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Moving on up, as we look at the Pirates’ minor league pitchers….
Aaron Pribanic – R/R, 6′ 4″, 200 lb
Pribanic came to the Pirates in July 2009, as a part of the trade with the Mariners for Jack Wilson and Ian Snell. He was assigned to West Virginia, where he made 6 starts and one relief appearance to finish the season, earning a 4-2 record and a 2.15 ERA. He didn’t walk many 5 (1.2 walks/ 9 innings), but didn’t strike out many either (18, 4.3 K/ 9 innings). Pribanic was promoted to A+ Bradenton to begin 2010, and he spent the whole season there. He was a starter for the whole season, making 27 appearances, and earning a 7-6 record with an overall 3.33 ERA. He began the season slowly, with 4 starts in April, in which he gave up a total of 12 earned runs in 17 innings (6.35 ERA). May was a little better, with 18 earned runs in 33.1 innings (6 starts), for a 4.86 ERA. He gave up 11 runs in his first three starts in June, but by the second half of the month, things were beginning to turn around. Pribanic gave up 4 runs over his last three starts in June (21 innings). July was even better: 5 earned runs in 30 innings for a 1.50 ERA. Pribanic finished up the season with 8 runs in 44.2 innings (1.61 ERA) in August/September. Again in 2010, he did not walk many (33, 1.9 walks/ 9 innings) and did not strikeout many (71, 4.2 K/ 9 innings). Pribanic was assigned to the Arizona Fall League, where he made 11 appearances, all in relief, for the Mesa Solar Sox. He threw 18 innings and allowed 4 earned runs on 18 hits (2.00 ERA), with 6 walks and 9 strikeouts. The low strikeout rate has been attributed to Pribanic not having particularly strong breaking pitches. He does get a lot of ground ball outs, though, which explains why he can allow 157 hits in 154 innings and still give up “only” 57 runs. Pribanic needs to work more on those breaking pitches, as the Pirates would really like to see more strikeouts. He should begin 2011, at age 24, as a starter for AA Altoona.
Brian Leach — R/R, 6′ 3″, 195 lb
Leach was chosen by the Pirates in the 25th round of the 2008 draft. He pitched as both a starter and a reliever in his first two seasons in the Pirates’ organization, but in 2010, Leach pitched almost exclusively as a starter, with just 2 relief appearances. He was promoted to Bradenton for the season, and like Pribanic, he got off to a slow start, leading the Marauders in earned runs (15) and walks (16) for the month of April, when he made one relief appearance and four starts, for 20.2 innings, for a 6.53 ERA. He cut back on the walks in May (9), and did a little better with runs, for a 4.70 ERA in 23 innings. Leach too turned things around in June, when he allowed 7 runs in 30 innings (2.10 ERA), with 7 walks. That ballooned up to a 4.75 ERA in July, though he kept the walks down to 6, and slid back to 3.26 ERA in August/Sept, with 9 walks. Overall, Leach earned a 9-9 record and a 3.85 ERA, with 144 hits in 138 innings. He walked 44 (2.9 walks/ 9 innings), and struck out 98 (6.4 K/ 9 innings). Leach also participated in the Arizona Fall League after the regular season. He made 10 relief appearances for the Mesa Solar Sox, and while he allowed 11 hits and 7 walks in his 10 innings, he did not allow a run. Leach has been somewhat on-again-off-again with his control — it was better during the second half of the regular season, and not so great during the AFL. He needs to work on that in 2011, when at age 25, he should be joining Pribanic in the Altoona starting rotation.
The Arizona Fall League wrapped up with the Championship Game on Saturday. The Scottsdale Scorpions beat the Peoria Javelinas 3-2. Each team posted 7 hits, with RF Adam Loewen (Blue Jays) going 3-for-3 for the Javelinas. Loewen’s first single contributed to the Javelina’s first run in the top of the 2nd, but the Scorpions came back with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning, which included an RBI single by RF Bryce Harper (Nationals). Loewen also singled in Peoria’s 4th run rally, when they tied the score at 2-2. Scottsdale took the lead again in the bottom of the frame, with a pair of doubles. Starter Sammy Solis (Nationals) earned the win for Scottsdale with 4 innings of work, and reliever Cole Kimball (Nationals) earned the save.
