The affiliates didn't have a win on Friday until the clock turned to Saturday and Vancouver saved the day. Poor starting pitching took most of the blame, Deck McGuire, Scott Copeland, Brent Powers and Evan Smith all had rough starts. Kendall Graveman did have a good start but Dunedin lost anyway. The lone winner, Vancouver, had excellent pitching from Miguel Castro and Yeyfry Del Rosario.
Matt Newman took the hitting honours with four hits in a losing cause. Dawel Lugo had three hits.
Durham 4 Buffalo 2
Deck McGuire didn't have it, he walked 7 in 4.1 innings. Despite four hits and 7 walks he only gave up three runs. Steve Delabar pitched a perfect eighth. Ryan Tepera was charged with the fourth run in the ninth.
The top three hitters had five hits, the rest of the order had one. Kevin Pillar and Anthony Gose each had two hits, AJ Jimenez had one.
New Hampshire 3 Portland 6
NH trailed 4-0 and scored some late runs to make the score more respectable. Scott Copeland was off on this night, he was charged with five of the runs, he threw 3 wild pitches, he was wild.
Matt Newman carried the offense, he was 4-4 with a walk. Kevin Nolan and KC Hobson had two hits each. Dalton Pompey had an oh-fer as he sets off for the futures game.
Dunedin 1 Fort Myers 2
Fort Myers used small ball to win. Their first run was a hit batter, followed by a steal and then a single. The winning run came in the bottom of the ninth from a walk, a wild pitch and two fly balls outs. Dunedin out hit Fort Myers 7-3. Kendall Graveman was the hard luck starter. He pitched 7 innings, three hits, five K's.
Marcus Knecht led the hitters with two hits, including a double, and scored the only run.
Lansing 2 Bowling Green 7
Dawel Lugo was 3-4 and drove in the only run. Justin Atkinson had two hits.
Three pitchers, Brent Powers, Alonzo Gonzalez and Adaric Kelly each gave up multiple runs.
Everett 2 Vancouver 6
Miguel Castro pitched five strong shutout innings, three hits, one walk, two K's. Yeyfry Del Rosario pitched three shutout innings too, two hits, one walk, four K's.
Ryan McBroom and Boomer Collins each hit a two run home run among their two hits.
Bristol 10 Bluefield 5
Evan Smith had been pitching well this season but he took it on the chin in this game. He gave up 9 hits in 3.1 innings. He wasn't helped by two errors, one of his own and he also committed a balk. This is one of those learning experiences where a pitcher has to learn how to limit the damage when errors cause an inning to keep going. The best pitcher was Ryan Borucki. Through three innings Brucki had just allowed a single. After getting two outs in his fourth inning Borucki gave up an infield single, then catchers interference put a couple on. Two ground ball singles brought in three runs and ruined his good night.
Dan Jansen and Josh Almonte each had two hits.
GCL Jays 2 GCL Yankees 8
The starter in this game was Mickey Storey working his way back. He went four innings and allowed an unearned run. The floodgates opened after he left with Francis Eduardo and Turner Lee giving up seven runs between them.
The Jays had 11 hits, the same number as the Yankees. Max Pentecost, stuck in the USA, went 3-5. Angel Gomez, Edwin Fuentes and Deiferson Barreto had 2 hits each.
3rd star: Miguel Castro
2nd star: Kendall Graveman
1st star: Matt Newman
A year ago Roemen Fields was working in a post office.