Buffalo 6 Worcester 4
Nate Pearson threw three innings in his return to action. After missing his last start due to a shoulder impingement, Pearson showed some signs of rust, and the veteran WooSox lineup didn’t offer as he missed his spots, driving Pearson’s pitch count up, and leading to an early exit. But his first inning work was impressive: https://twitter.com/buffalobisons/status/1395879655094226944?s=21
Still, there was a great deal to be positive about. Pearson’s velo appeared to be back, and his secondary pitches were sharp. Pearson allowed a pair of hits, one earned run, a walk, and struck out four.
Buffalo entered the 9th inning down a run, but a Riley Adams homer, followed by RBI singles from Logan Warmoth and Kevin Smith put the Bisons ahead. Bryan Baker earned the W, pitching a scoreless 8th and 9th, fanning five.
New Hampshire 12 Portland 2
The Fisher Cats scored early and often, and received strong starting pitching from Zach Logue en route to a drubbing of the Sea Dogs.
A six-run 2nd inning gave Logue plenty of room to work with, and he responded to his teammates’ work with the bats by retiring 16 of the last 17 hitters he faced.
Gabriel Moreno and LJ Talley each had 3 RBIs, and Austin Martin chipped in 3 hits to the New Hampshire attack. Martin also made this sparkling defensive play:
Martin also made a play that showed up in the boxscore as a double, but told us so much more about him. With the OF playing a few steps back, Martin hit a liner over the SS head into left centre. The Portland had some distance to cover to get to the ball, but wasn’t aware that Martin was thinking double all the way: https://twitter.com/fishercats/status/1395899923334316039?s=21
Otto Lopez ran his hit streak to 14 games with a single.
Dunedin 1 Clearwater 0
Pitching was the order of the night for Dunedin, as a trio of pitchers combined on a 2-hit shutout.
Starter Winder Garcia allowed the 2 hits over his four innings of work, walking three and fanning five. Jiorgeny Casimiri took over from Garcia, and tossed three brilliant innings, retiring all nine of the hitters he faced, four by strikeout. Adrian Hernandez pitched two scoreless frames to lock down the W. The game’s only run came in the 5th, when Justin Ammons scored on an error.
Hillsboro 4 Vancouver 3
A couple of nights ago, the C’s were all that stood between the system and a reverse OrgSweep; last night, it was up to the Canadians to keep a perfect night intact.
The C’s fought hard, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate in a 9th inning rally, but ultimately lost the one-run game, halting their winning streak at 8.
Starter Nick Fraze was solid for C’s, giving the team six innings of one-run ball, but Hillsboro got to reliever Cobi Johnson for 3 in the 7th for the margin of victory. Ryan Gold led the way offensively for Vancouver, banging a homer and double in four ABs. Tanner Morris added a pair of hits, including a 9th inning round tripper: https://twitter.com/vancanadians/status/1395958206380355584?s=21