A Salami for Moreno

Friday, June 18 2021 @ 08:37 AM EDT

Contributed by: Gerry

Gabriel Moreno hit a grand slam, New Hampshire was down 10-2 at the time, but a slam is a slam. Buffalo won as Thomas Hatch and Nick Allgeyer pitched well. The C's had excellent pitching from Adrian Hernandez and plenty of hitting and won. Dunedin were rained out.

Buffalo 5 Rochester 2

Hartford 10 New Hampshire 6

Everett 5 Vancouver 9

Clearwater at Dunedin - postponed

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

Thomas Hatch threw 66 pitches in 3.1 innings as he builds up his arm. Rochester scored one run on four hits in those 3.1 innings. Hatch had only one strikeout but he did get five ground balls. Nick Allgeyer went four innings and he too gave up one run. He had five K's.

Kevin Smith had two hits, including his first triple of the season. Christian Colon and Nash Knight both hit a solo home run.

Johnny Barbato has been pitching well for the Fisher Cats since he signed as a free agent. It was back to reality on Thursday, Barbato was dinged for nine runs on nine hits, ouch!

Jordan Groshans was 0-2 with a walk before being removed. I assume it was because a 10-0 game in the seventh. Groshans is hitting .292 in June with a 796 OPS. That's up from a 673 OPS in May. That is the kind of improvement you like to see in a young player. His strikeouts are virtually halved from May to June, another positive. Yesterday was just the third time in June he has gone hitless in a game.

Samad Taylor also went hitless. Gabriel Moreno had two hits including a grand slam. The slam turned a 10-2 deficit to 10-6, too little, too late. hypobole's favourite, Vinny Capra, picked up another two hits and his average is up to .356.

Adam Kloffenstein has had an up and down season. Thursday was more down, he gave up five runs in four innings on six hits. His problem was that five of the six hits were for extra bases. So he was hit hard. Adrian Hernandez came on in relief and was outstanding, five innings, no hits and nine strikeouts. His ERA is still zero after his promotion from Dunedin. Hernandez does have an excellent change-up that was too much for the hitters.

The C's scored six in the first inning and two more in the second to pull way ahead early. Tanner Kirwer kept up his hot pace with two hits and a walk. One of his hits was his sixth home run. Rafael Lantigua also homered, his first, a two run shot. Cameron Eden drove in two runs with two hits.

Three Stars

Third Star - Cameron Eden

Second Star - Gabriel Moreno

First Star - Adrian Hernandez