Las Vegas 6, Sacramento 3
Sean O'Sullivan opened the second half with his worst appearance since joining the 51's, walking five in five innings, but he escaped only giving up to runs. He got the win and Chad Beck got the save.
Gose and Thames both went 2 for 5. Snider had an interesting night, striking out two times and walking three times. Thames had a double and Seirra contributed a triple.
New Hampshire 2, Portland 4
John Stilson caught the same bug as O'Sullivan, but had a slightly less severe case. He walked three (while striking out only one) in five innings, but he gave up three runs in the process, which was enough of a deficit to take the loss.
The offense managed only four hits, Mike McDade's solo homer and Kevin Howard's double being the only ones for extra bases.
Dunedin 7, Jupiter 2
Dunedin got better results from their starter, as Casey Lawrence delivered seven strong innings, giving up only one run.
The D-Jays offense was likewise much more successful. Ryan Schimpf was 3 for 5, Jon Talley and Jon Jones were both 2 for 4 with a double and Jack Murphy, newly repatriated from AA, also had a double. Fading Justin Jackson struck out four times.
Lansing 3, Quad City 15
Aaron Sanchez suffered his first setback of the season on Thursday. He gave up a two run homer in the first and was pulled with one out in the second and the bases occupied by two opposing hitters – who quickly scored on a homer allowed by Kramer Champlin to the first hitter he faced. Sanchez doubled the number of earned runs he's allowed this season in this one outing.
Kevin Pillar and Kenny Wilson both had two hits, the latter hitting a double both times. Chris Hawkins doubled and Carlos Perez tripled.
Vancouver 12, Boise 11
Marcus Stroman debuted tonight but his effort will not be remembered in song and legend. He was the second reliever after starter Eric Brown was crushed for six runs in four innings (why is this guy a starter this year again?) and he (Stroman) gave up three runs, two earned, in 2//3 of an inning of work.
The offense reserved their major efforts for an eight-run 7th inning which overcame a six run deficit., with Matt Newman's 3 run triple the big blow. In the game Derrick Chung and Dan Kline had 3 hits in five at-bats apiece (one of Klien's a homer), but the standout performance was by Jason Leblebijian who was 4 for 5 with a walk and a double.
Bluefield 4, Pulaski 5
The mix & match piggyback arrangement in Bluefield came up Comer/Osuna on Thursday. The former gave up 2 runs in 4 IP, the latter only one. But the former walked two and the latter three. Both struck out four.
Lead of hitter Dwight Smith was 3 for 5 with two doubles. Third baseman Matt Dean was two for four and between them they had 5 of the teams six hits.
GCL Jays 3, Pirates 6
(in 17 innings)
The extra inning affair made it possible for the GC jays to get a lot of pitchers in the game – eight in all. Yeyfry Del Rosario started with three shutout innings and Shane Dwason followed with three more (while striking out five). Then Brandon Kaye pitched 2 more. Chuck Gyseles and Tim Berchbueler combined to blow the save in the ninth and it was time for free baseball. Two more pitchers added three shutout innings apiece before Luis Mendez got roughed up for three runs in the 17th inning.
Offensively, with seven or eight plate appearances apiece (except for the catchers) only two of them managed more than a single hit. Gabe Cenas was 3 for 5 and Dewal Lugo was 2 for 7. The Pirates shut the Jays out for 13 consecutive innings.
Third Star – Kenny Wilson
Second Star – Dwight Smith
First Star - Jason Leblebijian