Ryan Hissey‘s first home run of the year for New Hampshire was a timely one Wednesday.
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats were down to their last strike but three former Vancouver Canadians teamed up to save the day.
A game-tying two-run home run from 2015 C’s catcher Ryan Hissey tied the game in the ninth before Vinny Capra (2018) walked and stole second base. 2016 outfielder Josh Palacios followed with a base hit to score Capra with the winning run to give the New Hampshire Fisher Cats a 5-4 walk-off win over Reading Wednesday.
Palacios had a two-hit night and stole a base while Capra added a single to go with his walk and swipe. Kacy Clemens (2017) also singled and walked.
It looked like Patrick Murphy (2016) was going to get saddled with the loss after pitching 6-2/3 innings of four-run ball that included a two-run home run by 2016 number one pick Mickey Moniak. The other two runs Murphy gave up were unearned. He allowed four hits but struck out eight and only walked one while adding six outs on the ground.
Lugnuts Come Up Short
The Lansing Lugnuts fell behind 6-0 and chipped away but lost to West Michigan 6-4 at Cooley Law School Stadium Wednesday.
Joey Murray (2018) struck out six batters in two innings but when the ball was put into play, it spelled trouble for the former Kent State Golden Flash. He gave up five runs on six hits and two walks, including a home run. Marcus Reyes (2018) kept the Lugnuts within striking distances with two shutout innings of one-hit ball that included one punchout.
Lansing began to crawl back into the game when Reggie Pruitt (2017) and Otto Lopez (2018) singled in the fourth with Pruitt eventually scoring on a sacrifice fly. Lopez walked and stole second before crossing home plate in the seventh. McGregory Contreras (2018) doubled in the ninth and would score the Lugnuts fourth run. Pruitt worked a walk to get aboard as the potential tying run but Lopez tapped back to the mound to end the game.
Pruitt reached base three times as he was also hit by a pitch. Nick Podkul (2018) had a hit in his four at-bats.
Dunedin Dropped In Fort Myers
The 2017 C’s trio of Samad Taylor, Chavez Young and Logan Warmoth had a hit and a walk apiece but Dunedin was blanked by Fort Myers 4-0 Wednesday. Chris Bec (2018) collected his first Florida State League base hit in just his second game and Cullen Large (2017) drew a walk. Dunedin’s five hits and five walks were muted by 14 strikeouts.
One positive development came out of Dunedin. Nate Pearson left after two shutout innings Tuesday but Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith says that was by design.
Kevin Pillar continues to be an RBI machine. The 2011 C’s outfielder provided San Francisco’s only run with a home run to give him nine runs batted in during its series against San Diego.
Fellow 2011 Vancouver Canadian Noah Syndergaard produced seven innings of four -run ball on five hits to lead the New York Mets to an 8-6 win over Minnesota. He struck out seven, did not walk anyone but drew a walk and scored a run