Raging comebacks, blown leads, late-inning homers and a couple of dominating starts were the stories on a 4-3 night for the farm affiliates.
Syracuse 3-3 Pawtucket 4-2
In the regularly scheduled game, the Chiefs could not hold a 3-1 lead, as the Pawsox scored 2 in the seventh off Mike Nakamura and the winner in the bottom of the ninth off Bob File. Jorge Sequea doubled and drew two walks to lead the Syracuse offence. Howie Clark also reached base 3 times. Russ Adams went 2-5 and Guillermo Quiroz went 0-3 with a walk. Cam Reimers started and went 3 scoreless innings allowing 1 hit and striking out 2. Jason Kershner followed with 2.1 innings, allowing 1 unearned run on 4 hits and 2 punchouts, before the lead evaporated.
The Chiefs won the completion of a suspended game 3-2. Howie Clark and Anthony Sanders each had 2 hits and drove in a run. Josue Matos started and went 5.2 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 2 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 6. Aquilino Lopez pitched a perfect 1 and 1/3 innings for his 5th save.
Eric Crozier story from Syracuse Post-Standard
Binghamton 5 New Hampshire 6
The never-say-die Fisher Cats clawed back with 5 runs in the bottom of the ninth for the victory. 2 run homers by John-Ford Griffin and Justin Singleton tied the game up, and the winning run scored on a Met error. Francisco Rosario started and dominated for 6 innings, giving up 3 earned runs on 6 hits, while walking nobody and striking out 10. Yowza. Ryan Houston had a rough time for 2.1 innings and Travis Thompson got the last two outs in the top of the ninth and was the beneficiary of the Fisher Cat uprising in the bottom of the frame. Aaron Hill went 0-3 with a walk. Paul Chiaffreddo had 2 hits and scored the winning run.
New Hampshire Union-Leader game story, including a great picture of Tyrell Godwin
Dunedin, no game last night, Charley don't ya know
Battersbox wishes the residents of Florida the best in their effort to rebuild.
Columbus 3 Charleston 5
The Alley-Cats rallied for 2 runs in the 7th inning and 3 in the 8th inning for the victory. Joey Reiman wielded the big stick with a double, a single and a walk. He drove in and scored 2 runs. Robinson Diaz again led off and had 2 hits. Christian Snavely had a key pinch-hit 2 run single. Danny Core started and went 7 outstanding innings, allowing 1 earned run on 3 hits and 1 walk with 9 strikeouts. Derek Nunley and Matt Dalton finished off.
Charleston Gazette-Mail game story
Jamestown 2-4 Auburn 5-2
This retro reporting of the doubleheader score is brought to you by El Producto. Big City Joey Metropolous hit a grand slam homer with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning (the last inning of the doubleheader) to bring the Doubledays back from the brink in the opener, but there were no such heroics in the nightcap. Curtis Thigpen went 3-6 with a walk on the evening. Juan Perez and Jayson Rodriguez got the job done in the opener with fair performances. Casey McKenzie struggled in the nightcap allowing 4 runs and 9 baserunners in 5 innings. Kyle Yates and Dewon Day each pitched a perfect inning with 1 strikeout.
1st game boxscore
2nd game boxscore
Auburn Citizen game story
Kingsport 9 Pulaski 6
The P-Jays broke off to an early 6-1 lead, but Kingsport came back with a 4 run rally in the 7th inning to take a lead which they never relinquished. Errors by Graig Badger and Eugenio Velez led to 5 unearned runs. Anthony Garibaldi homered, singled and walked, and Yuber Rodriguez singled twice and was plunked. Nick Thomas doubled and drove in two runs, and played right field for the first time this season. Pitchers Brian Grant, Adrian Martin, Daryl Harang and Aaron Tressler all struggled.
Three star selection!
3rd star- Francisco Rosario, he's baaack
2nd star- Danny Core, blowing them away in Charleston
1st star- Joey Metropolous, with the mother of all game-deciding blows
HM- John-Ford Griffin, Justin Singleton