David Bush defeated a Snead-less Richmond; New Hampshire gets some revenge on Erie; Lansing start the second half with a win; Auburn records their first win, and Pulaski are still looking for win #1.
Richmond 1 Syracuse 6
The Chiefs had won eight in a row before Richmond won two of the first three games in the series, but the Chiefs rebounded behind David Bush to win and even the series. Bush had another excellent start, beating the team that beat on him last week, before tiring at the end. Through six innings Bush had shutout Richmond on four hits, but he allowed two hits in the seventh and three more, and a run, in the eighth before being pulled. Bush's line was 7.1 IP; 9 H; 5 K's and one run.
Syracuse scored three runs before recording an out, Anton French walked, Bryant Nelson singled, Kevin Barker doubled, and Chad Mottola singled and it was 3-0. The Chiefs added another pair in the sixth French, Nelson and Barker were involved again as they each singled after Julius Matos singled and Justin Singleton walked. Anton French homered in the eighth to make it 6-1. Justin Miller retired the last five hitters in order for the save. French was 2-4 and scored three runs, Barker had three hits to raise his average to .372. Nelson, Mottola and Matos had two hits each.Game Story
Erie 1 New Hampshire 7
After facing major league heat from Justin Verlander and Joel Zumaya the last two nights, the Fisher Cats were happy to face Jeremy Johnson in a day game yesterday. Josh Banks started and pitched five effective innings, allowing one run on seven hits and no walks, with five K's. Jamie Vermilyea pitched 2.1 scoreless innings and Jesse Carlson 1.2 innings, also scoreless.
New Hampshire got on the board in the second, Ron Acuna doubled and Eric Kratz singled to drive him in. Clint Johnston homered in the third and Kratz added another homer in the fifth to make it 3-1. The Fisher Cats scored four in the seventh to put it away, Raul Tablado and Johnston had doubles, Miguel Negron and Ron Davenport had singles.
Clint Johnston had three hits and three RBI's to bump his average back up to .342. Eric Kratz and Miguel Negron had two hits each.Game Story
Dunedin at Lakeland - rained out
More rain in Florida, it sure seems like there have been a lot of games rained out in the FSL this year.
Lansing 4 West Michigan 2
The first game of the second half and Chi-hung Cheng started and pitched very well, one unearned run in five innings, five hits and eight K's. Jordy Templet followed and allowed a run in two innings putting Lansing down 2-1 but the Lugnuts scored three in the seventh to take the lead. In the seventh Luke Hetherington led off with a double, and Christian Snavely singled him home. Ryan Klosterman followed with a single and a sac fly scored the second run of the inning. Curtis Thigpen singled to score the third run. The same guys were responsible for the first Lansing run, Hetherington and Snavely singled, and Klosterman drove in a run with a ground out. Hetherington, Snavely and Thigpen had two hits each.Game Story
Auburn 6 Batavia 5 - 12 innings
Randy Dicken started and gave up two runs in 3.1 innings on five hits and one walk. Adrian Martin followed and Batavia tacked on another three to lead 5-2 after four. It looked like another loss for Auburn but they scored a run in the sixth and two more in the eighth to tie, while getting solid relief pitching that kept Batavia off the scoreboard after the fourth. In the twelfth Junior Churio was hit by a pitch, and Josh Celigoy sacrificed him to second. Blue Jays #6 draft pick Josh Bell delivered the big hit, a single, to put Auburn ahead. Earlier Ryan Patterson and Anthony Garibaldi starred for Auburn. In the first inning Matt Cooksey walked and Ryan Patterson doubled the run home. In the third Patterson homered. In the eighth Patterson and Garibaldi singled and both scored on a Batavia error. Patterson was 3-5 with 2 runs and 2 RBI's; Garibaldi and Bell each went 2-6.
The bullpen deserves a lot of the credit for this win. Aaron Tressler pitched three scoreless innings; Sean Stidfole retired all six hitters he faced; and Gabriel Alfaro recorded the win by pitching three scoreless innings.
Danville 6 Pulaski 2
Joe Wice made his first professional start and took the loss. Wice gave up a home run in the first and another run in the second and Pulaski could never catch up. Wice allowed four runs in 4.1 innings; Denis Bigley gave up an unearned run in 3.2 innings; and Eziemir Reinoso allowed a run in the ninth.
Pulaski scored in the second on a single by Al Quintana and a double by Jorge Sandes. In the sixth Jacob Butler walked and Jesus Gonzalez doubled to score the second run. Zachary Kalter had two doubles and Quintana had two hits to lead Pulaski.
Your Three Star Selection
Third star - Anton French, two hits, a homerun, scored three
Second Star - Clint Johnston, three hits, HR, DB, 3 RBI's
First Star - Ryan Patterson, 3-5, HR, DB, BB 2 R, 2 RBI's