Tuesday's contest between Syracuse and Pawtucket was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up on Wednesday.
MacDonald Brilliant Once Again
The Fisher Cats coaching staff was worried about the inexperience of the starting rotation before the start of the season. Mike MacDonald has gone a long way this season to eliminate those fears. MacDonald hurled another gem Tuesday morning against the Reading Phillies in the Fisher Cats 8-0 victory.
The 24-year-old tossed eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits, one walk and striking out six batters on his way to his third victory of the season. MacDonald retired the last 13 batters he faced in the game and allowed just one runner to reach second and third base, while inducing 12 ground ball outs to his 6 fly ball outs.
"You need to throw all of your pitches for strikes if you want to succeed at this level and above," MacDonald told InsideTheDome. On Tuesday he did just that throwing all of his pitches knee high to batters.
"My main goal is to refine my tools and keep getting better."
MacDonald has a 3-1 record and a 2.57 ERA in seven starts. He has allowed a run or more in just two of those starts. The right-hander had one horrible outing on April 15, his second start of the season, allowing nine runs in 1 2/3 innings. If you remove that outing, MacDonald is 3-0 with an ERA of 0.27 in six starts, having allowed just one run in 33 1/3 innings. The Maine native has issued just four walks this season while fanning twenty-three batters.
Right-handed batters are hitting just .152 off MacDonald in 2006. Last season he split time between Dunedin and New Hampshire. With Dunedin he went 9-6 with a 4.24 ERA in 25 games. MacDonald made six starts with New Hampshire towards the tail end of the season and went 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA.
The game was scoreless until the sixth inning when Chip Cannon, who had two hits and two walks, led off the inning with a single. Vito Chiaravalloti followed immediately with another single and the next batter, Maikel Jova, doubled to drive in Cannon with the first run of the game. One out later, Eric Arnold walked to load the bases. With two outs, Manny Mayorson hit a two run double, scoring Chiaravalloti and Jova to give New Hampshire a 3-0 lead.
Arnold would pad the Fisher Cats lead in the eighth as he homered for the second straight game, his third of the season, to put New Hampshire on top 4-0.
New Hampshire put the game out of reach in the ninth as Luke Lockwood started the inning by allowing a triple to Curtis Thigpen, who was activated off the disabled list earlier in the day. David Smith doubled to drive in Thigpen, and later in the inning CF Miguel Negron hit a three run homer, his second, for an 8-0 lead.
Klosterman, Fowler Lead Dunedin to Victory
Ryan Klosterman drove in six runs to lead the Dunedin Blue Jays to a 10-1 victory over the Vero Beach Dodgers Tuesday night. The win gave Dunedin a sweep of the 4-game series.
The Blue Jays wasted little time getting started. Aaron Mathews, who went 6-7 Monday night, began the game with a single to center. After Ryan Patterson, who went 6-for-6 Monday night struck out, Dunedin rapped out three straight singles to score two runs and give the Jays a 2-0 lead. Robinzon Diaz, Eric Nielsen and Dustin Majewski had the back-to-back-to-back singles in the inning.
The Jays hit it big in the third with five runs. Ryan Patterson reached on an error to start the inning. Robinzon Diaz then singled and Eric Nielsen doubled home Patterson. After a walk, Ryan Klosterman poked a grand slam home run to left that ballooned the Dunedin lead to 7-0. Klosterman added a two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning to put his team ahead 9-0.
Dunedin made it 10-0 before the Dodgers crossed home plate in the eighth.
Eric Fowler was spectacular in relief tossing seven scoreless innings, and allowing just four hits, while walking two, and fanning five batters. Fowler has recorded 28 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings this season, but has issued 12 walks. It was the first time this season that the left-handed pitcher went more than five innings. The southpaw is struggling pitching to left-handed batters on the year, as they are batting .379 off him. Meanwhile, right-handers are hitting just .240 off Fowler.
Klosterman finished the game 2-for-4 with six runs batted in. Robinzon Diaz, Eric Nielsen and Aaron Mathews each had three hits in the victory. Nielsen drove in two runs. Dustin Majewski went 2-for-3 with two runs and also walked twice.
Diaz extended his hitting streak to nine games and is batting .366 (15-41) during the hitting streak. Mathews meanwhile is hitting 11-for-16 over the last three games and has scored 10 runs during that span.
Majewski has been a walk machine the last several games, having drawn a walk in each of the last four games. In total, Majewski has walked 11 times over the last four games, and in the season has drawn 25 walks while striking out just 17 times.
Lugnuts Home Winning Streak Snapped
For the second straight night, seven runs were scored in the fifth inning at Oldsmobile Park. This time it was Kane County's turn as the Cougars plated seven runs in the inning en route to a 8-3 win over the Lansing Lugnuts on Tuesday night.
The Cougars broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth when Justin Sellers singled home Wes Long to make the score 2-1. After a bunt single, Nack Blasi roped a two run double down the left field line to push the lead to 4-1. Jeff Baisley and Wes Long also added RBI singles in the inning to make it 8-1 as Kane County chased the Lugnuts' Chi-hung Cheng from the game.
Cheng gave up six runs on ten hits in the loss in just over four innings. The loss breaks his personal four game winning streak.
Lansing's offense struggled throughout the game, mustering six hits one night after scoring nine runs. Brian Pettway did smack his seventh homer of the season in the sixth. The ball hit the concourse beyond left field and one-hopped out of the stadium onto Cedar Street.
Lansing Lugnuts Media Relations Department
Wednesday, May 10, 2006 – All Times E.T.
AAA: Syracuse at Pawtucket (Ty Taubenheim), 5:35 p.m.
AAA: Syracuse at Pawtucket (Brandon League), Game 2
AA: New Hampshire at Reading (Kurt Isenberg), 9:35 a.m.
A: Palm Beach at Dunedin (Jesse Litsch), 7:00 p.m.
A: Kane County at Lansing (Kristian Bell), 10:35 p.m.
Syracuse- 15-16 (5th place), 4.0 games out of first in International League North Division
New Hampshire- 11-20 (5th place), 8.5 games out of first in Eastern League Northern Division
Dunedin- 18-14 (1st place), tied in Florida State League West Division
Lansing- 20-12 (2nd place), 1.5 games ahead in the Midwest League Eastern Division.