12th April 14:05
MINORS: Wednesday 5/18 results
LAKE COUNTY (A, 21-18) 4th place, South Atlantic League
GRASSHOPPERS LEAP PAST CAPTAINS
Captains Lose Five-Run Lead During 6-5 Loss
(Eastlake, OH)--Greensboro's Jai Miller scored from third on a wild
pitch in the eighth inning Wednesday, lifting the Grasshoppers to a
7-5 win over the Captains at Classic Park.
It was the third consecutive game that the Captains have led 5-0, only
to see the opposition come back and win.
With the score 5-5, Miller reached on a single in the eighth inning
against Captains reliever Mike Hernandez (2-1). Miller advanced to
second on a ground out, then stole third. With Beau McMillan at the
plate, Hernandez uncorked a wild pitch allowing Miller to score the
Hernandez worked three innings, and allowed only two hits, but
suffered his first loss of the season. The wild pitch was Hernandez's
seventh of the season in 25 1/3 innings.
The Captains took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a bases-loaded
walk to Fernando Pacheco and a two-run single by Marshall Szabo. They
made it 5-0 in the third on a two-run single by Josh Noviskey.
Greensboro (24-15) rallied with four runs in the fourth against
starter Chris Niesel. They tied it in the fifth on an RBI groundout by
Niesel left after five innings. He gave up 10 hits and five runs, all
earned. He walked one and struck out five.
Pacheco went 1-4 to extend his hitting streak to a team-high 13 games.
KINSTON (A Advanced, 24-15) 1st place, Carolina League
SMITH WINS 1ST, K-TRIBE TAKE 2 OF 3 FROM NATS
Ryan Goleski drove in three runs and Sean Smith turned in six great
innings to earn his first win of the year as Kinston defeated Potomac
5-3 before 2,563 Lenoir County fourth and fifth graders at historic
Grainger Stadium Wednesday afternoon. The Indians moved a season-high
nine-games over .500 at 24-15, while the Nationals fell to 19-21.
Kinston took two of three from Potomac in the series and went 4-2 on
the six-game homestand.
The Nationals jumped on the board in the top of the first as
back-to-back doubles from Seth Bynum and Kory Casto gave Potomac an
early 1-0 lead. Kinston answered back with a pair of runs in the third
inning however, as Goleski’s two-run, two-out double down the left
field line gave the Indians a lead they would never relinquish.
Potomac did threaten in the fifth, loading the bases with just one out
before Smith got a line out on the infield and a routine fly to right
to escape unharmed.
Goleski struck again in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run
to left, and the Indians then got two insurance runs in the seventh,
highlighted by Kevin Kouzmanoff’s league-leading 39th RBI of the year
to make it 5-1. The Nationals came back with a single runs in the
eighth and ninth against Tom Mastny and actually had the tying run on
base with two out in the ninth, but Edward Mujica came out of the
bullpen and coaxed a fly ball to left from Josh Whitesell for the
Smith (1-0) allowed only that first-inning run over six innings, his
longest outing of the year. He gave up four hits and three walks, and
also struck out a season-high seven batters. Mike Hinckley (0-1)
allowed three runs on seven hits in what was also his longest start of
the season. Mujica’s save was his seventh of the year. Offensively,
Goleski and Kouzmanoff both went 2-4 and Goleski’s home run was his
seventh of the year. Every Kinston batter reached base at least once.
AKRON AEROS (AA, 22-15) 1st place, Eastern League
AEROS LOSE IN 10
Tyler Von Schell's RBI single in the 10th inning gave the Norwich
Navigators their first walk-off win on the year, a 4-3 decision over
the Akron Aeros in the Eastern League on Wednesday.
Norwich (16-22) put runners on first and second in the 10th on a Randy
Walter walk, Julio Cordido's sacrifice bunt, and Dan Ortmeier's
intentional walk. Von Schell hit a hard, chopping ground ball down the
third base line to win the game off Kyle Evans (0-1).
Billy Sadler (1-1) earned the win.
Akron's Ivan Ochoa tied the game in the ninth with a bases loaded
single off Garcia, but the Aeros (23-15) went down in order after
Franklin Gutierrez and Jason Cooper gave Akron a 2-0 lead in the first
on a single and double, respectively.
Norwich came right back and tied it on an error and Von Schell's
sacrifice fly to left field, then added another run in the sixth.
BUFFALO (AAA, 24-15) 1st place, International League
HERD RALLY TO WIN AGAIN
8th Inning Magic Continues in 10-8 Win
Caught in a slugfest with the Louisville Bats, the Bisons relied on
their big hitters to power them to victory.
Jeff Liefer launched a pair of home runs while Ernie Young went 4-4
with a home run and the game-winning double as the Herd defeated the
Bats, 10-8, Wednesday night at Dunn Tire Park. The power surge helped
Buffalo come back from 7-4 down in the 5th inning to win their fifth
Buffalo has also won 14 of their last 17.
Liefer and Young were at the center of the Bisons attack throughout
the game. Liefer smashed a three-run homer as part of a four-run rally
in the 2nd inning that put the Herd ahead, 4-3. After Buffalo fell
behind 7-4, Young and Liefer both hit solo shots in the 5th inning to
pull the Herd to within one. The long balls were Young’s seventh and
Liefer’s sixth on the season.
An inning later, Young drove in his second run of the game with an
RBI-single that made the score 8-7 Bats. The next batter, John
Rodriguez, tied the score at eight with another RBI-single.
Then in the 8th inning, Young came through with one more big hit. With
Mike Kinkade on first, the outfielder drove a fastball from Bats
reliever Joe Valentine into right for an opposite field RBI-double.
Once again, Rodriguez followed Young with an RBI-single, giving the
Herd their 10th and final run of the night.
The late rally made a winner of Fernando Cabrera, who improved to a
perfect 4-0 on the year. Cabrera kept the Bats off the scoreboard for
2.1 innings, while striking out two. Jake Robbins pitched a scoreless
9th inning for his seventh save of the season.
Jason Bere started for Buffalo but allowed six runs in his four
innings of work. Edwin Encarnacion and Steve Smitherman both homered
for Louisville as the Bats scored at least one run in each of the
first four innings.
BISONS NOTES:Ernie Young’s 4-4 game is nothing new for him in 2005.
Young went 4-4 with the game-winning RBI in the second game of a
doubleheader against Ottawa on May 1…Liefer becomes the second Bison
to homer twice in the same game in 2005. The other time: Ernie Young,
who went deep twice in the first game of the Herd’s Opening Day
doubleheader against Richmond (April 8)…Young (4-4), Liefer (3-4) and
Rodriguez (3-4) all had big games for the Herd…At three hours and 14
minutes, Wednesday night’s game was the longest 9-inning game for
Buffalo this season.