Our farm boys came up empty handed Friday night unable to record a single victory. Two games, a single game and a make-up were canceled due to rain in Dunedin. That saved us from the bad side of a total sweep.
The 51s tried to take two in a row against the Grizzlies, but two 8th inning runs off reliever Evan Crawford (L 1-1) spelled doom for Las Vegas who had led 4-3. Starter Jesse Chavez had a decent outing with 5 hits and 2 runs allowed while striking out 5 in 5.2 IP. Travis d’Arnaud (1 for 4) had an uncharacteristic passed ball.
Las Vegas runs came in the 5th, 6th and 7th innings. The game was tied by Jonathan Diaz (2 for 4, 2b, RBI) who doubled in Moises Sierra (1 for 4). After Vladimir Guerrero (1 for 4, RBI) singled, d’Arnaud plated him on a ground out in the 6th. In the 7th, after a single by Diaz and another single by Adeiny Hechavarria (2 for 5), Anthony Gose (1 for 4, RBI) singled scoring Diaz. Guerrero picked up his RBI on a sac fly which scored Hechavarria. Eric Thames had a multi-hit game going 2 for 4 with a BB. Sierra and Chris Woodward (0 for 3, BB) each ran for a stolen base.
It was a 20 hit slugfest in Manchester, but New Hampshire pitching gave up 14 of them. Yohan Pino (L 4-2) was tagged with a single homer, giving up 2 runs on 3 total hits in just 2.2 IP. Fisher Cat relief wasn’t that at all, giving up another 11 hits and 7 runs after the second inning.
On offence, New Hampshire picked up 5 runs, four of which came in the 5th inning when Mike McDade doubled scoring Justin Jackson (0 for 3, BB), Ryan Goins (1 for 5) and John Tollisano (1 for 4, 2B). Another double by Sean Ochinko (1 for 5, RBI) scored McDade. Gabe Jacabo (2 for 5) stole 2nd base and had the only multi-hit game for Las Vegas, while scoring the 51s only other run in the 2nd on a single by Brian Bocock (1 for 2, 2BB, RBI).
Dunedin v Clearwater 2 Games Canceled Due to Rain (will not be rescheduled)
The Luggies were shut out and couldn’t muster any help for a decent performance by the Lansing pitchers who allowed only 3 runs on 7 hits. Losing pitcher Noah Syndergaard (3-2) gave up all three runs in 2.2 IP. In relief, Anthony DeSciafani had a great 3.1 IP, allowing a couple of hits, but striking out 6. Andy Ferman (1 for 4) and Carlos Perez (1 for 4) committed a throwing error and a fielding error respectively.
While Luggies’s lumber couldn’t produce and runs, Andy Burns (1 for 4, 2B) and Chris Hawkins (1 for 4, 2B) provided the only extra base hitting.
3rd Star Anthony DiSciafani (3.3IP, 2 H, 6 Ks)
2nd Star Jonathan Diaz (2 for 4, 2B, RBI)
1st Star Mike McDade (1 for 4, 2B, 3 RBIs)