Sean Shoffit shows Chiefs his chops, while Starner stymies

Thursday, May 24 2007 @ 12:10 AM EDT

Contributed by: Mike Green

The Lugnuts provided the power display on the farm, as the affiliates went 1-2 on the evening.

Syracuse, scheduled day off

Reading 2 @ New Hampshire 1, 10 innings

The Fisher Cats lost a tough one last night.  Both teams scored a run in the fifth.  The Reading run was unearned courtesy of a Rob Cosby throwing error.  The Cats got the run back on a David Smith double and a Juan Peralta single.  Kurt Isenberg left after 5.2 innings having surrendered only the unearned run on 6 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts.  Tracy Thorpe came on for 2.1 scoreless innings, but the eighth inning was a little special.  Two walks, a passed ball and an intentional walk loaded the bases with nobody out in a tie game.  Thorpe struck out the next two and then induced a flyout to escape from the jam unscathed.  Alas, Lee Gronkiewicz surrendered a solo homer in the top of the 10th and that was that.  Sergio Santos went 1-3 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts on the evening.

Brevard County 2 @ Dunedin 0

The D-Jays could muster only five hits off Derek Miller (do we really need another lefty starter named Miller toeing the rubber in the minors?) and two relievers. Kristian Bell started for Dunedin and threw 7 solid innings, allowing a run on 5 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. The Jays missed an opportunity in the bottom of the seventh to take Bell off the hook or even to give him a chance for the W. Jacob Butler and Josh Kreuzer singled to open the inning. Eric Nielsen then singled to right, but Kreuzer was thrown out at second presumably after overrunning the bag. Cory Patton then lined into a 5-3 double play with Nielsen the victim at first. Danny Core gave up an unearned insurance run in the ninth, and the Jays were quiet after the unpleasant seventh inning. Nielsen had 2 hits.

Lansing 8 @ Peoria 2

Sean Shoffit tripled, homered and drove in four as the Lugnuts blasted the Chiefs.  Nathan Starner started and went 6 innings, allowing both Peoria runs, one unearned, on 3 hits and 3 walks.  Starner punched out 8, and now has a sweet 54/13 K-W ratio in 47 innings.  Edward Rodriguez earned the long save for the Luggies.  Yuber Rodriguez homered, singled and was hit by a pitch and scored 3 runs, while Matt Liuzza hit his 5th homer of the season.  Travis Snider missed his second consecutive game.

3 stars!

3rd star- Nathan Starner
2nd star- Yuber Rodriguez
1st star- Sean Shoffit