|Rochester||Won, 5-3||vs. Lehigh Valley, 1:05 p.m.||Adon (1-2, 4.61) vs. TBD|
|Harrisburg||Lost, 7-2||@ New Hampshire, 6:35 p.m.||S. Romero (0-1, 3.72) vs Melean (0-4, 5.04)|
|Fredericksburg||Won, 2-0||OFF DAY||N/A|
Rochester 5 Lehigh Valley 3
• Murphy 4⅔ IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 5K
• Baldonado (W, 2-2) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Garrett (SV, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Gushue 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Stevenson 2-5, R, SB
• Nogowski 1-2, R, 2BB
Rochester dialed long distance twice in the 3rd, including a grand slam by Jake Alu, to score five times as the Red Wings smelted the IronPigs, 5-3 in the series opener. Patrick Murphy fell one out shy of qualifying for the win as he ran into trouble in the 5th. He gave up one run on five hits and two walks while striking out five. Alberto Baldonado bailed him out, stranding two while getting out of the 5th, and pitched around a leadoff double in the 6th to earn the win. Taylor Gushue homered and doubled while Andrew Stevenson singled twice, scored once, and stole a base to lead the Rochester offense.
Roster moves: UT Jack Dunn, C Onix Vega reassigned from Wilmington.
New Hampshire 7 Harrisburg 2
• Troop (L, 7-5) 5IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 7K, 2HR, 100-65 PIT-K
• Alston 2IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 2K
• W. Garcia 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Hassell 1-2, R, 2BB
Both the organizational leaders in home runs extended their leads in the Senators’ 7-2 loss to the Fisher Cats. Alex Troop gave up nos. 20 and 21 to account for five of seven runs he let in over five innings, with six hits, two walks, and seven whiffs. It was his fourth loss as a starter and fifth overall. Garvin Alston put up two goose eggs while Gerardo Carrillo added one to close out the game. Wilson Garcia hit no. 23 to break up the shutout bid, plating Robert Hassell, who got on ahead of him with his second walk. The two combined to go 3-for-6 with two runs. The rest of the lineup went 1-for-23 with three walks.
Roster moves: LHP Ike Schlabach activated from 7-Day I.L.
Fredericksburg 2 Lynchburg 0
• Rutledge (W, 1-0) 8IP, 3H, 0R, 1BB, 6K
• M. Perez (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Infante 3-3, 2B, RBI, SB
• Ge. Diaz 1-3
With eight strong innings from Jackson Rutledge, three hits from Sammy Infante, and two inning-ending double plays, Fredericksburg outdueled Lynchburg, 2-0 to take Game One of the Carolina League Northern Division Series. Rutledge allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out three to get the “W” while Marlon Perez set the side down in order in the 9th for the save.
The defense turned out to be the difference in this one as the Hillcats committed three errors, including two in the FredNats’ 4th inning. Will Frizzell took second on a two-base error by Lynchburg’s Lexer Saduy to lead off the inning.
Frizzell scored four batters later as Saduy fired wide of second base for another error on an Infante double that plated Frizzell. The miscue enabled James Wood, who reached on the sole Fredericksburg walk, to score all the way from 1st.
Geraldi Diaz had the only other Fredericksburg hit, as the Lynchburg errors helped mask a poor offensive effort by Fredericksburg, including the top four FredNats batters going 0-for-15 with four strikeouts and Barnden Boisserie leaving on four with three K’s in three AB’s.
The two teams will rematch tomorrow night in Lynchburg, with RHP Jarlin Susana (0-0, 2.61) scheduled against RHP Reid Johnston (4-6, 3.94). If a Game Three is necessary, it will be at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.