Five wins for the affiliates, with the only loss coming on a balk. There was a cornucopia of excellent performances last night. New Hampshire scored four runs in the first inning which might be a bigger surprise than Auburn scoring 14 or Lansing scoring 16. Two minor leaguers, Justin Singleton and Ryan Klosterman, each went 4-4. Guillermo Quiroz hit two home runs. Francisco Rosario pitched 2.1 hitless innings for his first save of the year. The best pitchers on the three lowest teams, Chi-Hung Cheng, Robert Ray and Jesse Litsch all won as they had a combined 38 runs scored for them. Both Lansing and Pulaski defeated Burlington.
Pawtucket 4 Syracuse 8
Guillermo Quiroz hit a three run home run in the first inning to give the Chiefs a 3-0 lead. In the second Justin Singleton singled, Gabe Gross doubled him home and Bryant Nelson doubled Gross home to make it 5-0. Chris Baker started and dodged trouble all night, he left the bases loaded in the second and fourth and two on in the fifth before allowing a run in the sixth. Baker left with two on and two out in the seventh but Kevin Tolar came on to give up a couple of hits and three runs. Francisco Rosario came on and pitched 2.1 hitless shutout innings. Baker's line was 6.2 10 3 3 1 6. Quiroz went 2-4, 2 home runs, 4 RBI's. Singleton went 4-4 with a home run. Gross, Nelson, Barker and Solano also had two hits. John Hattig is off the DL but Anton French and John-Ford Griffin have gone on the DL.Boxscore
Trenton 2 New Hampshire 5
The Fisher Cats scored four runs before an out was recorded in the first, double exclamation point. Miguel Negron doubled and Ryan Roberts walked to set the stage. Ron Davenport, elevated to the three hole, singled home the first run, then Rob Cosby, fresh off the DL, hit a three run home run. Vince Perkins cruised through the first four innings, recording six strikeouts while allowing only one walk. But in the fifth Perkins allowed two runs on four singles, three of them ground balls and one soft fly ball. Perkins came out and pitched the sixth, finishing with a line of 6 . Ryan Roberts homered for the fifth Fisher Cat run. Davenport went 2-4 with a double. Jesse Carlson recorded the save, his ERA is still at zero with 26.1 scoreless innings since coming down from Syracuse.Boxscore
St. Lucie 3 Dunedin 2
St. Lucie scored single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth to take the W. Through 6.2 innings Kurt Isenberg had faced one batter over the minimum, but then a single, a wild pitch and a single gave St. Lucie their first run. Isenberg's line was 7 IP, 4 H, no BB, 3 K. Danny Hill allowed the tying run in the eighth, then Milton Tavarez balked home the winning run in the ninth. Dunedin scored their first run on a single by Manny Mayorson and a double by Robinzon Diaz. Eric Arnold hit his 16th home run in the seventh to give Dunedin a short-lived 2-1 lead. Jayce Tingler and Manny Mayorson were the only Jays with two hits.Boxscore
Burlington 2 Lansing 16
Lansing scored five runs in the first inning, more than enough for Chi-Hung Cheng. Cheng had another typical performance, more walks than hits in six innings. Cheng gave up one run on 3 hits and 4 walks, with 6 K's. Worthy of note is that Dewon Day pitched a scoreless ninth as he works his way back from injury, initially with Auburn and now with Lansing. Lansing's five runs in the first came off four hits and two walks. Chris Snavely doubled home the first run; Ryan Klosterman doubled home two, and David Corrente singled home two more. Klosterman also doubled and scored in the third, doubled and scored in the fifth, and doubled and scored in the seventh. His line for the night was 4-4, 4 doubles, four runs scored, 2 RBI's and a walk. Jason Armstrong and Snavely each went 3-6.Boxscore
Oneonta 3 Auburn 14
Auburn scored in each of the first four innings building a 7-0 lead and with Robert Ray on the mound seven was enough, but the hitters doubled down to score 14. Ray went six innings and gave up one run on five hits and one walk with six K's in six innings. Ray lowered his ERA to 1.64. Auburn scored their 14 runs with 11 hits and five walks. Jermy Acey, Ryan Patterson and Josh Bell each hit home runs. Cory Patton, Joey Metropoulos and Ryan Patteron each had two hits.Boxscore
Pulaski 8 Burlington 3
Jesse Litsch had another quality start and his ERA jumped to 2.62. Let me explain. Litsch entered the game with a 1.89 ERA and shutout Burlington through 3 innings, while the Jays built a 7-0 lead in the middle of the fourth. Then I assume Litsch decided to groove a few pitches and gave up three runs before leaving the game after six innings, three runs on five hits, no walks, four K's, a quality start and his ERA increased. One of the big hits off Litsch was by Nick Weglarz from Ontario who was drafted in June. Weglarz, a high schooler, would have been drafted by the Jays if he was still on the board when their next turn came. Weglarz is hitting .227.
For Pulaski Jacob Butler hit a 2 run home run in the first; Jesus Gonzalez doubled and scored in the second; and Chris Looze doubled in two as part of a four run third. Heliezer Aguilar had three hits to raise his average to .310; Zach Kalter and Jacob Butler had 2 hits each.Boxscore
Your Three Star Selection
Third star - Justin Singleton, 4-4, HR
Second Star - Ryan Klosterman, 4-4, all doubles
First Star - Guillermo Quiroz, 2 home runs, 4 ribbies
Honourable Mention - All the pitchers who pitched well but the big run support limited their chance for a star.