Mathews is nearing .400
Down in the farm on Friday, Syracuse and Lansing were rained out. In New Hampshire Davis Romero tossed another strong game, as Chip Cannon continues his hot hitting. Last but not least, Aaron Mathews continues his outstanding play this month with a 4-for-4 night.
Syracuse Rained Out
Friday's game between the Syracuse SkyChiefs and Pawtucket Red Sox was postponed due to rain. It has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader in August, the next time Syracuse returns to Pawtucket
Fisher Cats Win Fifth Straight
Three New Hampshire pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout as the Fisher Cats topped the Portland Sea Dogs 3-0 Friday night for their fifth straight victory.
Davis Romero worked the first six innings, allowing five hits, while walking four and fanning six. Jason Arnold came out of the bullpen to shut down the Sea Dogs in the seventh and eighth innings. Tracy Thorpe picked up his third save of the week, working the ninth.
The four walks were a season high for Romero, who entered the game with a total of four on the season. It was the third time in seven starts that Romero did not issue a run (minimum of five innings pitched). The left-hander has a 4-2 record and a 1.93 ERA in 42 innings, while holding opponents to a .207 batting average against mark.
It was the fourth home start for the 23-year-old and he improved to 3-0 with a 0.35 ERA at home. Romero has allowed just one run in twenty-six innings at MerchantsAuto.com Stadium. Left-handed batters are hitting .184 (7-38) off the southpaw on the season.
Chip Cannon got New Hampshire on the board in the second inning with his sixth home run of the season – a solo shot. The Fisher Cats took advantage of two Sea Dog errors in the third inning to score the other two runs. Carlo Cota scored on center fielder Miguel Negron's base hit. David Smith tripled and scored when the throw to the infield missed the cut off man.
Cannon extended his hitting streak to seven games and has hit three of his six home runs during the month of May. The 24-year-old is hitting .326 (14-43) over his last 12 games, but his strikeouts continue to rise. Cannon has struck out at least once in nine straight games and has 40 in 117 at bats this season.
Mathews Continues Hot Hitting
Aaron Mathews had a perfect game at the plate once again, however, it was not enough as Dunedin dropped a 5-2 decision.
Mathews went 4-for-4 in the game with a pair of singles, a double and a triple. Despite reaching base four times in the game, Mathews failed to score a run. The outfielder led the first inning off with an infield single to second base and stole second base. However he was caught off second base when Robinzon Diaz lined to the first baseman.
Mathews next at bat came in the third inning with two outs, and he lined a triple to the center field wall, his second of the season. Mathews would be stranded at third when Ryan Klosterman struck out swinging.
Mathews led off the fifth inning with a single to center field and doubled to left in the seventh inning. Both times he would be stranded at second base.
The 24-year-old has a six-game multi-hit streak going. Over his last eight games he has seven multi-hit games and is batting .583 (21-36) with five doubles and two triples. Mathews is hitting .545 (18-33) this season when hitting in the No. 1 spot of the lineup, and when he leads an inning off he is hitting .588 (10-17).
Robinzon Diaz and Eric Nielsen each had two singles in the loss. Diaz, who played third base for the sixth game this season, is hitting .347 (17-49) over his last 11 games, and when playing third base he is batting .423 (11-26).
Orlando Trias fell to 4-2 on the season allowing five runs, on seven hits, and issuing three walks in 3 2/3 innings. T.J. Gornati tossed three scoreless innings if relief, fanning three batters. Justin James pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing just one walk.
Lugnuts Rained Out Again
The scheduled series opener between Lansing and West Michigan at Oldsmobile Park on Friday night has been postponed due to inclement weather. It marks the second consecutive night that the Lugnuts have been rained out. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 6:05 p.m.
The Lugnuts remain 1/2 game behind the West Michigan Whitecaps in the Eastern Division. Lansing will host the first place Whitecaps for four games beginning with the doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.