W: N. Blackburn (4-1, 1.79); L: L. Broadway (5-3, 3.53); SV: B. Korecky (17)
HR: ROC: B. Buscher (1).
E: Span (3, fielding), Feiner (2, throw).
From MiLB.com: Brian Buscher went 2-for-3 with a home run as Rochester rallied past Charlotte, 5-2, in the opener of Friday's doubleheader.
Buscher slammed a two-out solo shot, his first, in the first, and hit a leadoff single to spark a three-run third inning. Tommy Watkins doubled twice and Trent Oeltjen went 2-for-3 with a triple for the Red Wings (37-33), who have won four straight.
Rochester starter Nick Blackburn (4-1) gave up two unearned runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts over six innings. The 25-year-old right-hander has not allowed an earned run in 34 1/3 innings, has won his last four decisions and boasts a 1.79 ERA. Bobby Korecky tossed a hitless seventh for his 17th save.
Knights starter Lance Broadway (5-3) yielded five runs on 10 hits and three walks while fanning four over six frames.
Gustavo Molina hit an RBI single in the second for Charlotte (31-43). Danny Richar singled and scored in the third on an errant throw by catcher Korey Feiner.
Rochester 6 at Charlotte 0
W: B. Duensing (3-1, 2.10); L: S. Babula (2-2, 3.66)
HR: ROC: D. Span (1).
From MiLB.com: Brian Duensing tossed a five-hitter as visiting Rochester blanked Charlotte, 6-0, to complete a sweep of Friday's doubleheader.
Duensing (3-1) struck out three without issuing a walk en route to his first career complete game. The 24-year-old left-hander retired the final eight batters and lowered his ERA to 2.10.
Denard Span clubbed a two-run homer, his first, for the Red Wings (38-33), who have won five straight. Matthew LeCroy and Brian Buscher stroked back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh, and Garrett Jones and Matt Tolbert each plated a run.
Charlotte starter Shaun Babula (2-2) surrendered four runs on five hits and two walks with a strikeout over 3 2/3 innings.
The Knights (31-44) threatened in the second, as Kenny Perez singled and moved to third on Wiki Gonzalez's base hit, but Duensing induced Kenny Kelly to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Rochester also won the opener, 5-2.
New Britain 7 at Connecticut 8
W: T. Wilding (1-0, 4.50); L: D. Powers (1-4, 5.35); SV: O. Matos (2)
HR: NBR: B. Peterson (9). CT: J. Wald (4).
E: Crawford (1, missed catch), Plouffe (17, throw), Mijares (1, fielding).
From ctdefenders.com: Dodd Stadium saw 5,000 plus fans on hand for the second consecutive game on Friday June 22 as the Connecticut Defenders hosted their cross-state rivals, the New Britain Rock Cats. The crowd was treated to plenty of offense by both squads, and after jockeying back and forth, the Defenders staved off the Rock Cats for a 8-7 victory.
Defenders jumped on the board first in their initial at-bats after 2B Eugenio Velez tripled and OF Trey Webb singled to drive in Velez for a 1-0 lead. The Rock Cats responded in the top of the second inning with a 3-run blast off the bat of 1B Brock Peterson that jumped over the left field wall, catapulting New Britain ahead 3-1. But Connecticut came back in the bottom of the third inning with four runs, including a sacrifice fly by 3B Mark Minicozzi, followed by a 2-run bomb over the left wall by SS Jake Wald. The Defenders led 5-3 after four full innings.
The Defenders led 7-6 heading into the eighth inning as Taylor Wilding entered his second inning of work in relief of starter Garrett Broshuis. He looked sharp in the seventh inning in his double-A debut, but ran into some trouble in the eighth frame. He surrendered a 1-out single to pinch-hitter Luke Hughes, but Rashad Eldridge grounded into a fielder choice and the lead runner Hughes was retired. The following batter OF Matt Allegra drove a double over the head of OF Trey Webb in left-centerfield and Rashad Eldridge came all the way around to score the tying run of the game.
In bottom of the eighth inning 2B Eugenio Velez jolted this crowed with a leadoff triple and Webb hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring the speedy Velez to put the Defenders back out in front 8-7. In the top of the ninth, Osiris Matos entered and closed the door on the Rock Cats, retiring the side in order to preserve the 8-7 win.
Neither starter, Tristan Crawford or Garrett Broshuis, factored in the decision. Jason Powers (L, 1-4) dropped his fourth game of the season, pitching 2 innings, surrendering just 1 run, 3 hits and striking out a batter. Taylor Wilding (BS, 1)(W,1-0) blew a save, but picked up his first double-A win after tossing 2 innings, giving up 1 run, 2 hits and striking out 3 batters. Osiris Matos (S, 3) collected his third save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. The Defenders look to make it 4 in a row as they host the Rock Cats on Saturday June 23 at 6:35 p.m.