The Mesa Solar Sox played their second-to-last game on Wednesday, losing to Scottsdale by a score of 6-0. The Solar Sox were held to just 3 hits. 2B Josh Harrison had one of them — a double to lead off the 4th inning. CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (Mets) and 1B Josh Satin (Mets) each had a single. Harrison was the first Mesa player to reach base in the game, after they went down in order for the first 3 innings. But he was left on base when Scottsdale’s Josh Collmenter (Diamondbacks) struck out the next three batters. Nieuwenhuis singled and stole second base in the 5th, but the other three batters in that inning struck out too. Satin singled in the 8th, but was left on base. The Solar Sox had their best chance in the 7th inning, when with one out, DH Matt Rizzotti (Phillies) reached base on a fielding error and RF Andrew Lambo walked (the only walk for the Solar Sox. But C Tony Sanchez bounced into a force out, and a line out ended the inning.
Peoria Javelinas 8, Mesa Solar Sox 7
With four more games to play, the Solar Sox are teetering on the edge of being eliminated from the Arizona Fall League playoffs. If they lose any one of their remaining games, they will not be able to catch up to the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Tonight, a 5-run 7th inning gave the Javelinas the win, and it happened with Aaron Pribanic on the mound. Pribanic relieved Jacob Diekman (Phillies) to begin the bottom of the 7th. The inning began with a single, then a pop out. A double scored one run, then a single and a fielding error by 2B Josh Harrison added a second run. The next three batters each brought in a run: an RBI double, a fielder’s choice, and a throwing error by SS Andrew Romine (Angels). Pribanic walked another batter, and then was relieved by Steven Geltz (Angels), who ended the inning with a strikeout. The 5 runs gave the Javelinas an 8-6 lead, and the Solar Sox could not catch up.
Peoria was the first onto the scoreboard, with a run on a double and a single in the bottom of the 2nd, charged to Mesa starter Robert Carson (Mets). Chris Carpenter (Cubs) pitched the 4th inning, and he also allowed a run on a double and a single. Kyle Smit (Cubs) pitched a scoreless 5th, then Diekman gave up a run in the 6th on a triple and an RBI ground out.
The Solar Sox took the lead in the 3rd inning, when they scored 2 runs. Josh Harrison led off the frame with a walk, then stole second base. He moved to third on a ground out, and scored on a wild pitch. 3B Josh Vitters (Cubs) also walked and stole second base, and he scored on LF John Tolisano’s (Blue Jays) single. Doubles were the hit of choice in the 4th inning. RF Andrew Lambo led off with a single, then doubles by C Kai Gronauer (Mets), Harrison, and Romine accounted for 3 runs. A walk and another RBI single by Tolisano gave the Solar Sox a 6-2 lead. Tolisano collected his third RBI single in the 8th inning, driving in Romine, who had doubled. Lambo, Gonauer, and Harrison all singled to load the bases in the 9th, but the threat ended with a grounder force out. DH Jordy Mercer had one hit in his 5 plate appearances, a single in the 7th inning.
The Solar Sox and the Arizona Fall League have Sunday off, as usual.
Mesa Solar Sox� 7,� Surprise Rafters� 5
Isn’t this what every hitter dreams about?� A grand slam in the bottom of the 9th, to win the game for your team!� The Solar Sox went into the bottom of the 9th behind by a score of 5-1.� 2B Josh Harrison led off the inning with a walk, and another walk to 3B Brandon Wood (Angels) and a single by 1B Matt Rizzotti (Phillies) brought in one run.� CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis grounded to third, and was safe on the fielder’s choice as Wood scored.� Rizzotti was replaced by pinch-runner Ryan Flaherty (Cubs), and a single by SS Jordy Mercer loaded the bases for RF Andrew Lambo. Lambo made the dream come true with a walk-off grand slam and the win for the Solar Sox.
Nieuwenhuis gave Mesa their first run on a solo homer in the 7th.� Mercer had also singled in the 2nd inning, but was erased when Lambo bounced into a double play.
Justin Wilson made the start for the Solar Sox and pitched 3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks with 3 strikeouts.� Three of the walks plus a single gave Surprise one run in the 1st inning.� Another walk, a ground out, and an RBI single brought in a run in the 3rd inning.� Aaron Pribanic relieved Wilson, pitching the next 3 innings.� He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the 4th, ending the inning with a timely strikeout.� He gave up a single in the 5th, but that runner was thrown out trying to steal second.� In the 6th, Pribanic gave up 2 more singles, but left both runners stranded.
