All of the affiliates had the lumber going on Thursday. The only team not to record double digits in hits were the Lugnuts who had nine, three of them and two triples for Kevin Ahrens. Justin Jackson was back to help the offense get going. New Hampshire had fourteen hits with most of the hitters contributing. Syracuse and Dunedin had twelve and ten hits respectively but both lost due to poor pitching.
Pawtucket 9 Syracuse 3
Syracuse scored first, in the first, when Joe Inglett led off with a walk, Wayne Lydon hit a ground rule double and Russ Adams singled in a run. Kane Davis got through the first three innings without difficulty but surrendered a two run home run in the fourth. The Chiefs tied the game in the fourth with the same cast, Inglett singled, Lydon bunted him over, Coats singled and an Adams ground out scored the run. Pawtucket got to Davis for two more runs in the sixth and another in the seventh and the score was 5-2. Jordan DeJong and Mike MacDonald each allowed two runs to make it 9-3 final. The Chiefs had scored a consolation run in the eighth when Curtis Thigpen singled and Pedro Lopez doubled him home.
The Chiefs had twelve hits, Lopez had three and Luna and Coats had two hits each.
Reading 4 New Hampshire 14
The Fisher Cats scored early and often, scoring in six of their eight innings. New Hampshire's first run came thanks to three singles by Anthony Hatch, Josh Kreuzer and Eric Kratz. Travis Snider hit a two run home run in the third to make it 3-0. Kreuzer and Kratz started things off in the fourth, Kreuzer singled and Kratz doubled him home. Chris Gutierrez, Scott Campbell and Ryan Patterson each doubled in a run and it was 7-0. Another double from Hatch in the sixth drove in a run and Aaron Mathews hit a three run home run in the seventh. Patterson added a solo home run in the eighth. Campbell and Mathews drove in runs also in the eighth.
AJ Wideman usually allows plenty of baserunners but in this game he was less generous. In 5.1 innings he gave up six hits and only one walk. He did give up two runs. Kyle Yates and Seth Overbey mopped up.
The Fisher Cats had fourteen hits, six players had two. Travis Snider was 1-5 with a walk and four K's.
New Hampshire had a tough start to the season and in particular the hitters were slow to get off the mark other than Campbell, Mathews and Patterson. Recently Hatch, Kreuzer and Gutierrez have been hitting and that has led to better results for the team.
Lakeland 7 Dunedin 2
Robert Ray started and gave up four runs in three innings and the Jays couldn't catch up. The Jays got two in the fourth with back to back triples from Sean Shoffit and Luis Sanchez. Dunedin had baserunners in every inning but other than the fourth they couldn't get anyone across the plate.
The Jays had ten hits, David Smith and Brian Dopirak had two each.
Wisconsin 2 Lansing 6
Justin Jackson returned from injury and immediately had an impact by singling in his first at-bat. Kevin Ahrens followed with another single and Darin Mastroianni hit a three run home run. Kyle Ginley had been dominant this season but he gave up a two run home run in the second. The Lugnuts got those two back in the bottom of the second, Moises Sierra singled, Ahrens tripled him in and Mastroianni singled in Ahrens and it was 5-2. Ahrens tripled again in the seventh and scored on a sac fly.
Ginley pitched six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits. Ginley recorded six K's and his ERA "jumped" to 1.24. Tim Collins made his 2008 debut in relief. Lugnut Fan mentioned Collins pitching in an exhibition game last week. Collins had a nervous first inning, putting two men on, but struck out the side in the eighth.
Lansing had nine hits, Ahrens was 3-4 with 2 triples, and three runs scored. Mastroianni was 2-4 with 4 RBI's.
3 star selection
3rd star - Josh Kreuzer
2nd star - Darin Mastroianni
1st star - Kevin Ahrens