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Rochester 5, Syracuse 4 (5 innings)
It was a rain-shortened game, but the Red Wings got another win. PJ Walters started and went just 2.2 innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out four. Cody Eppley walked two over the next 1.1 innings, but no hits and no runs. Aaron Thompson gave up one run on three hits in his inning but gets credited with the save.
Brian Dinkelman led the offense. He was 2-2 with his second triple. Jeff Clement drove in two runs.
New Britain 8, Binghampton 7
The Rock Cats got a lot of runs and they needed each one. Miguel Sano provided the big hit. He was 2-3 with two walks in the game and he drilled a grand slam, his seventh homer with the team. Eddie Rosario went 2-4 with a walk and his 10th double. Danny Santana went 2-4 with a walk. He also stole his 17th and 18th bases. Evan Bigley went 3-4 with a walk and his second and third doubles.
Following his complete game, one-hitter, Virgil Vasquez gave up five runs on six hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out one. Dan Turpen gave up two hits and a walk in one inning. He struck out two. Dakota Watts gave up one run on three hits in his two innings, while he struck out four. Cole Johnson gave up one run on two hits and a walk in one inning.
Ft. Myers 3, Dunedin 6
Manuel Soliman had a rough start. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on four hits and five walks in four innings. He struck out two. Matt Tomshaw was perfect over the next two innings, striking out one. Steven Gruver came on and gave up three runs on three hits and three walks and recorded just two outs. Tyler Jones gave up two hits but no runs over the next 1.1 innings. He struck out two.
Aderlin Mejia went 3-4 with his 14th stolen base. JD Williams is now hitting .455 in his first three games at Ft. Myers after going 2-4 with an RBI in this game. Matt Koch hit his 16th double.
Cedar Rapids 4, Lake County 1
Great pitching and big hits help win ball games, right? That’s the formula that worked for the Kernels on this night.
It all starts with pitching though, and Brett Lee provided another spectacular start. Lee went nine innings and gave up one run on six hits; he walked one and struck out ten. It was his second straight complete game! He is now 7-4 with a 3.30 ERA.
Adam Walker provided the power. He went 2-5 with his 19th and 20th home runs and drove in three runs. Max Kepler went 3-4 with his second steal. Jonathan Murphy was 2-5 with his second stolen base. Niko Goodrum stole his 10th and 11th bases.
Elizabethton 6, Bristol 0 (8 innings)
Another rain-shortened game, but the E-Twins are happy to get any games in lately. Yorman Landa was on the mound and he was good again. He threw five shutout innings and gave up just two hits. He did walk three and hit two other batters. He struck out three. Kuo Hua Lo gave up just a walk over the next two innings.
Ryan Walker was 3-4. Rory Rhodes went 2-3 with a walk. Mitch Garver was 2-4.
GCL Twins 2, GCL Red Sox 4
Alex Swim led the offense by going 3-4 with his third double. Jorge Fernandez hit his fourth double.
Jared Wilson started. The fifth-year senior went just two innings and gave up three runs on one hit, two walks and two hit batters; he struck out three. Chih-Wei Hu gave up one run on three hits and a walk over the next three innings. Jose Abreu gave up just one hit over the final three innings. He struck out two.
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