Down on the Farm 5/8

AAA

Worcester 8 Buffalo 6

The visiting Red Sox topped the Bisons/Thunder for the second game in a row in a slugfest.

Buffalo starter Jacob Waguespack was in trouble throughout his four innings of work, giving up 5 runs (all earned) on 10 hits as he struggled to command his secondary pitches. He did fan 9 in those four innings mostly with an electric fastball. Four Bisons hurlers combined to strike out 18 Sox on the night

Riley Adams hit a pair of Home Runs for the Bisons, while Kevin Smith hit his first of the season. Forrest Wall bounced back from a platinum sombrero (5 whiffs) the previous night with a pair of hits.

AA

Portland 5 New Hampshire 1

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats stumbled on defence yesterday in dropping their fourth straight game to the host Portland Sea Dogs.

Jordan Groshans mishandled a hot smash at 3rd to open the 2nd inning, followed by a shallow fly ball that landed harmlessly for a base hit when CF Chavez Young lost the ball against the backdrop of a dull New England sky. Young misplayed another ball in much the same manner a few innings later, and Kevin Vicuna lost a foul pop up as he searched the skies for the ball late in the game. SS Austin Martin threw wide of 1st on a routine groundball in the 6th, but made up for it moments later when he ranged far to his left to snag a grounder up the middle, and started a nice 4-6-3 double play.

Top prospects Martin and Groshans also struggled at the plate. Both went hitless as the Portland pitchers fed both a steady diet of breaking balls. Martin was hit by a pitch on the hand in the 8th inning, but remained in the game.

A bright spot for New Hampshire on an otherwise dull day was the performance of their bullpen. Mike Ellenbest took over for starter Maximo Castillo in the 4th, and struck out the side on 11 pitches. Ellenbest got the side in order the next inning, and added his fourth K. Cross-firing southpaw Brody Rodning came into the game in the 6th and threw a pair of scoreless innings, fanning four as well, and Curtis Taylor tossed a shutout eighth inning.

High A

Vancouver 4 Tri-City 2

Vancouver got off to an early lead and never looked back in topping the host Dust Devils.

The C’s handed starter Troy Watson a two-run lead in the first inning, thanks to a 2-RBI double by catcher Ryan Gold. Watson held Tri-City to one hit over three shutout innings. Nick Fraze took over from Watson and tossed four shutout innings to pick of the W. Gold drove in a 3rd run on the night, and Cameron Eden had a pair of hits for the C’s as well.

Low A

Tampa 12 Dunedin 11

After losing by a two touchdowns (one with a two-point convert) the night before, the D-Jays bounced back against the host Tarpons, but lost their fifth straight to the Yankees affiliate.

Dunedin starter Winder Garcia blanked Tampa for the first two innings as his teammates staked him to a 6-0 lead, but a 5-run 3rd brought the Tarpons back into the game. Dunedin scored 3 in the 4th to go up 9-5, but Tampa struck for 7 in the 5th to take a lead they would never relinquish.

Sem Robberse relieved Garcia in his 2021 debut. Robberse had his control issues, walking 3 and allowing 4 runs (1 unearned) in 1.2 innings of work. Roither Hernandez had his second straight scoreless outing, tossing a pair of shutout innings.

P.K. Morris led the D-Jay attack with his first two homers of the year. Morris drove in 6 runs on the night. C Zach Britton was 3-5 with a double.

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