Those who watched Purcey during spring training knew the type of season he would have. Purcey roamed…
Purcey Brilliant with Stuff and Command
New Hampshire 5, Connecticut 1
David Purcey (1-0) was dominant over 6 1/3 innings allowing one run, on five hits, while walking just one batter and striking out seven. Purcey pitched effectively down in the strike zone and showed brilliant command of his fastball and curveball – saving a tired bullpen from working a lot once again.
New Hampshire jumped on starting pitcher Nick Pereira in the third inning for three runs. Aaron Mathews (3-for-4) led off with a single. Erik Kratz followed with a walk. Both moved up on a wild pitch before 3B Brad Hassey (2-for-3) singled both runners home. Hassey scored on Rob Cosby's double.
In the following inning Aaron Mathews lined a double to the deepest part of the ball park to drive in Manny Mayorson, who had singled, and a throwing error on the play allowed Ryan Klosterman, who was hit by a pitch, to score.
Jo Matumoto and Jean Machi combined to pitch 2.2 innings of shutout relief for the Fisher Cats, who salvage the final game of the series after two tough one-run losses to Connecticut.
The Fisher Cats start a seven-game road trip Thursday night in New Britain. New Hampshire sends right-hander Jesse Litsch to the mound against New Britain right-hander Anthony Swarzak (0-1, 10.12).
Sarasota 8, Dunedin 1 - Game 1
Dunedin 2, Sarasota 1 - Game 2
Brandon Magee was roughed up four six runs, and six hits in just 1 2/3 innings in Game 1 of Dunedin's double header on Wednesday. It was the second time the right-hander struggled on the mound in as many appearances. Magee allowed four earned runs while recording just one out on April 5. Edgar Estanga made his season debut for Dunedin and allowed one earned run in 2 1/3 innings, while Sean Stidfole struck out three of the six batters he faced on his way to two perfect innings. Jacob Butler had a double and a single in the loss, and was the only player with two hits. The outfielder is batting 7-for-21 (.333) in six games this season.
In Game 2 Aaron Tressler fanned eight batters, and didn't allow a single walk in four innings. Tressler allowed just a pair of hits in the game, but couldn't earn the victory because he didn't pitch the required five innings. Ted Serro followed Tressler on the mound and was credited with the victory, despite allowing a run and four hits in 1 2/3 innings. Connor Falkenbach recorded his third save of the season by tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Cory Patton went 2-for-4 with a double in the nightcap. Josh Kreuzer also added a double and drove in a run, while David Corrente drove in the other run and finished 1-for-2 in the game.
The Lansing Lugnuts had their game against the West Michigan Whitecaps postponed due to snowy conditions. The postponement is the fourth straight home game for the Lugnuts that has been wiped out due to inclement weather.
The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday, May 31 at Oldsmobile Park when the two teams play their second series of the season against each other.
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