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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.

Games Times and Pitchers for 5/23/12

23 May

David Bromberg heads a decent pitching matchup in paper with a noon start time down in New Britain. Bromberg will be getting his sixth start of the season and is 1-1 with a 1.40 ERA and 25 Ks over his initial five starts. He will face off against Zack Wheeler who is ranked as the top prospect in the New York Mets farm system by Baseball America. In seven starts this year the 21-year-old has struck out 45 batters over 37 2/3 innings.

The Sea Dogs will be looking to break a current team 0 for 35 streak and will hope to put an end to that in game one of their doubleheaders against the Fisher Cats. Chris Hernandez and Billy Buckner are slated to be the Portland starters in the two seven-inning affairs. Neither pitcher has faced the Fisher Cats who have Deck McGuire and Yohan Pino on the counter-attack. Both New Hampshire starters are also coming into their outings having never faced their opponent this year.

Binghamton Mets (Zack Wheeler 3-2)
vs. New Britain Rock Cats (David Bromberg 1-1) @ 12:05 p.m.

Portland Sea Dogs (Chris Hernandez 2-3, 2.64) GAME 1
vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Deck McGuire 2-5, 6.75) @ 6:05 p.m.

Portland Sea Dogs (Billy Buckner 2-3, 3.53) GAME 2
vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Yohan Pino 3-1, 3.29) @ 6:05 p.m.

Results and Highlights from 5/22/12

22 May

Pawtucket (29-18) – 5
Norfolk (19-26) – 3
WP: Junichi Tazawa (1-1)
LP: Pat Neshek (2-1)
S: Mark Melancon (6)
HR: Pawtucket – Alex Hassan (3)
Norwich – Tyler Kelly (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: Junichi Tazawa notched his first win of the season after tossing two-scoreless innings in relief … Mark Melancon pitched a perfect eighth for his sixth save, then the rains stepped in and cut the game short by an inning … Jose Iglesias went 0 for 3 but managed to drive in two runs; one on a sac fly in the third and another on a fielder’s choice in the seventh … Mauro Gomez went 1 for 3 to extend his hit streak to five games … The win gave the PawSox a split of their eight game road trip. They return to McCoy Stadium on Thursday to open up a four game series against the Toledo Mud Hens.

Binghamton (21-12) – 0
New Britain (27-17) – 3
WP: Logan Darnell (5-2)
LP: McHugh (4-3)
S: Bobby Lanigan (3)
HR: New Britain – Evan Bigley (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Logan Darnell had his longest outing of the season, tossing 7 scoreless innings, allowing 7 hits and striking out 4. His fifth win pulls him into a tie for second most in the Eastern League … Chris Herrmann went 4 for 4 with 2 RBIs and his 14th double of the season … James Beresford went 2 for 4 for the second straight night and extended his hitting streak to five games … Estarlin de los Santos went 2 for 4 and has hit safely in six straight, half of which have been multi-hit games … Matt Rizzotti was 0 for 4 and is 0 for 11 with 4 strikeouts over his last three games.

Portland (15-28) –
New Hampshire (17-25) – PPD

HIGHLIGHTS: The postponement forces a doubleheader to be played on Wednesday night with game one beginning

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.

Games Times and Pitchers for 5/21/12

21 May

In New Britain, Steve Hirschfeld welcomes the BMets to town for a four-game set. It will be Hirschfeld’s ninth start of the year as he looks to get back on the winning track after picking up an “L” in four of his last five outings. He faced the BMets back on May 9th and was solid in a no decision effort where he tossed 6 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and a walk, with 6 strikeouts.

The Sea Dogs will make the short trek to Manchester to face off against the Fisher Cats for four games. Red Sox top pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo gets his second start of the season. Against Reading last Tuesday the 6’7” righty lasted 4 innings and gave up 4 runs on 3 walks and 4 hits, two of which were home runs. Brett Cecil will counter for New Hampshire coming off his strongest outing of the year. In the first game of a double header against New Britain last Wednesday he threw 5 scoreless innings, allowing only 2 hits and a walk.

Pawtucket will look to halt a four-game slide with Doug Mathis on the hill in Norfolk. Mathis is 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA in four road starts this season. Kevin Youkilis is slated to play third base in what will be his last rehab game before he rejoins the Red Sox, leaving PawSox fans wondering if the great Will Middlebrooks will be making a return trip back to Pawtucket so that he can play every day.

Binghamton Mets (Mark Cahoon 2-4, 3.21)
vs. New Britain Rock Cats (Steve Hirschfeld 2-4, 3.28) @ 6:35 p.m.

Portland Sea Dogs (Anthony Ranaudo 0-0, 9.00)
vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Brett Cecil 1-2, 5.06) @ 7:05 p.m.

Pawtucket Red Sox (Doug Mathis 2-2, 5.02)
vs. Norfolk Tides (Chris Tillman 3-5, 4.79) @ 7:15 p.m.

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.

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