At the top of the farm, the Las Vegas 51s showed they are getting more comfortable with their new roster members and took out the most successful team in the PCL on Wednesday night. They stayed in the chase, improving their standing in the battle for a playoff spot in their division.
The 51s took the oopf out of Omaha with a walk off single by Danny Perales (1-4, RBI), just one of the 10 hits produced by Las Vegas lumber. Starter Brett Cecil pitched an impressive 8 innings giving up a pair of runs on just 4 hits while striking out 8. He had no decision. That went to Chad Beck (2-0) who came on for an inningís work for the win and allowed just hit. Chris Woodward booted one for his 9th error of the season.
Woodward redeemed himself, however, going 1-3 with a double and the winning run resulting from Peralesí walk off single. The real hitter on the evening was Ricardo Nanita (3-4, HR, 2RBIs) who punched his 7th homer, a solo blast in the 2nd inning. The 51s tied the game in the 8th with a Kevin Howard (2-3,2B) infield single and a sac bunt by Jonathan Diaz (1-3) which moved Howard to 2nd. After a Jack Cust (0-3) walk, Nanita singled in the run to tie the contest. Brian Bocock (2-3) turned a two hit game with a pair of singles.
The Fisher Cats threw no less than five pitchers at Binghamton, but neither the shut out pitching of the relievers, nor the New Hampshire bats could secure a win for starter Deck McGuire (8-6) so he took the loss.
New Hampshireís paltry scoring happened in the 4th and the 7th when the score a single run in each frame. In the 4th, Jake Marisnick (1-5) singled and subsequently stole third base and was plated by a sac fly from Brian Van Kirk (1-3, RBI). In the 7th, Ryan Schimpf (3-4) homered, a solo blast to right field. Brad Glenn (2-4) also turned in a multi-hit game with a pair of singles.
Dunedin travel to the East coast of Florida to squeeze out a close one with Brevard on a walk off single by Kevin Pillar (1-4). Starter Casey Lawrence went 7 IP but came up without a decision. He gave up 7 his and a homer, but only one run and struck out 6. Alan Farina (1-2) took his first win in his comeback campaign and rehab.
In the third, some small ball produced a score with a Marcus Knecht (1-3) single followed by and error and an advance on a fly ball. Kenny Wilson (0-3,RBI) plated Knecht on an RBI ground out. In the 9th, Pillarís walk off single was preceded by a Wilson walk and a Wilson steal.
The Luggies took is tough and were outhit 16-9 by Fort Wayne. A Quad of errors by K.C. Hobson (16), Shane Opitz (10), Andy Fermin (5), and Chris Hawkins (2) didnít help either. Aaron Sanchez took his third loss going 3.0 IP allowing just a run on 3 hits. His relievers Blake McFarland and Aleson Escalante allowed a combined 8 runs on 13 hits and escaped any decision.
Lansing lone run came in the 5th inning after a Gustavo Pierre (2-3) double and a single by Shane Opitz (1-3). Pierre scored after an errant pickoff throw. K.C. Hobson (1-4, 2B) added a double.
Vancouver outhit Yakima, but unfortunately they didnít outscore them. Starter Taylor Cole didnít get the decision, but he turned in a respectable 5IP with 5 hits and 5 strikeouts. Bobby Brsnahan (2-2) took the loss allowing only a single hit which happened to be a Home Run.
Vancouver scored in the 5th and the 9th. In the 5th Ian Parmley (2-5, 2B) doubled and Derrick Chung (2-4, 2B, RBI) answered with a Double. In the 9th, Matt Newman (2-4, 3B) tripled and was brought home by a ground out from Tucker Frawley (0-3, RBI).
Bluefield v Elizabethton (Postponed)
The GCL Blue Jays were just about equal with the GCL Pirates in everything but the score. Each team managed 5 hits and each had an error. But, the Pirates put up a score in the 9th and took the contest. Starter Yeyfry Del Rosario went 4.0 IP allowed one run on 2 hits and struck out 2. Losing pitcher Fransisco Gracesqui (3-2) gave up the winning run, allowing just a pair of hits.
The Blue Jays only score came in the 5th inning from a Homer by D.J. Davis, his fourth of the year.
Third Star D.J. Davis (1-4, HR, RBI)
Second Star Brett Cecil (8IP, 4H, 2R, 8Ks)
First Star Ricardo Nanita (3-4) HR, 2RBIs