Rain-outs once again limited the field for the Three Star Selection. Thanks to Banks and Co. in Dunedin, there were plenty of worthy candidates.
Syracuse, New Hampshire, and Charleston could not get their games in yesterday. The Alley Cats played a few innings before postponing, while the other two teams didn’t even get started. Fortunately, the weather didn’t stop Dunedin from playing its Double-Dip against the Sarasota Red Sox.
Game 1: Dunedin 5, Sarasota 4 (7 innings)
The D-Jays came from behind to beat the SaraSox in the first game of the double-header. Down 2-0 in the fourth inning, right fielder Ron Davenport tripled and scored on a single by DH Vito Chiaravalotti. After Sarasota scored another run in the top half of the fifth, Dunedin tied the game 3-3 in the bottom half, when Jayce Tingler walked with one out, Carlo Cota doubled Tingler to third, Jayce scored on a Davenport fielder’s choice, and Vito drove Davenport in with a double. In the bottom of the sixth, the D-Jays would get all the remaining runs they would need, on a two-run home run off the bat of third baseman Raul Tablado, scoring Scott Dragicevich (who had walked). Righty Jamie Vermilyea, who allowed a solo homer to Ian Cronkhite in the seventh, finished the game and got the victory, to go 1-0. Vermilyea’s line: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, 3 K. Starter Neomar Flores (5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, 2 K) pitched decently in his first start of the year.
Game 2: Dunedin 4, Sarasota 1 (7 innings)
Josh Banks (4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 7 K) erased the memory of last week’s Dunedin debut, while the D-Jay offense came through with timely hitting, for the sweep of the twin-billing against Boston’s Single-A affiliate. Andy Torres got his second win in relief, pitching two shoutout innings (2 H, 0 BB, 2 K) and Bubbie Buzachero (1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) finished the game in the seventh, despite allowing an unearned run. Dunedin scored their first run in the second, on Vito’s third homer of the season. They scored two more in the fifth as Davenport doubled in Tingler, and would eventually score himself on a passed ball. First baseman Erik Kratz scored the D-Jays’ fourth run, in the sixth, as Brad Hassey singled him in.
Three Star Selection
Our Third Star: Jayce Tingler (4 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 2B, 3 BB, HBP)
Our Second Star: Vito Chiravalotti (4 AB, 1 R, 3 H, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB)
Our First Star: Josh Banks (4 IP, 7 SO, 1 BB, O ER)
Honourable Mention: Ron Davenport (7 AB, 3 R, 2 H, 3B, 2B, 2 RBI) and Raul Tablado (game-breaking home run)
Links of the Day
- Allen Lessels, Union-Leader, has the story on Dustin McGowan, phenom pitcher and one-time basketball prospect
- Here is the the release for the new 2-year P&D deal between the Jays and Syracuse. We should be hearing more on that front soon.
- If there are any additional relevant links, please share!
What’s in store for today?
Francisco Rosario starts against the Tampa Yankees today (facing the infamous TBA), while the other three Jays affiliates try to resume play... Your guess is as good as mine for the double header pitching matchups.