Ryan Brasier (Angels) retired the side in order for the Solar Sox in the 7th.� BJ Rosenberg (Phillies) gave up 3 runs to the Rafters in the 8th.� He allowed a lead-off homer, then two more runs on a pair of walks, and a pair of singles.� Chris Kissock (Phillies) pitched the top of the 9th, allowing one single.� He was the pitcher of record when the Solar Sox rallied in the bottom of the inning, so he earned the win.
Mesa Solar Sox� 13,� Surprise Rafters� 5
The Solar Sox started and ended the game with a bang on Friday afternoon in Arizona.� They plated 5 runs in the top of the 1st, and 4 in the top of the 9th, with 2 more in both the 2nd and 5th innings, as they recorded 16 hits.� The Sox’ pitchers held the Rafters to 7 hits.
The top of the 1st began with a double by 2B Jordany Valdespin (Mets) and a single by 3B Josh Harrison, which moved Valdespin to third base.� CF Jeremy Moore’s (Angels) sacrifice fly brought in Valdespin.� DH Brandon Wood (Angels) lined a single into right field, where the Rafters’ right fielder made a throwing error.� That let Harrison score and put Wood on second base.� C Tony Sanchez walked, and RF/CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (Mets) doubled, scoring Wood.� SS Jordy Mercer bounced back to the mound, and the runners had to hold.� Then 1B Josh Satin (Mets) lined another single into right field, and both Sanchez and Nieuwenhuis scored, though Satin was thrown out trying to reach second base on the throw in to the plate.
The Rafters scored one run in the bottom of the inning on a double, a ground out, and a sacrifice fly, making the score 5-1.� Mesa came right back to add 2 runs in the 2nd, again sparked by Valedspin and Harrison.� This time it was Valdespin who singled and Harrison who doubled (ground rule).� A fielder’s choice and a throwing error by Surprise 1B Eric Hosmer (Team USA and Royals) allowed both runners to score.
Surprise continued to battle, scoring a run in the 3rd on a walk, a stolen base, and an RBI single.� A walk, a triple, and a single gave them 2 more runs in the 4th, and the score was 7 – 4 with the Solar Sox still ahead.� The Solar Sox got 2 runs back in the 5th.� Sanchez and Nieuwenhuisled off the inning with a pair of doubles, and Mercer followed with a single, then stole second base.� LF Tim Kennelly’s ground out drove in Nieuwenhuis, to give the Sox a 9-4 lead.
Pitchers took over for the next several innings.� Aaron Pribanic pitched the 6th and 7th innings for Mesa, and he allowed the only two base runners over 4 innings for Surprise.� A single in the 6th was erased by a double play, and a walk in the 7th was left on base.� Harrison had the only hit for the Solar Sox, a single to lead off the 6th.
Peoria Saguaros� 13,� Mesa Solar Sox� 8
Errors abounded as the Solar Sox experienced the effects of “what goes around comes around”.� The two teams combined for 21 runs on 33 hits and 10 errors, but it was the Saguaros’ 11-run 7th inning that did the Solar Sox in.
The Solar Sox posted 13 hits, led by 3B Brandon Wood (Angels) and his 2 singles and a double.� C Tony Sanchez and 2B Josh Harrison were both hitless, though Harrison walked and scored in one at-bat.� RF Andrew Lambo had one hit, a double, and he scored once.
Mesa started off well, when DH Jordany Valdespin (Mets) walked, moved to second on a balk, and scored on Wood’s single.� Peoria replied with a run on a double, a single, and a throwing error by Lambo in the 2nd.
Two throwing errors, two singles, and a double by Wood gave Mesa the lead again, with 2 runs in the top of the 3rd.� Lambo doubled in the 4th inning, but was left on base.� Three singles, by SS Andrew Romine (Angels), Valdespin, and 1B Matt Rizzotti (Phillies), plus a wild pitch brought in two more runs in the 5th, and the Solar Sox lead 5-1.
Reliever Aaron Pribanic took a turn on the mound for the Solar Sox in the bottom of the 5th.� He gave up a run on three singles, then worked around a single by striking out three batters in the 6th.
The Sox kept going, with 2 runs in the 6th.� Lambo opened the inning by reaching first base on a fielding error, then advanced to second on a balk.� Harrison walked, then two singles, by LF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (Mets) and Romine, drove in Lambo.� Harrison scored on a wild pitch.� In the 7th, Wood singled again and scored on Rizzotti’s double.� That gave the Solar Sox an 8 – 2 lead going into the bottom of the 7th.
