|Rochester||Won, 7-2||vs. St. Paul, 11:05 a.m.||Peralta (0-0, 4.35) vs. Varland (1-0, 5.59)|
|Harrisburg||Lost, 4-3||vs. Somerset, 6:30 p.m.||Herrera (1-0, 3.45) vs. Warren (1-0, 4.97)|
|Wilmington||Lost, 9-1||vs. Aberdeen, 6:35 p.m.||A. Lara (0-1, 2.93) vs. Lyons (0-1, 5.19)|
|Fredericksburg||Lost, 7-6||@ Lynchburg, 6:30 p.m.||Cornelio (0-2, 8.31) vs. Messick (1-0, 0.71)|
Rochester 7 St. Paul 2
• Irvin (W, 2-2) 5⅓ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• Machado (H, 2) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 4K
• Mazara 3-5, R
• Pinder 2-4, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Barreto 1-3, R, BB, RBI
Rochester rallied for three in the 4th and four in the 7th to end a five-game losing streak and defrock* the Saints, 7-2. Jake Irvin gave up both St. Paul runs on five hits (one HR) and three walks while striking out six to become the first starter to win two games in the minors. Three Red Wings relievers combined on four and 2/3rds shutout innings, led by Andres Machado with one and 2/3rds with one walk and four whiffs. Nomar Mazara led the Rochester hit column with three singles while Chad Pinder doubled, homered, and drove in three to pace the offense. Roster moves: C Francisco Arcia activated from the Development List; RHP Anthony Castro placed on the 7-Day I.L.
* I’ve been waiting two years to make that pun. 2021 was strictly divisional play; last year St. Paul swept Rochester in six games
Somerset 4 Harrisburg 3
• Parker (L, 0-2) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 9K,
• M. Peña 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3K
• Cluff 2-3, R, HR, 3RBI, SB
• Meregildo 2-4
Jackson Cluff’s three-run HR pulled the Senators within one in the bottom of the 9th, but it was too little, too late as the Patriots prevailed, 4-3. Mitchell Parker struck out a season-high nine while pitching five innings of two-run ball on three hits and four walks. He was rewarded with his second loss. Cluff also singled and stole a base while Omar Meregildo and J.T. Arruda both singled twice to power the Harrisburg offense.
Aberdeen 9 Wilmington 1
• Alvarez (L, 1-1) 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 4K
• Ale. Hernandez 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Wood 1-4, 2B, RBI
• V. Peña 1-4, R, SB(5)
Aberdeen broke open a 2-1 lead with two in the 7th, three in the 8th, and two in the 9th to even up the series with a 9-1 win over Wilmington. Andrew Alvarez labored through three innings, getting nine outs on 69 pitches. He gave up the aforementioned two runs on five hits and three walks while fanning four and took the loss. Todd Peterson took the brunt of the Ironbirds’ assault, with five runs let in over an inning and a 1/3rd. Jacob Young went 0-for-4 but was the only Blue Rock not to strike out as his teammates combined for 16 K’s. James Wood doubled in the sole run in the 1st, cashing Viandel Peña’s one-out single and fifth stolen base. Jordy Barley rounded out Wilmington’s three-hit night with a single in the 8th.
Lynchburg 7 Fredericksburg 6
• B. Sanchez 1⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 0K
• M. Gomez (BS, 1; L, 2-2) ⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 1K
• Hassell 2-3, R, 2BB, RBI, SB
• Boisserie 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Infante 2-4, R, 2B, RBI, SB, E
The FredNats scored in four straight “ups” to turn a 3-0 deficit into a 6-4. Alas, with an unreliable bullpen, Fredericksburg’s lead went up in smoke in the 8th. Miguel Gomez retired just two of seven batters faced and let in three runs for the (dreaded) blown-save-loss. Named starter Jarlin Susana was a late scratch so Bryan Sanchez was the opener. Sanchez dug a 3-0 hole after an inning and 2/3rds with four hits and five walks, getting a huge assist from Pedro González, who stranded three getting out of the 2nd, then tossed two scoreless. Robert Hassell singled twice, walked twice, scored a run, and stole a base while Branden Boisserie and Sammy Infante both went 2-for-4 with run, double, and an RBI to lead the FredNats offense. Naturally, the MiLB.tv audio feed went out when Sanchez was warming up, so whatever chance there was of the Hillcats team mentioning anything about Susana was rendered moot.