The Kids Are Alright

Friday, April 04 2008 @ 10:50 PM EDT

Contributed by: Gerry

The Lugnuts racked up 18 hits tonight led by four each for Kevin Ahrens and Yohermyn ChavezJustin Jackson, Moises Sierra and Mike McDade also had good games.  Cody Crowell pitched well and Brian Pettway pitched his first professional inning.  Dunedin lost while the top two teams were rained out.

Louisville at Syracuse - postponed

New Hampshire at Connecticut - postponed

Dunedin 2  Clearwater 4

Robert Ray struggled from the start in is first game of the season.  Clearwater scored a run in the first inning on a walk and two singles.  Ray gave up two singles to start the second but escaped unscathed, in part due to a caught stealing by Arencibia.  The first two hitters in the third also singled but this time a walk and two more singles gave Clearwater three more runs.

Dunedin scored a run in the third on a home run by Brad Emaus and JP Arencibia added a home run in the seventh.  Dunedin loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, Cory Patton singled to lead off, Al Quintana singled with two outs and Jon Diaz walked but Chris Emanuele grounded out.  The Jays had nine hits, Emanuele and Emaus had two hits each.  New Jay Celson Polanco pitched three shutout innings in relief.

Travis Snider took an oh-fer, I assume he is behind on playing time due to his injury.

Lansing 4 Fort Wayne 1

Lansing got on the board quickly, Justin Jackson walked, went to second on a botched pickoff, and scored on a Kevin Ahrens single.  However seven of the next eight hitters struck out.  Meanwhile Kyle Ginley was doing OK, he allowed a double in the first, two singles (and a run) in the second, two more singles in the third, a double and a walk in the fourth and single baserunners in the fifth and sixth. 

Lansing took the lead again in the fourth againsy a new pitcher.  CJ Ebarb singled, John Tolisano walked and, with one out, Yohermyn Chavez singled to load the bases.  Mike McDade singled home a run but Tolisano was thrown out at the plate.  Moises Sierra followed with an RBI single but was thrown out trying to go to second and Lansing led 3-1.

Sierra homered leading off the seventh followed by a Jackson single and an Ahrens RBI double.  The Lugnuts scored four in the ninth, Ahrens and Chavez registered their fourth hits and Tolisano doubled home two runs to give himself an average.

Cody Crowell pitched two innings with five of his six outs coming via strikeout.  Brian Pettway pitched the ninth and gave up one hit.  Ahrens and Chavez were each 4-5; Manny Rodriguez, McDade and Sierra each went 2-5; Jackson was 1-3 but walked twice and scored three times.

3 star selection

3rd star - Jackson
2nd star - Chavez
1st star - Ahrens