A big day for Bryan Haar. Matt Batts has a solid Class A debut. A strong performance by Sam Gibbons.
ROCHESTER 6, LOUISVILLE 3 IN LOUISVILLE
Batting stars: James Beresford was 4-for-5 with a double and two runs. Daniel Ortiz was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, scoring once and driving in one. Josmil Pinto was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
Pitching stars: Aaron Thompson pitched a perfect perfect inning, striking out all three batters he faced. Lester Oliveros struck out three in two shutout innings, giving up two hits. Michael Tonkin struck out two in a scoreless inning, giving up no hits and no walks.
Opposition stars: Rey Navarro was 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Tucker Barnhart was 1-for-2 with two walks.
The game: Three singles and an error produced two Louisville runs in the first inning. A walk, a double, and a groundout made it 3-0 after three. Beresford and Pinto doubled to lead off the fourth and get Rochester on the board. Eric Farris had an RBI single in the fifth to cut the lead to 3-2 and Wilkin Ramirez singled and came around to score in the sixth to tie it at three. Four consecutive two-out singles in the seventh put the Red Wings up 5-3, with Beresford and Pinto knocking in the runs. In the eighth, a single, an error, and an Ortiz single made it 6-3. The Bats only got three hits after the third, with their biggest threat coming in the eighth on a pair of one-out singles.
Of note: Farris was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Ramirez was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Starter Mark Hamburger pitched five innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
NEW BRITAIN 5, ERIE 3 IN NEW BRITAIN
Batting stars: Stephen Wickens was 2-for-4 with a double, scoring once and driving in three. Brad Boyer was 2-for-4 with a double, scoring once and driving in one. Aaron Hicks was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run.
Pitching stars: Pat Dean pitched seven innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Alex Wimmers pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Wilsen Palacios pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Devon Travis was 3-for-5 with a home run (his ninth) and a double, scoring twice.
The game: Travis hit a solo homer in the third to open the scoring. In the fifth, Corey Jones singled in one and an other run scored on an error to give Erie a 3-0 lead. New Britain finally got on the board in the seventh when Boyer had an RBI double and Kyle Knudsen singled in a run to make it 3-2. In the eighth, two singles and a walk filled the bases with one out and Wickens delivered a three-run double to give the Rock Cats a 5-3 advantage. In the ninth, the SeaWolves got a single and a walk with one out, but a strikeout and a ground out ended the game.
Of note: Eddie Rosario was 1-for-5 with a double. Jorge Polanco was 0-for-4. Mike Kvasnicka was 1-for-3 with a walk.
LAKELAND 4, FORT MYERS 0 IN LAKELAND (4 1/2 INNINGS--RAIN)
Batting star: Travis Harrison was 1-for-2. That was the only Fort Myers hit.
Pitching stars: None.
Opposition stars: Tanner Bailey pitched a five-inning complete game, giving up a hit and a walk with four strikeouts. Tyler Hanover was 2-for-2 with two doubles and an RBI. Connor Harrell was 1-for-2 with a double, scoring once and driving in one.
The game: Harrell doubled in a run, Jeff McVaney singled in another, and a third scored on a sacrifice fly to give Lakeland a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Hanover doubled in a run in the fourth. The lone Fort Myers hit came on a one-out single by Harrison in the fourth.
Of note: Byron Buxton was 0-for-2. Dalton Hicks was 0-for-2. Max Kepler was 0-for-2. Adam Brett Walker II was 0-for-1 and reached on catcher's interference. Starter Brett Lee pitched a four-inning complete game, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk with one strikeout.
CEDAR RAPIDS 4, BELOIT 2 IN BELOIT (COMPLETION OF SUSPENDED GAME)
Batting stars: Bryan Haar was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, scoring once and driving in one. Max Murphy was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Pitching stars: Stephen Gonsalves had started but pitched only one inning before the previous day's rain, giving up no runs on one hit and no walks. Jake Reed struck out two in two shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk. Nick Burdi struck out two in a scoreless inning.
Opposition stars: Melvin Mercedes was 2-for-5 with a double and a run. Luis Baez was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. Michael Soto was 0-for-1 with three walks.
The game: Baez singled in a run in the third to give Beloit a 1-0 lead. An RBI single by Engelb Vielma and a run-scoring double by J. D. Williams put Cedar Rapids up 2-1 in the fifth, but Tyler Marincov doubled in a run in the bottom of the fifth to tie it at two. In the sixth, Haar doubled in a run and Murphy singled in another to give the Kernels a 4-2 lead. The Snappers loaded the bases with one out in the sixth but could not score. Beloit got only one hit after that.
