The Fisher Cats were down to their final strike, trailing by two runs but came back from the dead to walk it off. That made up for the losses of Dunedin and Lansing. Buffalo were "colded out". Ryan Hissey was the big star in New Hampshire with Josh Palacios close behind. Patrick Murphy started and pitched well.
Pawtucket at Buffalo postponed
The game was called because of the cold. It will be made up on April 29th. To make up for the disappointment, Vlad Jr. has been called up and will meet the team in Scranton for Thursdays game.
Reading 4 New Hampshire 5
Patrick Murphy was on fire in this game. It was 13 up, 13 down and, through five innings, Murphy had faced one hitter over the minimum and allowed two hits. In the sixth Murphy issued his first walk of the game and then gave up a two run home run to Micky Moniak, the overall first pick in the 2016 draft. Murphy came back out for the seventh and the defense made two errors behind him. That led to two more unearned runs. Despite the four runs allowed, it was an excellent start for Murphy. He had eight K's in his 6.2 innings.
NH scored in the first inning, Vinny Capra singled and later scored when Alberto Mineo singled. They added another in the third, Josh Palacios and Santiago Espinal singled. That brings us to the ninth inning with the Cats trailing 4-2. Brandon Grudzielanek reached on an error. Ryan Hissey came to bat with two outs. On a 1-2 count, down to his last strike, Hissey homered to tie the game. Capra followed with a walk, stole second and scored thanks to a single by Palacios. Palacios, Mineo and Espinal had two hits each.
Dunedin 0 Fort Myers 4
Dunedin are in a bad run of form at the moment and the bats are dead. This is their second straight shutout. They picked up five hits in the game, one for each of five hitters. Ryan Noda had the only extra base hit, a double. Only Chris Bec did not strikeout, Christian Williams had three K's.
Maximo Castillo was the starter and he started well but was hit around a little in the second inning and surrendered three runs. He went 5.1 innings and had five K's and one walk. 2018 13th round draftee Brad Wilson pitched 2.2 innings with just one hit allowed.
West Michigan 6 Lansing 4
Joey Murray had a rough start. He was hit around in the second inning for five runs, an inning that included a home run and a couple of doubles. That was it for Murray after two innings. Murray was replaced by Jackson Rees who pitched five innings, just allowing one unearned run. He struck out eight.
For the offense Hagen Danner hit a solo home run. It was his third hit of the season and his third home run. Seven hitters had one hit each. Alejandro Kirk drove in two runs, one with a sac fly.
3rd star: Patrick Murphy
2nd star: Josh Palacios
1st star: Ryan Hissey