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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 5/15/12

15 May

Portland (14-24) – 8
Reading (22-15) – 5
WP: Jeremy Kehrt (1-0)
LP: Drew Naylor (2-1)
S: Caleb Clay (3)
HR: Portland – Reynaldo Rodriguez (7), Matt Spring (3)
Reading – Sebastian Valle (2), Miguel Abreu (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: In his first start of the season Portland’s Anthony Ranaudo threw 4 innings, allowing 4 runs, 4 hits, 2 home runs, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts … Shortstop Derrik Gibson stole 2 bases, giving him 4 in his last three games. He was 1 for 4 with 2 runs scored, extending his hit streak to eight games … Juan Carlos Linares went 1 for 3 with 2 walks and has hit safely in 24 of 32 games … Bryce Brentz went 2 for 5 in the DH slot. He is batting .441 over his last ten games … With seven wins in the month of May the Sea Dogs have equaled their win total from the entire month of April.

Pawtucket (26-14) – 8
Durham (15-25) – 2
WP: Brandon Duckworth (5-0)
LP: Matt Torra (2-5)
HR: Pawtucket – Jose Iglesias (1), Kroeger (4)
Durham – Matt Mangini (3), Leslie Anderson (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Brandon Duckworth worked 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits for his fifth win of the season … Reliever Garrett Mock pitched two scoreless innings and over his last 6 appearances he has thrown 8 2/3 scoreless, compiling a 1-0 mark with 2 saves, 4 hits, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts … Jose Iglesias went 3 for 5 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs and hit the second home run of his professional career … DH Josh Kroeger went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, a home run, 3 RBIs and 2 runs … Mark Melancon pitched a perfect ninth inning and still has yet to yield a run or a walk in 11 relief appearances for the PawSox … In his first minor league apperance since 2008, Durham DH Hideki Matsui went 0 for 4 and struck out once. The 37-year-old former Yankees, A’s and Angels outfielder is looking to catch on with Tampa Bay signing as a free agent at the end of April.

New Hampshire (14-21)
New Britain (22-14) – DH PPD

HIGHLIGHTS: These two teams will play a doubleheader on Wednesday starting at 5:05 p.m.

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 5/3/12

4 May

Reading (18-8) – 8
New Hampshire (11-15) – 4
WP: Frank Gailey (1-0)
LP: Ronald Uviedo (1-1)
S: Justin Friend (7)
HR: New Hampshire – Mike McDade (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Ronald Uviedo inherited a one-run lead heading into the ninth inning, but allowed 3 runs for his second blown save of the season and first loss … Aaron Loup worked another scoreless inning, striking out 1 and walking 1. He has yet to yield a run in 13 appearances … Mike McDade was 2 for 5 with a home run, 3 RBIs and a run. He has hit safely in six straight games … Brian Van Kirk was 3 for 4 with a double, 2 RBIs and a run. It was the third multi-hit game in his last seven … After going 1-4 in 19 relief appearances with the Fisher Cats last season, Frank Gailey notched his first win of the season against them in his second appearance since joining the RPhils.

Trenton (13-12) -9
Portland (7-20) – 7
WP: Michael Dubee (1-0)
LP: Josh Fields (0-1)
S: Ryan Flannery (4)
HR: Trenton – Ronnier Mustelier (4), Cody Johnson (6)
Portland – Matt Spring (2), Juan Carlos Linares (5)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Stolmy Pimentel went 4 1/3 innings and allowed 4 earned runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. He did not factor in the decision and is still winless in 17 AA starts … Juan Carlos Linares went 2 for 4 with a home run, 3 RBIs, and a run. He has reached base in all but one game played this year … Reliever Aaron Kurcz pitched 1 2/3 innings with all five outs coming via the strikeout … Kolbrin Vitek went 2 for 4, his third straight game with two hits.

New Britain (17-10) – 4
Harrisburg (15-12) – 5
WP: Paul Demny (2-3)
LP: Steve Hirschfeld (2-1)
S: Hector Nelo (2)
HR: New Britain – Chris Herrmann (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: Wilkin Ramirez went 3 for 5 with 2 runs and has hit safely in all three games since joining the Rock Cats … Pedro Florimon went 1 for 3 to extend his hit streak to seven games … Harrisburg second baseman Jeff Kobernus stole his league-leading 19th base of the year. There are three players tied in second with 8 stolen bases … Harrisburg had 3 doubles on the night to give them an E.L. best 59 two-baggers.

