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MINORS: Thursday 5/12 results
LAKE COUNTY (A, 18-15)
HOYMAN, BULLPEN SEND TOURISTS PACKING
Pacheco and Reyes Deliver Big Hits in Captains 3-1 Win
(Asheville, NC)—Justin Hoyman picked up his first win since the season
opener, and Fernando Pacheco and Argenis Reyes had RBI’s Thursday as
the Lake County Captains posted a 3-1 win over the Asheville Tourists
at McCormick Field.
The win gave the Captains (18-15) a split in the four-game series with
the Tourists (18-15). Asheville won the first two games of the series
on Monday and Tuesday.
The Captains jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second inning against
Asheville starter Sam Deduno, who entered the game with a 1.78 ERA.
After back-to-back walks to Mike Butia and Matt Whitney, Pacheco
stroked a double to right, scoring Butia. The hit extended Pacheco’s
hitting streak to nine games. After another walk loaded the bases,
Deduno hit Juan Valdes to force in Whitney.
In the fourth, Deduno left the game with a muscle strain after hitting
Chris Gimenez with one out. Reliever Jarrett Grube came on and picked
Gimenez off first, but walked Marshall Szabo. Valdes reached base on a
catcher’s interference, and Reye’ followed with an RBI single to right
to score Szabo to make it 3-0.
Hoyman (2-0) enjoyed one of his best games of the season, holding the
Tourists to two hits over the first six innings. In the seventh, he
allowed a run on three consecutive singles before turning things over
to righthander Adrian Schau. Schau retired Nelson Robledo and Neil
Wilson on pop-ups to end the inning.
Schau tossed a scoreless eighth inning, and Bo Ashabraner worked
around a lead-off single in the ninth to earn his first save of the
KINSTON (A, 20-13)
K-TRIBE SPLITS SERIES WITH 7-5 WIN
Caleb Brock continued his red-hot hitting by going 3-5 with two home
runs and Jeremy Sowers worked into the sixth inning as the Indians
earned a split of their four-game series with Potomac, winning the
finale 7-5 Thursday night at Pfitzner Stadium. Kinston is now 20-13,
while Potomac fell to 16-18.
Brock got Kinston on the board with a two-out double in the top of the
third, and the Indians later pulled away with three runs in the fifth
on a walk, a fielder's choice and a throwing error. In the top of the
seventh Brock belted a two-run homer to left to make it 6-0, and his
line drive solo shot in the eighth made it 7-1.
Sowers (4-2) worked 5.1 shutout innings and allowed just two hits
while striking out eight before turning it over to the bullpen.
Potomac's Mike O'Connor fell to 1-5 with the loss, and Edward Mujica
recorded the final out for his fifth save of the year.
AKRON AEROS (AA, 19-13)
AEROS' BATS COOL OFF AGAINST SEAWOLVES
SeaWolves 4, Aeros 1 -- Host Erie took over first place by one game in
the Eastern League's Southern Division with the win over the
Mike Bynum (3-0) held the Aeros to four hits over seven innings,
allowing one run on an RBI single by Jose Morban in the first inning.
Ivan Ochoa had two of the Aeros' five hits in the game.
Seven Aeros games set to be televised
After a six-year hiatus, selected Aeros games are returning to
television in a seven-game package that begins May 21, when Akron
hosts the Norwich Navigators (AA farm team of the San Francisco
Giants) at 7:05 p.m. at C**** Park.
The games will be aired live on Time Warner Cable in Akron and Canton,
on Massillon Cable in Massillon, on Clear Picture in Wayne County and
on Adelphia Cable in Tuscarawas County.
Additional home games scheduled to be broadcast are as follows: May 23
(7:05 p.m. vs. Erie SeaWolves), June 7 (7:05 p.m. vs. New Hampshire),
June 18 (7:05 p.m. vs. Bowie), July 23 (7:05 p.m. vs. Trenton), Aug.
30 (7:05 p.m. vs. New Britain) and Sept. 5 (2:05 p.m. vs. Portland).
BUFFALO (AAA, 19-14)
BISONS WIN SLUGFEST IN DURHAM, 11-9
Gerut’s 5-Hit Game Powers Herd to Victory
Neither the Bisons nor the Bulls had the opportunity to take batting
practice prior to their series finale on Thursday night because of
storms. So once the weather cleared, both teams decided to use the
game for BP.
Buffalo and Durham combined for 20 runs on 28 hits, but it was the
Herd that came away with an 11-9 victory over the Bulls from Durham
Bulls Athletic Park. The win gives the series to the Bisons, three
games to one.
The victory also improves the Herd to a season-high five games over
the .500-mark at 19-14.
Buffalo jumped out early against Bulls starter Jason Roach, plating
four runs in each of the first two innings. Ryan Garko started the
scoring with a two-run single in the 1st, before scoring on a single
from John Rodriguez. Ernie Young’s sacrifice fly completed the first
four-run rally of the night.
In the 2nd inning, Jody Gerut doubled home a run as part of his
five-hit night. Garko, Young and Andy Abad then followed with
consecutive RBI-singles to put the Herd up 8-1.
But Durham’s offense also came to play Thursday night as both teams
lit up the scoreboard early. Pete LaForest hit a two-run home run as
part of a three-run bottom of the 2nd inning that pulled the Bulls to
within 8-4. The Bisons answered in the 3rd as Brandon Phillips homered
and Mike Kinkade picked up an RBI-single to make it 10-4.
After Durham scored another run in the bottom of the 3rd, the game got
very interesting in the 4th. Trying to get through five innings to
earn the victory, Bisons starter Francisco Cruceta gave up four more
runs to the Bulls. Durham’s first baseman Eric Munson highlighted the
rally with a three-run homer that pulled the Bulls to within 10-9.
But from there, the Bisons bullpen took over. Kenny Rayborn earned his
second victory of the season by striking out five in 3.1 innings of
shutout relief. Matt Miller came into the game in the 8th and struck
out five of the six batters he faced for his second save of the year.
Gerut provided some insurance for the Bisons. The outfielder hit a
solo home run in the top of the 6th inning to conclude the scoring in
a well-earned Buffalo victory.
The Herd will now travel to Charlotte for a four-game series against
the Knights starting Friday night at 7:15 p.m. RHP Jason Bere (1-0)
will start for Buffalo against LHP Josh Stewart (1-4, 4.60). Don’t
miss Countdown to Bisons Baseball on WECK AM 1230 and WSPQ AM 1330,
starting at 6:55 p.m.
BISONS NOTES:Gerut’s five-hit performance (two doubles and a homer)
was the Bisons first of 2005. He also homered as part of a 3-5 game on
Wednesday afternoon, giving him hits in eight of his last 10 at
bats…The two shutout innings are the longest outing for Matt Miller
this season. He now has four consecutive scoreless outings, lowering
his ERA to 1.23…Brandon Phillips has now homered in four of his last