There were a couple of exciting finishes on Friday. Gabriel Martinez walked it off for Dunedin. New Hampshire came into the ninth down by five. They scored three without a hit, then got a hit which both made it a one run game and ended the game...ouch! Buffalo won while Vancouver won two.
Scranton 5 Buffalo 3
New Hampshire 7 Altoona 8
Eugene 1 Vancouver 4 - game 1
Eugene 6 Vancouver 9 - game 2
Fort Myers 1 Dunedin 2
This is what I noted from yesterday's games.
Shaun Anderson got off to a slow start. Three singles in the first inning led to a run. Two singles in the second were stranded. He pitched three more innings facing just one over the minimum. Anthony Kay wasn't good. The singles were followed by two outs. Then walk, walk, wild pitch, wild pitch led to three runs. He then left the game with what was described as an injury.
Vinny Capra hit a two run home run, his third. Gabriel Moreno was 0-4.
New Hampshire came into the ninth inning trailing 8-3. Four walks brought in a run, but there were now two outs. Altoona then made a double error on a play to clear the bases and make it a two run game. Another walk and a hit batter re-loaded the bases. Luis De Los Santos singled to short, the shortstop dived to knock down the ball, which made it 8-7. But on that play Sebastian Espino rounded third too far and was thrown out to end the game. It was the only hit of the inning and ultimately New Hampshire's downfall. De Los Santos was the top hitter of the night, 3-4 with three RBI. After a slow start his average is up to .273.
Pitching was the story in the first Vancouver game. Naswell Paulino and Hunter Gregory held Eugene to one hit and two walks. All the Eugene walks and the one hit came from Armani Jones. With a name like Armani you know he must be quality. Paulino went four innings, allowed the one hit, a home run, and walked one. Gregory struck out five in three innings.
Miguel Hiraldo's bat showed signs of life with two hits in game one. He went 1-4 in game two. Davis Schneider homered.
Chad Dallas wasn't sharp in game two, he threw just three innings and allowed three runs on five hits and two walks. He did strike out six. Trevor Schwecke hit a grand slam in the first inning. Riley Tirotta added a three run shot in the second. The C's scored nine runs on seven hits.
Dunedin and Fort Myers combined for four hits through eight innings. In the top of the ninth Fort Myers homered to give them a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the ninth three walks loaded the bases for Gabriel Martinez who singled on an 0-2 to bring in the tying and winning runs. It was Dunedin's second hit of the game.
Ricky Tiedemann started. He walked one in the first and three more in the second but that was it through five inning. He struck out eight. Tiedemann was followed by Jimmy Robbins, a 20th round pick in 2019, who didn't pitch at all in 2021. Robbins threw three shutout innings.
Third Star - Ricky Tiedemann
Second Star - Luis De Los Santos
First Star - Gabriel Martinez