Buffalo (19-18) - Beat Rochester 5-2
Thomas Hatch started for Buffalo, and had his longest outing of the year. Hatch went 3.1 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits. The hits were loud, as he allowed a solo HR in the 3rd and 2 doubles. Jackson McClelland finished the 4th inning, allowing a walk and getting a strike out. Nick Allgeyer followed and allowed a run on 4 hits in 4 innings. Allgeyer did give up a double and a walk, but struck out 5. Bryan Baker pitched around a walk in the 9th to pick up the save.
George Springer played 6 innings in the field in this one, getting 4 at-bats. Springer’s day went strikeout, ground into double play, RBI double, ground out to 2nd. Christian Colon had his 6th HR, a solo shot in the 1st. Kevin Smith tripled and scored on a Dilson Herrera sac fly in the 4th. Springer drove in Nash Knight with the double in the 5th. Knight had gotten on via fielder’s choice. Cullen Large singled in the 6th and then scored on a Logan Warmoth double. Knight completed the scoring with a solo HR (3) in the 9th. Smith & Knight both finished the game with 2 hits, a single and the extra base hit listed above. Smith added a walk and a stolen base as well. Warmoth walked on top of his double, plus added a steal.
New Hampshire (14-24) - Loss 10-6 to Hartford
Johnny Barbato started this one for New Hampshire, and had a tough outing. Barbato allowed 9 runs (8 earned) on 9 hits and a walk. Among the 9 hits were 3 doubles and a triple. Barbato also hit 2 batters and threw a wild pitch. Conner Law allowed a run on 2 hits and 2 walks in 1.2 innings. Sean Rackoski threw 2 perfect innings, needing just 17 pitches.
New Hampshire’s offense had a big 7th inning, scoring 6 runs with 2 outs. Vinny Capra & Demi Orimoloye singled to start the inning. Nick Podkul & Reggie Pruitt then made outs. Samad Taylor walked to load the bases, and Brock Lundquist singled in 2. Otto Lopez was hit by a pitch to reload the bases and Gabriel Moreno emptied them with a grand slam, his 6th HR of the year. That cut the lead to 10-6, but that was the end of the scoring.
For the first time in June, Taylor started a game and didn’t record a hit, picking up the walk. Moreno added a single to his grand slam. Capra & Orimoloye each had 2 singles in this one. Pruitt added a double. Lopez had a single, a walk and was hit by a pitch. Austin Martin didn’t play in this one, and Jordan Groshans left the game after 3 plate appearances, picking up a walk.
Vancouver (23-16) - Win 9-5 over Everett
A 6-run 1st inning ended up being enough to beat Everett on this night, but it did get close. Vancouver lead 8-1 after 2, but Everett closed the gap to 8-5 after 4 innings, but Adrian Hernandez was fantastic in this one. Adam Kloffenstein started for Vancouver and was hit pretty hard. Kloff’s final line was 5 earned on 6 hits and 3 walks in 4 innings. Kloff gave up 4 doubles and a triple, but did strike out 5 in the game. Hernandez followed and threw 5 no-hit innings of relief to pick up the win. Hernandez allowed 2 walks and struck out 9 in his longest outing of the year, one where he struck out 9 of the 17 batters he faced.
The bottom of 1 went like this for the C’s. Tanner Kirwer walked to lead off the game then stole second. Tanner Morris walked, with Kirwer moving to 3rd on a passed ball. Cameron Eden singled in Kirwer. Spencer Horwitz reached on an error, allowing Morris to score. Luis De Los Santos singled in Eden. Ryan Gold drove in Horwitz with a forceout. Ronny Brito flew out to CF, then Rafael Lantigua hit his 1st HR of the year, a 2-run shot. In the 2nd, Vancouver added 2 more, as Morris walked, Eden tripled him home, and then scored on a Horwitz groundout. Kirwer homered (6) in the 6th to finish up the scoring.
Kirwer had a single, a HR and a walk, plus his 24th stolen base of the year. Morris had a single and 2 walks. Eden had a single and a triple, driving in 2. All 3 of the top of the order guys had 2 runs scored as they combined to go 5-12 with 3 walks, 6 runs and 3 driven in. The rest of the order went 3-22, with a walk, though Lantigua had the HR.
Dunedin (15-22) - Rained out
Buffalo sends Zach Logue to the mound for his AAA debut. Logue had been doing well at AA New Hampshire (3-1, 4.54 ERA, 3.62 FIP, 2.86 xFIP)
New Hampshire will take on Hartford again, looking to get out of their current slump. Johnny Barbato is listed as the starter today, but as you can see from above, he probably isn’t going on back-to-back nights
Vancouver pulled a switcheroo Thursday, moving Luis Quinones (1-1, 1.93 ERA, 3.56 FIP, 3.89 xFIP) to tonight’s start.
Dunedin has a double header today against Clearwater, and the starter is not listed for either game.