The Vancouver Canadians kick off their season on Friday with Adam Kloffenstein on the mound. Saturday's game is being televised on Sportsnet Pacific, my PVR is set. On Thursday, the Buffalo hitters copied the parent club by scoring 11 runs. New Hampshire and Lansing lost. Dunedin were rained out.
Buffalo 11 Indianapolis 3
There were some as yet unexplained happenings in Buffalo for this game. Andrew Sopko started but just pitched one inning, 13 pitches. David Phelps was due to pitch in back to back days. He did pitch, but just seven pitches to two hitters. Because of Sopko's departure Corey Copping got the win by pitching three shutout innings. The Bisons used six pitchers.
The offense was spread evenly, every hitter had a hit and no-one had more than two. Six hitters had two hits. Seven hitters had an RBI, again no-one had more than two. Among the hitters, Socrates Brito, who had been so hot yesterday, had two more hits including a triple. Patrick Kivlehan had two including a home run. Bo Bichette was back and went 1-6, his hit was a double. Anthony Alford was 2-4 with two walks.
New Hampshire 4 Bowie 9
New Hampshire were down 8-0 before they had a hit. Patrick Murphy has run a little hot and cold this season and this one was very cold. Murphy gave up all eight runs over four innings. He did not have control of his pitches.
The Fisher Cats had six hits. For a change Kevin Smith led the offense. He hit a three run home run in the seventh and he tripled and scored in the ninth.
Dunedin at Florida - Postponed
Lots of rain in Florida recently.
Lansing 1 South Bend 5
There was not much to report from this game. Cobi Johnson started and did well, just one run allowed in five innings. He had six K's. When he left the score was 1-1 but his replacement, Will McAffer was torched for four runs.
The Lugnut hitters had just four hits. Two of them went for extra bases and they produced the only run, Luis De Los Santos doubled and Reggie Pruitt tripled. Griffin Conine had three K's.
The DSL Jays won 4-1. Three pitchers combined on a six hitter although they only picked up four strikeouts. The Jays had ten hits, Emmanuel Sanchez was 3-4 while playing shortstop. He had two doubles,
3rd star: Kevin Smith
2nd star: Socrates Brito
1st star: Anthony Alford