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Results and Highlights from 5/30/12

30 May

Portland 3 GM 1
Harrisburg – 2
WP: Billy Buckner (4-3, 3.20)
LP: Erik Davis (4-2, 2.81)
HR: Portland – Jeremy Hazelbaker (4), Bryce Brentz (6)

Portland (21-31) – 2 GM 2
Harrisburg (28-24) – 5
WP: Garcia (1-0, 1.45)
LP: Stolmy Pimentel (1-2, 5.04)
S: Nelo (5)
HR: Portland – Juan Carlos Linares (7)

HIGHLIGHTS: Game one starter Billy Buckner pitched all seven innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk. He had four strikeouts to bring his season total to 51, tied for fourth most in the Eastern League … Game two starter Stolmy Pimentel also went the distance for Portland, allowing 5 runs and 7 hits over 6 innings. He has allowed 10 runs and 13 hits in his last two starts … Derrik Gibson stole his seventh base of the season in game one and is tied for ninth in the Eastern League. Jeremy Hazelbaker stole his ninth base of the season in game two and is tied for seventh in the league … Hazelbaker’s game one homer gave him a round tripper in three straight game … Zach Gentile and Juan Carlos Linares were the only Sea Dogs to get a hit in both games, each getting one hit per game.

Norfolk (21-31) – 2
Pawtucket (34-20) – 3
WP: Justin Germano (5-3, 2.89)
LP: Brad Bergesen (2-3, 4.91)
S: Clayton Mortensen (2)
HR: Norfolk – Lew Ford (2), Jai Miller (7)

HIGHLIGHTS: Justin Germano allowed 2 runs and 7 hits over 7 innings for Pawtucket. It is the third time this season that he has gone 7 innings … Jose Iglesias “rested” for the fifth straight game … Mauro Gomez went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles. He now has 14 doubles on the season, tied for second most in the International League … Josh Kroeger went 2 for 4, his third straight 2-hit game. He is batting .341 over his last ten games … Relievers Tony Pena Jr. and Clayton Mortensen combined for 5 strikeouts in 2 innings.

New Britain (30-21) - 7
New Hampshire (20-30) – 2
WP: B.J. Hermsen (3-1, 2.68)
LP: Chad Jenkins (2-4, 4.98)
HR: New Britain – Aaron Hicks (6), Chris Herrmann (5)

HIGHLIGHTS: New Britain starter B.J. Hermsen retired the first thirteen batters he faced. He struck out 4 and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits over 8 2/3 innings … New Hampshire starter Chad Jenkins lasted 4 innings in his first start back from the disabled list. He allowed only 2 runs and 3 hits, but 2 of those hits were long balls. Jenkins has allowed 9 home runs this season, second most in the league … Rock Cats’ SS Estarlin de los Santos broke and 0 for 17 slump with a lead-off single in the seventh inning … New Hampshire’s Mike McDade went 1 for 3 to bring his batting average to .324, fifth best in the Eastern League. He is batting .354 with 8 home runs, 23 RBIs and 16 runs in the month of May … With the win the Rock Cats remain a half-game up on Reading in the Eastern Division. The Fisher Cats fall into a tie for last place with Portland.

Results and Highlights from 5/28/12

28 May

New Britain (29-21) – 3
Portland (20-30) – 0
WP: Blake Martin (2-2, 2.50)
LP: Chris Hernandez (2-4, 3.21)
S: Caleb Thielbar (2)
HR: New Britain – Chris Colabello (8)

HIGHLIGHTS: David Bromberg was scheduled to start for New Britain, but was called up to Triple-A Rochester prior to the game, giving Brett Jacobson the spot start, his first of the season. Jacobson threw four scoreless innings and allowed only two hits and a walk … Rock Cats first baseman Chris Colabello hit a two-run homer. In his last ten games he has five hits, three of which are long balls … New Britain’s Aaron Hicks went 2 for 4 with an RBI, run and walk … Sea Dogs shortstop Derrik Gibson went 1 for 3 with a walk. In the four game series he went 7 for 13 with an RBI and a run … Portland’s Brock Huntzinger pitched three perfect innings with two strikeouts, his best relief appearance of the year.

