Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Four Straight for Fisher Cats; Sea Dogs Bing'd Up; PawSox Strand Chance; Rock Cats Swarmed

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats collected their second straight win over the Trenton Thunder and fourth straight victory overall. Cats pitcher Marty McLeary threw six shutout innings in leading New Hampshire to the 2-1 victory, which only took 2 hours and 5 minutes to complete. Al Quintana and Adam Loewen produced back-to-back RBI singles, which accounted for the New Hampshire run support. Tim Collins tidied things up with a perfect ninth inning, picking up his first save of the season. The two teams are back at it bright and early tomorrow morning, closing out their three game series at 11:05pm.

In Portland, the Sea Dogs were at the will of the Binghamton bats who scored in 6 different innings on the way to a 15-3 blowout victory. Ryne Miller took the loss for Portland, allowing 6 earned runs on 5 hits in only 3 innings of work. Nick Evans, Jose Coronado and Kirk Nieuwenhuis all had a home run a piece for the Mets and combined for 11 RBIs. Binghamton finished their three game set in Portland tomorrow starting at noon.

The Paw Sox squandered a near flawless effort by starter Adam Mills, as they lost to Rochester 4-3. Mills (5.0 inn, 2H, 2BB, 4K, 0ER) left the game after the fifth inning with a 3-0 lead. Reliever Ramon Ramirez was tagged with the loss after throwing an inning and a third, allowing 5 walks. With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning, Jorge Jimenez flied out to deep right field to end the game and the Paw Sox bid at a comeback. Pawtucket moves on to Lehigh Valley to face the IronPigs in a two game series starting tomorrow at 7:05pm

Richmond starter Daryl Maday shut down the New Britain Rock Cats, tossing 8 shutout innings, extending his scoreless inning streak to 16 2/3. The Rock Cats plated a run in the ninth but it was too little, too late as the Flying Squirrels picked up their second straight win over New Britain, this time by a final of 4-1. New Britain looks to stop the sweep of the three game series tomorrow at 7:05pm.

SIDE NOTE - Darnell McDonald, who started the season swinging a hot bat in Pawtucket, was called up to the Boston Red Sox who had placed outfielders Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury on the disabled list. In his first at-bat with the team he hit a game tying, pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. If that wasn't enough of a premiere with the big club, McDonald drove in the game winning RBI with a single in the ninth. Talk about making a HUGE impression. He impressed me when I got to see him on opening day at McCoy and now the Fenway Faithful get a taste.

Lance Reddick was also called up from Pawtucket and he also contributed in the Red Sox victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night. Starting in left field, he collected two RBIs on a double in the sixth that put the Sox within striking distance at 6-4. Here's wishing these two all the best with their opportunity. So far, so good.

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