Three wins in four games is excellent compared to how things have gone over the past few weeks. And the wins were good wins with lots of hitting and strong pitching.
Richmond 5 Syracuse 1
Syracuse entered this game riding a mini two game winning streak, looking to tie their season high winning streak of three. Richmond took the early lead but the newest Chief Bobby Estelella jacked a big fly to tie the game. I think Syracuse need to sign more players, both Benard and Estelella homered in their debut this week.
Chris Baker ran into trouble in the fifth. A walk, single, triple and home run left the Chiefs down 5-1. Sam McConell pitched a seven inning complete game and limited Syracuse to five hits. Glenn Williams was the only Chief with two hits. Rain shortened the game to seven innings.
Gabe Gross 0-3, as was Alexis Rios. Russ Adams was 1-3.
Reading 4 New Hampshire 10
Gustavo Chacin brought his 2.15 ERA into the game with Reading last night. He continued his fine form and got the win on a night when the Fisher Cats bats were going strong.
NH scored in the first. Tyrell Godwin singled, Danny Solano and John Ford Griffin walked. Aaron Hill singled for two RBI's and an error by the CF allow the third run to score. Hill scored on a double by Stubby Clapp. NH added three more in the third on a double by Clapp, and singles by Jose Umbria, Justin Singleton and Godwin.
Chacin pitched 5.2 innings allowing 5 hits, two walks and two runs.
Godwin was 2-5 and scored a run, Aaron Hill was 1-5, Dominic Rich had a home run in five trips to the plate. Umbria had two hits but Clapp was the star going 2-2, both doubles, two RBI's and two walks.
Dunedin 11 Fort Myers 1
Jesse Harper made his first start of the year. Harper had been on the DL from the start of the season until last week. Harper showed that he could be moved up to AA pretty quickly.
Harper had two runs to work with before he took the mound. Rodney Medina reached on an error, Carlo Cota singled, and Ron Davenport singled to drive in the first run. A hit from Scott Dragicevich drove in the second run of the inning. Harper was fully in control allowing only one runner to reach second base through five innings. Dunedin added a couple in the fourth, a single from Manny Mayerson drove in Jason Waugh and Dragicevich. Dunedin added five in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Harper went five innings with two hits and one walk. Chad Pleiness provided effective relief for the second straight time, three innings with two hits and one walk. The offensive star was Dragicevich, 3-5, three runs, two RBI's, and a walk. Waugh was 3-4 with two runs, one RBI and two walks.
Lake County 2 Charleston 8
Tom Mastny dominated Lake County yesterday with a one hitter over seven innings. Mastny did not walk a batter and had six strikeouts. Christain Snavely got the Cats on the board in the fourth with his third home run 6f the season. Charleston had five hits and two walks in the five run sixth and it was cruise control from that point on.
Snavely went 2-4 with the home run and three RBI's. Robinson Diaz was 2-3 with a HBP.
Our Three-Star Selection
It is good when the choice for the three stars is difficult.
The 3rd Star: I wimped out and made it a tie between Christian Snavely, 2-4 with a home run and Stubby Clapp 2-2 with two doubles. Both contributed early to big wins for their teams.
The 2nd Star: Scott Dragicevich, three hits, three runs, two RBI's
The 1st Star: Tom Mastny, a one-hitter over seven dominating innings