A Ray of Sunshine for Dunedin

Wednesday, May 28 2008 @ 11:44 PM EDT

Contributed by: Gerry

Three wins!  Syracuse and Dunedin had easy wins, the Chiefs rode good pitching and lots of hitting to victory, while Dunedin used three two-run home runs and a great start by Robert Ray.  New Hampshire had to go elevn innings to win, Lansing lost as Randy Boone finally struggled.  It was another day, another shortstop for the Chiefs as Danny Sandoval joined the team and immediately contributed.

Syracuse 9 Richmond 1

The Chiefs led 5-0 in the third and coasted to the win.  Kane Davis was efficient, one run in seven innings, and Brian Wolfe and Brandon League each pitched a shutout inning.

Syracuse scored two in the first, Wayne Lydon walked, Danny Sandoval, Buck Coats and Russ Adams singled and a sac fly made it 2-0.  In the third Sandoval got it started with a walk, Coats was hit by a pitch, Adams and Jeff Bannon singled, then Eric Kratz hit a two run double.  Kratz doubled again in the fifth contributing to the Chiefs sixth run.  Chip Cannon hit a solo home run in the eight and Adams a two run shot in the ninth.

The Chiefs had fourteen hits, Russ Adams had three hits, Sandoval, Coats, Bannon and Kratz had two each.

New Hampshire 5  Trenton 4 - 11 innings

New Hampshire scored first, in the second inning, Brian Jeroloman had a lead-off single and scored on a ground out.  Scott Richmond allowed three runs in the seond inning to put Trenton up 3-1.  David Smith singled to lead-off the fourth and scored on an error to reduce the margin to one run.  The Fisher Cats tied the game in the fifth on a Ryan Patterson home run and went ahead in the sixth on a Jacob Butler home run.  But Trenton tied the game in the sixth and that left the game tied until the eleventh.  Travis Snider had been having a tough night, 0-4 with two K's and a DP, but this time, in the eleventh, he singled to drive in Scott Campbell who had reached on an error.  Sean Stidfole pitched the last two innings for the win.

New Hampshire had eight hits, David Smith was 4-6.

Dunedin 8 Clearwater 1

Robert Ray delivered another excellent start.  Ray's May ERA is two runs lower than April, his ground ball-fly ball ratio has improved and his opponent batting average is down.  In this game Ray pitched a complete game, the only run alowed was an unearned run with two outs in the ninth.  Ray had ten K's.

The Jays used three two run home runs to build a 6-0 lead.  In the fifth Matt Lane and JP Arencibia went deep and Jesus Gonzalez added another in the sixth.  Sean Shoffit hit a solo shot in the ninth.
The Jays had nine hits, Gonzalez, Arencibia, Cory Patton, Brad Emaus and Chris Emanuele had two each.  

Great Lakes 7  Lansing 4

Randy Boone has been the Lugnuts most consistent pitcher this season, prior to this game Boone's season worst performance was four earned runs and seven hits allowed.  In this game Boone gave up seven runs and eleven hits.  Five of the hits, and three runs came in the first inning; four more runs and four more hits in the seventh.

Trailing 7-0 Lansing scored four in the bottom of the seventh, Justin Jackson hit a bases loaded double to drive in three runs.

Lansing had eight hits, Jackson and Moises Sierra had two. 

3 star selection

3rd star - Eric Kratz
2nd star - Russ Adams
1st star - Robert Ray