** The Ruckle Shuffle made its debut in the Eastern League last night. Jake Ruckle, who dazzled Brooklyn fans a few years back with his very unorthodox delivery, made his Double-A debut for Binghamton last night and threw 5.2 scoreless innings in a no-decision for the Mets in their 1-0 win over Akron.
Just wait until this kid comes to Waterfront Park. You haven’t seen anything like him.
Jake’s a nice guy, too…spoke to him a few years back over at Keyspan Park in Brooklyn.
An Emmanuel Garcia single scored Fernando Martinez in the eighth inning for the game’s only run.
** Dustin Richardson is apparently as good as advertised. Perhaps one of the lesser known pitching prospects in the Red Sox system, that will all change if he keeps repeating the performance he put on in his Double-A debut last night.
Richardson allowed just two hits and struck out ten batters in just five innings of work, leading undefeated Portland to a 7-1 win over Connecticut, who suffers their first loss of the year.
** Bowie fell to 0-5 after an extra inning loss to Reading.
Chris Tillman, who was acquired by the O’s in the Erik Bedard trade, made his Double-A debut and left after just two innings due to a pitch count. A Javon Moran bases-clearing triple was the difference in the 10th inning for Reading.
** Harrisburg crushed Erie, 12-3.
They used an eight-run seventh inning to do the Seawolves in, led by run-scoring doubles from Luis Jimenez, Yurendell De Caster, Ian Desmond and Roger Bernardina.
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