Decent Debut in AA
David Purcey got the start in his Double-A debut for New Hampshire tonight and was average on the night, going six innings. The left-hander gave up four runs (three of them earned) and allowed just four hits in twenty at bats but walked four on the evening and struck out three. Purcey suffered the loss on the night as New Hampshire only put three runs on the board and fell 5-3. Bubbie Buzachero went an inning in relief and has not allowed an earned run in 11 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .197 off him over his last 16 1/3 innings of work, and the right-hander has struck out twenty-two batters during that span. With runners in scoring position he has allowed just nine hits in fifty-one at bats, for a .176 average. Brad Mumma pitched a scoreless inning and didn't allow a hit. Mumma gave up a walk and didn't strike out anyone.
Raul Tablado went 3-for-4 on the game. Chip Cannon went 2-for-4 on the night with a double and RBI. Cannon also had the only extra-base hit in the game for the Fisher Cats. Clint Johnston and Maikel Jova each had a hit and RBI in the game. The Fisher Cats committed two errors that accounted for two unearned runs on the game. Catcher Erik Kratz and pitcher Bubbie Buzachero committed the errors.
Dunedin Pounds Out 10 Runs in Win
The story on the night was the Dunedin Blue Jays' offense. Dunedin won the game 10-2. They scored two runs in the first, seven in the fifth and one in the seventh. The offensive star was Adam Lind who went 3-for-4 with two home runs (his seventh and eighth of the season) and had five RBI. Lind has three hits or more in six of his last fourteen games and hitting 36-for-101 (.356) over his last twenty-four games with six home runs and twenty runs batted in. With runners on base he is hitting 57-for-170 (.335) with six home runs and sixty runs batted in. David Smith went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, a double and two RBI. Over his last ten games he has five multi-hit games and is hitting 13-for-39 (.333) with nine runs scored, one home run and six runs batted in. Manny Mayorson, Carlo Cota and Jayce Tingler contributed with a run driven in on the night.
Kurt Isenberg started the game and picked up the win (8-8), he went six innings and allowed a run on four hits. He walked two and struck out three. The left-hander is 2-2 with a 3.21 ERA over his last six starts. Jeremy Harper picked up a three inning save. Harper allowed a run on three hits. He also walked a batter and struck out one. This was Harper's first save with Dunedin, he had four in Lansing before being recalled.
Lansing Falls 9-5, Savickas Continues Struggles
The Lansing Lugnuts fell 9-5 to the South Bend Silver Hawks. Starter Russell Savickas had another rough outing going just four innings, allowing six runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out four in the loss (5-4). Jordy Templet was equally bad in relief. He went 2 1/3 innings, allowed three runs on four hits, walked two and struck out three. Yesson Berroa went a scoreless 1 2/3 innings, allowed no hits, no runs, walked a batter and struck out one. Yuber Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a run and 2 RBI. Brian Patrick went 1-for-4 with a run, double and an RBI. Anthony Sanders went 2-for-3 with a run. Ryan Klosterman went 2-for-4 with a run. Chris Snavely went 2-for-5 with a run. The main inning that did Lansing in was the fifth as South Bend scored seven of the nine runs in that inning.
Auburn Victorious in Convincing Fashion
The Auburn Double Days defeated the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 7-1. Starter Robert Ray picked up the win as he captured his first professional victory. The right-hander has a 1.67 ERA in twenty-seven innings this year and has allowed just fifteen hits and struck out twenty-nine batters. Opponents are hitting just .167 off him with runners in scoring position and .162 with runners on base. Ray went six innings, and allowed a run on a two hits, walked and a batter and struck out five. Josh Sowers pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings of relief to pick up a hold (his first), he walked a batter and struck out no one. Paul Phillips pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and picked up his fourth save, he allowed no runs no hits, walked no one and struck out a batter. Phillips extended his scoreless streak to seven innings and has a 1.35 ERA on the season. Opposing batters are hitting just .197 off the right-hander.
Cory Patton went 3-for-5 on the night with two runs scored and a double and is hitting 7-for-12 over his last three games. Nick Thomas went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Thomas has recorded at least one hit in thirteen of his last sixteen games and has driven in eight of his last fifteen games. Josh Bell went 2-for-5 with a run scored, a double and 2 RBI. Anthony Garibaldi went 1-for-5 with a double and 2 RBI.
Pulaski Jays Barely Squeeze Out Victory
The Pulaski Blue Jays defeated the Princeton Devil Rays by a count of 3-2. They led the game in the fifth inning by a count of 1-0 but it was tied up in the sixth. They took the lead in the ninth for good 3-1 and hung on to win 3-2. Jesse Litsch had a solid outing in the start, he went five innings, allowed a run on four hits, walked a batter and struck out nine. Cory Hahn pitched a scoreless two innings in relief, he didn't allow a hit or a run, walked a batter and struck out five. Hector Delgadillo picked up the win as he went an inning, allowed no runs, no hits, walked a batter and struck out no one. Scott Byrnes picked up his third save in an inning of work, he gave up an unearned run on two hits, walked no one and struck out two. Jesus Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI. Helizar Aguilar went 1-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI.
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