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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.

Combo No-No is the Show in New Hampshire

21 May

Portland (15-28) – 0
New Hampshire (17-25) – 6
WP: Brett Cecil (2-0)
LP: Anthony Ranaudo (0-1)

MANCHESTER – As the innings stretched on at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium the zeros in the visitor’s column followed as Brett Cecil, Danny Farquhar and Ronald Uviedo combined for the third-no hitter in Fisher Cats history, blanking the Portland Sea Dogs 6-0 on Monday night.

The Fisher Cats staff was in rare form, and although the crowd of 5,481 may have been initially focused on Sox top pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo, Cecil quickly shifted it all in his direction.

“How he attacked the [Sea Dogs hitters] made it easier for the relievers when they came into the game,” said catcher Brian Jeroloman. “He had them off-balance and it was a fun game to catch.”

Cecil was pulled from the game after 5 2/3 innings of no-hit ball with the only runners reaching base via three free passes, none of which made it past first base.

Despite only throwing 86 pitches and coming off of back-to-back Ks, Sal Fasano opted to bring on Danny Farquhar who promptly struck out Juan Carlos Linares to end the sixth inning.

Farquhar threw 2 1/3 innings of hitless ball, striking out 3 and allowing only one walk. It was his second three-man no-hitter, the first coming in high school along with Alex Avila and Jose Mata.

“It was probably about the third inning we looked at the board,” said Faquhar, who was working on a new arm slot in the game. “We knew that Cecil’s pitch count wouldn’t get him to nine innings.

“We were just messing around, going, “We’re going to have to come in and finish this no-hitter.” I guess things worked out and we got to the bullpen and got the no-hitter.”

Ronald Uviedo came on in the bottom of the ninth to shut the door on the Sea Dogs. After allowing a lead-off walk he set down the next three batters, forcing Bryce Brentz to ground out to Ryan Goins to end the game.

Mike McDade led the Fisher Cats offense, going 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Going went 1 for 3 with a walk, RBI, 2 runs and 2 stolen bases.

Kyle Drabek threw the last Fisher Cats no-hitter back on July 4th, 2010 against the New Britain Rock Cats.

“In 2008 I had Cecil in Syracuse and he threw a no-hitter threw seven,” said Jeroloman, who was also behind the dish for Drabek’s no-hitter. “He got pulled because of a pitch count and ended up with a no decision in that game. I was hoping that wasn’t going to happen tonight.”

Thoughts on Ranaudo

All eyes were glued on Boston Red Sox top pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo when he hit the hill in Manchester on Monday night. Partly because of the hype and partly because of his 6’7” frame, 6 feet of which seem to be legs. Initial reaction is that this kid has the stuff and it is evident in his fluid, almost-effortless delivery, highlighted on a fourth-inning ending strikeout of Brad McElroy.

However, it was not a good night overall for Ranaudo who walked five batters, allowed three hits and four runs. His fastball hit 92-93 mph on the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium board, which is rumored to be about 3-5 mph on the slow side, so that puts him in the mid-90s range. He tended to overthrow it at times, missing high.

He managed a 1-2-3 second inning where he managed to throw only nine pitches, but he finished the night having tossed 88 total pitches, 48 for strikes. He walked at least one batter in the other innings he worked and it was clear that he was a bit rattled at times, especially when working out of the stretch.

It will take time and is only his second start of the season. Once he builds up some confidence and momentum, the rest should fall into place and he should be a gem to watch him develop in the next couple of years.

Results and Highlights from 5/10/12

10 May

Rochester (22-13) – 6
Pawtucket (14-19) – 7
WP: Will Inman (1-0)
LP: Tyler Robertson (0-2)
S: Mark Melancon (3)
HR: Rochester – Pedro Florimon (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: A Mauro Gomez 2-RBI double in the bottom of the eighth gave the PawSox a come-from-behind victory. They took three of four games from Rochester and have won five of their last six games. Pawtucket holds a 1 ½ game lead over Buffalo for first place in the I.L. North … Mark Melancon came on to face one batter and struck out Pedro Florimon to end the game, picking up his third save … Nate Spears went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles, 2 runs and a RBI. It was his second three-hit game of the season … Lars Anderson went 0 for 4 and is 2 for 16 with 3 runs and no RBIs in his last four games.

Binghamton (15-17) – 9
New Hampshire (13-19) – 2
WP: Zack Wheeler (2-2)
LP: Chad Jenkins (2-3)
S: Jeff Kaplan (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Fisher Cats batters struck out 15 times and reliever Clint Everts got touched up for 5 runs in the ninth inning, allowing the BMets to pull away … Mike McDade went 2 for 5, improving his batting average to .336, sixth best in the Eastern League. Ryan Goins went 2 for 5 to up his average to .320, tenth best … Koby Clemens went 1 for4 with his first double of the season … John Tolisano went 1 for 4, extending his hit streak to six games.

Reading (21-11) – 10
New Britain (20-13) – 3
WP: Drew Naylor (2-0)
LP: Logan Darnell (3-2)
HR: Reading – Darin Ruf (6)
New Britain – Wilkin Ramirez (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Reading’s Darin Ruf went 2 for 4 with a double, grand slam and 6 RBIs. He raised his batting average to.393 and OPS to 1.030, both E.L. bests. Reading extended their lead to a game and a half over the Rock Cats in the Eastern Division … For the second straight game Wilkin Ramirez had 3 hits and a home run … Catcher Chris Herrmann broke a 2 for 30 slump with a 3 for 5 night that included his team-best ninth double.

