Connecticut 5 at New Britian 0
W: N. Bump (4-3, 3.06); L: J. Rainville (5-7, 6.88); SV: J. Hedrick (2)
HR: CT: A. Witter 2 (12), A. Richardson (2).
The sad truth is, Jay Rainville is used to pitching in front of a team that gives him no offensive support. He dealt with this all of last season with the Fort Myers Miracle. And he'll tell you himself that the solution is that he needs to pitch better.
Rainville gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and a pair of walks over five innings worth of work. Jay Miller added a pair more on 3 hits and 2 walks over 3 innings while striking out 2.
And the New Britain Rock Cats managed just three hits against Nate Bump and the Connecticut Defenders.
Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 with a double; Drew Butera was 1-for-2 with a walk, and Matt Moses was the one hit wonder of the night, with a single.
Antoan Richardson knocked a homer run over the right field line in the top of the first inning, given Rainville a warm welcome back to Double A.
In the bottom of the second, Adam Witter would go yard over the right field fence. After Carlos Sosa flew out, Simon Klink would get hit by a pitch. Kyle Haines ground into a force out, but Olmo Rosario and Ben Copeland hit back-to-back singles that served to plate Haines.
Rainville settled down after that, giving up only a pair of walks over the next three innings.
Miller would take over in the top of the sixth and allow a second home run to Witter, this one going over the center field wall. He'd then walk Sosa before getting Klink out on strikes. Haines doubled in Sosa, to make it 5-0 Defenders.
The inner-state rivals continue their series Sunday July 6th at New Britain Stadium with a 1:35 contest. Anthony Swarzak (3-6, 5.96) gets the start for New Britain against Connecticut's Garrett Broshuis (7-6, 3.49).
Rock Cats Notebook
Buffalo 0 at New Britain 2
W: F. Liriano (6-2, 3.80); L: F. Herrmann (0-1, 2.57); SV: B. Korecky (12)
HR: ROC: R. Jorgensen (6).
In Frontier Field it was a different story as Rochester Red Wing starter Francisco Liriano worked through six innings, scattering 3 hits and a walk while striking out 7 to keep the Buffalo Bison's sedated.
The Wings also managed a bit more offense than their AA counterparts, coming up with a pair of runs on 8 hits. The first came in the bottom of the 3rd, then Trevor Plouffe doubled, then came home on Darnell McDonald's single.
The insurance run came in the bottom of the 5th, when Ryan Jorgensen went yard over the left field line. It was the catcher's sixth home run of the season.
Jorgenson finished up 2-for-3 with a run and a run scored and has stepped up to the plate for the Wings in the absence of former Miracle Jose Morales, who will be having season ending ankle surgery. Howie Clark was 2-for-4 for the Wings, but did not factor into the scoring.
Tommy Watkins had a single and a walk in the contest, while Randy Ruiz picked up a double to go along with the hits by Plouffe and McDonald to round out the batting. The double extended Ruiz hitting streak to 14 games.
Rochester plays in Charlotte on Sunday, July 6, with a 5:15 PM start.