Pawtucket (16-12) – 4
Toledo (17-9) - 6
WP: Crosby (3-2)
LP: Tony Pena Jr. (0-3)
S: Chris Bootcheck (6)
HR: Pawtucket –Mauro Gomez (9)

HIGHLIGHTS: The PawSox are 0-3 to start May and have dropped out of first place for the first time since April 19th … Mauro Gomez went 3 for 5 with a home run, 3 RBIs and 3 strikeouts. … Junichi Tazawa struck out 5 batters in 2 1/3 innings of relief work … Tony Thomas, who swiped his first stolen base of the season two nights ago, stole two more.

Results and Highlights from 5/2/12

2 May

Trenton (12-12) -4
Portland (7-19) – 3
WP: Preston Claiborne (1-1)
LP: Charle Rosario (2-1)
S: Ryan Flannery (3)
HR: Trenton – Ronnier Mustelier (3)
Portland – Reynaldo Rodriguez (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Juan Carlos Linares went 1 for 4 and has a hit in 18 of 21 games this season. His .356 batting average is third best in the Eastern League … Brock Huntzinger – who struggled through four starts this season – made his second relief appearance, tossing two scoreless innings with 3 strikeouts … Every Sea Dogs’ batter got at least one hit on the night with Kolbrin Vitek, Reynaldo Rodriguez and Oscar Tejada picking up two apiece … Tejada stole his second base of the year and Jeremy Hazelbaker was caught stealing for the third time this season. As a team Portland is 15 for 23 on stolen base attempts for a 65% success rate.

Reading (17-8) – 4
New Hampshire (11-14) – 2
WP: Julio Rodriguez (2-0)
LP: Matt Wright (0-1)
S: Justin Friend (6)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Ryan Tepera only lasted 3 innings, his shortest start of the season, allowing 4 hits, 3 walks and 2 earned runs … Justin Jackson went 1 for 4 with a 2-run triple … Left-handed reliever Aaron Loup came in and retired the one batter he faced on the night. In 11 appearances he has yet to yield a run over 11 innings of work … John Tolisano was 1 for 3 with a walk. Over his last nine games he is batting .344 with 11 walks, 7 runs and only 4 strikeouts.

New Britain (16-9) – 5
Harrisburg (14-11) – 4
WP: Luis Perdomo (2-2, 2.45)
LP: Kevin Pucetas (1-1, 3.21)
HR: New Britain – Chris Colabello (5)
Harrisburg – Sandy Leon (1), Chris Rahl (5), Tim Pahuta (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: The Rock Cats won their fourth straight game. It is the first time since 2009 that they have started May off with two straight wins … Chris Colabello hit his fourth home run of the season and first in his last 13 games … Pedro Florimon went 2 for 4 to raise his batting average to .299. He has hit safely in six straight games … The Rock Cats have a league-worst .247 team batting average.

Pawtucket (16-10) – 3
Toledo (15-9) - 5
WP: Jose Ortega (2-1)
LP: Ross Ohlendorf (3-2)
S: Chris Bootcheck (5)
HR: Pawtucket – Nate Spears (1)
Toledo – Ryan Strieby (4)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Ross Ohlendorf allowed 5 earned runs in 3 innings as the PawSox fell to 1-5 on their current road trip … Mark Melancon tossed two perfect innings in relief, striking out 3 … Daniel Nava went 2 for 4 with a double, triple and 2 RBIs … Nate Spears, who hit 20 home runs in Portland two years ago, connected for his first round-tripper of the season.

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.

Ohlendorf, Linares grab weekly honors

17 Apr

The Red Sox farm system picked up three Player of the Week nods for the period of April 5th-15th. Two of the those players – Ross Ohlendorf, Pawtucket (AAA) and Juan Carlos Linares, Portland (AA) – play for New England based teams, the other – Matt Barnes, Greenville (A) – is already pitching his way towards the region.

Ohlendorf grabbed the International League Pitcher of the Week after shutting down the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in his first start of the season last Tuesday. In that game he allowed just two hits and one walk over six scoreless innings. The 29-year-old righty was efficient in the outing, throwing 62 pitches (42 for strikes) and facing only one more than the minimum number of batters. The Pittsburgh Pirates released Ohlendorf after an injury plagued 2011 season and the Red Sox signed him to a minor league contract in February. Originally an Arizona Diamondbacks product, he was traded to the New York Yankees as part of the Randy Johnson deal in 2007.

Portland outfielder Juan Carlos Linares was named Eastern League Hitter of the Week after a strong start to the season. He played in the first 11 games and posted a .415 batting average (17 for 41), had 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 8 RBIs and 7 runs scored. The Cuban native played 13 games with Portland back in 2010, then only played in 17 games with Pawtucket in 2011 after tearing ligaments in his ankle. The Red Sox signed Linares as a non-draft free agent back in 2010.

Matt Barnes – a first round pick in 2011 from UConn – struck out 16 batters in 10 innings over two starts, earning him the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week honor. The 21-year-old righty, ranked No. 8 in the Red Sox system by Baseball America, allowed only 3 hits and 2 walks, going 1-0 in those starts.

