Heading into the second weekend of the season the story around the Eastern League this day would be pitchers helping their cause at the plate. Game recaps and transactions follow.
Binghamton 5 - Portland 1
All the scoring was done by the third inning, after that it was a battle of the bullpens as the B-Mets take game one of the series.
Collin McHugh got the start for the Mets and went 6.2 innings scattering seven hits and allowed one run. He would up his record to 1-1. The only run he would allow was a solo homerun to Juan Carlos Linarea. He would go on to collect six strikeouts while walking none. Elvin Ramirez would work 1.1 innings of perfect relief while striking out four. Josh Edgin would finish off the game with one innings of work and would allow two hits.
Brock Huntzinger got roughed up in his start for Portland. He would go four inings allowing five runs on six hits, three walks, and three strikeouts. He falls to 0-2 on the year. Jeremey Kehrt woud eat up some innings out of the bullpen. He would work four innings allowing one hit, walk two and strikeout five. Josh Fields would get one inning of work, striking out one.
Matt Den Dekker was the only Binghamton hitter to collect two hits. Jefry Marte went 1-3 driving in three runs and Josh Rodriguez went 1-4 driving in the other two runs. Juan Carlos Linares and Heiker Menesse would both collect two hits for the Sea Dogs.
Game Two is Saturday night at 6 PM. Probables are Wheelers (Mets) and Hernandez (Sea Dogs)
Bowie 6 - Erie 1
Bowie jumped out early and never looked back, pounding out sixteen hits.
The Bay Sox jumped all over SeaWolves starter Jay Voss early and would not relent. It is a bit of a wonder more runs were not scored by Bowie. Voss (0-2) would go 4.2 innings allowing three runs (one earned) and handing out eigth hits. He would also walk one and strikeout five. Robbie Weinhardt worked 1.1 innings of relief and would allow one run on three hits. Ryan Robowski would also get 1.1 innings of relief and he would give up three hits and one unearned run and would strikeout one. Jared Gayhart would go a third of an innings walking two and striking out one. Patrick Cooper would be the final pitcher for Erie on the night. He would work 1.1 innings allowing one run on two hits, one walk, and one strikeout.
Jacob Pettit would go six quality innings for Bowie allowing a run on four hits, one walk, and two strikeouts. Pat Egan would come in as first relief and work two innings of three hit ball and striking out one. Pedro Viola would come in and work one inning allowing a single hit and striking out two. Viola would lower his ERA to 33.75.
Buck Britton would lead all hitters going 5-6 with two doubles and driving in one. Brandon Waring (Bowie) would go 3-5 with a double and driving in two. Bryan Pounds would lead the SeaWolves hitters going 2-4 and driving in a run.
Game two is at 6:35 PM Saturday. Probable are McCurry (Bowie) and Segovia (Erie)
New Britain 5 - New Hampshire 3
New Britain takes game one of the Cat Series behind eight strong innings for Jason Marquis
Jason Marquis, in what probably is his last tuneup start before rejoining the Twins, went out and was close to dominant against the Fisher Cats. It took him 89 pitches to get through eight full innings of work. He would allow two runs on five hits (one being a homerun), walk none, and strikeout seven. Deolis Guerra would close out the game going one inning allowing one run on one hit, walking one, and striking out two.
Chad Jenkins would get the start for New Hampshire and go seven innings allowing five runs on five hits (three of those hits being homeruns), walking one, and striking out five. Fernando Hernandez would go the rest of the way allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out three in two innings of work.
Deibinson Romero would lead all hitters going 2-4 with two homeruns and driving in three. Aaron Hicks continued his revival tour going 2-3 with a double, homerun, and drive in two runs. Justin Jackson (New Hampshire) would continue his blistering start, going 3-3 with two doubles. Koby Clemens (New Hampshire) would go 1-3, that one hit being a homerun.
New Britain and New Hampshire get the early game on Friday, first pitch is 5:05. Probables are Hirschfield (New Britain) and McGuire (New Hampshire).
Reading 4 - Harrisburg 1
Reading got on the board early and pulled away late to take game one.
Trevor May pushed his record to 2-0 as he continues to show that he should be the top prospect in the Phillies system. May would go seven innings allowing one run on four hits, walking one, and striking out six. All done on 85 pitches (59 strikes). Tyson Brummett would work a perfect inning of work. B.J. Rosenberg got his second save of the season working one innings allowing one hit and striking out one.
