Sky Chiefs Hang on to Defeat Paw Sox
After falling behind 1-0 after the top of the first on a solo home run from Pawtucket's Dustin Pedroia
, the Sky Chiefs responded with a three run outburst in the bottom of the inning. Bryant Nelson
belted his seventh home run of the season after a lead-off single from Gabe Gross
and Guillermo Quiroz
followed with an RBI ground out later in the inning.
held the Paw Sox in check until the fifth where they would score a run on a sacrifice fly to move with in one. In the bottom of the sixth, the Sky Chiefs led off the inning with back-to-back jacks from Kevin Barker
(his 17th) and Chad Mottola
(his 16th) to move ahead 5-2. A wild pitch would score the third Paw Sox run but it was all they'd get as the Sky Chiefs hung on for a 5-3 victory.
Chad Gaudin went seven innings in the win (6-6) allowing three runs on four hits. He walked a batter and struck out eight. Lee Gronkiewicz
pitched a scoreless inning in relief picking up his first hold in AAA. He didn't allow a hit, walk anyone or strikeout anyone. Matt Whiteside
finished the game pitching a scoreless, hitless and walk-less ninth inning. He also didn't strike anyone out.
At the plate, Gabe Gross went 2-for-4, Bryant Nelson went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI and Kevin Barker went 3-for-4 with a double, homer and RBI. Chad Mottola went 3-for-4 with a homer and RBI.
Fisher Cats Blanked by Thunder, Purcey Struggles
The Fisher Cats recent struggles continued tonight, despite breaking out of a long losing streak last night as they fell 8-0 to the Trenton Thunder. The Fisher Cats had six hits in the game and only one for extra-bases (a double by Curtis Thigpen
). He and Erik Kratz
were the only Fishers to record multiple hits in the game.
struggled in the losing effort going five innings. He allowed four runs (three of them earned) on four hits, walked five and struck out six in the loss (0-2). Ryan Houston
put up a solid inning in relief, allowing just an unearned run on no hits, walked a batter and struck out two. Bubbie Buzachero
was roughed up going three innings and allowing three runs on three hits. He walked two batters and struck out four.
In two starts with New Hampshire, Purcey is putting up the same profile as with Dunedin. He has issued nine walks in eleven innings but opposing batters are hitting just .211 off him.
Dunedin Jays Pound Out 9 Unanswered Runs in Victory
The St. Lucie Mets jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second and then extended it to 3-0 in the third and were cruising until the fifth where the Dunedin bats came alive. Dunedin scored twice in the inning, once on a wild pitch and again on a double by Jayce Tingler
to move within one. In the sixth inning, they'd tie on a Scott Dragicevich
single to plate Tim Whittaker
. Dunedin kept it coming scoring five times in the seventh to go ahead, capping it off on a three-run double by Tim Whittaker and an Eric Arnold
two-run home run (his 15th). Dunedin would scored a ninth run on an RBI single from Manny Mayorson in the eighth as they scored nine unanswered runs between the fifth and eighth innings to win 9-3.
Dunedin starter Kyle Yates
struggled and did not factor into the decision. He went 4 1/ innings allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits. He also walked two batters ands truck out six. The Dunedin bullpen allowed just one hit from there on in and no runs. Mark Sopko
pitched 1 2/3 innings allowing a walk and recording a strikeout. Brian Reed
went two innings and picked up the win (2-2) walking no one and striking out a batter. Milton Tavarez
went an inning and allowed the lone hit from the bullpen as he walked no one and struck out no one.
At the plate, Tim Whittaker went 1-3 with a pair of runs scored, a double and three RBI; Eric Arnold went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs, a homer and two RBI; Jayce Tingler went 3-for-4 with a run scored, a double and an RBI. Manny Mayorson and Scott Dragicevich also had an RBI apiece.
Lugnuts Roughed Up Early; Can't Recover
The Lansing Lugnuts fell in a deep hole early on as starter Russell Savickas
was ineffective. He went just 3 1/3 innings allowing six runs (three earned) on eight hits. He also walked two batters and just out just one. The three unearned runs scored as a result of a Eugenio Velez
error. The Burlington Bees scored another in the fifth off reliever Aaron Tressler
who went 2 2/3 in relief. Tressler allowed just that run on three hits, walked a batter and struck out no one. Lansing scored their lone run in the game on a solo homer from Eugenio Velez (his 2nd) but that was it for the scoring as they fell 7-1. Scott Roy
pitched a scoreless three innings allowing just a hit, walked no one and struck out four.
Offensively, the team struggled with runners in scoring position and left all base runners on that had reached base (eight in total). The Lugnuts recorded eight hits on the game. Jason Armstrong
, Eric Nielsen
and Eugenio Velez each went 2-for-4 on the night. Russ Savickas would get the loss and fall to 6-5.
Pulaski Jays Rally for Late Win
The Burlington Indians jumped ahead 2-0 in the first but the Pulaski Jays hung in there pulling within one in the third a groundout from Zach Kalter
. Pulaski would take the lead in the seventh with three runs; a lead off solo homer from Helizer Aguilar (his 1st), a misplayed tripled off the bat of Zach Kalter and an RBI single from Jon Jaspe. Burlington would come back to tie in the bottom of the inning and yet again Pulaski responded with a run in the eighth on an RBI single from Helizer Aguilar to go ahead 5-4. Burlington would tie again in the bottom of the eighth. And for the fourth time, Pulaski would go ahead on an RBI single this time from Graig Badger
and hung on for the 6-5 win.
Pulaski starter Francisco Mateo
went five innings allowing two runs on seven hits. He also walked a batter and struck out two. Eziemir Reinoso
went 1 2/3 innings allowing two runs on three hits, walking four batters and striking out just one. Rafael Perez
went an inning, allowed a run on a hit, walked a batter and struck out no one. Perez also picked up his first blown save. Scott Byrnes
went 1 1/3 innings allowing no runs on two hits, walking no one and striking out three. He got a blown save for allowing an inherited runner that was charged to Perez but also picked up a win (1-1).
At the plate, Helizer Aguilar was the star going 4-for-5 with two runs scored, a double, a homer and two RBI; Jacob Butler
went 3-for-5 with a double; Jonathan Jaspe
went 2-for-5 with an RBI; Graig Badger went 1-for-1 with a pinch hit RBI; Zach Kalter went 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.