New Britain 2 at New Hampshire 3
W: R. Romero (4-4, 5.99); L: Z. Ward (2-3, 2.41); SV: Z. Dials (12)
HR: NHM: A. Hatch (6).
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats continued their win streak over the New Britain Rock Cats, taking a 3-2 win at MerchantsAuto.com Stadium.
Ricky Romero limited the Rock Cats to 1 run on 7 hits and a pair of walks while striking out 4 over six innings. Zach Ward, now out of the bullpen and back in the rotation, allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, on 4 hits and a walk while fanning 5 in six innings.
Luke Hughes was activated early and in back in the line up. Hughes doubled and moved to 3rd on a sac bunt. Danny Valencia sacrificed him in to put New Britain on the board.
The Fishers responded in the bottom of the 3rd when Anthony Hatch reached on a fielding error by New Britain's Erik Lis. Hatch would go to second on play. Chris Gutierrez would be hit by a pitch and Scott Campbell would single to drive in Hatch. Aaron Mathew's fly ball to left scored Gutierrez.
The score would stay that way until the bottom of the 7th, when Rob Delaney allowed a solo shot home run to Hatch. His sixth of the season, Hatch would put it over the right field wall.
Hughes would get plunked by a pitch in the top of the 8th, compliments of Jared Gothreaux. Tolleson then singled, but Valencia would ground into a force out that took Tolly down at 2nd. Brock Peterson's single to left would score Hughes. It also saw Daryl Harang to the mound for the Fishers, and he would strike out Erik Lis before giving way to Zach Dials, who got David Winfree to fly out to end the inning.
Dials would allow only a walk to the Cats in the 9th, effectively shutting them down to preserve the lead and the win for his 12th save of the season.
Saturday night's 7:05 contest will pit Julio Pinto (4-2, 7.52), just back from Advanced-A Dunedin, against New Britain left-hander Kyle Aselton (3-2, 5.03), another bull pen escapee.
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In order to make room for Hughes on the Rock Cat's roster, lefty Jay Sawatski was reasigned to the Fort Myers Miracle of the Florida State League. The Minnesota Twins' 8th Round selection out of University of Arkansas in the 2004 Draft, Sawatski was 1-4 with the Rock Cat in 2008 posting a 7.75 ERA in 22 games, 38.1 innings pitched. (Rock Cats/OSC)
Despite their lack of success on the field (33-45 record), the Rock cats remain a hit with the home town crowd. The Cats welcomed their 200,000th customer of 2008 to New Britain Stadium on Thursday afternoon - reaching that fan support milestone on the earliest date in the franchise's 26-year history. The Eastern League Club achieved the attendance mark in the month of June for the first time in franchise history and just on their 41st home date of the 2008 Season; the previous earliest date to 200,000 in New Britain was July of 2007. (Rock Cats/OSC)
Of the four players promoted to New Britain, only reliever Rob Delaney has excelled, allowing one run and only two hits. Both Danny Valencia and Brian Dinkelman are hitting under .200, having some problems adjusting to the speed of the game at the AA level.
Pawtucket 4 at Rochester 2
W: E. Martinez (3-1, 3.86); L: D. Graves (3-3, 5.10); SV: H. Jones (3)
HR: PAW: G. Kottaras (15). ROC: R. Ruiz (11).
The Pawtucket Red Sox doubled up the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field despite Randy Ruiz's 11th home run of the season.
Edgar Martinez would limit the Wings to just 2 hits and 4 walks over the first five innings of the game. He struck out five during that time frame.
Joe Thurston doubled off Danny Graves in the top of the 3rd and moved to 3rd on Jed Lowrie's ground out. Chris Carter would plate him with a line drive to right.
George Kottaras knocked hit his 15th home run of the season over the right field fence in the top of the sixth, to give the Pawsox at 2-0 lead.
Rochester's Ricky Barrett replaced Graves in the top of the 7th and would strike out Chad Spann before allowing a single to Jon Van Every. Jeff Bailey then drew a walk. A single by Joe Thurston would drive in Van Every to make it 3-0 for the visitors.
This time the Wings answered back as Trevor Plouffe singled and moved to 2nd on Ryan Jorgensen's ground out. Denard Span also ground out, moving Plouffe to 3rd, and a wild pitch by Michael Tejera saw him home.
Ruiz would make it 3-2 Pawtucket in the bottom of the 8th when sent a ball over the right center field fence off Miguel Asencio. But Sean Danielson would reach on a catching error by Garrett Jones in the top of the 9th, then steal 2nd. Carmen Cali would get Spann and Van Every out on strikes before Julio DePaula was brought into the game to get the final out. Instead, Jeff Bailey would reach on a fielding error by Serio Santos at short, allowing Danielson to score.
The Wings managed only 4 hits in the whole game.
Game two of the series is Saturday night at 7:35 p.m. Kevin Mulvey (3-7, 4.06) will pitch for the Wings against Pawtucket's Charlie Zink (8-2, 2.33).
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The Red Wings finished their road trip with a 5-3 record, a .306 (91-287) batting average and 48 runs scored (6.0 per game).
Outfielder Darnell McDonald now has an eight-game hitting streak, with four multi-hit games. McDonald currently leads the IL with a .320 batting average. The last Red Wing to lead the IL in batting was outfielder Jason Kubel (.343) in 2004.
Boston Red Sox RHP Mike Timlin, currently with Pawtucket on a rehab assignment, is scheduled to pitch an inning on Saturday.
Some Rochester Trivia: Who is the only person to play for both the baseball Rochester Red Wings and Rochester Amerks hockey team?
Why that would be none other than Fred Costello, the organist, of course!