New Hampshire (20-29) – 2
Binghamton (24-25) – 6
WP: Collin McHugh (5-3, 2.17)
LP: Deck McGuire (2-6, 6.80)

HIGHLIGHTS: Fisher Cats starter Deck McGuire retired the first 15 batters he faced. He went 5 1/3 innings allowing 4 runs on only 2 hits and a walk … New Hampshire DH Kevin Howard went 2 for 3, his fourth 2-hit game in his last six played … Third baseman Mark Sobolewski went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Norfolk (21-29) – 6
Pawtucket (32-20) – 4
W: Zach Clark (1-0, 3.00)
LP: Doug Mathis (3-3, 4.86)
S: Jon Link (2)
HR: Norfolk – Jai Miller (5), Blake Davis (1), Jamie Hoffmann (3)
Pawtucket – Josh Kroeger (6), Nate Spears (4)

HIGHLIGHTS: For the second time in his last three starts Doug Mathis allowed 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings. He came into the game having allowed three home runs over his first nine starts, before allowing three on Monday … Jose Iglesias sat out for the third straight game with an undisclosed injury. He is reported to be out for Tuesday’s game as well …The rehabbing Darnell McDonald went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts … Right fielder Alex Hassan went 2 for 4 for his second straight 2-hit effort … Nate Spears’ third inning, 2-run homer, was the third round-tripper in his last twelve at-bats.

Results and Highlights from 5/20/12

20 May

Binghamton (21-20) – 11
Portland (15-27) – 7
WP: Peavey (3-1)
LP: Chris Balcom-Miller (2-4)
HR: Binghamton – Jefre Marte (3)
Portland – Reynaldo Rodriguez (9), Jeremy Hazelbaker (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Reynaldo Rodriguez tied a Sea Dogs record with his eighth home run in the month of May. Josh Roskos and Kevin Millar in 1997, John Hattig in 2004 and Ryan Lavarnway in 2011 are the four prior Portland players to accomplish this feat. Rodriguez has eleven games left in the month to make the record his own … The BMets stole two more bases on the day, giving them 7 in the series, all on catcher Matt Spring. On the year the Portland backstop has allowed 29 stolen bases and only thrown out 3 runners … Right fielder Bryce Brentz went 4 for 5 with a double and two runs. He is batting .452 over his last ten games … Despite having a league-high 4.65 team ERA, they have fired 314 strikeouts, good enough for third most in the Eastern League.

New Britain (25-17) – 4
Reading (24-17) – 10
WP: Jonathan Pettibone (3-4)
LP: Brad Thompson (0-1)
HR: Reading – Darin Ruf (7)

HIGHLIGHTS: In his first start since 2010, Brad Thompson allowed 4 earned runs and 7 hits in 2 1/3 innings … Center fielder Aaron Hicks went 1 for 4 and stole his second base in as many games … Deibinson Romero came into the game with only 1 hit in his last five games, but managed a 2 for 3 day at the plate, with two walks … The Rock Cats have a team batting average of .238, worst in the Eastern League.

Trenton (22-16) – 8
New Hampshire (16-25) – 3
WP: Shaeffer Hall (4-4)
LP: Joel Carreno (0-1, 6.14)
HR: Trenton – Dan Brewer (1)
New Hampshire – Mike McDade (6), Sean Ochinko (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Joel Carreno went 4 1/3 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. All four Fisher Cats pitchers allowed 2 earned runs … Catcher Sean Ochinko went 1 for 3 and blasted his first AA home run … Brian Van Kirk went 1 for 4 to extend his hit streak to eight games … John Tolisano and Ryan Goins both went 2 for 4. Goins is batting .368 over his last ten games and Tolisano .351. Both are in the top-10 in the Eastern League for batting.

Pawtucket (27-18) – 3
Norfolk (19-24) – 6
WP: Brad Bergesen (2-2)
LP: Brandon Duckworth (5-1)
S: Stuart Pomeranz (2)
HR: Pawtucket – Scott Podsednik (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Brandon Duckworth picked up his first loss of the season after allowing 4 runs on 9 hits over 5 innings. For the second time this season the PawSox are in the midst of a four-game losing streak … Reliever Mark Melancon allowed a run on 2 walks and a hit in the eighth inning. It is the first run he has allowed 14 innings of work with Pawtucket … Jose Iglesias went 1 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to six games … Scott Podsednik went 1 for 4 with his first home run of the year. In 22 games with Lehigh Valley, he had 15 hits, 0 home runs and 4 RBIs. In 8 games with Pawtucket he has 9 hits, 1 home run and 6 RBIs.

