Wilson (and McDade) Will Lugnuts to Win

Thursday, May 21 2009 @ 11:23 AM EDT

Contributed by: braden

Just two games for the affiliates last night.  Both starters threw nearly identical lines.  One suffered a loss while the other was saved by some late game heroics.

Las Vegas- Scheduled day off

Not a single game in all of AAA today.  There's gotta be a reason.  If you know it, I'm all ears.

New Hampshire 2    Portland 7

Mark Rzepczynski started and wasn't nearly as bad as the score indicates.  Zip went five and allowed two earned runs on six hits and three walks.  He also struck out five.  Not his best effort, but not nearly as bad as reliever Celsan Polanco who put the game out of reach by allowing three runs on three walks and a hit in his one inning of work.

Brian Dopirak was the best Fisher Cat at the plate going 1-for-3 with a two-run double and two walks.  David Cooper didn't slack off, either going 2-for-5 with a run scored.  A bunch of other guys had one hit each, including Brad Emaus.

Clearwater @ Dunedin- Postponed

Lansing 5   Clinton 4

John Anderson took the mound for the Lugnuts and was perfectly mediocre allowing three runs on six hits and three walks over five innings.  He mixed in five strikeouts as well.  In fact, he and Zip had almost completely identical lines.  Both kinda 'meh' but similar nonetheless.

Lansing didn't do much over the first four innings but Kenny Wilson changed that in the fifth with his second homer of the year.  Things quieted down again until the 8th when Mike McDade launched a three-run homer, his fifth, to tie things at 4-4.

The Lugnuts completed the comeback with a run in the ninth thanks to Wilson's third hit of the game which was followed by a run scoring single by Johermyn Chavez.

Three Stars:

3rd Star: Brian Dopirak
; 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB

2nd Star: Mike McDade; 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

1st Star:  Kenny Wilson; 3-for-4, 2 R, HR, RBI