No perfect games to report today unfortunately, but the Pulaski Blue Jays pulled out a squeaker to keep their hopes alive for a perfect season! Five levels up, Guillermo Quiroz made a rather inauspicious return to action.
Also, Da Box gets a plug from John Habib of the Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News in a must read article about Mr. Perfect, Jamie Vermilyea.
Syracuse 2 Columbus 5
Guillermo Quiroz gets a free pass for his 0 for 4 night as he deserves a little time to shake off the rust. Most of us, Iím sure, are just happy to see him back. At the time of writing, the boxscore has Julius Matos as the starting pitcher. Thatís quite a feat considering he was also the starting 3rd baseman. Needless to say, Josue Matos was the real starter for Syracuse. The latter Matos struggled with his control as he walked 6 but only allowed 2 runs through 5 innings.
RBI singles from Julius and Simon Pond put the Skychiefs out in front early but Josue and the bullpen couldnít hold on. Mark Lukasiewicz was tagged with the loss. Pond and Jorge Sequea had two hits a piece, Gabe Gross singled and Russ Adams went 0 for 4.
New Hampshire 10 Bowie 5
A 6 run 8th inning vaulted the Fisher Cats into the lead as they continue to chase Binghamton in the Eastern Leagueís Northern Division. They trail by only half a game.
Things started out well for Josh Banks as he retired the first 9 batters he faced, but things went downhill from there. A single, walk and HR off of Banks in the 3 run fourth inning followed by a pair of runs in the 6th spelled the end for Banks. Though one of those runs was walked in by Jordan DeJong who failed to hold the inherited runner at second with a pair of two out walks.
Dominic Rich remains hot as he hit his 5th homer of the year along with a single in that 8th inning rally. Ty Godwin also homered, singled and walked. Aaron Hill went 1-4.
Dunedin 11 St. Lucie 1
Vince Perkins is back! In his second start after coming off the DL, Perkins worked through 5.2 innings giving up only an unearned run on 3 hits and 1 walk while punching out 5. Oh yeah, he also did this against one of the best offenses in the Florida State League in the St. Lucie Mets. Perkins was one of the Blue Jays fastest rising stocks a year ago and Iím sure the Jays would love to see him return to the path he was treading on not so long ago.
The offense exploded behind the bats of Carlo Cota and Ryan Roberts who both homered and reached base 3 times in total. Raul Tablado also reached base three times with 2 doubles and a walk. Chad Pleiness and Justin Maureau combined to shut out the Mets over the final 3.1 innings
Auburn 9 Mahoning Valley 6
10th rounder Brian Hall swatted his first homerun to spot the Doubledays three runs as they extended their winning streak to 5 games. Mike Macaluso went 3 for 3 including a leadoff double in the top of the ninth and came around to score the winning run. Closer Dewon Day finished off the bottom of the ninth for his fifth save
Burlington 2 Pulaski 3
Pulaski pulled their record to 9 wins and 0 losses on the young season with a 10th inning win. Shortstop Emmanuel Sena reportedly saved the day with a dazzling catch and heads up flip to second for the double play in the 10th to save at least one run. Sena also had two hits on the night. Charles Anderson narrowly missed a homerun in the bottom of the 10th, settling for a double, before coming around to score on a wild pitch to win the game.
Chi-Hung Cheng went another strong 5 innings giving up only 1 run. Michael Rider picked up the win.
The 3rd Star Mike Macaluso: 3 for 3 with the game winning run for Auburn.
The 2nd Star Vince Perkins: 5.2 innings, 3 hits, 1 walk, 5 K's.
The 1st Star Emmanuel Sena: Had two hits and a magnet in his glove.