Two wins and three losses on Sunday. Maximo Castillo was outstanding in his start. We have to ask if we are seeing a different Maximo? Zac Cook helped Maximo get the win. Riley Tirotta and Addison Barger powered Vancouver to their win. Rainer Nunez went deep twice in a losing cause.
Buffalo 1 Rochester 8
Hartford 4 New Hampshire 1 - game one
Hartford 0 New Hampshire 3 - game two
Vancouver 8 Tri-City 3
Dunedin 3 Tampa 6
This is what I noted from yesterday's games.
Thomas Hatch had a bad day. His ERA is now 11.25.
Buffalo outhit Rochester 10-8 despite getting bombed on the scoreline. The Bisons lead the IL in team batting average. Eight of the Bisons starting nine ended the game hitting over .300. We don't know if this is a strong offensive team or a sign of a shortened spring training. Gabriel Moreno doubled and scored Buffalo's only run.
Maximo Castillo was outstanding, five shutout innings with eight K's. Castillo hasn't struck out a batter per inning since 2017 so this seasons early strikeout surge is interesting. He has 15 over his first nine innings. Lets see if this continues.
In game two Zac Cook hit his third home run of the season, a two run shot. John Aiello made his first start of the season and added a solo shot. Orelvis was 0-5 over two games with three K's.
Riley Tirotta hit a three run home run in the first inning for Vancouver. Tirotta was 2-4 and is hitting .333 early in the season. Addison Barger went 3-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. He is hitting .382.
Trent Palmer started and struggled through three innings with 74 pitches. He wasn't hit around but he laboured to throw strikes and have quick at-bats.
Rafael Ohashi, coming off an excellent first start, was good through four innings. But in the fifth a solo home run was followed by two walks and two more hits leading to four runs. Dahian Santos went three innings in relief allowing two runs on three hits.
Rainer Nunez went 3-3 with two home runs, both solo shots.
Third Star - Riley Tirotta
Second Star - Zac Cook
First Star - Maximo Castillo