One game of the four was canceled, the teams went 1-2 in the other three and no one really distinguished themselves.
Andrew Carpenter started and went 5 giving up 4 runs, three of them earned, and took the loss. The weakness of this team is still a lot of marginal starting pitching, despite some pitchers having exceeded expectations.
Offensively, all the guys you care about had a relatively quiet night (Travis d'Arnaud did contribute a first inning RBI double) while the offense was carried by journeyman 3B Kevin Howard, who went 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI.
On another note, which may or may not be significant, Adam Lind was pulled from the game after 2 at bats.
Worth noting: d'Arnaud is hitting an insane .463 in his last 10 games, with an OPS of 1.318, on the season he's up to .346 now. His 1.014 is third in the PCL among qualified hitters in OPS, and one of the two in front of him is Randy Ruiz (the other is Anthony Rizzo, BTW). Also, Anthony Gose is leading the league in SB with 24.
Despite a moderately successful bounce-back outing from struggling prospect Chad Jenkins, who gave up a single run in six innings – albeit sullied by 5 walks – the Fisher Cats dropped their seventh game in a row, and recorded the 16th loss in their last 19 games. Other than the walks, Jenkins start would be considered encouraging given that he came into the game with an ERA over 6. However the offense as nowhere to be found and the teams went into extras tied at 1-1. The third F-Cats reliever, Fernando Hernandez was on the mound when the hitters delivered a second run in the top of the 13th, only to thank them by giving up two runs in the bottom of the inning to take the loss.
The hitters recorded no extra base hits, and only two of them managed a second hit – namely Sean Ochinko and Gabe Jacobo. Even the go ahead run was scored via a wild pitch, which came at the end of a sequence of walk, HBP, groundout, WP – hardly an impressive reflection on the NH offense.
Dunedin – canceled
Starter Dave Rollins only gave up one earned run, but exited the game before the end of the fourth for some reason. He gave way after 3.2 to Blake McFarland who spotted the opposition another 3 runs.
However n this case, the offense was prepared. First baseman Kevin Patterson delivered with a 3 run homer in the 8th to put the Lugnuts ahead for good. Additionally, Shane Opiz, Kevin Pillar, and KC Hobson had 2 hits apiece, one of Hobson's being a double. Also worth noting, Kevin Pillar stole his 24th base and is on an impressive(tied with Gose), yet unheralded, pace.
Third Star - Shane Opitz got on base three times (2 hits and awalk) and drove in a run for Lansing.
Second Star: Kevin Howard, for being the only farm hand on the night to record as many as three hits
First Star: Kevin Patterson, for the game winning homer in the night's only win.
Coming up tomorrow - the VanCan's Opening Day.