Results and Highlights from 5/19/12

20 May

Binghamton (20-20) – 6
Portland (15-26) – 5 (10 inn.)
WP: Brad Holt (2-0)
LP: Will Latimer (1-3)
S: Adrian Rosario (1)
HR: Binghamton – Pedro Zapata (1), Raul Reyes (2)
Portland – Reynaldo Rodriguez (8), Bryce Brentz (4)

HIGHLIGHTS: Sea Dogs’ starter Stolmy Pimentel threw 6 scoreless innings, scattering 4 hits and 2 walks to go along with 6 strikeouts … Portland center fielder Ronald Bermudez was the only player in the game without a hit … Reynaldo Rodriguez was 1 for 4 with a 2-run homer, his seventh in the month of May. The franchise mark for home runs in May was set by Ryan Lavarnway last season when he hit eight … Jeremy Hazelbaker stole his team-high 7th base of the season. He is tied for seventh in the E.L. … Both teams struck out ten times. Binghamton leads the Eastern League having struck out as a team 322 times. Portland is a close second with 317 whiffs.

Trenton (21-18) – 3
New Hampshire (16-24) – 1
WP: Preston Claiborne (2-2)
LP: Randy Boone (0-2)
S: Ryan Flannery (5)
HR: New Hampshire – John Tolisano (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: New Hampshire starter Randy Boone, who is working his way back after Tommy John surgery, left the game in the first inning after experiencing some discomfort. He allowed 1 run on 3 hits in a 1/3 of an inning … John Tolisano went 2 for 3 and connected for his first home run of the season and first since August of last year … Catcher Sean Ochinko picked up his first AA hit, a line-drive single up the middle in the ninth inning … Brian Van Kirk went 1 for 4 to extend his hit streak to seven games … The Fisher Cats move to 6-11 in May with the loss.

New Britain (25-16) – 3
Reading (23-17) – 2
WP: Blake Martin (1-1)
LP: Michael Cisco (2-2)
S: Luis Perdomo (1)
HR: Reading – Leandro Castro (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Andrew Albers pitched 6 innings, allowed 2 earned runs, 9 hits and walk. After allowing only 1 walk in his first five starts, he has allowed 1 in each of his last three … Luis Perdomo worked a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the season … Chris Herrmann went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI … Aaron Hicks went 2 for 4 with a double, a run scored and his 10th stolen base. He is tied for fourth in the Eastern League in steals.

Pawtucket (27-17) – 4
Norfolk (18-24) –8
WP: Pat Neshek (2-0)
LP: Justin Germano (4-3)
HR: Norfolk – Brandon Waring (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Justin Germano had his shortest outing of the season, going only 3 innings after allowing 6 runs on 7 hits and two walks. His ERA jumped from 1.99 to 2.98 … Scott Podsednik went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs, a run and his 2nd stolen base with the PawSox. He has hit safely in six of the seven games since joining Pawtucket … The rehabbing Kevin Youkilis played his second straight game at third base, but was not tested in the field. He went 1 for 4 at the plate with 2 strikeouts … Jose Iglesias went 1 for 4 and is now batting .282 on the season when he was at just .200 heading into the month. He has hit safely in five straight games and has 10 hits in that span … It is the third time this season that the PawSox have dropped 3 or more games in a row.

Results and Highlights from 5/6/12

6 May

Portland (9-21) – 3
New Britain (18-12) – 1
WP: Billy Buckner (1-2)
LP: B.J. Hermsen (0-1)
S: Charle Rosario (1)
HR: Portland – Reynaldo Rodriguez (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: Portland starter Billy Buckner went 6 innings, allowing 1 run and 5 hits to earn his first win with the Sea Dogs … Juan Carlos Linares was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI. He has hits in 20 of 25 games this season … New Britain center fielder Aaron Hicks went 3 for 4 with an RBI and 2 stolen bases. He now has 7 stolen bases on the season, tied for the team lead with Pedro Florimon who stole his seventh in the game … The Sea Dogs have won two of the three series they’ve played versus New Britain this year, capturing five of their nine total wins against the Rock Cats.

