Grayson Thurman was recently promoted from Dunedin to New Hampshire. He hadn't really earned a two level promotion but New Hampshire needed help and Vancouver's players are set for the playoffs. Thurman entered the game in the ninth inning with New Hampshire leading by a run but with the lases loaded and no outs. He escaped and New Hampshire won. The Fisher Cat hitters who were hot on Saturday, stayed hot on Sunday. Damiano Palmegiani hit a grand slam to propel Buffalo to a win. Vancouver and Dunedin lost.
Dunedin's season is now finished. Vancouver start their five game playoff series with Everett on Tuesday.
Lehigh Valley 3 Buffalo 6
New Hampshire 7 Bowie 6
Vancouver 0 Tri-City 3
Jupiter 10 Dunedin 4
Third Star - Trevor Schwecke
Second Star - Damiano Palmegiani
First Star - Gratson Thurman
Damiano Palmegiani has hit the ground running in AAA. He hit a grand slam home run in the third inning to put Buffalo ahead for good. He is hitting .370 so far with a 1.278 OPS. He will strike out 30% of the time but he does hit for power. Nate Lukas and Rafael Lantigua each had two hits.
Yosver Zulueta had a couple of nice outings since returning from the Florida complex but that was not the case on Sunday. In one inning LHV had a triple and two doubles leading to two runs off Zulueta. The jury is still out.
New Hampshire took a 7-5 lead to the bottom of the ninth. They brought in their closer Juan Nunez who promptly walked four to make it a 7-6 game with the bases loaded and no outs. The NH manager brought in Grayson Thurman who had a 4.80 ERAS pitching in Dunedin, two levels down. This would be his second appearance in AA. Thurman went strikeout, strikeout, ground out to preserve the win. Michael Dominguez had started and he was wild like Nunez. He walked five in 4.2 innings. Bowie hit two solo home runs off him. Dominguez has a home run issue. In 30 innings in AA he has only allowed 16 hits, that is excellent. However nine of those 16 hits have left the ballpark. Something to work on next season.
The offense was led by the same guys would led it yesterday. Trevor Schwecke had three hits, a triple short of the cycle. He hit his 6th home run. Will Robertson hit his 19th and had a two run single. Riley Tirotta hit his eighth. Alan Roden was 2-3 with a walk.
Vancouver's bats were resting for the playoffs I guess, they had just three hits in the game. Cade Doughty had two hits and walked. Rafael Sanchez started and threw 4.2 shutout innings. He struck out seven.
Dunedin scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to make the final score semi respectable. Rafael Ohashi didn't have "it". Seven hits and three walks in just 1.2 innings. Irv Carter pitched an inning out of the bullpen. Connor O'Halloran hasn't figured out pro ball yet. He gave up four runs and has a 6.30 ERA.
Yhoangel Aponte was the offensive bright spot, 3-3 with two walks. He had a single, a triple and a his first home run. These late season pops can be deceiving. Aponte had four hits in his last nine FCL games, so these seems atypical.