Rochester splits a doubleheader as Scott Diamond's struggles continue. Fort Myers and St. Lucie exchange shutouts as Tim Shibuya pitches a fine game. A big comeback for the DSL Twins.
ROCHESTER 6, BUFFALO 3 IN BUFFALO (GAME 1--7 INNINGS)
Batting stars: Chris Rahl was 2-for-3 with a double, scoring once and driving in two. James Beresford was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Deibinson Romero was 1-for-2 with a triple and a walk, scoring twice.
Pitching star: Mark Hamburger struck out two in two shutout innings, giving up two hits.
Opposition stars: Brad Glenn was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer, his fourth. Dan Johnson was 2-for-2 with a double and a walk, scoring once. Ryan Goins was 2-for-3 with a double.
The game: With two out in the first, Buffalo got a single, a walk, and Glenn's three-run homer to take a 3-0 lead. It stayed 3-0 until the fifth, when Rochester opened the inning with a Romero triple, singles by Beresford and Rahl, and a Dan Rohlfing double. Following a bunt (the key to the inning), Chris Herrmann doubled, making a four-run inning and a 4-3 Red Wing lead. Rochester added two more in the sixth when Rahl hit a two-run double.
Of note: Doug Bernier was 0-for-3. Chris Colabello was 0-for-4. Brad Nelson was 0-for-3 with a walk. Herrmann was 1-forr-4 with a double annd ann RRBI. Stater Trevor May pitched well after the first inning, going five innings and giving up three runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
BUFFALO 7, ROCHESTER 3 IN BUFFALO (GAME 2--7 INNINGS)
Batting stars: Josmil Pinto was 1-for-3 with a home run (his second) and a walk. Eric Farris was 2-for-3 with a double and a run. Doug Bernier was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.
Pitching star: Edgar Ibarra struck out two in 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit.
Opposition stars: Kevin Pillar was 2-for-2 with a double and a walk, scoring twice and driving in two. Brad Glenn was 3-for-3 with a double, scoring once and driving in two. Raul Valdes pitched five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out three.
The game: Buffalo again scored three in the first inning, getting a two-run double by Pillar and an RBI single by Glenn. Rochester scored single runs in the second and third, but the Bisons got two in the fourth and two in the fifth to go up 7-2 and take control of the game.
Of note: Chris Colabello was 1-for-4. Chris Herrmann was 2-forr-4. Starter Scott Diamond pitched 3.1 innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks with no strikeouts.
NEW BRITAIN 5, READING 2 IN NEW BRITAIN
Batting stars: Nate Hanson was 1-for-4 with a run and two RBIs. Aaron Hicks was 2-for-4 with a run.
Pitching stars: Jason Wheeler struck out seven in 6.1 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk. Cole Johnson struck out two in 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk. Lester Oliveros pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Aaron Altherr was 1-for-3 with two walks, scoring once and driving in one. Colton Murray pitched two scoreless innings, allowing only a walk.
The game: Altherr singled in a run in the first, but New Britain came back with four in the bottom of the first, with two scoring on an error, one on a Reynaldo Rodriguez double, and one on a sacrifice fly. Hanson singled in a run in the second to make it 5-1. Reading got one in the third, and that was it for the scoring. The Fightin Phils loaded the bases with two out in the seventh and put the first two men on in the ninth, but did not tally again.
Of note: Kennys Vargas was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. Eddie Rosario was 0-for-2 with a walk and two runs. Rodriguez was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 0 IN ST. LUCIE (GAME 1--SCHEDULED 7 INNINGS)
Batting stars: Max Kepler was 2-for-3 with a double and a run. Lance Ray was 1-for-2 with a double and a hit-by-pitch, driving in two. Jorge Polanco was 2-for-4 with a run.
Pitching stars: Tim Shibuya pitched a complete game, giving up five hits and no walks with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Julian Hilario pitched three shutout innings, giving up three hits and no walks with one strikeout. Jairo Perez was 2-for-3.
The game: Fort Myers scored one in the first on a sacrifice fly, one in the fourth on a wild pitch, and one in the fifth on a Ray RBI double. The biggest St. Lucie threat came in the last inning, when they opened the inning with back-to-back singles that put men on first and third. A popup and a double play ended the game.
Of note: Adam Brett Walker II was 1-for-4 with a run.
ST. LUCIE 2, FORT MYERS 0 IN ST. LUCIE (GAME 2--7 INNINGS)
Batting star: Jorge Polanco was 2-for-3.
Pitching stars: Brian Gilbert pitched two shutout innings, giving up one hit with one strikeout. Brandon Peterson struck out two in two innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits.
Opposition stars: Matthew Koch pitched 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks with one strikeout. Aderlin Rodriguez was 2-for-3.
