Missing Lugnut Causes Pile-up in Lansing

Wednesday, April 20 2005 @ 10:36 AM EDT

Contributed by: Ryan01

The Skychiefs had the night off as the farm teams went 1-2.

Syracuse – Day off

The Skychiefs didn’t play last night, but they did learn of a rather important roster change. They lost their closer Matt Whiteside to the parent club, but gained yet another arm for the rotation in Brandon League. (Thanks Magpie and Pistol)

New Hampshire 4, Harrisburg 5

Vince Perkins experienced his first hiccup in what has been an otherwise excellent start to the season. Perkins was hit early in this one as a home run scored 2 in the first and a lead off double came around to score in the second inning. From there, Perkins went wild as he walked 4 of the next 7 batters. But, on this night at least, it seemed to work as Perkins escaped the jams and made it through 4 innings striking out 5 including the final 3 batters he faced.

The Fisher Cats clawed back in the fifth inning after Carlo Cota hit a three run shot and Raul Tablado added an RBI single to take the lead. Josue Matos relieved Perkins in the fifth, retiring the first nine batters he faced including 4 strikeouts. But a leadoff single in the eighth would go on to haunt Matos as reliever Steve Andrade was unable to hold the inherited runner. With the game tied 4-4 after eight, Andrade reaped what he had sowed as a leadoff single in the ninth came around to score after Andrade had been replaced by Jordan De Jong. Andrade was charged with both the blown save and the loss.

Boxscore - MinorLeagueBaseball.com. Recap - Union-Leader

Dunedin 6, Lakeland 5

Zach Jackson pitched 4 very strong innings. Unfortunately, he also threw one poor one as 5 straight hits resulted in 4 runs charged against the first rounder. ZachJack finished his outing with 6 hits, 5 K’s, no walks and just the 4 runs charged against him.

The Baby Jays fought back, sparked by Ryan Roberts’ solo home run, to tie the game at 4 apiece. Danny Core gave up a solo shot to hand the lead back to Lakeland, but a ninth inning rally put the Jays on top for good. Clint Johnston hit a ground-rule RBI double followed by Robinson Diaz’ second RBI single of the night.

Boxscore - MinorLeagueBaseball.com.

West Michigan 9, Lansing 2

Ok, so Chi-Hung Cheng wasn’t really missing. But he was mistakenly listed as the expected starter for the Lugnuts. Instead, it was Kyle Yates’ turn to take on Lansing’s intra-state rivals. Everything was going smoothly for the Nuts early on as the big Lug, Chip Cannon, opened the scoring with solo home run. Like Jackson, Yates’ pitched splendidly, aside from a 5 hit inning in which 3 runs were scored.

From that rough sixth inning onward, the game went down hill for Lansing. Mark Sopko took the biggest hit as he was charged with 5 runs in 1 2/3 innings and Daryl Harang was charged with another run as the Lugnuts were thoroughly beaten 9-2.

Boxscore - MinorLeagueBaseball.com. Recap - Lansing State Journal

Your Three-Star Selection!

The Third Star: Josue Matos, New Hampshire.

The Second Star: Kyle Yates, Lansing.

The First Star: Robinson Diaz, Dunedin.