A brilliant outing for Alex Wimmers. Matt Guerrier does well in his season debut. A ninth-inning comeback for Cedar Rapids.
PAWTUCKET 9, ROCHESTER 5 IN ROCHESTER
Batting stars: Danny Santana was 3-for-4 with two triples, scoring once and driving in one. Eric Fryer was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Pitching stars: None.
Opposition stars: Bryce Brentz was 3-for-5 with a home run (his second), scoring twice. Alex Hassan was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk, scoring once and driving in two. Justin Henry was 1-for-2 with three doubles and scored twice.
The game: Rochester scored three in the second to take a 4-2 lead. Pawtucket got one in the third and took over the lead with a three-run fifth, highlighted by Hassan's two-run double. A run-scoring ground out in the bottom of the fifth cut the Red Sox lead to 6-5, but Pawtucket got single runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth, to take control of the game. The Red Wings got only one baserunner after the fifth inning.
Of note: Chris Parmelee was 0-for-2 with two walks and a run. Wilkin Ramirez was 1-for-4. Eduardo Nunez was 1-for-4 with a double and a run. Starter Trevor May struck out four in 4.1 innings, but he surrendered four runs on five hits and two walks.
NEW HAMPSHIRE 3, NEW BRITAIN 2 IN NEW HAMPSHIREM
Batting stars: Reynaldo Rodgriguez was 2-for-4 with a home run.
Pitching stars: Pat Dean pitched four innings, giving up one run on three hits and no walks with one strikeout. Matt Guerrier pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Jim Fuller pitched a perfect inning.
Opposition stars: Ryan Schimpf was 2-for-2 with a double, a two-run homer, and a sacrifice bunt. Deck McGuire pitched six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and no walks with three strikeouts.
The game: Rodriguez homered in the first to put New Britain ahead 1-0. New Hampshire tied it in the fourth on a single, a hit batsman, and a pair of productive outs. Kennys Vargas had an RBI single in the sixth to give the Rock Cats a 2-1 lead, but in the bottom of the sixth, Schimpf hit a two-run homer to put the Fisher Cats back in front. New Britain threatened in the seventh as Rodriguez led off with a single, took second on a ground out, and went to third on a wild pitch, but he did not score and the Rock Cats went down in order in the eighth and ninth.
Of note: Nate Hanson was 0-for-4. Vargas was 1-for-4. Daniel Ortiz was 0-for-4. Aderlin Mejia was 0-for-4.
FORT MYERS 7, CHARLOTTE 3 IN CHARLOTTE
Batting stars: Dalton Hicks was 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two walks, driving in three. Travis Harrison was 5-for-5 with a double, scoring twice and driving in one. Levi Michael was 4-for-5 with a double and a walk, scoring twice.
Pitching star: Alex Wimmers struck out six in six shutout innings, giving up only one hit and no walks.
Opposition stars: Justin O'Connor was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer. Thomas Coyle was 2-for-4 with a double and a run.
The game: A two-run single by Jorge Polanco and an RBI double by Hicks gave Fort Myers a 3-0 lead after two. Hicks tripled in a run in the fourth to make it 4-0. The Miracle added two in the fifth and one in the sixth. Charlotte did not get on the board until O'Connor hit a three-run homer in the ninth. Coyle led off the game for the Stone Crabs with a double, but they did not get another hit until the seventh.
Of note: Polanco was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk, driving in two. Adam Brett Walker II was 0-for-5. Max Kepler was 0-for-5, dropping his average to .094.
CEDAR RAPIDS 5, SOUTH BEND 4 IN CEDAR RAPIDS
Batting stars: Mitch Garver was 3-for-4 with a triple and a walk, scoring once and driving in one. Bryan Haar was 3-for-3 with a double and a walk, driving in one. Tanner Vavra was 2-for-4 with a double and a run.
Pitching stars: Brandon Bixler struck out three in two shutout innings, giving up a walk. Hudson Boyd struck out two in two shutout innings, giving up a walk.
Opposition stars: Joe Munoz was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, scoring twice. Andrew Velazquez was 1-for-2 with a walk, scoring once and driving in one.
The game: Zach Esquerra's two-run double capped a three-run second for South Bend. Garver tripled and scored in the bottom of the second to make it 3-1, but the Silver Hawks got the run back in the fourth when Munoz doubled and scored on an error. Vavra doubled in the sixth and scored on a Michael Quesada single, but the score stayed 4-2 until the ninth. The Kernels led off the inning with a single and a walk. With one out, Jason Kanzler singled in a run and a Vavra single loaded the bases. Zach Larson walked to tie the score and a Garver single gave Cedar Rapids the victory.
Of note: Kanzler was 1-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Larson was 0-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. Engelb Vielma was 0-for-1 with two walks. Starter Aaron Slegers pitched five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
4:35 New Britain (D. J. Baxendale, 0-1, 5.91) at New Hampshire (Austin Bibens-Dirkx, 0-1, 4.15)
5:30 Fort Myers (Jason Wheeler, 1-0, 1.74) at Charlotte (Roberto Gomez, 0-1, 4.91)
6:05 Pawtucket (Brandon Workman, no record) at Rochester (Scott Diamond, 0-1, 14.40)
6:35 South Bend (TBA) at Cedar Rapids (Ryan Eades, 1-1, 2.31)