Nate Pearson pitched 5.2 shutout innings with six strikeouts. Adam Kloffenstein pitched five shutout innings with eight K's. They helped New Hampshire and Vancouver to a pair of 1-0 wins. The other teams lost. Buffalo lost by seven runs, Dunedin by 6, Lansing by 8, Bluefield by 7. After Wednesday had some good pitching performances, Thursday saw some poor pitching, with Pearson and Kloffenstein the obvious exceptions.
Toledo 9 Buffalo 2
New Hampshire 1 Binghamton 0 - 7 innings
Dunedin 0 Clearwater 6
Fort Wayne 12 Lansing 4
Vancouver 1 Spokane 0
Greeneville 9 Bluefield 2
GCL Blue Jays 4 GCL Phillies 2
DSL Blue Jays 2 DSL Padres 6
This is what I noted from yesterday's games. Given all the losses there wasn't a lot to note.
Looking at the playoff picture it looks like Dunedin might be our only post-season representatives. Dunedin won the first half and are in first place in the second half too. Buffalo might be the next best bet. The Bisons are three and a half games out of first place. Lansing are three games out but they would have to overtake a strong Bowling Green team, they are a Tampa affiliate. New Hampshire, Vancouver, Bluefield, the GCL and DSL Jays are out of the running.
Richard Urena had two more hits, both doubles.
Jackson McClelland is now up to nine innings in Buffalo with a zero ERA. He has walked five in nine innings, his WHIP is 1.11. Too many walks has been the issue for the guy who throws 100 mph.
Nate Pearson threw 101 pitches, 60 strikes. He went 5.2 innings, four hits, three walks, six K's, no runs.
Cullen Large, who I mentioned yesterday, had another hit, a triple, and scored the games only run.
Jose Espada was activated in Lansing and came out of the bullpen to pitch one inning. I am not sure if Espada is now a reliever or given how late it is in the season, pitching out of the bullpen makes sense.
Pitcher Justin Watts was released.
Otto Lopez picked up his two usual hits.
Andres Guerra, who doesn't play a lot for Bluefield, was 4-4, raising his average to .222.
Adam Kloffenstein had eight K's in his five shutout innings. He threw 80 pitches while walking one and giving up two hits. For the season he has an ERA of 2.45 while striking out almost a hitter per inning and with a WHIP of 1.11.
Vancouver won despite having just two hits, both singles.
Third Star - Adam Kloffenstein
Second Star - Andres Guerra
First Star - Nate Pearson