There was a lot of free baseball last night, as three Double-A games went at least 13 innings. Max Ramirez and Michael Saunders continued to hit, but the hottest hitter in Double-A right now might be New Hampshire’s Ryan Patterson.
Portland (Red Sox) 11, New Hampshire (Blue Jays) 2
Andrew Pinckney loves to face the Fisher Cats. New Hampshire would be happy if he never faced them again. Pinckney homered and drove in five runs on Tuesday, continuing a pattern of beating up the Fisher Cats. It was Pinckney’s seventh home run in the past two seasons against New Hampshire. Ryan Patterson went 3-for-4 with three doubles for the Fisher Cats. He’s now 7-for-9 with five doubles during the series.
Altoona (Pirates) 7, Akron (Indians) 1
Brad Corley doubled and drove in three to help make a winner out of Altoona starter Jimmy Barthmaier. Barthmaier held Akron to two hits in six innings.
Reading (Phillies) 11, New Britain (Twins) 9
Jeremy Slayden homered and drove in five and Greg Golson and John Suomi homered as well to lead Reading. Jay Rainville wins the award for the ugly pitching line of the night–three innings, 13 hits, 10 runs and only one strikeout, raising his ERA to 9.53.
Trenton (Yankees) 8, Binghamton (Mets) 3 (13 innings)
After being held scoreless for six straight innings, Trenton made up for it with a five-run 13th to easily beat the B-Mets. Eddie Kunz gave up all five runs for the B-Mets, although only two of them were earned. Austin Jackson had the big hit with a two-run single. Mike Carp’s hitting streak ended after 14 games as he went 0-for-4.
Bowie (Orioles) 7, Connecticut (Giants) 3
Jacksonville (Dodgers) 6, Montgomery (Rays) 4 (11 innings)
Jacksonville second baseman Adolfo Gonzalez made a diving grab to start a game-saving double play in the ninth, and James Tomlin hit a two-run double in the 11th as the Suns rallied to beat the Biscuits. Gonzalez’ highlight-style play came with the based loaded and one out. If he hadn’t been able to turn two, the game was over.
"It was a game saver," Suns manager John Shoemaker told tyhe Montgomery Advertiser. "When a guy gets dirty and makes a diving stop like that, you’re fortunate to be able to get a double play."
Wade Townsend picked up the loss for Montgomery. The former first-round pick has given up eight runs in 10 innings this season.
West Tenn (Mariners) 15, Birmingham (White Sox) 2
Michael Saunders is on a tear. The West Tenn center fielder put together his seventh multi-hit game of the past nine games, and he did it with power as he doubled and homered in the Diamond Jaxx’s easy win.
Mississippi (Braves) 7, Huntsville (Brewers) 6
After losing a franchise-record nine straight, the M-Braves have won two in a row thanks to Kala Ka’aihue’s go-ahead double.
Chattanooga (Reds) 8, Mobile (Diamondbacks) 7
Shaun Cumberland made sure that Mobile’s comeback was futile. Mobile scored a run in the top of the ninth to tie the game 7-7, but Cumberland, who had already hit a home run, singled in B.J. Syzmanski with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
Carolina (Marlins) 5, Tennessee (Cubs) 4
The Mudcats just keep figuring out ways to win. Three nights ago Cameron Maybin hit a game-winning pinch-hit two run homer in the ninth. Last night Carolina won with a crazy ninth inning that didn’t feature a hit. Gaby Sanchez walked to start the ninth, moved to second on another walk, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and then scored on a throwing error. Maybin had a triple for the Mudcats.
Frisco (Rangers) 7, San Antonio (Padres) 4
Max Ramirez was at it again. The Frisco catcher hit hit fourth home run of the past week. He also double to raise his averages to .323/432/.677.
Arkansas (Angels) 5, Tulsa (Rockies) 3
Springfield (Cardinals) 7, Northwest Arkansas (Royals) 4 (14 innings)
Clayton Mortensen held Northwest Arkansas to one run in seven innings. Little did he know that his teammates would need another seven innings to earn the "W." A.J. Van Slyke doubled to start off the 14th, then scored on Luke Gorsett’s single to key a three-run inning. Naturals starter Rowdy Hardy continued to find the jump from high Class A to Double-A to be a big one–he gave up 10 hits in 6 innings. For the season, he’s given up 37 hits in 20 innings as opponents are hitting .411 against him. The Naturals had some success running on Springfield catcher Bryan Anderson. Ovandy Suero had three stolen bases and Northwest Arkansas stole five bases in seven tries overall.
Corpus Christi (Astros) 6, Midland (Athletics) 5 (13 innings)
Rob Crosby’s ground-rule double drove in the winning run as Corpus Christi won their longest game of the year.