Rain helped Toronto avoid an organizational sweep Thursday, as only the postponement of the Pawtucket-Syracuse match meant that the SkyChiefs had no chance of joining the Blue Jays, FisherCats, Dunedin Jays and Lugnuts on the losing end of the scoreboard.
Pawtucket @ Syracuse – Ppd.
Thursday's game between the SkyChiefs and Pawtucket Red Sox was suspended by rain. The game was scoreless with Syracuse coming to bat in the third inning when it was called. It will continue at 5 p.m. ET on Friday before the regularly scheduled contest
Bowie 3 @ New Hampshire 0 (Game 1) - Box Score
Bowie pieced together three runs in the second and made it stand up over the course of the game as three pitchers shut out the Fisher Cats in a seven inning contest. Brian Finch allowed five hits and four walks over five innings, but New Hampshire could not score off him or the BaySox relief. Meanwhile, Kurt Isenberg slipped to 0-4 as he allowed 8 hits over 5.1 innings to surrender the three runs. Rodney Ormond then pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in relief. New Hampshire got six hits in the first contest, half of them by Manuel Mayorson.
Bowie 4 @ New Hampshire 3 (Game 2) - Box Score
The Fisher Cats ended up on the wrong end of an exciting back-and-forth game as an eighth inning single by Rayner Bautista scored the winning run. Bowie scored twice in the seventh as Jason Arnold hit Gerardo Alvarez with the bases loaded in the seventh. Arnold unleashed a wild pitch one batter later to score another run. Bowie pieced together three hits in the fourth to score Tony Alvarez for their first run.
The Fisher Cats scored in the second off starter Adam Loewen as Eric Arnold singled home Mikael Jova. Doubles by Manuel Mayorson, Erik Kratz and Chip Cannon scored two in the seventh, as the Fisher Cats tied the game at 3, only to watch it slip away in the next inning. Michael MacDonald allowed one run over 5.1 innings, with one strikeout and one walk. Jim Bullard surrendered two unearned runs in 0.2 innings, while Arnold pitched two innings and allowed an unearned run, two hits and two walks, while also striking out two. Every starter but Carlo Cota got a hit, as David Smith, Vito Chiaravaloti and Arnold had two apiece. The Fisher Cats had seven triples, but were unable to score more than one off Loewen’s “B” game.
Sarasota 4 @ Dunedin 1 - Box Score
Two-hit nights by Chris Guttierez and Ryan Klosterman were not enough to give Dunedin a victory, as the Dunedin Blue Jays got ten hits, but stranded eight runners. The lone run was scored by Klosterman on an RBI single by Ron Davenport. Christian Snavely had a rough night, going 1-4 with three strikeouts. The offence was unable to string together many hits against Sarasota, who earned former Longhorn Sam Lecure his second victory of the year. Lecure was aided by Cody Strait, who threw out runners at the plate in consecutive innings. He disposed of Joshua Lex trying to score from first in the third, and he nailed Dustin Majewski attempting to score from second on Christian Snavely's single.
Eric Fowler (1-2) allowed four runs -- two earned -- on four hits and three BB’s over 4.2 innings and took the loss. What Klosterman and Guttierez contributed with the bat, they gave back on defence as Guttierez made his first error of the year and Klosterman made two, to give him six on the season. Daniel Core and Brad Mumma pitched 4.1 innings of relief and only allowed one hit and two BB’s, while striking out five. Strait also contributed with the bat, giving Sarasota the lead for good with a 2-RBI single in the fifth.
Lansing 3 @ Peoria 5 - Box Score
The Lugnuts also allowed two unearned runs as they fell to Peoria 5-3. Kristian Bell took the loss, allowing eight hits and a walk in 6 innings. He struck out five, but allowed all five runs, including the two unearned runs on consecutive errors by second baseman Sean Shoffitt and then Bell himself. Yesson Berroa pitched two innings of scoreless relief after Bell.
Offensively for the Lugnuts, Cory Patton hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to score Jacob Butler, who four innings earlier had driven in Jesus Gonzalez on a single to left. Unfortunately for Lansing, in the third the Lugnuts had Shoffitt on third and Butler on second after the single (the runners having advanced on the throw), and the team failed to score again in the inning as Patton and Joey Metropolous popped out and Brian Pettway flew out. Six of Lansing’s seven hits were divided evenly amongst Butler, Patton and Gonzalez, while Josh Bell picked up the seventh.
3 star selection
3rd star – Cory Patton, 2-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, 5 TB
2nd star – Daniel Core, 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
1st star – Manuel Mayorson, 4-7, R, 2 2B, 6 TB