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BMLN: Patterson Grand in Jays Victory
The SkyChiefs were trailing 4-3 entering the ninth inning and tied it up with a one-out pinch hit home run by Kevin Barker. Luis Figueroa followed the home run with a single, his fourth hit of the evening, and Ryan Roberts continued the rally with another single up the middle, which set up Mottola's at bat.
Figueroa finished the game 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. All SkyChiefs starters had one hit in the game, except for John Hattig who finished 1-for-4 with three strikeouts. Rob Cosby was the fifth different player for Syracuse with one run batted in.
Making his Triple-A debut David Purcey allowed just one hit and one unearned run in six innings, but the southpaw once again struggles with his command, walking four batters. Purcey battled command problems all last season.
All of the walks Purcey issued came against right-handed batters, although his lone hit of the game was with a left-handed batter at the plate.
The SkyChiefs defense continued their sloppy play with James Baldwin on the mound. Baldwin allowed three runs, but just one earned and three hits in 1 2/3 innings. Adrian Burnside pitched a scoreless inning of work, while Ben Weber picked up the victory striking out the only batter he would face.
Fisher Cats Drop 11 Inning Contest
Jason Arnold allowed an 11th inning bases loaded walk as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats fell to 2-2 in the young season with a 2-1 loss against the Connecticut Defenders.
Arnold struck out four batters over two innings, but allowed two hits and issued two walks as he suffered his first loss of the season.
Mike MacDonald was outstanding in his Double-A debut as he pitched four scoreless innings, while striking out three batters. Jamie Vermilyea followed MacDonald with four innings of his own and allowed one run, while striking out two. Vermilyea has now pitched six innings this season and is holding opponents to a .182 batting average against mark.
David Smith continued his hot hitting for New Hampshire as he went 2-for-4 with a solo home run. Miguel Negron, Manny Mayorson and Chip Cannon were the only other Fisher Cats with hits in the game, each with one single.
Smith is batting .412 (7-for-17) on the season with five runs batted in, and with runners on base is hitting .500 (5-for-10). With his single in the game, Mayorson has hit safely in all four games this season.
Patterson Grand in Jays Victory
Ryan Patterson was not having a good start to the season, entering the game in a 2-for-16 slump. However, the outfielder matched his hit total for the season Monday night, and belted a sixth inning grand slam, which led Dunedin to a 6-3 victory over Lakeland.
Despite his struggles entering the game, Patterson is 3-for-5 on the season with runners in scoring position.
Chris Snavely, who is seeing time at first base for time, went 2-for-3 in the game with a double. Eric Nielsen and Jason Armstrong each drove in a run, while Dustin Majewski finished the game 1-for-4. Ryan Klosterman scored twice in the victory and also stole his first base of the season.
Orlando Trias picked up the victory for Dunedin going 6 1/3 innings while allowed three runs, on six hits, and striking out six batters.
Connor Falkenbach retired the only two batters he faced, but pitched out of a jam for the second time in the young season. Falkenbach entered the game with one out and men on first and second. The 23-year-old has not allowed a hit with a runner on base this season.
Milton Tavarez worked the ninth for his second save of the season.
Lugnuts Bats Continue to Produce
The Lansing Lugnuts have now scored 34 runs over their first five games of the season. In their four victories, Lansing has scored 33 runs.
On Monday Lansing defeated Dayton 10-1. Cory Patton led the offensive charge with a three hit night. Patton began with a solo home run in the first inning, and finished the game 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two runs batted in.
Entering the game, Patton was stuck in a 0-for-11 slump, after going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI on opening night. The left-handed batter is just 1-for-5 against southpaws this season, but has been clutch when it matters the most. Patton is 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position, and 2-for-5 with runners in scoring position and two outs.
David Hicks also had a productive night going 3-for-5 with three runs batted in, while Brian Pettway went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs batted in. Pettway is hitting 5-for-15 with runners on base.
Joey Metropoulos went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored, and extended his hitting streak to five games.
Josh Bell hit his first home run of the season with a runner on base in the second inning.
Aaron Wideman got the start for Lansing and allowed a run, on five hits in three innings of work, while striking out five batters. Billy Carnline was remarkable in relief, allowing just one hit and striking out six batters over three innings. The 22-year-old has struck out ten batters in six innings of work, while surrendering two hits.
Scott Roy followed up with two scoreless innings, while Yesson Berroa pitched to three batters and struck all of them out.
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