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The Undercards: Justin O'Conner Has Impressive Night

 

Weather factored into two games on the night, causing lengthy delays for the Biscuits and causing the Bowling Green Hot Rods contest with the Fort Wayne Tin Cups to be suspended in the second inning. Overall, the minor league squads went 3-3 on the night. Here’s your look around the farm:

Durham Bulls 3, Gwinnett Braves 2

The Bulls used a three run bottom of the second to defeat the Braves 3-2. After the Braves jumped out to a 1-0 lead, Durham got on the board with a Cole Figueroa base hit. Figueroa was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double. An RBI single by Jesus Feliciano and an RBI double from Rich Thompson completed the scoring for Durham. The Braves responded with a run in the top of the third, but it was not enough as the Bulls held on to the 3-2 victory. Matt Torra picked up the win, allowing 2 earned runs on 6 hits and 3 walks over 6 innings, striking out 2. Thompson, Figueroa, and Stephen Vogt each had two hits.

Jacksonville Suns 1, Montgomery Biscuits 0

After 3 hours and 20 minutes of rain delays, the Biscuits were shut out for the second consecutive night by the Suns, falling 1-0. The lone run came in the second, as Kyle Skipworth hit his 15th home run of the year. James Leverton picked up the win in relief, as he and three other pitchers combined to two-hit the Biscuits. Leverton gave up both his and 1 walk over 4 innings of work, while striking out 5 batters. The Suns only had 3 hits for the game. Hak-Ju Lee had his 46 game streak of reaching base snapped, as he went 0-4 in the contest.

Jupiter Hammerheads 2, Charlotte Stone Crabs 0

Four Jupiter pitchers combined on a seven hit shutout, blanking the Stone Crabs 2-0. The Hammerheads pushed across their first run in the second, as starter Enny Romero issued a two out walk to Jacob Realmuto. Realmuto would later score after singles by Noah Perio and Ryan Fisher. Giancarlo Stanton, playing on a rehab assignment, blasted a home run in the sixth for the final run. Despite an excellent effort, Enny Romero picked up the loss, giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 4. Todd Glaesmann and Robbie Price each had 2 hits for the Stone Crabs.

Fort Wayne Tin Caps 2, Bowling Green Hot Rods 0 (suspended in second inning)

Due to heavy rains, the matchup between the Tin Cups and the Hot Rods was suspended during the second inning, with the Tin Cups holding a 2-0 advantage. Both runs were unearned, as an error by Tyler Goeddel allowed Jace Patterson to score on a double play. Mike Gallic scored on the next play, as Lee Orr singled. The game will be completed tomorrow, and will be followed by a seven inning contest.

Hudson Valley Renegades 5, Jamestown Jammers 1

Justin O’Conner homered in the fourth and ninth innings, helping the Renegades defeat the Jammers 5-1. O’Conner’s solo home run broke open a scoreless contest in the fourth, and his two-run home run in the ninth provided the final margin of victory. O’Conner also contributed an RBI single in the fifth, on a night where he finished 4-5 with 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 4 RBI. Eduar Quinonez picked up the victory in relief, allowing 2 hits and 1 earned run over 5 innings while striking out 3 batters.

Princeton Rays 7, Kingsport Mets 5 (10 innings)

The Rays jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, then came from behind to notch a 7-5 victory over the Mets. Daniel Duran had an RBI single, Darryl George scored on a throwing error on a stole base attempt, and Chad Nacapoy had an RBI double in a three run second. The Mets closed the game to 3-2 in the fourth, using an RBI double and a sacrifice fly. Princeton put up another run in the sixth before the Mets took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the frame. Jeyckol De Leon hit a one out solo home run, Kevin Weijgertse had an RBI single, and Anthony Chavez scored on an errant pickoff attempt. Princeton tied the game on a fielder’s choice in the eighth, sending the game to extra innings. In the tenth, Andrew Toles hit a two run home run to give the Rays an 8-6 lead. Nick Sawyer shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning, completing the win. Sawyer picked up the victory in relief, giving up 1 hit in 3 innings of work while striking out 7 batters. Five different Rays, including Toles, finished the night with 2 hits.

GCL Orioles 3, GCL Rays 2

The Rays held a 2-1 lead after three, however the Orioles scored once in the fourth and once in the eighth to escape with a 3-2 victory. The Rays put up their runs on an Adderly Rossa RBI single in the second, and a Taylor Hawkins double in the third. The Orioles scored an unearned run in the fourth, as Manuel Hernandez reached on an error, and scored on a two out single by Steel Russell, tying the game at 2-2. Hernandez drove in the winning run in the eighth, lacing a two out double to plate Raymond Hunnicutt. Alex Mosher picked up the loss, giving up 1 earned run on 2 hits over 3 innings of work while striking out 2 Orioles. Yoel Araujo went 1-3 with 1 walk and 2 runs scored in the loss.

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Tags: Adderly Rosa Andrew Toles Cole Figueroa Eduar Quinonez Enny Romero Hak-Ju Lee Justin O'Conner Matt Torra Nick Sawyer Rich Thompson Robbie Price Todd Glaesmann Yoel Araujo

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