New Hampshire (13-16) – 3
Trenton (14-14) – 4 (11 inn.)
WP: Michael Dubee (2-0)
LP: Matt Daly (0-3)
HR: New Hampshire – Mark Sobolewski (6)
Trenton – Kevin Mahoney (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Yohan Pino pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk … Reliever Danny Farquhar served up a solo home run to Kevin Mahoney in the bottom of the ninth, tying the game and sending it to extras. It was Farquhar’s first blown save of the season and the third by the Fisher Cats in the last four games … Mike McDade went 1 for 4 and now has an eight game hitting streak … Ryan Goins reached base in all six of his at-bats, going 3 for 3 with 3 walks. It was his third straight three-hit game and he has now hit safely in six straight … Mark Sobolewski went 2 for 5 with a home run, RBI, run and a walk. It was the second straight game that he connected on a round-tripper and sixth straight game with at least one hit.

Pawtucket (19-12) – 7
Scranton/W-B (14-14) – 5
WP: Doug Mathis (1-2)
LP: Andy Pettitte (0-1)
S: Garrett Mock (4)
HR: Pawtucket – Josh Kroeger (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Doug Mathis went five innings for his first win of the season … Scranton starter Andy Pettitte’s presence set a regular season record with 13,584 in attendance, and that’s without the hometown team even being involved. Pettitte got roughed up in 5 innings of work and you can read Thomas Saucke’s first-hand account of the his efforts in the post below this one … Reliever Junichi Tazawa allowed 2 runs in two innings of work. It was the first two runs he has allowed for the PawSox this season … Pedro Ciriaco went 3 for 4 with a double, RBI and 2 runs. It is the fourth multi-hit game during his current six game hit streak … Lars Anderson picked up his first three-hit game of the season, driving in two runs and notching two doubles for the second straight game … Jose Iglesias went 2 for 3 with an RBI and run scored. It was his fifth straight two-hit game and he has raised his batting average to .253 after ending April at .200.

Results and Highlights from 4/29/12

29 Apr

Reading (15-7) – 4
Portland (7-17) – 2
WP: Tyson Brummett (1-0)
LP: Caleb Clay (1-2)
S: Justin Friend (5)
HR: Portland – Oscar Tejeda (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Sea Dogs batters struck out 11 times and left 9 runners on base … Portland starter Chris Hernandez pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowed 1 earned run and lowered his ERA to a team-best 1.69 … Jeremy Hazelbaker went 0 for 4, snapping his nine-game win streak.

New Britain (14-9) – 5
Richmond (11-12) – 2
WP: Logan Darnell (3-0)
L: Jason Stevenson (1-4)
S: Daniel Turpen (2)
HIGHLIGHTS: Logan Darnell struck out a season-high 8 batters en route this his third victory and first since April 14th … After batting .343 in his first 11 games of the season, Rock Cats outfielder Chris Colabello is hitting only .184 over his last ten, bringing his season average down to .260 … Aaron Hicks stole his first base since April 14th. He now has 3 on the season and has been gunned down once … Evan Bigley went 0 for 5 and struck out 3 times, ending his eight-game hit streak. He has struck out 10 times in his last five games.

Trenton (10-12) – 3
New Hampshire (10-12) – 4
WP: Clint Everts (1-0)
LP: Ryan Flannery (0-1)
HR: Trenton – Abe Almonte (3)
New Hampshire – A.J. Jimenez (2), Ryan Goins (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Down a run heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Fisher Cats struck for two, with the game-winning, walk-off single coming off the bat of Brad McElroy … For the fourth time in five starts, New Hampshire’s Chad Jenkins pitched 6 or more innings. He did not factor into the decision … Clint Everts worked three 3 scoreless innings with 4 Ks for the win. In 5 appearances he has yet to yield a run over 9 innings of work.

Pawtucket (15-9) – 2
Columbus (13-10) -3
WP: Cody Allen (1-0)
LP: Clayton Mortensen (2-2)
S: Chris Ray (5)
HR: Columbus – Cord Phelps (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: In his first action with the PawSox since returning from Boston, Nate Spears went 3 for 5 with a double and a run scored … Over his last ten games Mauro Gomez, who went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles on the day, is batting .395 with 5 home runs, 12 RBIs and 12 runs … Jose Iglesias went 0 for 5 to bring his batting average down to .185. The shortstop has a .175 batting average (7 for 40) over his last ten games, has only one extra base hit on the year and has gone hitless in 11 games this season … Despite not allowing an earned run, reliever Clayton Mortensen got tagged with the loss after walking two and allowing a hit. The run that scored on his watch occurred on a throwing error from Tony Thomas during a botched double play that would have ended the seventh.

