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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.

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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 from 5/18/12

19 May

Binghamton (19-20) – 0
Portland (15-25) – 4
WP: Billy Buckner (2-3)
LP: Gonzalez Germen (1-2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Billy Buckner had his best outing of the season, tossing 6 scoreless innings while allowing 3 hits and 3 runs to go with 3 strikeouts … Left fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs … Derrik Gibson went 0 for 3 and was the only Sea Dogs player without a hit. His hit streak was halted at nine games, but his on-base streak extended to ten games with a walk … With the win the Sea Dogs move to 3-6 on the season against the BMets.

Trenton (20-18) – 7
New Hampshire (16-23) – 1
WP: Michael O’Brien (1-0)
LP: Yohan Pino (3-1)
HR: Trenton – Corban Joseph (2), Cody Johnson (10)
New Hampshire – Brian Van Kirk (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter Yohan Pino lasted 5 innings, but allowed 6 earned runs on 7 hits and 4 walks … Brian Van Kirk went 1 for 4 with a solo home run and has run his hit streak to six games … Catcher Sean Ochinko played in his first AA game since being called up from Class-A Dunedin and was 0 for 3 at the plate. Ochinko was promoted to replace A.J. Jimenez who looks to be headed for Tommy John surgery after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm. Jimenez, considered to be a top defensive talent behind the dish, was ranked as the Blue Jays No. 12 prospect by Baseball America coming into the season … Trenton evened up the season series at 6 wins apiece.

New Britain (24-16) – 5
Reading (23-16) – 3
WP: B.J. Hermsen (2-1)
LP: David Buchanan (1-5)
S: Daniel Turpen (4)
HR: New Britain – Matt Rizzotti (1), Joe Benson (1), Aaron Hicks (5), Chris Colabello (6)

HIGHLIGHTS: Starter B.J. Hermsen went 7 2/3 innings, his longest outing to-date, and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits with 3 strikeouts … Batting in the leadoff spot Joe Benson homered on the first pitch of the game. He had 2 homers in 28 games with Rochester …Matt Rizzotti went 3 for 4 with a home run … Third baseman Nathan Hanson was the only New Britain player without a hit … With the win the Rock Cats improve to 3-2 against Reading this season and take a ½ game lead over the RPhils for first place in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.

Pawtucket (27-16) – 5
Durham (17-26) – 6
WP: Romulo Sanchez (1-1)
LP: Junichi Tazawa (0-1)
S: Brandon Gomes (3)

HIGHLIGHTS: Reliever Junichi Tazawa was saddled for his first loss of the season despite not allowing one earned run. Two unlikely errors from Jose Iglesias in the bottom of the eighth inning opened the door for the Bulls to put up 4 runs and come back from a 5-2 deficit … Iglesias went 4 for 6 on the day, his first four-hit game of the season … Che-Hsuan Lin stole 2 bases, giving him 5 on 6 attempts this year … The PawSox still maintain a one-game lead over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs who have won five straight games.

Results and Highlights from 5/17/12

18 May

New Hampshire (16-22) – 3
New Britain (23-16) – 1
WP: Deck McGuire (2-5)
LP: David Bromberg (1-1)
S: Clint Everts (1)

HIGHLIGHTS: New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire pitched a strong six innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks. He earned his first win since April 18th … Brad Thompson worked a scoreless inning of relief with 2 strikeouts for the Rock Cats. It was his first appearance of the year after some extended spring training following Tommy John surgery in 2011 … New Britain center fielder Joe Benson finally lashed out a bit at the plate, going 2 for 3 with an RBI and a walk. He came into the game having gone 2 for 24 in his previous six games with the Rock Cats … Ryan Goins went 1 for 2 with a double, RBI and walk. He extended his hitting streak to seven games and his .336 batting average is fifth best in the Eastern League … New Hampshire’s John Tolisano went 1 for 5 with an RBI and Brian Van Kirk went 2 for 4. Both players extended their hit streaks to five games.

Pawtucket (27-15) – 0
Durham (16-26) – 5
WP: Jim Paduch (2-1)
LP: Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1)
HR: Durham – Jesus Feliciano (1), Henry Wrigley (2)

HIGHLIGHTS: In his third rehab start with the PawSox, Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed 7 hits (2 home runs) and 4 earned runs over 6 2/3 innings. He threw 95 pitches – the most thus far in five rehab starts overall – and did not allow a walk … Pedro Ciriaco, Jose Iglesias and Scott Podsednik each had a single and Ryan Lavarnway had a double for the only PawSox hits on the night. Iglesias stole his sixth base of the season on seven attempts and Podsednik swiped his first with Pawtucket and seventh of the season … It was only the second time this season that the PawSox have been shutout. The first coming back on April 9th, a 1-0 loss to Lehigh Valley … Kevin Youkilis, who is on a rehab assignments with Pawtucket, had a scheduled off day. He is expected to get some time at third base this weekend.

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 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.