The game: A run scored in the second on a fielder's choice and Jairo Perez singled in a run in the fifth. Fort Myers threatened in the first, putting men on first and second, but a double play ended the inning. The Miracle did not get another man on base until the sixth, when back-to-back singles again put men on first and second with one out. This time a fly out and a ground out ended the inning and Fort Myers did not get the tying run on base again.
Of note: Nate Roberts was 0-for-2 with a walk. Adam Brett Walker II was 0-for-3. Max Kepler was 0-for-3. Starter Steven Gruver, normally a relief pitcher, went two innings, giving up a run on a hit and two walks with one strikeout.
CEDAR RAPIDS AT KANE COUNTY
GREENEVILLE 6, ELIZABETHTON 5 IN GREENEVILLE
Batting stars: Pat Kelly was 3-for-4 with two doubles, scoring once and driving in two. Jonatan Hinojosa was 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk, scoring once.
Pitching star: Chih-Wei Hu struck out four in four innings, giving up one run on two hits and two walks.
Opposition stars: Ydarqui Marte was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Keegan Yuhl pitched two perfect innings with one strikeout.
The game: Elizabethton scored two in each of the first two innings to take a 4-0 lead. Greeneville got one in the third, but the lead held until the sixth, when a single, a walk, and four more singles plated three runs to tie it up 4-4. In the eighth, three errors and a two-run single by Luis Reynoso gave the Astros a 6-4 advantage. Doubles by Brian Navarreto and Kelly cut it to 6-5 in the ninth, and a hit batsman put the go-ahead run on base with two out, but a fly ball ended the game.
Of note: Jeremias Pineda was 0-for-4. Austin Diemer was 1-for-4 with a run. Tyler Kuresa was 1-for-4. Nick Gordon was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Blake Schmit was 2-for-4.
GCL RED SOX 5, GCL TWINS 4 AT TWINS
Batting stars: Amaurys Minier was 3-for-4 with a home run. Rafael P. Valera was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Jarrard Poteete was 1-for-4 with a double, scoring once and driving in one.
Pitching stars: Zach Tillery pitched two innings, giving up an unearned run on no hits and one walk with one strikeout. Miles Nordgren pitched three shutout innings, giving up two hits and a walk with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Jose Vinicio was 1-for-2 with three walks and a run. Jeffry Fernandez pitched four innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk with no strikeouts.
The game: Joseph Monge doubled in one and one scored on an error, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in the first. The teams traded runs in the second to make it 3-1. A walk and two errors made it 4-1 after five, but the Twins came back in the sixth on an RBI single by Valera, a run-scoring double by Poteete, and an RBI single by Nelson Molina. It was tied until the ninth, when an error, two singles, and a ground out brought home the go-ahead run for the Red Sox.
Of note: Dubal Baez was 1-for-5 with a run. Ruar Verkerk was 1-for-3. Frank Encarnacion was used as a reserve and was 1-for-1. Starter Brandon Easton pitched three innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts. The Twins made four errors.
DSL TWINS 8, DSL DIAMONDBACKS 3 AT TWINS
Batting stars: Emmanuel Morel was 1-for-1 with two walks, scoring twice and driving in two. Jorge Andrade was 1-for-5 with a triple, scoring once and driving in three. Robert Molina was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run.
Pitching stars: Jose Ramirez pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and five walks with four strikeouts. Daulin Ramirez pitched three shutout innings, giving up two hits and a walk with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Melvin Ovalles pitched four shutout innings, giving up one hit and two walks with three strikeouts. Ramon Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Jose Ordaz was 2-for-3 with a walk.
The game: Hernandez hit a three-run double in the first to give the Dimaondbacks a 3-0 lead. It held until the seventh. A single and three walks scored the first run and an error tied the score at three. Jermaine Palacios then delivered a two-run double to give the Twins a 5-3 lead. In the eighth, three singles and an Andrade triple produced three runs to give the Twins an 8-3 advantage. The Diamondbacks put men on second and third with one out in the ninth, but a caught stealing at home and a ground out ended the game.
Of note: Antonio Tovar was 0-for-3 with two walks. Carlos Martinez was 1-for-3.
12:05 Rochester (Sean Gilmartin, 0-0, 0.00) at Buffalo (P. J. Walters, no record)
12:35 Reading (Adam Loewen, 0-0, 5.17) at New Britain (Tyler Duffey, 2-2, 4.71)
1:00 Cedar Rapids (Ryan Eades, 4-7, 6.51) at Kane County (Jen-Ho Tseng, 3-0, 2.48)
Game 2 Cedar Rapids (Fernando Romero, 0-0, 3.00) at Kane County (Pierce Johnson, no record)
4:00 Fort Myers (Jose Berrios, 7-2, 2.09) at Orlando (TBA)
5:00 Pulaski (TBA) at Elizabethton (TBA)