It was a Two-For-Tuesday special. Two wins in regulation and two overtime losses gave the affiliates a 2-2 record Tuesday night.
Buffalo 2 Durham 1
Durham, NC - The Bisons scored in their first and last at-bat to bull their way past the Rays affiliate for the second game in a row. Dalton Pompey started the game with a home run off Blake Snell. The winning run came when A.J. Jimenez singled in the ninth to score a Junior Lake base knock. Jimenez and Casey Kotchman each had a pair of hits and Kotchman reached base again with a walk. Jesus Montero and Alexi Casilla collected the other hits. Matt Dominguez drew two free passes.
Drew Hutchison had a decent outing, giving up one run over six innings. He dealt with eight baserunners on five hits, two walks and a hit by pitch. Hutch struck out six to give him a Game Score of 62. He threw 105 pitches, 62 for strikes. Pat Venditte (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings but was bailed out by Dominic Brown, who threw out a runner at home from right field. Two of Venditte's three strikeouts and his lone walk were right-handed. Dustin Antolin navigated his way around a hit and a walk with some help from Jimenez, who threw out a runner trying to steal second. Antolin struck out one to get his second save.
New Hampshire 8 Portland 1
Manchester, NH - The Fisher Cats broke open a 2-1 game with a four-run fifth inning to put away the Red Sox affiliate. Roemon Fields and Jon Berti began the frame with base hits and the duo would pull off a double steal of home and second base. Berti would score on a fielder's choice by Matt Dean before Rowdy Tellez capped the inning with a two-run blast over the wall in the right field. A Berti fielder's choice in the first and an Ian Parmley single in the fourth produced the first two New Hampshire runs. The last two runs came on singles by Dean and Dwight Smith Jr. in the sixth. Fields had a four-hit night and Tellez was 3-for-4, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Parmley had two hits and Berti walked twice to reach base thrice.
Jeremy Gabryszwski (1-1, 3.12) gave up just one run over six frames, offsetting five hits with five strikeouts and zero walks for a Game Score of 63. The infield handled seven of his nine outs in play. Jason Berken got the three-inning save, facing just one batter over the minimum with one hit allowed while punching out a pair.
Clearwater 4 Dunedin 3 (13 Innings)
Clearwater, FL - The Dunedin bullpen melted down in the ninth before suffering the walk-off loss four innings later. Dunedin used seven pitchers, including infielder Dickie Joe Thon (0-1), who was tagged with the loss in one-third of an inning. He loaded the bases with two singles and a hit by pitch before surrendering a walk-off single. Chris Rowley was charged with two unearned runs after a Jason Leblebijian error at third base and Tim Mayza was charged with the blown save in the ninth. Colton Turner kept the game going with 2-1/3 innings of scoreless relief before turning the ball over to Thon.
Conner Greene somehow managed to limit the Phillies affiliate to one run over 5-2/3 innings despite six hits and six walks allowed. He struck out three and induced six ground ball outs. Alonzo Gonzalez walked a pair but stranded a runner for Greene with a strikeout to end the sixth. Matt Dermody whiffed one in a perfect seventh.
The Dunedin bats were held off the board until the sixth, which started with a Richard Urena triple but he was cut down at the plate in an attempt for an inside-the-park home run. Bases loaded walks by D.J. Davis and L.B. Dantzler would give the Jays a 2-1 lead. Leblebijian would go deep in the seventh to increase their lead to 3-1. Leblebijian was the only Dunedin hitter to record two hits and he also walked once. Urena and Davis also got on base three times with Urena drawing a walk and a hit by pitch while Davis had a single and two walks. Anthony Alford was 1-for-7 and struck out three times but he did steal his second base of the year. Ryan McBroom was 1-for-6.
Bowling Green 4 Lansing 3 (11 Innings)
Bowling Green, KY - The Lugnuts suffered the same fate as their Dunedin counterparts by coughing up the tying run in the ninth before losing in overtime. Josh DeGraaf (2-2) was hurt by a long ball in the ninth to blow the save and his own throwing error played a role in the walk-off run in the 11th. Ryan Cook pitched the first five innings, roasted for a home run among the two runs he gave up. He was touched up for five hits and two walks but he struck out five and added four of his five outs in play on the ground. Dusty Isaacs also struck out five over 2-2/3 scoreless frames before DeGraaf stranded a runner for him to end the eighth.
The Lugnuts scored all of their runs in the second inning on a Jacob Anderson bases-loaded walk and an Andrew Guillotte two-run single. Josh Almonte had two hits and Anderson had a base knock to get aboard twice. Gunnar Heidt, Ryan Hissey, Juan Kelly, Lane Thomas and Justin Atkinson all put a '1' in the hit column. Carl Wise and Connor Panas both drew walks so every Lugnut reached base at least once.
*** 3 Stars!!! ***
3. A.J. Jimenez, Buffalo
2. Roemon Fields, New Hampshire
1. Rowdy Tellez, New Hampshire
Today's Schedule / Probable Starters
Portland @ New Hampshire, 10:35 am ET - Shane Dawson (1-1, 2.70)
Lansing @ Bowling Green, 11:35 am ET - Jon Harris (1-0, 1.98)
Clearwater @ Dunedin, 6:30 pm ET - Brad Allen (3-0, 2.70)
Buffalo @ Durham, 7:05 pm ET - Scott Diamond (2-3, 2.52)
Shi Davidi has an update on some prospects down in Dunedin.