Sarasota 5 at Fort Myers 6
Record 2 - 0
W: A. Gabino (2-0, 1.23); L: D. Lutz (1-3, 3.48)
E: Betsill (9, fielding), Robbins (7, fielding).
From miraclebaseball.com: After surrendering four unearned runs in the top of the eighth allowing the Sarasota Reds to take a 5-4 lead, the Fort Myers Miracle responded with two in the bottom of ninth for a 6-5 win over the Reds. Edward Ovalle picked up the walk-off single to center, sending the crowd of 3,233 on "Big Splash" day at the park, home happy as the Miracle improved to 2-0 in the second half.
Luis Ugueto led off the Miracle ninth with a pinch-hit double to right. Steve Tolleson followed with a sacrifice bunt that Reds reliever Derrik Lutz threw away, allowing Ugueto to score, tying the ballgame at five apiece. After a passed ball and a ground out from Dwayne White moved Tolleson to third, Ovalle would line a 1-0 fastball back up the middle plating Tolleson with the game-winner.
Sarasota's four-run eighth resulted in all four runs being unearned thanks to two Miracle errors in the inning. Josh Holden led off with a single to left, followed by Mike Griffin reaching on a Matt Betsill fielding error. A passed ball and Mike DeJesus single later, the Reds had cut the lead to 5-3. A Tonys Gutierrez sac-fly brought the Reds to within one before a two-run, go-ahead single off the bat of Danny Dorn.
The Miracle began the afternoon with three in the first thanks to a bases-loaded walk from Whit Robbins and a two-run single from catcher Javi Sanchez. Tolleson would give the Miracle a 4-0 lead with his RBI-triple in the fourth. The first Reds run of the day came in the fifth as Holden picked up his first of two RBI with a single to left.
The Miracle now head out on a four-game road trip beginning Saturday night with the Palm Beach Cardinals. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. at Roger Dean Stadium with RHP Anthony Swarzak (0-0, 1.54) starting for the Miracle.
Peoria 3 at Beloit 0
W: J. Renshaw (6-4, 4.57); L: A. Burnett (3-5, 3.64); SV: A. Maestri (3)
HR: PEO: R. Canzler (6).
E: Singleton (14, fielding), Lugo (3, pickoff).
From snappersbaseball.com: Peoria’s pitching staff only allowed four hits in their 3-0 win over the Snappers Friday night. Beloit starter Alex Burnett pitched six and one thirds innings of six hit, three run baseball to pick up his fifth loss of the season.
Peoria’s Russ Canzler hit a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning to give the Chiefs an early 2-0 lead. Two innings later Peoria added another run to give them a 3-0 advantage.
That is all that they would need as the Snappers were unable to muster any runs on the night. Steve Singleton, Joe Benson, Wilson Ramos, and Chris Parmelee all had one hit in the loss to Peoria.
From the BDN: "Reinforcements are expected in Saturday..."
GCL Twins 4 at GCL Red Sox 0
Current Record: 2 - 1
W: D. Berlind (1-0, 0.00); L: A. Bajoczky (0-1, 9.00)
The GCL Twins shut out the GCL Red Sox on the road, 4-0 behind a strong performance by 7th round draft pick Danny Berlind.
Michael McCardell, a sixth round pick from Pennsylvania took the start for the Twins, allowing only 1 hit and 1 walk in 4 inning while striking out five.
Berlind took the next 4 innings in relief, and the Twins bats came alive in the top of the sixth. Wang-Wei Lin doubled and came home on a Ben Revere triple. The Twins first rounder was playing in his first professional game, and belted a long ball to into right field. Juan Richardson reached on a field error by shortstop Oscar Tejeda, and the speedy Revere crossed the plate to make it 2-0 Twins.
The Minnesota crew would extend that lead in the top of the 9th, when Jon Waltenbury singled, Andrew Schmiesing walked and Jame Beresford got on base on a force out, which Schmeising taken out at second. Beresford stole 2nd, and missed catch by Tejeda allowed Waltenbury to score and Beresford to move to 3rd. He was plated by a Lin single, to make the score 4-0. Revere would ground out and Richardson strike out, to end the inning.
Closer Danny Rondon finished off the game, allowing only a single to Tejeda before striking Jonathan Egan out to give the Twins their second victory of the new season.
Yangervis Solarte and Waltenbury were both 2-for-4 at the plate, Lin and Richardson were both 2-for-5, Beresford and Revere were both 1-for-4 with a run each, Revere also recording an RBI and a walk.
The Twins return home to face the Baltimore Orioles at the Lee County Sportsplex. The game has a 10 AM start, as the team will be traveling to Dolphins Stadium in Miami afterward to watch their parent Minnesota Twins take on the Florida Marlins.