That’s when the wheels fell off.� Robert Fish (Angels) relieved Pribanic, and started the inning with a walk, a single, a ground-rule double, and a single, accounting for 2 runs.� After a fly out, Fish continued with a double and a triple, as 3 more runs came in.� Eddie McKiernan (Angels) relieved Fish, and he gave up a double and a run, complicated by a fielding error by Lambo.� Two singles and a missed catch error by Harrison, and another 2 runs scored.� A double steal resulted in two throwing errors (by Sanchez and by CF Jeremy Moore –� Angels) and 2 more runs, clearing the bases.� But it kept going, with a triple, a sacrifice fly, and an extra single — totalling 11 runs and 15 batters.� A pop-out finally ended the horror.
The Solar Sox had no hope of coming back, though they did put two runners on base in the 8th, on a single by Nieuwenhuis and another error, but a double play ended the inning.
Peoria Javelinas� 6,� Mesa Solar Sox� 4
Josh Harrison has put his slow start in Arizona well behind him.� He continued his hitting tear with 3 more hits today (a double and two singles) with an RBI.� He now has 13 hits over his last 4 games (.684) and 16 in his last 7 games (.500).� The Solar Sox lost to the Javelinas today, but it wasn’t because Harrison wasn’t doing his part.
SS Jordy Mercer, who had 2 hits today, was the only Mesa batter to reach base in the first two innings, when he walked.� Justin Wilson, getting the start for the Solar Sox, worked around a single in the top of the 1st and around a fielding error in the 2nd inning, but kept Peoria from scoring in those innings.� Each team scored one run in the 3rd.� Javelina’s Cord Phelps (Team USA and Cleveland Indians) singled and stole second base in the top of the 3rd, then scored on Nate Tenbrink’s (Mariners) RBI single.� In the bottom of the inning, 3B Josh Vitters (Cubs) led off with a walk and stole second base.� DH Andrew Romine’s (Angels) single moved Vitters to third, and he scored on 2B Jordany Valdespin’s ground out.� Harrison doubled in the inning, but did not score.
Aaron Pribanic took over for Wilson to begin the 4th. Wilson had allowed just that one run on 3 hits, no walks, with 3 strikeouts.� Pribanic pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing two singles in the 5th, but getting out of that jam with a double play.� Both Romine and Harrison singled in the 5th inning for Mesa, but both were left on base.� Mercer also singled in the 6th, and C Tony Sanchez walked, but both were left stranded.
But big trouble came in the top of the 6th, when BJ Rosenberg (Phillies) relieved Pribanic.� Rosenberg gave up a walk, then a 2-run homer.� Then with two outs, he gave up back-to-back solo homers to 1B Kody Clemens (Astros) and SS Matt Lawson (Mariners), and the Javelinas had a 5-1 lead.� Tyson Brummett (Phillies) pitched the 7th and kept the Javelinas from scoring.� Ryan Brasier (Angels) gave up another run in the 8th, on a double, a walk, and two wild pitches.� Robert Fish (Angels) pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 9th.
The Solar Sox went into the bottom of the 9th with a 6-1 lead, but they hadn’t given up.� Romine led off with a ball to short, which was misplayed, allowing him to reach first safely.� Valdespin singled, and Romine made it to third.� Valdespin stole second, and when Harrison singled, Romine scored and Valdespin advanced to third.� CF Jeremy Moore’s (Angels) sacrifice fly brought in Valdespin.� Singles by 1B Matt Rizzotti (Phillies) and Mercer drove in Harrison with the third run o fthe inning.� After a strikeout (out #2), Sanchez walked to load the bases.� Andrew Lambo came in to pinch-run for Sanchez, but Vitters grounded to short, and Lambo was forced out to end the game with the Solar Sox coming in a little short.
Sanchez walked twice but had no hits in 3 other at-bats (average .267).� Harrison went 3-for-5 (average at .360) and Mercer went 2-for-4 with a walk (average at .308).� Lambo is hitting .314, though he did not have an at-bat tonight.
Phoenix Desert Dogs� 8,� Mesa Solar Sox� 6
A 5-run inning by Phoenix overcame an early Solar Sox lead this afternoon in the Arizona Fall League.� Each member of the Solar Sox’ lineup except one had at least one hit in the game, including a single by C Tony Sanchez.
Mesa jumped out to a 3-run lead in the top of the 1st.� 2B Jordany Valdespin (Mets) opened the game by beating out an infield single.� CF Brett Jackson (Cubs) walked, and LF Jeremy Moore (Angels) drove them both in with a triple lined into right field.� A single by 3B Brandon Wood (Angels) brought in Moore.� Sanchez also singled in the inning, but he was left on base.
