More than 60 Ks from the Farm’s hurlers, including 8 for Ybarra and 7 for Bongiavanni, could only achieve a W/L split. Talley slammed a Slam for Dunedin.
Starting pitcher Brad Mills (10-3) took the win with an impressive 7.0 IP allowing 3 runs, but had the fortune of 8 hits from his offence. Jayson Nix booted his second error, but he had already been redeemed with an earlier 2 run homer in the 3 run first inning for the 51s. David Cooper took the RBI crown for the evening with 3 hits including a double, batting in the other three for Las Vegas. A- Hech managed a pair of singles and a BB.
In the first of a twin bill that resulted from moving up Sunday’s game ahead of the approaching hurricane, New Hampshire was on the receiving in of a brilliant No Hitter from Harrisburg’s starter Martis (8-5). Without any lumber at the plate, New Hampshire’s starter in rehab, Dustin McGowen (0-2), did his best in 4.2 IP to keep it close, allowing 2 runs and striking out 4.
In the second installment of Friday’s twin bill, the Fisher Cats managed 8 hits, but fell prey to Harrisburg’s 10 hits. Starter Willie Collazo had a rocky start, going 2.1 IP and allowing 5 ER, but was not the pitcher of record. That dubious distinction went to Bobby Korecky (3-3) who took the loss with 2.0 IP and 2 ER and managing the only strikeout from Fisher Cats’ pitching.
Anthony Gose went long in the first inning, leading off with a solo homer. Danny Perales, Moises Sierra and Yan Gomes each smacked an RBI. Gomes’ RBI came on one of the two doubles he smacked. Callix Crabbe also added a double.
Winning pitcher, recently returned Vince Bongiovanni (1-0), had a solid night with 6.0 IP and 7 Ks, while allowing just 2 runs on 4 hits. Ryan Schimpf booted one, his 5th of the year.
But the real story on the evening was the 19 hits and 16 runs from Dunedin bats, including four dingers, one each from Sean Ochinko (2 run), Brad Glenn (3 run), Justin Jackson (solo) and a Slam by John Talley, who batted in 6 and went 2 for 3. Schimpf redeemed his error going 3 for 5. Also going 3 for 5 was A.J. Jiminez with an RBI.
Marcu Walden (5-5) went 5.0 IP and took the loss allowing 7 hits and 4 runs (all in the 4th inning). Interestingly, Lugnut pitchers had 12 total Ks on the evening, but the disasterous 4th inning sealed their fate. Jake Marisnick had a throwing error and Bryson Namba had a pair of errors, a bad throw and a missed catch. K.C. Hobson made his 25th error on the year with a fielding miscue.
At the plate Lansing’s RBIs came from Marisnick’s 13th homer(he went 3 for 4 with a double as well), a solo blast in the 6th, a single by Hobson in the 4th and a single by Jonathan Jones in the 9th.
A pitchers dual came out for Vancouver with Jesse Hernandez (4-3) taking the shut out win with 5.0 IP and 6 Ks. Shane Opitz had a bad throw for his 15th error on the year.
The Canadians iced the game in the first, scoring 2 runs, one on a 3B hit by Kevin Patterson scoring Opitz who had singled and a double by Stephen McQuail that plated Patterson.
Bluefield was more than bested by Elizabethton at the hands of a 7 run rout in the 8th inning off losing pitcher Jonathan Lucas (3-3) who in just 1 IP allowed the seven runs on 5 hits and 3 BB. Starter Tyler Ybarra had a brilliant scoreless 5.0 IP with just 3 hits and a more than fierce 8 Ks. Andy Fermin booted a fielding opportunity, his 12th error on the year.
The B Jays four runs came in the 2nd and the 3 run 7th inning. In the second, Kevin Pillar sent a sac fly to right scoring Art Charles who had tripled. The 3 runs in the 7th came from a pitch hit triple by Leo Hernandez plating Christopher Hawkins who had singled and Daniel Arcila who had walked.
A dozen runs from the Jays bats helped their four pitchers prevail over the Phillies in an extra innings contest. In total, Blue Jays pitchers threw no less than 14 Ks on the evening. In the end, Luis Mendez got the win with 3 IP, striking out three and allowing just one hit and a BB.
Santiago Nessy went went 2 for 6 and batted in 3 while Yudelmis Hernandez batted in a pair with a double in the 11th. Substitute SS Chris Peters doubled in Christian Frias who was hit by a pitch in the 11th.
Third Star Tyler Ybarra 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 8 Ks
Second Star David Cooper 3 for 5, 2B, 3 RBIs
First Star John Talley 2 for 3, 2B, Grand Slam, 6 RBIs