Results and Highlights from 4/27/12

27 Apr

Reading (14-6) – 5
Portland (6-16) – 4
WP: Jordan Whatcott (1-0)
LP: Aaron Kurcz (0-2)
S: Justin Friend (4)
HR: Reading – Miguel Abreu (1)
Portland – Juan Carlos Linares (4)

HIGHLIGHTS: In his first start of the season, Stolmy Pimentel lasted 5 innings for the Sea Dogs, allowing 2 earned runs on 7 hits while striking out 7. He ran into trouble in the third inning when three runs scored, but he managed 1-2-3 innings in the second and fourth. He induced 5 ground ball outs and 1 fly out … Aaron Kurcz – one of two players sent to the Red Sox by the Chicago Cubs as compensation for Theo Epstein – blew his second save of the season, allowing two runs over the last two innings, including the game-winning home run by Miguel Abreu with two outs in the top of the ninth … Portland shortstop Juan Carlos Linares went 2 for 4 with a solo home run, his fourth of the season … Bryce Brentz came into the game batting .198, but went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored and raised his average to .212.

New Britain (13-8) – 4
Richmond (10-11) – 5
WP: Daryl Maday (2-1)
LP: Bobby Lanigan (1-2)
HR: New Britain – Aaron Hicks (4)

HIGHLIGHTS: The Rock Cats were down to their last out, trailing 2-0 in the top of the ninth when Aaron Hicks drove in Chris Herrmann with a single and Diebinson Romero followed up with a double to plate Hicks, who went on to hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the top of the 13th. The Flying Squirrels clawed back in the bottom of the 13th and Juan Perez hit a walk-off, two-run homer off of Bobby Lanigan … Rock Cats right fielder Evan Bigley went 1 for 4 and has hit safely in seven straight games … New Britain shortstop Estarlin De Los Santos stole his third base and was caught stealing for the second time this season … New Britain batters struck out 14 times.

Trenton (9-11) – 1
New Hampshire (9-11) – 2
WP: Ryan Tepera (2-1)
LP: Shaeffer Hall (2-3)
S: Ronald Uviedo (5)

HIGHLIGHTS: New Hampshire starter Ryan Tepera allowed 5 walks in 5 innings, but only let up 1 run and earned his second win of the season … Ronald Uviedo worked a scoreless ninth for his league-leading fifth save of the year .. Fisher Cats left fielder John Tolisano went 3 for 3 with 3 doubles, an RBI, a run and a stolen base. He came into the game with 3 doubles on the season … After reaching base in his last 10 games, first baseman Mike McDade’s streak ended when he went 0 for 4 with no free passes … New Hampshire reliever Clint Everts pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. In four appearances with the Cats he has pitched 6 innings, allowing 0 runs, 4 hits and 4 walks  to go with 11 strikeouts … It was the seventh time the Fisher Cats won by two runs or less this year.

Pawtucket (15-7) – 1
Columbus (11-10) - 4
WP: Zach McAllister (2-1)
LP: Ross Ohlendorf (3-1)
S: Chris Ray (4)
HR: Pawtucket – Josh Kroeger (1)
Columbus – Matt LaPorta (6)

HIGHLIGHTS: Only three PawSox players collected hits on the night, Jose Iglesias (1 for 4), Ryan Lavarnway (2 for 4) and Josh Kroeger (1 for 3, solo HR) … Pawtucket starter Ross Ohlendorf let up a season-high 10 hits over 6 innings … Andrew Miller pitched an inning in relief and served up a two-run homer to Matt LaPorta, but also recorded three strikeouts … Reliever Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless eighth in his fourth appearance with the PawSox since being demoted. He has tossed 6 1/3 innings with Pawtucket and has not allowed a run or a walk and has struck out 8 … Left fielder Alex Hassan went 0 for 2 and is now 3 for his last 16 after hitting a grand slam – his only HR of the year – back on April 20th.

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