BMLN: SkyChiefs, Lugnuts Win in Walk-Off Fashion

BMLN: SkyChiefs, Lugnuts Win in Walk-Off Fashion

Sky Chiefs rally to take walk-off 11th inning victory

The game started off poorly spot starter Jamie Vermilyea, making just his second career Triple-A start. He allowed two runs in the first inning, as the lead off hitter reached on fielding error then, three straight singles to drive in the two runs. He would settle down from there on, giving up just one more run in his six innings of work, by far his best start in AAA. He allowed just four hits, three runs (1 unearned) while walking just one batter and striking out seven. The Sky Chiefs would get on the board in the fourth as they strung together four straight hits, including a two-run single from Gabe Gross and an RBI-double from Corey Koskie to tie the game at three. Vermilyea would surrender the tying run in the sixth and leave with a 3-3 tie which is where it would stay until the bottom of the 11th. The Chiefs bullpen was solid as they shut Charlotte out in the final five innings of the game. Justin Miller went an inning and surrendered just one hit while striking out three. Newly acquired lefty Kevin Tolar, who had been released by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier in the month made his debut for Syracuse, relieving Miller and he was outstanding as he struck out four of the five batters he faced and got the other to groundout. He went 1 2/3 innings. Close Lee Gronkiewicz would then relieve Tolar and went 1 1/3 innings, allowing no hits or runs but walked three and struck out none. Spike Lundberg then relieved Gronkiewicz in the 11th and pitched a solid inning, giving up just one hit, no walks and striking out two in the win (6-5).

In the 11th inning, Julius Matos led off with a lead-off single. He was followed by Anton French, who laid down a sacrifice bunt that was misplayed but Charlotte shortstop Guillermo Reyes as he tried to force Matos out at 2nd and failed. Lefty Kevin Walker then came on in relief. Gabe Gross promptly laid down a sacrifice bunt and advanced both runners. With runners on second and third, and one out, the Knights did the proper thing and intentionally walked Corey Koskie. They would then strike out Kevin Barker. John-Ford Griffin then hit a first pitch line-drive single into center field to win the game for the Sky Chiefs.

Corey Koskie went 2-for-4 on the night with a double, walk, an RBI and was hit by a pitch. Gabe Gross went 1-for-4 with a run scored, 2 RBI, a walk and a sacrifice bunt. John-Ford Griffin went 2-for-6 with an RBI. Julius Matos went 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored.

New Hampshire Falls in Pitcher's Duel

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats struggled to get hits in what was a pitcher's duel against the Portland Sea Dogs. They would only get five hits in the game (1 less than Portland), but ultimately fell 3-1. New Hampshire scored their only run in the fifth inning on back-to back hits to lead off the inning; a single from Curtis Thigpen followed by an RBI-double from Ron Davenport. No starter had more than one hit in the game for the Fisher Cats, and Davenport had the only extra-base hit. Vince Perkins started the game and picked up the loss (3-5). He went five innings, but that was directly related to the fact that he had just come off the D.L. and hadn't really stretched out much. He allowed four hits and three runs (1 of them unearned) while walking one and striking out eight in the outing. Bubbie Buzachero relieved Perkins, and was solid over two innings allowing just one hit and striking out three and not walking anyone. Tracy Thorpe then relieved him and went an inning, allowing one hit and no runs. He didn't walk anyone or strike out anyone. Steve Andrade pitched a perfect 9th: no hits, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts.

Tracy Thorpe has pitched 17.1 innings since his promotion to AA and has opposing batting average of .138 and an ERA of 1.04. Steve Andrade has been even more unhittable for New Hampshire. Over 30.2 innings now, he has forty-one strikeouts and opponents are hitting just .117 off of him. Curtis Thigpen has hit safely in five of his six games since being called up from single-A Dunedin. Since returning from the D.L., Vince Perkins has allowed just six hits and two earned runs, while surrendering just four walks and striking out sixteen. Opponents are also only hitting .154 off him.

Dunedin Fall to Walk-Off Win in Clearwater

The Dunedin Blue Jays were quickly down 2-0 after the first inning in Clearwater, but they rallied back with a run to make it 2-1 on a solo home run from Guillermo Quiroz, his second this season. Clearwater added another to make it 3-1 in the third, but Dunedin made it a one-run ball game on a solo home run from Carlo Cota (his 8th) in the 5th. The game would stay at that count until the 8th where Adam Lind scored from 3rd on a passed ball to tie the game 3-3. However, Clearwater would win in the bottom of the 9th on a walk-off single.

The start by David Purcey was decent, not great. He went five innings, surrendering three runs on seven hits. He walked two batters and struck out five. Justin James pitched a scoreless two innings of relief. and allowed just one hit. He surrendered a walk and didn't strike anyone out Brian Reed picked up the loss (1-2), going 1.2 innings. He allowed a run on three hits while picking up a walk and a strikeout.

