The New Britain Rock Cats seem to be enjoying life on the road. Yesterday they picked up their third win in a row over the Harrisburg Senators by a score of 4-3. Starter David Bromberg went six strong innings to pick up the victory, allowing only one run and 2 hits while striking out 6. Chris Provence came on in the 7th and earned his second save of the season, despite a shaky ninth inning where the Senators pulled within one run of the Cats. Provence struck out Leonard Davis to end the game with the tying run on first base. New Britain takes their red hot road show to Richmond, starting a three game series against the Flying Squirrels (formerly the Connecticut Defenders) tonight.
In Manchester, Fisher Cats starter Luis Perez was once again in full command, paving the way to a 3-1 New Hampshire victory. Last time he pitched, Perez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning; yesterday he took one into the sixth. Binghamton Mets infielder Luis Hernandez hit a solo home run to right field, which was his team's only hit on the day. Perez left after the seventh, Trystan Magnuson pitched a perfect eighth and Danny Farquhar picked up his third save of the season after coming on in the ninth. New Hampshire hosts the Trenton Thunder for three games beginning tonight at 6:35pm.
In Rochester, the PawSox halted their four game slide with a 6-3 victory over the Red Wings. Pawtucket took advantage of four Red Wing errors in the game, which led to a Josh Reddick two run home run in the third inning and a Tug Hulett two run double in the fourth. The win is the first on the road for Pawtucket this season. Red Sox starter Michael Bowden was on a strict 65 pitch limit, so he left the game after 3 1/3 innings in which he gave up two runs. The bullpen chipped in the rest of the way with Robert Manuel picking up the win and Fernando Cabrera picking up his second save of the season.
Portland and Trenton tried to make up for some lost time with a double header in Maine yesterday. They split the day with Trenton taking game 1 by a score of 3-1 and Portland take the second game 2-1. In game 1, Thunder starter D. J. Mitchell went five innings and allowed one hit on the way to his first win of the year. Portland's Casey Kelly threw only 39 pitches in the first three innings of game 2; 29 of those pitches were strikes. Kelly, the top pitching prospect in the Boston Red Sox farm system, was on a strict pitch count and exceeded expectations, striking out two and allowing only two early hits. Eammon Portice pitched a solid 2 2/3 innings to pick up the win in relief for the Sea Dogs. Portland stays at home to face off against the Binghamton Mets in a three game series that begins tonight.
NOTES ... New Hampshire's hot hitting Brad Emaus (.375 avg, 8 RBIs) injured his knee sliding into home on Thursday night and is on the DL, expected to miss 1-2 weeks ... Portland transferred starting pitcher Kyle Weiland to Lowell to make room for pitcher Santo Luis ... New Britain relief pitcher Spencer Steedley has yet to give up a run in 9 innings of work ... Fisher Cats' outfielder Darin Mastroianni leads the Eastern League with five stolen bases, he is also second in the league with 10 runs scored ... Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to pitch one more game with Pawtucket, this Wednesday against Lehigh Valley, before returning to the Boston Red Sox rotation ... Fisher Cats' Luis Perez amazing stats after 3 starts - 17 IP, 0.53 ERA, 0.47 WHIP, .039 BA against, 2-0 record ...