The affiliates won just once in five tries Thursday.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 12 Buffalo 2
Moosic, PA - Andrew Albers (2-11, 5.74) was annihilated by the Yankees affiliate for a three-run homer, giving up seven runs in total on 10 hits and a walk in four innings. He only struck out one but managed to get six groundball outs. John Anderson was also ambushed by the long-ball, surrendering a two-run shot among his three runs on four hits. He plunked a batter but he whiffed a pair. Colt Hynes was hunted down for a pair of runs on four hits and a walk but also had two K's. Greg Burke worked a one-hit eighth with a strikeout.
Jon Berti had an RBI single in the fourth and Alex Hassan had a sacrifice fly in the fifth to bring in both Buffalo runs. Ty Kelly had a 5-for-5 night and threw out a runner at third base from left field but a whole lot of good that did! Matt Hague and Andy Burns had two hits apiece while Berti earned a base on balls to get on twice. Danny Dorn had the other hit. Melky Mesa was 0-for-5 while Sean Ochinko and Jonathan Diaz were 0-for-4.
New Hampshire 4 Portland 3
Manchester, NH - A pair of fielder's choices by K.C. Hobson and Jorge Flores in the first inning gave the Fisher Cats a lead they would never relinquish. Kevin Nolan brought in a Dwight Smith Jr. double with a base hit in the third and a Hobson double was delivered home by a Shane Opitz single in the sixth. Smith had three hits while Roemon Fields had a single and a walk. Matt Newman also had a base hit. Both Fields and Newman contributed outfield assists on an 8-6-5 play at third and a 9-6-5 at second. Flores and Derrick Chung drew a walk but Martin Medina struck out three times in four at-bats.
Conner Greene (3-1, 4.68) finished up his season on a decent note. Despite walking three and whiffing two, he gave up a run on five hits over six innings with six of his 11 outs in play taken care of by his infielders. Gregory Infante did not get anybody out as he was charged with a pair of runs on a hit and three walks. Cory Burns allowed just one of three inherited runners to cross the plate, striking out one to get out of the seventh. Blake McFarland finished up with two innings of one-hit ball to nail down his 15th save.
Clearwater 9 Dunedin 8
Dunedin, FL - The D-Jays bounced back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game at 5-5 before the Phillies put this one way. Alonzo Gonzalez was gonged for five runs in total. One of the eight hits he allowed was a home run. His K/BB total was 2-2 and his GO/FO numbers were 6-2. Brad Allen (1-5) gave up the winning run on two hits and two walks but struck out two in three innings. Luis Santos surrendered a run on two hits and a walk with one strikeout. Brady Dragmire was bombed for two more runs on three hits in his one inning of work.
A two-run homer by Anthony Alford got Dunedin on the board in the third inning. They got three more runs in the fifth on an L.B. Dantzler RBI single and a two-run dinger by Matt Dean. Jorge Saez went deep to lead off the ninth and Andy Fermin had a two-run single but Fermin and Derrick Loveless were on base when Aaron Attaway struck out to end the game to cap off a 0-for-4 night. Dean also had a double as part of a two-hit, one-walk performance. Alford and Dickie Joe Thon also had two-hit games with Thon swiping a base. Fermin and Loveless both had base hits and a base on balls while Saez took one for the team. Ian Parmley had the other hit.
Great Lakes 6 Lansing 4
Lansing, MI - Another four-run first inning for the opposition and another comeback that was eventually all for naught. The Dodgers affiliate homered twice and scored five times off Starlyn Suriel (8-8, 4.16) on eight hits and a walk in 3-2/3 innings. He struck out four and got three of his four outs in play on the ground. Colton Turner stranded his lone inherited runner but was charged with a run of his own on three hits over 2-1/3 innings that included one strikeout. Phil Kish kept the Loons bats at bay with three shutout innings and three strikeouts to offset a hit and a walk.
The Lugnuts responded to the Loons' four-run first with four of their own in their half of the first. Ryan McBroom got the home side's first run with an RBI single. A David Harris sac fly and an error in right field led to the other three runs. The Lugnuts did not score again until the ninth when a Chris Carlson triple cashed in a double by Austin Davis with two outs but Richard Urena flied out to end a 0-for-5 night. Carlson had three hits and an outfield assist to get a runner out a home from left field. Davis had two hits while Jason Leblebijian and David Harris also had base knocks. D.J. Davis and Alex Maldonado both worked the count to ball four. Michael De La Cruz was 0-for-4.
Tri-City 2 Vancouver 1
Pasco, WA - The Canadians ended their road portion of the schedule with a loss and a three-game sweep against the Padres affiliate. They took a 1-0 lead when Rodrigo Orozco, called up from Bluefield, drew a bases-loaded walk in the third inning to score James Lynch, who was hit a by a pitch and moved around the basess on walks by J.C. Cardenas and Earl Burl III. Burl had a nice game with the glove by throwing out two runners at second and third from left field. Their only hit came on a Josh Reavis single to lead off the seventh but he was erased on a double play grounder by Gabriel Cenas. Rolando Segovia, Connor Panas and Carl Wise were a combined 0-for-12 in the 2-3-4 spots in the batting order. Tayler Saucedo managed to survive five walks and four hits to put up five shutout frames. He struck out a pair and had the infield handle four of his six outs in play. Sean Ratcliffe contributed two shutout innings by working around three hits. Tyler Burden was a beast in his C's debut by retiring the side in order in the eighth. The loss went to Andrew Case (1-2), who got a strikeout in his two-thirds of an inning but gave up the tying and winning runs on three hits.
*** 3 Stars!!! ***
3. Dwight Smith Jr., New Hampshire
2. Conner Greene, New Hampshire
1. Ty Kelly, Buffalo