Buffalo, New Hampshire and Vancouver scored the winning runs in their last at-bat. Dunedin had an early lead but could not hold on.
Buffalo 3 St. Paul 2
Samad Taylor's third home run in two games and eighth of the season opened the scoring in the first inning against the Twins affiliates. Taylor started the ninth inning rally with a leadoff single and Jordan Groshans followed with a hit by pitch. Cullen Large singled home Taylor with the tying run. A Tanner Morris sacrifice bunt moved Groshans and Large up 90 feet before Nick Podkul walked it off. Taylor had three hits and Large had two. Groshans was on base twice by drawing a walk to go along with his plunk.
Casey Lawrence was spared the loss after giving up just two runs on six hits over seven innings. He struck out 11 with no walks and recorded five outs on the ground. Graham Spraker worked a one-hit eighth with two whiffs. Mike Ellenbest survived a hit and a walk in the ninth and picked up the win.
New Hampshire 5 Altoona 4
A sacrifice fly by Orelvis Martinez walked off the Pirates affiliate. John Aiello belted his fourth homer in the third inning for the game's first run. A Phil Clarke RBI single in the fourth and a Spencer Horwitz homer in the eighth helped the Fisher Cats go up 4-2. An error in the fifth scored the other New Hampshire run. Horwitz had three hits while Clarke and Will Robertson had two apiece with Clarke stealing his first base of the year. Aiello had a walk to go with his dinger and Cam Eden was on base twice with a single and a base on balls.
Nick Fraze allowed two runs over seven innings on four hits, a walk and a plunk. All eight of his outs in play were on the ground. Sean Mellen was charged with two runs (one earned) over one inning plus two batters. Sean Rackoski had both of Mellen's runs score on his watch and blew the save even though he did not give up a hit. The Curve tied it with a sac bunt, a groundout and a fielding error at third by Sebastian Espino. Rackoski would pitch two shutout innings of one-hit ball with one walk to get the win.
Vancouver 4 Hillsboro 3
The C's had a 2-0 lead after a first inning homer by Davis Schneider, his seventh of the year, and an Andrés Sosa sac fly in the second. Surrey, BC-raised Damiano Palmegiani tied the game in the sixth with a home run in his High-A debut before Addison Barger singled home the winning run in the ninth against the Diamondbacks affiliate. Palmegiani doubled and walked to get on base three times. Leo Jiménez singled, walked and was hit by a pitch. Schneider had a walk to go with his homer. Garrett Spain and Mack Mueller both tripled and scored. Hugo Cardona drew a walk and stole a base.
Chad Dallas had four shutout innings but did not retire any of the five men he faced in the fifth. He was charged with three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two. Five of his seven outs in play were on the fake turf. Abdiel Mendoza stranded two of Dallas' runners and gave up just one hit and plunked another over three innings in which he struck out four. Sean Wymer struck out two in the eighth and got the win. Ryan Boyer worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save. and has yet to give up a run in nine innings with the C's.
Bradenton 4 Dunedin 2
The D-Jays scored twice in the first inning but that was it against the Pirates affiliate. Roque Salinas had an RBI groundout and Rainer Nuñez knocked home the other run with a single. Estiven Machado doubled twice and Jommer Hernandez doubled and singled. Amell Brazoban had the other base knock.
Michael Dominguez blanked the Marauders by scattering three hits and a plunk over four innings, striking out seven with 51 strikes on 77 pitches. Kelvin Perez gave up the other run on four hits and an HBP over two innings but struck out four. Wilgenis Alvarado took the loss with three runs allowed in two innings. Juan Nunez put up a zero in the ninth by striking out the side.
*** 3 Stars!!! ***
3. Damiano Palmegiani, Vancouver
2. Casey Lawrence, Buffalo
1. Samad Taylor, Buffalo