A three-win night for the Blue Jay farm, featuring homers at all levels. Dig it!
Louisville 4 @ Syracuse 5
Dave Purcey made his AAA debut and made it well, allowing just one unearned run on one hit over 6 innings. He did leave something to work on next time, walking 4 and striking out just 3. James Baldwin was roughed up for 3 runs (1 earned) in 1-2/3, and Adrian Burnside tossed a scoreless frame to set up a vulture win for Ben Weber. Weber struck out the only batter he faced to end the top of the ninth, and the Chiefs rallied for 2 in the bottom of the frame to win it.
Kevin Barker got things going with a pinch-hit homer with one out. Luis Figueroa, Ryan Roberts, and Chad Mottola then put together a little parade of singles to send the Syracuse faithful home happy. For Figueroa it was part of a 4-single night. Justin Singleton had a double in three trips, the only SkyChief to join Barker in the extra-base hit department.
New Hampshire 1 @ Conneticut 2 (11 innings)
Pitching ruled the day in Norwich as the Defenders held off the Fisher Cats to win in 11. Mike MacDonald got the start for New Hampshire and tossed 4 shutout frames, 4 hits, 3 Ks and 1 walk. Jamie Vermilyea followed him with an almost-as-good 4, allowing a single run on four hits whilst whiffing a pair. Jason Arnold was the hard-luck loser, as he came on in the ninth and proceeded to set down 6 in a row, 4 by strikeout. But his third inning was his undoing, as the Defenders went single-walk-single-walk to win it.
David Smith was the only Cat hitter of note, hitting a solo homer in the 7th and a single in the 10th.
Lakeland 3 @ Dunedin 6
LF Ryan Patterson led the way in Dunedin, smacking a grand slam in the 6th on the way to a 6 – 3 Blue Jay win. Patterson also collected a single and scored 2 runs, while 1B Christian Snavely reached three times going double-single-walk.
Orlando Trias made his full-season debut in fine fashion, hurling 6-1/3 and punching out 6, 2 runs against on 6 hits and 2 walks. Daryl Harang, Connor Falkenbach, and Milton Tavarez polished off the Tigers from there.
Lansing 10 @ Dayton 1
The Lugnuts struck early and often to slay the Dragons with conviction in Dayton. At the forefront was General Cory Patton, delivering 3 hits including a dinger that got things started. 1B David Hicks also tallied three base knocks, while RF Brian Pettway singled, doubled, and walked. Catcher Josh Bell added a 2-run round-tripper.
Not to be outdone, the pitching was also a collective and dominant effort. Lefty A.J. Wideman got the start and went 3 innings, striking out 5 and walking 2, limiting Dayton to the 1 run despite 5 hits. Billy Carnline took over from there with 3 innings of 1-hit 6-K ball, and after 2 uneventful frames from Scott Roy, Yesson Berroa came on to strike out the side in the ninth. If you’re counting, that’s a 14 strikeout performance for the ‘Nuts.
Honourable Mention: Billy Carnline, Lansing. 6 whiffs and just 1 hit over 3 innings.
The Third Star: Dave Purcey, Syracuse. 1 unearned run over 6 inningsThe Second Star: Luis Figueroa, Syracuse. 4 hits and scores the game winner in the bottom of the 9th
The First Star: Ryan Patterson, Dunedin. A grand salami as part of a two-hit night