Yohan Pino was dominant! Jose Berrios was even more dominant! It was an organization-wide sweep!
ROCHESTER 2, GWINNETT 1 IN ROCHESTER
Batting star: James Beresford was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk, scoring once.
Pitching stars: Yohan Pino pitched 7.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Ryan Pressly pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Gus Schlosser struck out eight in six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. Steven Lerud was 1-for-2 with a triple and a run. Mark Hamilton was 2-for-4.
The game: Lerud tripled and scored in the third to give Gwinnett a 1-0 lead. Rochester missed chances to score in the first couple of innings, but got some help in the fifth. A hit batsman and a double put men on second and third, an error tied the score, and a ground out put Rochester ahead 2-1. It was enough. After the third, the only Braves threat came in the ninth, when a one-out single and a two-out single put the tying run into scoring position. A ground out ended the game.
Of note: Eric Farris was 1-for-3 with a run. Chris Colabello was 0-for-3 with a walk. Brad Nelson was 0-for-4 with an RBI.
NEW BRITAIN 6, BINGHAMTON 1 IN NEW BRITAIN
Batting stars: Mike Kvasnicka was 2-for-4 with a double, scoring once and driving in three. Reynaldo Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with a triple, scoring once and driving in one. Tony Thomas was 2-for-4 with two runs.
PItching stars: Pat Dean pitched 5.1 innings, giving up an unearned run on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Daniel Turpen retired all four batters he faced. Jim Fuller struck out two in a perfect inning.
Opposition star: Darrell Ceciliani was 2-for-2 with two walks.
The game: There was no score through three, but New Britain took control with a five-run fourth. The Rock Cats started the inning with four consecutive singles, making it 1-0 with the bases loaded. Kvansicka unloaded them with a three-run double to increase the lead to 4-0 and Kyle Knudson singled to make it 5-0. Nelfi Zapata doubled and scored in the fifth to put Binghamton on the board, but that was the only run they would get. Rodriguez tripled in a run in the seventh to end the scoring.
Of note: Brad Boyer was 1-for-5. Daniel Ortiz was 2-for-4 with a run. Kennys Vargas was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
FORT MYERS 3, TAMPA 0 IN FORT MYERS (GAME 1--7 INNINGS)
Batting stars: Travis Harrison was 2-for-4 with a double and a run. Aderlin Mejia was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.
Pitching star: Jose Berrios struck out thirteen in seven innings, giving up one hit and no walks.
Opposition star: Matt Snyder was 1-for-3 with a double.
The game: In the bottom of the first, Stephen Wickens walked stole second, and scored on an Adam Brett Walker II single. That was all Berrios needed. He retired the first thirteen batters, gave up a double to Snyder, retired three batters, hit one, then retired the final five. His strikeouts by inning were 2-1-2-0-3-2-3. The Miracle added a run in the second on an RBI double by Mejia and scored in the fourth on a single by Jairo Rodriguez.
Of note: Jorge Polanco was 0-for-3. Eddie Rosario was 0-for-3. Walker II was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Dalton Hicks was 1-for-3 with a run.
FORT MYERS 8, TAMPA 4 IN FORT MYERS (GAME 2--7 INNINGS)
Batting stars: Aderlin Mejia was 2-for-3 with a double, scoring twice and driving in one. Eddie Rosario was 2-for-3 with a walk, scoring twice and driving in one. Dalton Hicks was 1-for-3 with a walk and a double, driving in three.
Pitching star: Tyler Jones pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Jake Cave was 2-for-4 with a double and a run. Wes Wilson was 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs.
The game: Fort Myers opened the first with three singles to go up 1-0. An error loaded the bases and Hicks delivered a three-run double to make it 4-0. The Miracle added two in the fourth to go ahead 6-0. Tampa got a two-run single from Wilson in the fifth and got two more in the sixth to cut the lead to 6-4, but two singles, a double steal, and a pair of sacrifice flies built the lead back up to 8-4 after six.
Of note: Adam Brett Walker II was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Starter Matt Tomshaw struck out six in 5.1 innings but gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits and no walks.
CEDAR RAPIDS 4, BURLINGTON 3 IN CEDAR RAPIDS
Batting stars: Mitch Garver was 3-for-4 with a home run (his seventh) and two runs. Chad Christensen was 1-for-4 with a home run, his fourth. Tanner Vavra was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk, scoring once.
Pitching stars: Kohl Stewart pitched six innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on five hits and no walks with four strikeouts. Jared Wilson struck out two in two shutout innings, giving up a walk. Todd Van Steensel pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Exicardo Cayones was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Brandon Bayardi was 2-for-4 with a run.
The game: Burlington scored all three runs in the second inning, aided by two hit batsmen and an error. Cedar Rapids scored single runs in the second and third and tied it on a Garver homer in the fourth. It stayed tied until the eighth, when Christensen hit a one-out homer to put the Kernels up 4-3. The Bees did not get a hit after the fourth inning.
Of note: Ryan Walker was 1-for-4. Ivory Thomas was 0-for-2 with a walk, giving him 12 hits and 35 walks in 108 plate appearances.
9:30 DSL Twins at DSL Orioles1
12:05 Burlington (TBA) at Cedar Rapids (Derrick Penilla, 1-1, 4.15)
6:05 Gwinnett (Yunesky Maya, 1-0, 3.06) at Rochester (Alex Meyer, 3-1, 3.31)
6:05 Tampa (TBA) at Fort Myers (D. J. Baxendale, no record)
New Britain does not play today.