Results and Notes from 4/15/12

15 Apr

Binghamton (4-5) – 9
Portland (3-8) – 2
WP: Gregory Peavey (2-0)
LP: Chris Balcom-Miller (1-1)
HR: Binghamton – Oswaldo Navarro (1), Travis Ozga (1), Matt Den Dekker (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: After yielding seven earned runs on the day, Portland has now allowed 54 on the year, the most in the Eastern League. They also have the highest team ERA at 5.32 … Eight Sea Dog batters had exactly one hit each in the game. Ryan Dent and Jeremy Hazelbaker were the only two Portland hitters without one … Sea Dogs outfielder Juan Carlos Linares extended his hitting streak to seven games, but came out of the game with a tight hamstring after sliding into second base … Portland shortstop Heiker Meneses made two throwing errors on the day and now has a team high 4 this season … Outfielder Ronald Bermudez saw his first action of the year for the Sea Dogs and went 1 for 2 with a double, RBI and run scored.

New Britain (8-3) - 3
New Hampshire (3-7) – 0
WP: Luke French (2-0)
LP: Drew Hutchison (2-1)
S: Lester Oliveros (2)
HR: New Britain – Chris Herrmann (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: New Britain’s four-game sweep of the Fisher Cats puts them in a tie atop the Eastern Division standings with Reading … Rock Cats starter Luke French worked seven scoreless frames, striking out 3, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks. He has allowed only 2 runs in 18 2/3 innings this year … In six starts with the Fisher Cats (dating back to last season), starter Drew Hutchison was saddled with his first loss. He had won his previous five starts … New Hampshire had a season low three hits on the day – all singles – two by John Tolisano and one by Mike McDade … Rock Cats shortstop Estarlin De Los Santos went 0 for 3 and is now 1 for 15 on the year … Manchester’s Northeast Dental Dental Stadium welcomed a crowd of 7,681, the largest April crowd in Fisher Cats history.

Pawtucket (6-5) – 9
Buffalo (5-6) – 10
WP: Fernando Cabrera (1-0)
LP: Clayton Mortensen (0-1)
HR: Buffalo – Adam Loewen 2 (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: All five Pawtucket losses this season have been by one run … Will Middlebrooks remains hot for the PawSox, going 2 for 5 on the day, extending his hit streak to seven games. The third baseman has four multiple-hit games over the last six and 9 RBIs in his last four. Middlebrooks is currently tied for the league lead in hits (16) and RBIs (11) … Former New Hampshire Fisher Cat Adam Loewen jacked two home runs for Buffalo … After a strong relief outing in his first appearance for Pawtucket last Thursday, Andrew Miller allowed 4 runs on 3 walks and 1 hit in 1/3 of an inning … PawSox batters walked 5 times and struck out 5 times. On the season they have the second most walks (54) in the International League and the third fewest strikeouts (70) … The PawSox head to Syracuse on Monday to start a four game series before returning to McCoy next weekend.

Results and Notes from 4/13/12

13 Apr

New Britain – 6
New Hampshire – 1
WP: Steve Hirschfeld (2-0)
LP: Deck McGuire (0-2)
HR: New Britain – Chris Colabello (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Rock Cats starter Steve Hirschfeld threw 5 scoreless innings, striking out 4 while allowing 4 hits and 2 walks. For the Fisher Cats, starter Deck McGuire allowed three earned runs in 5 innings of work, with 5 Ks, 7 hits and no walks … Prior to the start of the game pitcher Evan Crawford was called up to Toronto for his first shot in the Majors. The lefty reliever pitched four scoreless innings this season and will become the 53rd Fisher Cats player to hit the bigs … Former Worcester Tornado and current Rock Cats first baseman Chris Colabello hit his first home run and collected his first 4 RBIs of the season … After five straight games without a hit, New Britain catcher Chris Herrmann went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and his first stolen base of the season … The Fisher Cats have scored more than 3 runs only once all season – 5 in the season opener – and their 2.6 average runs per game is an Eastern League low.

Binghamton -3
Portland – 4
WP: Caleb Clay (1-1)
LP: Erik Turgeon (0-1)
S: Aaron Kurcz (1)
HR: Binghamton – Eric Campbell (1)
Portland – Bryce Brentz (1), Juan Carlos Linares (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: Binghamton took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but Portland battled back, scoring once in both the sixth and seven innings before Juan Carlos Linares hit the go-ahead, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning … Linares went 2 for 4, extending his hit streak to five games and raising his average to .417, third best in the Eastern League … Oscar Tejada filled Portland’s designated hitter role for the third time this season and went 2 for 4 with an RBI. The former-shortstop-turned-outfielder has hit safely in seven of the eight games played this season … Bryce Brentz launched his first AA home run for the Sea Dogs. The left fielder had 30 home runs between Greenville and Salem last year … Aaron Kurcz notched his first save since 2010 when he was pitching for the Class-A Short Season Boise Hawks.

