I’ll start with the bad news. Russ Adams tweaked his left quad muscle in the 7th and is out for a week or so. Marvin Benard also went down with a groin pull and will likely be out much longer. On the brighter side, so called “Rios-lite”, Miguel Negron is having a breakout year of his own in the pitcher friendly Florida State League.
Norfolk 15 Syracuse 8
The bats ruled the day in Syracuse as the Skychiefs took an 8-4 lead into the sixth but the Tides would score 11 unanswered runs in the final 4 frames. Russ Adams and Jorge Sequea reached base 3 times each. Designated hitter Gabe Gross had a single and a double while Simon Pond went O-fer and was hit by a pitch. Our old friend Tom Wilson doubled and walked for Norfolk.
Skychiefs’ starter Ryan Glynn went into the 6th but gave up 6 runs (4 earned) in the process. Mike Nakamura had 4 strikeouts in 2 innings but still gave up a run. Aquilino Lopez was roughed up for 3 runs in an inning while Mark Lukasiewicz was hammered for 5 more runs in the 9th.
New Hampshire 4 Norwich 2
A solid start for Ryan Houston who went 6 innings with 2 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks and 5 K’s. Brandon League pitched 2 shutout innings in relief with 3 K’s before Adam Peterson shut the door in the 9th with 2 strikeouts for his 14th save of the year.
Aaron Hill and Jose Umbria had 2 hits apiece to lead the offense. Anton French drove in the final two runs with a triple in the fourth.
Dunedin 7 Tampa 6
The D-Jays maintained their lead in the West division by grinding out a pair of runs off a rehabbing El Duque and a walkoff three run homer by 2000 first round pick Miguel Negron. The HR was Negron’s second of the game and 7th this season. The Jays 4th round pick in that same 2000 draft Raul Tablado set the stage for Negron by reaching base 4 times in 5 attempts to make up for his 2 errors.
Ismael Ramirez pitched a solid 6 innings giving up 2 earned runs. Tracy Thorpe struggled but Bubbie Buzachero and Tommi Ozuna finished off the game.
Charleston 4 Kannapolis 5
Justin James went six and a third giving up 5 runs, 3 earned. Robinzon Diaz led the offense with a double, a HR and was hit by a pitch. However it was also an error by Diaz that led to Kannapolis’ 2 unearned runs.
Eric Arnold banged out a pair of doubles while William Rivera had pair of singles. Reliever Davis Romero pitched another solid inning with 2 K’s.
The 3rd Star Ryan Houston: 6 strong innings to give New Hampshire the win.
The 2nd Star Raul Tablado: 3-4 with a walk.
The 1st Star Miguel Negron: 2 homeruns including his 9th inning 3 run walkoff shot.