• Scranton's Batting Order: Justin Christian, JT Stotts, Eric Duncan, Shawn Garrett, Omir Santos, Brian Aragon, Aarom Baldiris, Kevin Howard, and Kevin Nelson
• Justin Christian was not the only one who went hitless on Saturday afternoon. Scranton was held to four hits against the Devil Rays' pitching staff. Justin did manage a walk in the second inning scoring on Gabe Lopez's home run but in his other plate appearances he popped out to the catcher, grounded out to third base and struck out looking to end his day.
• JT Stotts was injured in the first inning when he fouled a pitch off his ankle. He finished the at-bat by flying out to centerfield but was taken out of the game after consulting with a trainer.
• Eric Duncan took an 0 for 4 day back to the locker room. Three of his outs did not make it out of the infield, grounding out to first and second base and he popped out into foul territory to the third baseman. His hardest hit of the day was a fly ball to centerfield in the fourth inning.
• Shawn Garrett only made contact with the ball once in his four at-bats. He struck out three times, one swinging, one looking and one on a check swing that he went too far around on. The contact he did make was a groundout to second base.
• Omir Santos was one of nine hitters that went hitless on Saturday. He went 0 for 3, grounding out to second and third base and was robbed of a hit by a leaping grab on a hard hit liner to third base.
• Brian Aragon went 0 for 2 at the plate. He hit a deep fly ball to right field that the right fielder caught a couple of feet in front of the fence and then grounded out to first base in the last at-bat of the day.
• Aarom Baldiris collected one hit in three at-bats. In his first at-bat he hit a hard ground ball up the middle but ended his day by going 0 for 2 with a strikeout and a groundout.
• Kevin Howard went 1 for 2 with an infield hit. In his first at-bat he rapped into a 4-6-3 double play after a lead-off hit and in the fifth inning he beat out a slow roller to second base.
• Kevin Nelson went 0 for 2 with a strikeout and a fly out to right field.
• Gabe Lopez may not be the biggest player on the team but he certainly swung a big bat on Saturday. He crushed a two run home run to left field in the fourth inning, which accounted for all of Scranton's offense. He went 1 for 2 in the game after replacing JT Stotts due to injury.
• Joe Burke was perfect on Saturday going 1 for 1 on a line drive to centerfield after replacing Kevin Nelson at catcher.
• Ron Villone was making a guest appearance at the minor league complex pitching one inning for Scranton. He was not very efficient throwing 29 pitches, 17 for strikes but he mainly got himself into trouble by walking the first two batters he faced. He was ahead of both hitters in the count but just couldn't put them away. He finished the day by giving up two runs, one hit, two walks and struck out one.
• Jason Jones was very impressive in his outing on Saturday. He pitched three innings with great control, throwing 44 pitches, 26 of them for strikes, giving up one run on two hits. He had 1-2-3 innings in his first two innings of work, keeping the infield on their toes, as all of his outs were on the ground. His troubles came in his last inning of the day when he gave up a booming double into the right centerfield gap and a triple down the first base line, which scored the Devil Rays' third run of the game. The most impressive part of his outing was that he had a dynamite sinker, getting all nine outs on the ground.
• Charlie Manning looked great out on the mound for Scranton. He tossed two innings throwing 27 pitches, 16 for strikes. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out one. On his first pitch, he induced a groundball to second base shattering the bat into pieces. He did not allow hard contact to any batter, inducing four groundball outs, a popup and the one hit he did allow was groundball just out of the second baseman's reach.
• Scott Patterson had a solid outing on Saturday. He pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning on 14 pitches, 10 for strikes. He induced a groundball and a pop-up to second base and then ended his day by striking out the batter swinging.
• Justin Pope had to work hard in his two innings of work throwing 37 pitches. He gave up a lead-off double into the right field corner and then induced a groundball to first base, which moved the runner to third base. The runner tried to score on a groundball to third base but was thrown out at the plate by a heads up play by Aarom Baldiris. Justin ended the eighth inning with his only strikeout of the day. Justin ran into some more trouble in the ninth inning as he hit the first batter and issued a walk after a fielder's choice. He was helped out by some good defense by Estee Harris, who made a running catch in foul territory to get the second out of the inning. Justin ended his day by getting a groundout to first base.
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