A lot of tight games last night in the Eastern League, and one semi-blowout. Here’s some quick recaps…
** Eastern League Scores
** Erie defeated Harrisburg, 3-2, despite former Portland Sea Dogs infielder Luis Jimenez hitting two solo home runs to increase his league leading total to four.
The Seawolves Will “Busta” Rhymes (straight out of the jokes he’s certainly never heard before department) added the offense for the road team, hitting a three-run home run off of Ismael Ramirez.
** Akron came from behind to beat the Binghamton Mets in another 3-2 game.
The Aeros used three solo home runs for their offense, the latter two spoling another good outing by Jon Niese, who allowed just one run on two hits (including one of the bombs) in six innings of work while striking out five.
Fernando Martinez went 0-for-5 in the game, lowering his average to .136
** In the third 3-2 contest of the evening, New Britain broke open a tie game in the bottom of the ninth and beat the visiting Fisher Cats.
David Winfree doubled home Matt Moses for the walk-off win. That came off of Mike MacDonald, who had shut the Rock Cats down in the previous inning.
** It took the Defenders 11 innings, but someone finally knocked off the Sea Dogs…this time by a score of 2-1.
Portland reliever Mike James gave up a walk-off home run to former San Francisco Giants slugger Travis Ishikawa to send the fans home happy.
Justin Masterson pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven.
** Four-run innings in the second and fifth were enough to carry Bowie to an 8-3 win over Reading.
Former Thunder pitcher Gerardo Casadiego allowed Reading’s three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but they were unearned.
Jonathan Tucker drove in four of the eight Bowie runs, going 2-for-4 with a single and a double.
** Eastern League Notes
The Portland Sea Dogs lost pitcher Chris Smith after he was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket to take the place of Bartolo Colon. Colon was placed on the DL after an oblique strain.
Smith, who was 6-9 with a 4.41 ERA last season in Portland, hadn’t appeared in a game for Portland this season.
Making the spot start against Lehigh Valley last night, he pitched out of his mind, allowing two hits in four innings, all while getting seven of his twelve outs via the K.
This marks the third consecutive season that Smith has been called up to Triple-A. He was picked in the fourth round by Boston in 2002.
** Eastern League Standings
New Britain: 1-3
New Hampshire: 0-4
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