The farm affilliates took a good beating yesterday, with only Dunedin putting up much of a fight.
Durham 7 Syracuse 2
The Bulls trampled the Sky Chiefs behind homers from B.J. Upton and Jorge Cantu and fine pitching from Dewon Brazelton. Durham broke out to an early 7-0 lead, before the Sky Chiefs scored their runs in the seventh without the benefit of a hit. Josue Matos started for the Chiefs and was hit hard. The box score was not available at writing.
Portland 5 New Hampshire 1
New Hampshire fell 5-1 to Portland. The Fisher Cats scored their only run in the 1st inning . Tyrell Godwin singled, stole second, advanced to third on Dominic Rich's single and scored on a sacrifice fly by John-Ford Griffin. Cam Reimers allowed 2 runs in the top of the second on two hits, a walk, a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch, and the Sea Dogs were never headed after that. Reimers' line was respectable: 5 innings pitched, 3 earned runs on 5 hits and 3 walks with 5 strikeouts. Brandon League pitched 3 innings and gave up a 2 run homer in the eighth. John Ogiltree pitched a scoreless ninth. Aaron Hill went 2-3, and was the only Fisher Cat with 2 hits.
Lakeland 7 Dunedin 4
Dunedin rallied late to tie the game 4-4 (and deny Kyle Sleeth the win), but 3 Lakeland runs in the bottom of the eighth off Tommi Ozuna and Robert Nunley were the difference. Raul Tablado, in his first game back since returning from the disabled list, singled in a run in the first and then hit a game-tying 2 run homer in the top of the 8th. Neomar Flores started for the D-Jays and was hit hard: 5.1 IP, 10 hits, 4 earned runs, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Chad Pleiness held the Tigers at bay in the 6th and 7th. Big Vito reached base 3 times in 4 plate appearances. Rodney Medina singled and walked, and Jayce Tingler doubled in 5 PAs. Sleeth pitched 6 strong innings, but not quite as strong as Josh Banks had been for Dunedin the night before.
Lake County 9 Charleston 3
David Smith's 2 homers accounted for all the Charleston runs in a 9-3 blowout loss to Lake County. Danny Core gave up 2 runs in the 2nd and 3 runs in the 3rd inning, and for all intents and purposes that was the ball game. Core's line for the evening was 4 innings pitched, 6 runs of which 2 were unearned, 6 hits, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. Davis Romero pitched 2 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts. Marcos Sandoval and Brad Esarey finished the game and were each touched for runs in one inning of work. Ryan Roberts went 0-3 with a walk.
Your three star selection
Third Star-Davis Romero, there was not much to choose and so two perfect innings in a blowout will get you a star on this day.
Second Star-David Smith for 2 homers and providing all of Charleston's offence.
First Star-Raul Tablado for a key homer to make a game of it for the D-Jays.