Wolfe wins battle to rally Lugnuts to victory

Sunday, April 10 2005 @ 09:40 AM EDT

Contributed by: Mike Green

Joey Wolfe one-ups Gregg Zaun, the D-Jays fire on all cylinders and the Fisher Cats got into the win column on a very satisfying 3-1 day for the farm affilliates.

Rochester 2 Syracuse 1

Francisco Rosario had a rough first inning, surrendering a homer and two doubles after two were out, but settled down and threw six nice innings (6 hits, no walks, 7 strikeouts). The Sky Chiefs could not muster any kind of attack against ex-Jay farmhand, lefty Dave Gassner. Bryant Nelson and Eric Crozier had two hits each for the Sky Chiefs, who managed 7 hits and no walks on the day. Aaron Hill went 1-4 and made his 3rd error of the season. Adrian Burnside followed Rosario with 2 innings of one-hit ball, walking nobody and striking out 3. A large opening day crowd of over 13,000 watched.

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New Hampshire 3 New Britain 2

The Fisher Cats notched their first win of the season in dramatic fashion. Kevin Barker's 2 run double with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth was the deciding blow. Carlo Cota homered, and later singled in front of Barker's double. Miguel Negron had the other F-Cat hit, as New Hampshire won despite being outhit 11-4. Vince Perkins started and went 5 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 3. Jamie Vermilyea was touched for 6 hits and 2 earned runs in 2.2 innings, with the key blow a 2 run double by Alex Romero, who reached base 4 times for the Rock Cats. Lee Gronkiewicz pitched the last inning and a third for the win, allowing 1 hit and no walks, while striking out 2.

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Dunedin 8 Clearwater 2

The D-Jays rapped out 15 hits, and drew 5 walks, en route to an easy victory over the Threshers. Brian Patrick, Eric Arnold, and Clint Johnson had 3 hits each. Adam Lind doubled twice in 5 plate appearance and drove in 2 runs. Joey Reiman homered and walked twice. Mike MacDonald pitched 5 shutout innings, but then began to fade in the sixth inning. He allowed 2 earned runs in 5 plus innings on 3 hits, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Danny Core came on for the final four innings and recorded the long save with a great 1 hit, 1 walk and 5 strikeout performance.

Lansing 8 Fort Wayne 6

Lansing's hopes of maintaining its perfect record did not look good entering the ninth inning, as they trailed 6-2. The Lugnuts rallied with 4 hits and a walk to narrow the score to 6-4, and had the bases full and 2 outs for Joey Wolfe. In this classic situation Wolfe did not disappoint, delivering the game-winning grand slam. Christian Snavely doubled twice and walked, and Yuber Rodriguez and Jason Armstrong each had 2 hits. Kyle Yates started for the Lugnuts and was roughed up for 5 earned runs in 5 innings of work on 6 hits and 1 walk with 2 strikeouts. Jordy Templet got the win with a solid inning of relief, and Danny Hill, the Lugnut closer, pitched the ninth for the save.

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Your Three Star Selection

Third Star - Kevin Barker

Second Star- Carlo Cota

First Star - Joey Wolfe