Rainer Shines for Dunedin

Wednesday, May 11 2022 @ 06:52 AM EDT

Contributed by: #2JBrumfield

Buffalo and Dunedin reached double digits in the run column to win their games. New Hampshire only scored one run and lost. Vancouver had the night off.

Buffalo 14 Lehigh Valley 3

The Bisons set the tone with a nine-run first inning to run over the Phillies affiliate. They racked up 18 hits but only two were for extra bases. Gabriel Moreno and Logan Warmoth had three hits while Cavan Biggio, Nathan Lukes, Jordan Groshans and Cullen Large all had two hits. Warmoth and Large drove in three apiece. Biggio was 2-for-2 before being replaced by L.J. Talley as the DH. All nine Bisons starters had at least one hit including Samad Taylor who was 1-for-6.

Bowden Francis got the win by lasting 5-1/3 innings in which he yielded three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three. Graham Spraker stranded both Francis runners and pitched 1-2/3 shutout innings, walking two but whiffing one. Joe Biagini gave up two hits and Kyle Johnston gave up one but put up a zero each on the linescore.

Binghamton 2 New Hampshire 1

A home run in the fourth and a sacrifice fly by catching prospect Francisco Alvarez in the seventh was enough to help the Mets call bingo against the Fisher Cats. Hayden Juenger found a way to get through three innings without a run by working around two hits and three walks. He struck out two and all three of his outs in play were on the ground. Braden Scott took the loss after allowing the gopher ball and Gabriel Ponce gave up the other run in 1-1/3 innings. Cre Finfrock stranded two of three Ponce runners and tossed 1-2/3 scoreless frames. Jake Elliott took care of the ninth.

New Hampshire did not score until the ninth when Luis De Los Santos doubled with one out and came in to score on a Rafael Lantigua base hit with two outs. Lantigua had two hits while Orelvis Martinez and Phil Clarke had the others with Martinez getting hit by a pitch. Tanner Morris walked twice and Zac Cook took one for the team. However, the F-Cats struck out 16 times and only two players avoided whiffing. Will Robertson donned the golden sombrero while Cook and Ryan Gold had the hat tricks.

Dunedin 12 Tampa 11

At least the D-Jays broke the heart of the Yankees as they came back from a 10-0 deficit for the victory. An RBI single by Gabriel Martinez, a sacrifice fly by Dalmiano Palmegiani and a run-scoring balk were the appetizers in the fourth inning before Francisco Fajardo and Martinez belted three-run homers to cap off a nine-run rally. Glenn Santiago ordered the code red with a two-run shot in the fifth to put Dunedin ahead and Rainer Nunez dialled long distance in the eighth. Nunez also had a double among his four hits while Martinez, Santiago and Roque Salinas had two hits apiece. Danny Jansen was 1-for-2 with a double and was hit by a pitch. Juan Gonzalez pinch-hit for Jansen in the fifth and later took one for the team. Cameron Eden made his 2022 debut with a single, a walk and a stolen base. Estiven Machado singled, walked and stole a bag.

The huge comeback bailed out Matt Svanson who was slammed for four home runs leading to 10 runs in 3-1/3 innings. Seven of the runs were earned on eight hits and three walks while striking out five. Julian Valdez got the final two outs of the fourth, giving up a hit but striking out one. Mike Ellenbest earned the win in his first appearance of the year with a shutout fifth that included a whiff. Connor Cooke got the four-inning save by allowing one run on one hit and punching out four.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Gabriel Moreno, Buffalo

2. Gabriel Martinez, Dunedin

1. Rainer Nunez, Dunedin