Rain, Rain Go Away, Orelvis Needs to Hit

Sunday, July 18 2021 @ 08:11 AM EDT

Contributed by: Gerry

Rain stopped play in all three east coast games. When play resumed in Florida, Orelvis Martinez hit three home runs and drove in nine. He is on fire this past week, in the five games against Clearwater he has seven home runs and three four hit games. This will immediately lead to calls to send him to Vancouver. We have to wait and see if he does the same next week against Lakeland. But if he has nothing left to prove in low A, then Vancouver could be in for a treat.

The Buffalo game was suspended but New Hampshire and Dunedin managed to complete their games. New Hampshire and Vancouver lost with late bullpen blow ups. Dunedin were the only winners.

Lehigh Valley 7 Buffalo 1 - game suspended in fourth inning

New Hampshire 5 Hartford 7 - 10 innings

Vancouver 3 Hillsboro 4

Dunedin 17 Clearwater 6

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

Casey Lawrence and Travis Bergen combined to give up seven runs in three innings including a six run third.

Some hitters had just one at-bat, Alejandro Kirk had two and he singled in both.

New Hampshire scored a run in the ninth to tie the game and another in the tenth to take the lead. But Hartford hit a three run home run in the bottom of the tenth for the walk off win. Johnny Barbato started and pitched into the sixth. He was charged with four runs, of which just one was earned.

Samad Taylor was back with a single and a sac fly. Vinny Capra tripled in the ninth and scored the tying run. He also singled. Others with two hits were Tanner Kirwer, Chris Bec and Kevin Vicuna.

The C's gave up two runs in the eighth to turn around their lead. Alex Nolan, from Ontario, had been pitching well for Vancouver but he took the loss. Adam Kloffenstein had a rough first inning. The lead off hitter homered, he walked two and used 29 pitches. But he settled down after that and just gave up one more hit on his way to 5.2 innings.

Phil Clarke had two hits, drove in a run and scored another. It's a small sample but his bat seems to be waking up. Tanner Morris also had two hits.

Orelvis was once again the star of the show. He was 4-6 with nine RBI. Among his hits were three home runs giving him 15 on the season. Other than that Miguel Hiraldo had three hits. He is hitting over .300 in July. Dasan Brown hit his first home run of the season.

Naswell Paulino started but only pitched one inning because of the rain. Andrew Bash followed and got the win.

Three Stars

Third Star - Adam Kloffenstein

Second Star - Miguel Hiraldo

First Star - Orelvis Martinez