DJ Neal Out-duels Sopko for First Star

Thursday, May 02 2019 @ 10:47 PM EDT

Contributed by: Gerry

Andrew Sopko pitched seven shutout innings and looked to be set for the first star, but then DJ Neal had a GAME. Three hits, a home run, walks, stolen bases, runs scored, runs driven in, he did it all. Ryan Feierabend came off the IL to pitch well for Buffalo. Jordan Patterson had five hits in a doubleheader. Cal Stevenson seems to be getting his bat to work better. Every affiliate won, while Buffalo also lost one half of the doubleheader.

Pawtucket 1 Buffalo 10 - game one
Pawtucket 6 Buffalo 5 - 8 innings, game two

Ryan Feierabend made his first start for the Jays and it went as well as could be expected. He pitched six innings and allowed a solo home run to Eduardo Nunez. The Sox got four hits off him, he didn't walk anyone and he picked up five strikeouts. Three Bisons homered, Anthony Alford, Cavan Biggio and Micheal De La Cruz. Alford and De La Cruz homered off Erasmo Ramirez, who started for Pawtucket. Jordan Patterson broke out with three hits, one an RBI triple.Lourdes Gurriel had a double and drove in two runs. The Bisons did not make an error.

Game two was a see-saw affair with many lead changes. Eventually Pawtucket got a run in the eighth while the Bisons never moved the runner off second base. Shawn Morimando pitched a little better than he has been, but he still conceded four runs in 4.2 innings. Dusty Isaacs lost his zero ERA and gave up one run. Justin Shafer took the loss. Andy Burns and Jordan Patterson each homered, Patterson had two hits to make it five for the day. Richard Urena also had two hits.

Hartford 0 New Hampshire 1

I mentioned yesterday that Andrew Sopko had quietly been the best starting pitcher in NH. He built on that with seven shutout innings. He allowed three hits and no walks, while striking out three. A little light on the K's but he only threw 63 pitches, so the hitters were putting the ball in play.

The only run came in the sixth, Nash Knight doubled and Santiago Espinal singled him home. Espinal had two of the Fisher Cat's four hits.

Daytona 2 Dunedin 6

Only four hits for Daytona. Graham Spraker pitched five innings, he held Daytona to one run on three hits. Matt Shannon conceded the other run. William Ouellette, who finished a game for Buffalo earlier this week, recorded the last four outs.

Dunedin hitters had ten hits. Cal Stevenson is slowly getting back to his old self. He had two hits on Thursday including a home run, and in a walk, and his average is up to .222. Hunter Steinmetz was called up from extended to fill a gap and he hit a three run home run. Ryan Noda hit his third home run, the same number as Stevenson. Norberto Obeso had three hits.

Wisconsin 4 Lansing 10

DJ Neal is breaking out. He went 3-3 with a home run, walked twice, scored four runs, drove in two runs and stole two bases. He moved his batting average up to .324. Jake Brodt, Hagen Danner and McGregory Contreras had two hits each. Reggie Pruitt tripled.

Joey Murray started and went six innings and just allowed two runs. He struck out seven and walked two. A trio of relievers finished up.

3 Stars

3rd star: Jordan Patterson

2nd star: Andrew Sopko

1st star: DJ Neal