No matter where he’s pitching, Gustavo Chacin always seems to get run support. Whether it’s the majors or A-ball, the organization seems to love to hit when he’s pitching. Good thing, too, as they’d have to make up for New Hampshire, who had the unpleasant task of facing one of baseball’s top pitching prospects.
Syracuse 2 @ Scranton Wilkes-Barre 3 - Box ScoreDavis Romero blew his second save of the year (what a meaningless stat), as he surrendered two runs, one earned, in his two innings of relief. Romero allowed a runner to get to third base with one out in the six inning, but with a key strikeout and a groundout he prevented the run from scoring and preserved a 2-1 lead for starter Jamie Vermilyea. In the seventh Romero gave up a leadoff homer, got two outs and then hit Joe Thurston with a pitch. After a Red Barons single, Thurston came in to score on a Jason Phillips passed ball to give Scranton the 3-2 lead. Ryan Houston pitched a scoreless eighth and Veremilyea went five full innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks.
The Skychiefs did not get an extra-base hit all afternoon and spread their ten singles amongst five batters. Jason Phillips had a 3-4 night, while Chad Mottola and John Hattig each added two and Justin Singleton had the tenth. So who got the other two hits? The man whose reputation continues to grow: Mr. Adam Lind. However, despite all those hits the two runners who scored both reached via the base on balls and scored on a Mottola single in the first inning. Gavin Floyd really managed to scatter his hits last night, while Josh Kroeger pulled off the rare feat of collecting two outfield assists in the first two innings of the game. Wayne Lydon grounded out with runners on first and third base to end the game.
New Hampshire - Day off
Vero Beach 6 @ Dunedin 11 (7 innings) - Box Score
Dunedin batters knocked Vero Beach starter Cory Wade around for nine runs in 3 innings, chasing him from the game with a 6-spot in the third. Notable offensive performances were turned in by Cory Patton, Juan Peralta and Ron Davenport. Patton went 3-4 with a double, a homer and three RBIs. Peralta also went 3-4 with two RBIs. Davenport hit a homer and had two RBIs and two runs on two hits.
Southwest Michigan 0 @ Lansing 2 - Box Score
Hector Delgadillo got his first start since his promotion from Auburn and went five scoreless innings. Delgadillo compiled three strikeouts before turning it over to Ted Serro, Jordan Timm and Paul Phillips. Those three relievers combined for four innings of three-hit relief and gave Lansing the shutout. The Lugnuts loaded the bases in the first inning and a single by Brian Pettway scored Jason Armstrong and moved the runners up a base each. Disappointment ensued when David Hicks and Brian Bormaster struck out, but Lansing already had all the offence it needed. Bormaster added a solo homer in the sixth inning to give the Lugnuts an insurance run.
Auburn 2 @ Oneota 5 - Box Score
Auburn used five relievers as Wilfreddy Aguirre gave up four in the first and was quickly pulled from the game. They combined for seven innings of one-run ball, including an impressive two innings by Javier Nieves where he struck out five of the six batters he retired. Aguirre saw his ERA rise from 1.31 to 2.29 as a result of his poor start; he had only given up five runs in his previous 34.1 innings. Luke Hopkins went 2-3 with a run and an RBI. Hopkins singled home Scott Campbell and then scored on a single by Jonathan Baksh during the two-run first for the Doubledays. However, starter Matt O’Brien settled down and Auburn only got two hits off him in his next 4.2 innings. They failed to score off either of the relievers and the game that stood at 4-2 after one inning ended with Oneota on top 5-2.
Pulaski 4 @ Bluefield 6 - Box Score
Francisco Mateo gave up four over five innings. He then gave the ball to Jeffrey Gilmore who gave up two runs in the sixth inning and was stuck with the blown save. Joe Wice struck out three over his two innings of relief. Wesley Stone was the offensive star of the day with a 2-3 night that included a walk, a double and three runs scored. Roger Ebarb went 2-4 with two RBIs and Travis Snider went hitless, but worked two walks off Bluefield pitching.
3 star selection
3rd star – Javier Nieves, 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
2nd star – Ron Davenport, 2-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 5 TB
1st star – Cory Patton, 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 7 TB