Pawtucket – 4
Rochester – 3
W: Aaron Cook (2-0)
LP: Carlos Gutierrez (1-1)
S: Clayton Mortensen (1)
HR: Pawtucket – Will Middlebrooks (2)
Rochester – Mike Hollimon (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Will Middlebrooks’ 3-run, sixth inning home run served to be the game winner as the PawSox clawed back after being down by two runs on two separate occasions … The top five hitters in the PawSox lineup went a combined 0 for 17 with six strikeouts … Pawtucket’s 1.42 ERA is the third best at any Minor League level. Only New Orleans of the Pacific Coast League (0.91) and Myrtle Beach of the Carolina League (1.17) have been more efficient this season … Junichi Tazawa was dominant once again in relief for Pawtucket. He tossed two scoreless innings, allowed only 1 hit and struck out 5. In three appearances this year his line is: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K … Daniel Nava was hit by a pitch twice in the game. He has been plunked three times so far this season.

Results and Notes for 4/11/12

11 Apr

Harrisburg – 8
New Britain – 4
WP: Erik Davis (2-0)
LP: Bobby Lanigan (0-1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Harrisburg scored four runs in the fifth and seventh innings to sink the Rock Cats who finished their season opening home stand with a 4-3 record … Shortstop Pedro Florimon was bumped up to the second spot in the Rock Cats order and for the first time all season he failed to get at least one hit in a game. Florimon had batted in either the seventh or eighth slot in the prior six games … Outfielder Darin Mastroianni swiped his fourth base of the season for New Britain … Aaron Hicks doubled and scored a run as the DH for the Rock Cats. He has scored 5 runs in the last three games and is tied for the league lead with 6 … New Britain reliever Lester Oliveros made his third appearance of the season and did not allow a run in one inning of work. In 3 1/3 innings this year, Oliveros has yet to allow a run and has yielded 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4.

Portland – 1
Trenton – 10
WP: Shaeffer Hall (1-1)
LP: Chris Martin (0-2)
HR: Trenton – Ronnier Mustelier (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Up 4-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, Trenton put 6 more runs on the board to put the game out of reach for Portland. The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field on Thursday for Opening Day after a dismal 1-6 start to the season on the road … Left fielder Juan Carlos Linares went 1 for 4 for Portland. His .407 batting average if fifth best in the Eastern League … Shortstop Derrik Gibson got his first start of the year for the Sea Dogs. The 2008 Red Sox second rounder went 0 for 4 and made an error on a Gustavo Molina grounder in the fifth inning … Bryce Brentz went 0 for 4 and is now 1 for his last 20 with 8 strikeouts and 3 walks … Catcher Matt Spring got his third start and for the third time he went 0 for 4 at the plate.

New Hampshire – 2
Reading – 4
WP: Tyler Cloyd (1-0)
LP: Matt Daly (0-1)
S: Justin Friend (3)
HR: New Hampshire – Brian Van Kirk (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: The RPhils tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, then broke that tie with two more in the sixth thanks to a Cesar Hernandez 2-RBI single … The Fisher Cats had a season high 3 errors on the day, bringing their season total to 10 … Brad Glenn has hit safely in four straight games and Mike McDade in five straight. Both players have 8 hits to lead the Fisher Cats … Brian Van Kirk hit the first pitch that he saw from Tyler Cloyd over the left field wall for his first AA home run, a 2-run shot … Koby Clemens and Justin Jackson struck out a combined five times and were the only two hitless Fisher Cats … The Fisher Cats will raise their 2011 Eastern League Championship banner prior to tomorrow’s home opener against New Britain. Ceremonies are slated to begin at 6:00 p.m.

Pawtucket – 1
Rochester – 2
WP: Scott Diamond (2-0)
LP: Justin Germano (1-1)
S: Anthony Slama (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: Despite picking up a run in the top of the eighth, the PawSox could not catch up to the Red Wings early 2-0 lead. Pawtucket is now 3-4 on the year … Alex Hassan’s struggles continue as the PawSox left fielder went 0 for 3 and is now hitless in 14 at-bats. On the bright side he has picked up 5 walks in his last three games … First baseman Lars Anderson struck out 3 times and has now whiffed at least once in the last six games … After back-to-back 0 for 4′s, PawSox catcher Ryan Lavarnway notched his first multi-hit game of the season … Pawtucket left 9 men on base. It is the sixth time this season that they’ve stranded 7 or more runners.

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