Of note: Ryan Walker was 1-for-4. Chad Christensen was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run. Mitch Garver was 0-for-4. Alex Swim was 1-for-4 with a run.
CEDAR RAPIDS 5, BELOIT 2 IN BELOIT (SCHEDULED GAME--8 INNINGS--SCHEDULED 7 INNINGS)
Batting stars: Bryan Haar was 3-for-3 with a three-run homer (his fourteenth) and a walk, scoring twice. Chad Christensen was 1-for-3 with a walk, scoring twice. Ryan Walker was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run.
Pitching stars: Matt Batts struck out seven in five innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk in his Class A debut. Dallas Gallant pitched a perfect perfect inning, striking out all three batters he faced.
Opposition stars: Tyler Marincov was 2-for-3 with a home run, his sixteenth. Lou Trivino struck out five in 5.1 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk.
The game: Two singles and a ground out produced a run for Beloit in the first and the same combination tied the score for Cedar Rapids in the second. Max Murphy had an RBI single in the sixth to put the Kernels up 2-1, but Marincov had a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to tie it up again. In the eighth, a pair of walks preceded a three-run Haar homer to give Cedar Rapids a 5-2 lead. Gallant struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth.
Of note: Alex Swim was 1-for-4. Murphy was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
ELIZABETHTON 4, KINGSPORT 0 IN KINGSPORT
Batting stars: Jeremias Pineda was 2-for-4 with two runs. Tanner English was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run.
Pitching stars: Sam Gibbons struck out seven in seven innings, giving up two hits and two walks. Randy LeBlanc pitched two innings, giving up three hits with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Ruben Reyes struck out three in three shutout innings, giving up two hits and a walk. Jose Garcia was 1-for-3 with a double.
The game: Two singles, a ground out, a wild pitch, and an error gave Elizabethton a 2-0 first-inning lead. In the third, two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out and Tyler Kuresa delivered a two-run single to make it 4-0. Kingsport did not get a hit until the third and only once put two runners on base, getting a pair of two-out singles in the ninth.
Of note: Nick Gordon was 2-for-4 with a run. Kuresa was 1-for-4 with three RBIs. Jorge Fernandez was 0-for-2 with two walks.
GCL TWINS 4, GCL RED SOX 3 AT TWINS
Batting stars: Joel Ramirez was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Amaurys Minier was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, driving in one. Rainis Silva was 2-for-4 with a run.
Pitching stars: Starter David Hurlbut pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up no hits and one walk with no strikeouts. Josh Guyer pitched five innings of relief, giving up an unearned run on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Seth Wagner struck out two in a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.
Opposition stars: Starter Jake Cosart struck out three in two shutout innings, allowing one hit. Luis Ramos pitched three shutout innings, allowing a hit and a walk with one strikeout.
The game: A walk, a double, and two infield outs gave the Rays a 2-0 lead in the third. An error brought home a run in the fourth to make it 3-0. In the sixth, Minier doubled home a run, one scored on a ground out, and Ramirez delivered a two-out two-run single to give the Twins a 4-3 lead. The Rays put men on first and third in the seventh and second and third in the eighth, but could not score again.
Of note: Manuel Guzman was 0-for-4.
DSL WHITE SOX 1, DSL TWINS 0 AT TWINS
Batting stars: Robert Molina was 2-for-3. Jorge Andrade was 0-for-2 with two walks.
Pitching stars: Starter Moises Gomez struck out five in four innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits and a walk. Randolph Perez pitched five shutout innings, giving up two hits with three strikeouts.
Opposition stars: Luis Arteaga pitched five shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Nelson Acosta pitched four shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Ylexander Villarroel was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.
The game: The White Sox opened the game with a single, a single-plus-error, and another error, plating the game's lone run. In the bottom of the first Andrade walked and stole second but was thrown out trying to score on a Jermaine Palacios single. In the ninth, Andrade walked and advanced to third on a pair of productive outs. Those were the only times the Twins got a man past second base.
Of note: Palacios was 1-for-3. Roni Tapia was 0-for-4.
12:00 Fort Myers (TBA) at Lakeland (Kenton St. John, 1-2, 5.76)
12:35 Erie (Josh Turley, 2-1, 4.50) at New Britain (TBA)
2:00 Cedar Rapids (Stephen Gonsalves, 1-0, 0.00) at Beloit (Matt Stalcup, 2-3, 4.91)
5:00 Johnson City (TBA) at Elizabethton (Felix Jorge, 3-1, 1.93)
5:05 Rochester (Alex Meyer, 6-4, 3.05) at Louisville (Josh Smith, 9-4, 4.42)