Portland (11-22) – 0
Trenton (16-15) – 7
WP: Brett Marshall (4-1)
LP: Chris Martin (2-3)

HIGHLIGHTS: The Thunder jumped on Portland for five runs in the first two innings and never looked back. Trenton has won five straight over the Sea Dogs and are 6-1 in the season series … Jeremy Hazelbaker’s double was the only extra-base hit for Portland … The Sea Dogs team ERA jumped to a league-worst 4.71.

Results and Highlights from 5/9/12

9 May

New Hampshire (13-18) – 4
Portland (11-21) – 5
WP: Stolmy Pimentel (1-0)
LP: Fernando Hernandez (0-1, 4.15)
S: Charle Rosario (2)
HR: New Hampshire – Brad Glenn (4)
Portland – Bryce Brentz (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: In his 18th start with Portland Stolmy Pimentel picked up his first AA win. He went 6 innings and allowed 1 earned run on 5 hits and a walk … Sea Dogs DH Bryce Brentz went 2 for 4 and hit his second home run in as many days. It was his fourth multi-hit game in his last seven … Portland’s Juan Carlos Linares went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, 2 RBIs and 2 runs. He is now batting .341, fourth best in the Eastern League … New Hampshire’s Mike McDade went 3 for 4, raising his batting average to .318, good enough for ninth in the E.L.

Rochester (14-18) – 2
Pawtucket (21-13) – 5
WP: Justin Germano (4-1)
LP: Cole DeVries (0-3)
S: Mark Melancon (2)
HR: Rochester – Joe Thurston (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Justin Germano threw 6 innings and allowed 6 hits, 2 walks and 2 runs en route to his fourth win of the season … Mark Melancon gave up two hits and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning. He has yet to allow a run or a walk in nine appearances (9 2/3 innings) and has struck out 17 batters … Daniel Nava went 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs, raising his batting average to .316, 12th best in the International League. As recently as April 27th his average was .228 … Jose Iglesias went 2 for 5 with a run scored and 2 strikeouts. It is the sixth two-hit game in his last seven … Mauro Gomez snapped an 0 for 13 streak with a 2-RBI single in the bottom of the first.

New Britain (20-12) – 5
Binghamton (14-17) – 1
WP: Luis Perdomo (3-2)
LP: Erik Turgeon (1-3)
HR: New Britain – Wilkin Ramirez (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Luis Perdomo pitched a scoreless seventh inning to pick up his third win in his last four appearances. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last 10 1/3 innings .. Reliever Caleb Thielbar struck out 3 and allowed only 1 hit over the final two innings. Since being called up from Ft. Myers he has made 4 appearances and has not allowed a run in 6 2/3 innings … Wilkin Ramirez went 3 for 5 with a double and his first home run as a Rock Cat. Of 8 games with New Britain, four have been multi-hit … Joe Benson went 1 for 5 and is 1 for 9 in the two games played with New Britain since being demoted from AAA Rochester.

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 5/1/12

1 May

Reading (16-8) – 4
New Hampshire (11-13) – 8
WP: Yohan Pino (2-0)
LP: David Buchanan (1-2)
HR: Reading – Tim Kennelly (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Yohan Pino went 8 innings allowing only 1 earned run on 5 hits and a walk to go with 5 strikeouts. Reliever Ronald Uviedo worked a perfect ninth, striking out two of three batters he faced … John Tolisano stole his fifth base of the season and was caught stealing for the second time. As a team the Fisher Cats have 35 stolen bases, second most in the Eastern League … Ryan Goins, Mike McDade, Mark Sobolewski and A.J. Jimenez all had 2 hits on the night, with Sobolewski getting the only extra-base (double) for New Hampshire … The Fisher Cats won on May 1st for the third straight season. Last year they were 23-8 in the month of May.

New Britain (16-9) – 6
Harrisburg (14-11) – 1
WP: Caleb Thielbar (1-0)
LP: Hector Nelo (1-2)

HIGHLIGHTS: In his first AA start B.J. Hermsen went 7 innings and allowed 1 earned run on 4 hits and a walk, with 5 strikeouts … The Rock Cats bullpen combined for five scoreless inning and 5 strikeouts. Over the last four games the pen has tossed 16 1/3 straight scoreless innings with 16 Ks … Wilkin Ramirez went 1 for 6 with a run and 3 RBIs in his first game with the Rock Cats … Left fielder Mark Dolenc went 0 for 3 and is now batting .164 on the year.

Pawtucket (16-10) – 3
Toledo (15-9) - 8
WP: Adam Wilk (2-0)
LP: Doug Mathis (0-2)
S: Chris Bootcheck (4)

HIGHLIGHTS: Andrew Miller made his eighth relief appearance for Pawtucket, twirling 2 scoreless innings in which he walked 2 and struck out 5 … Will Middlebrooks went 0 for 4 and is 2 for his last 19 with 8 strikeouts … Tony Thomas stole his first base of the season on his first attempt … The PawSox have a league-high 121 runs-batted-in this season, one more than Toledo.

Trenton (11-12) -
Portland (7-18) – PPD

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.

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 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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