Adam Lind went 3-for-4 on the game with a run scored and two doubles. Lind is hitting .333 (26-for-78) with three home runs and ten RBI in his last eighteen games. David Purcey has 116 strikeouts in 94 1/3 innings so far for Dunedin this season. Opponents are just hitting .229 off him, the bad side is that he surrenders far too many walks, fifty-six so far.

Lansing Walks off With 6-5 Win

The Lansing Lugnuts rallied to defeat the Peoria Chiefs with a 6-5 win, as they took the game on an RBI-single from Chris Snavely. The game started off looking like an-all out slugfest as both teams scored a pair in the 1st. Lansing scored theirs on a two-run shot form Eric Nielsen, his 7th. Peoria kept it coming with 2 more in the 2nd to take a 4-2. Lansing starter Po-Hsuan Keng left the game after just 3 innings. He allowed four runs (2 unearned) on six hits while giving up a walk and striking out a batter. Reliever Jordan Timm pitched phenomenally in three innings as he didn't allow a hit, walked a batter and struck out four. The Lugnuts came back and put up a three spot in the 5th. Their runs coming on a solo homer from Yuber Rodriguez (his 4th), an RBI single from Jason Armstrong and an RBI-double from Christian Snavely to take a 5-4 lead. Peoria came back to tie the game in the 7th off reliever Aaron Tressler, who went three innings and allowed just a run on five hits and didn't walk anyone while striking out one. This was Tressler's 2nd blown save of the season. Lansing would rally in the bottom of the 8th with a lead-off walk by Yuber Rodriguez and a bunt-single from Eugenio Velez. After Jason Armstrong popped out, Chris Snavely delivered with an RBI-single to give Lansing the 56-5 win. Tressler would pick up the win (1-0).

Jason Armstrong went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Chris Snavely went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI. Eric Nielsen went 2-for-4 with a home run and a pair of RBI. Aaron Mathews went 2-for-4. Eugenio Velez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a triple.

Sloppy Play Dooms Auburn

The Auburn Double Days were clobbered by the Tri-City ValleyCats by a score of 15-8. The main problem wasn't just giving up hits; it was poor fielding as the Double Days committed 6 errors in the game. Anthony Garibaldi and Brian Bormaster each had 2 and Emmanuel Sena and Ryan Patterson each had 1. The errors were costly as they resulted in eight unearned runs. Auburn had just nine hits on the game and made them count as they scored 8 runs on them. Cory Patton contributed going 2-for-4 with a run scored, a pair of doubles and an RBI. Brian Bormaster, Ryan Patterson and Brian Pettway each had an RBI. Nick Thomas and Anthony Garibaldi each had a hit anda pair of RBI.

In pitching, Kristian Bell had the start and went 4 1/3 innings. He gave up 10 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits with just a walk and 5 strikeouts. Adrian Martin went 1 2/3 innings in relief, gave up 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits without allowing a walk and had a strikeout. Josh Sowers went 2 innings, gave up a run on 2 hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out 2.

Pulaski hangs on to defeat Bluefield

The Pulaski Blue Jays hung on to defeat the Bluefield Orioles 8-6, despite a 2-run 8th inning rally. Pulaski jumped on the board in the 3rd as Jacob Butler broke an awful 0-for-17 slump at the plate with a 2-RBI single to give them a 2-0 lead. Bluefield would rally in the 4th and pull ahead 3-2 and then add another in the 5th to make it 4-2. Pulaski scored 3 in the bottom of the 5th on an RBI-double by Octavio Cordero and a 2-run home from Jacob Butler, his 7th as they took a 5-4 lead. Pulaski kept coming in the 6th, adding 2 more on a Jesus Gonzalez 2-run home run to pull the lead to 7-4. Bluefield made it 7-5 in the bottom of the 8th, but Pulaski re-extended the lead to 3 on a solo home run from Chris Martinez, his 2nd. Shane Benson closed out the game in the 9th for the save, his 1st of the season, as he gave up just one hit and didn't walk anyone while striking out 2. Benson has currently not allowed a run in his last 6 1/3 innings of work.

Francisco Mateo started the game and went just 4 2/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits with 4 walks and just 2 strikeouts. Walks have been a big problem for Mateo this season as he has walked 14 batters in 34 1/3 innings so far this season. Ben Harrison pitched a decent 3 1/3 innings of middle relief allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with no walks and 2 strikeouts to get the win (1-0). Despite Harrison's 5.40 ERA, opponents are just hitting .232 off him and he has struck out 22 batters and walked just 4 in his 16 innings of work this season.

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