Jeff Mandel would take the loss even though he would turn in what could be called a 'quality start.' He would work six innings allowing two runs on three hits, two walks, and striking out five. Patrick McCoy would allow one run on three hits and striking out three in two innings of work. Christian Garcia would allow one one on one hit in his inning of work.
Steve Susdorf would go 2-3 with a walk and a run driven in and a double. Cesar Hernandez would also add two hits, one being a double. Sebasitan Valle, Miguel Abreu, and Trevor May would drive in a run each. Sandy Leon would drive in the lone run for Harrisburg going 1-3.
Probables Friday for the 7 PM first pitch are Buchanan (Reading) and Rosenbaum (Harrisburg).
Trenton 1 - Arkon 4
The Aeros put this game away early and rode their starter to the win.
T.J. McFarland would raise his record to 2-o on the season after going six outstanding innings. He would not allow a run on three hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. Bryce Stowell would be the first out of the bullpen, working a perfect innings of relief and striking out two. Matt Langwell had to ruin the part as he would allow a run on two hits in his one inning of work. Preston Guilmet would work one inning allowing no runs on one hit, one walk, and two strikeouts.
Brett Marshall (1-1) got hit around early as it would take him 87 pitches to get through four innings of work. He would allow five runs on nine hits (one being a homerun), two walks, and four strikeouts. Michael Dubee would bounce back from his last outing and works a scoreless inning, walking two and striking out one. Lee Hyde would allow a run (unearned) on a hit, a walk, and two strikeouts in one inning. Kelvin Perez would go the last two innings walking two and striking out three.
Ronnier Mustelier, Kevin Mahoney, and Walter Ibarra would all collect two hits in the losing effort for Trenton. Kyle Bellows (Akron) would lead all hitters going 2-2 with two walks, a homerun, and driving in three runs. Juan Diaz would add two hits as well and would drive in one run.
Trenton and Akron are the late game on Friday, getting away at 7:05. Probables are Arbiso (Trenton) and Wright (Akron).
Altoona 3 - Richmond 7
Richmond got on the board early thanks to errors and timely hits. They would ride Jason Stevenson to their third consecutive home opening win and take game one of the series.
Jason Stevenson (1-1) spoke earlier in the week how he felt that he let the home crowd down late last year. His last start was against New Hampshire in the Eastern League Championship Series. New Hampshire would win the game, and the series, that night. Getting the Opening Night nod, Stevenson went out and produced seven quality innings, using 86 pitches, for the Flying Squirrels. He would allow two runs (none of them earned, thanks to his own error on a sacrifice bunt) on five hits, two walks, and five strikeouts. Brett Bochy would come into the game and work a scoreless inning, striking out the side while allowing one hit. Tom Vessella would close the door but not before allowing a run one one hit, one walk, and two strikeouts.
Mike Colla (0-1) did not help himself out, nor did he get help from his defense. Two timely errors from his catcher and third basemen along with the strong bats of Richmond would do him in last night. He would fight his way to five innings allowing six runs (four earned) on nine hits (one being a homerun), one walk and two strikeouts. Kris Harvey would come in and work two innings allowing a run on one hit and three strikeouts. Kyle Cofield would work a perfect inning of relief, striking out one.
Wes Hodges would lead the Richmond hitters going 2-4 with a homerun. Chris Dominguez, Juan Perez, and Ryan Cavan would all add two hits for the Flying Squirrels. Jason Stevenson even got into the hit parade, beating out a bases loaded infield single to drive in a run. Brock Holt was the lone bright spot for Altoona, going 2-4.
Richmond and Altoon get going at 6:35 Friday night. Probables are Baker (Altoona) and Heston (Richmond).
Busy day for the transaction wire, so let us break it down by teams.
Akron - Cody Allen assigned to Akron from the Carolina Mud Cats
Altoona - Anthony Norman assigned to Altoona from the Pirates Extended Spring Training
Bowie - Daniel Klein (RHP) activated from the 7-Day DL.
Luis Lebron (RHP) activated from the 7-Day DL.
Casey Lambert (LHP) assigned to Bowie
Zelous Wheeler assigned to Bowie
New Hampshire - Matt Wright assigned from the Dunedin Blue Jays to New Hampshire?
Trenton - Robert Lyerly (3B) placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive April 11.
Activated C Jeffrey Parnham from the 7-Day DL
Placed Jose Pirela (SS) on 7-Day DL
Placed Gustavo Molina (C) on 7-Day DL
Kevin Mahoney (2B) assigned to Trenton from Tampa Yanks
Francisco Rondon assigned to Trenton from Tampa Yanks