The Solar Sox added another run in the 2nd, on a single by SS Andrew Romine (Angels), who then stole second base.� Jackson singled, and Romine scored from second base.� They picked up an unearned run in the 3rd, when RF kirk Nieuwenhuis (Mets) singled, moved to second when DH Josh Vitters (Cubs) reached on a fielding error at short (it should have been the third out), and scored on 1B Ryan Flaherty’s(Cubs) RBI single.
Cubs’ Jake Muyco made the start for Mesa.� He zipped through the first inning, but gave up a double and a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning.� Muyco and the Solar Sox were still leading 5-2 going into the bottom of the 3rd. That’s when the trouble started.� A double, a walk, and a 3-run homer tied the score at 5-5.� Muyco got a ground out, then gave up another double.� A second grounder gave him the second out of the inning, but an RBI single followed.� That was all for Muyco.� He was relieved by Ryan Brasier (Angels), who was greeted by the third double of the inning, which brought in the 5th run for the Desert Dogs.� Dogs 7, Sox 5.
Andrew Romine started another Solar Sox rally in the 6th with a single up the middle.� Valdespin added a single into right, moving Romine to third base.� Jackson’s sacrifice fly brought him home, and Valdespin stole second base, but couldn’t come around to score.
After Brasier finished the 3rd inning, he retired the side in order in the 4th.� BJ Rosenberg (Phillies) worked around a walk and a single to keep Phoenix from scoring in the 5th.� Aaron Pribanic took care of the 6th, allowing a walk, but erasing the runner with a double play.
The Desert Dogs scored one more time in the 7th.� With Robert Fish (Angels) on the mound in relief of Pribanic, Andrew Romine’s brother Austin (Yankees) doubled, then moved to third base on a passed ball by Sanchez.�� A single scored the run from third base.� Chris Kissock (Phillies) pitched the final inning for the Solar Sox and retired the side in order.
The only winter league game tonight was in the Puerto Rican League, where Los Gigantes de Carolina beat Los Indios de Mayaguez 6-2.� Carolina made use of a 4-run 3rd inning, which was started by former Indy Indian RF Luis Matos, who hit the first of four consecutive singles.� A walk and a fifth single finished the inning.
Mesa Solar Sox� 4,� Scottsdale Scorpions� 2
Without hot prospect Bryce Harper on the field, the Scottsdale Scorpions could not stand up to the Solar Sox.� Despite out-hitting the Solar Sox 8-7, the Scorpions managed only 2 runs as the Solar Sox took the win this afternoon in the Arizona Fall League.
The Solar Sox went down in order int he first two innings, but C Tony Sanchez got things going in the bottom of the third.� SS Jordy Mercer led off the inning with a single lined into left field, and Sanchez followed by depositing a fly ball over the left center field wall for a 2-run homer.
They added another run in the 4th inning.� With one out, 1B Josh Vitters (Cubs) walked, and a wild pitch pushed him to second base.� LF Ryan Flaherty (Cubs) singled into right field, scoring Vitters.� Mercer walked, but was out when Sanchez bounced back to the mound to begin a double play.� A solo home run by 2B Jordany Valdespin (Mets) gave the Solar Sox another insurance run with a solo home run in the 5th.
Robert Carson earned the win for the Solar Sox, despite only going 3 innings in his start.� He gave up 3 hits, no walks, and struck out 2 batters.� One of the hits was a single in the 2nd inning, followed immediately by a ground out started by Mercer at shortstop.� In the 3rd, Carson gave up a single and a double to open the inning, then got out of the jam with a strikeout and a double play — a fly out to right field, and a stellar throw in from RF Andrew Lambo to Sanchez, who tagged out the lead runner at the plate.
Ryan Brasier pitched the next two innings, and he gave up the first Scorpions’ run in the 5th.� It was an unearned run, courtesy of two missed catch errors.� 2B Charlie Culberson singled with one out, then moved to third base when 1B Vitters missed the catch on a pickoff attempt.� The next batter grounded to first, but this time Brasier missed the catch on Vitters’ toss to first — the batter was safe at first and Culberson scored.
BJ Rosenberg and Chris Kissock (both of the Phillies) each pitched a scoreless inning with each gving up a single.� Aaron Pribanic took the top of the 8th, and he walked the first batter he faced, then struck out the next two.� He ended the inning with a grounder to third, forcing out the runner at second base.
Robert Fish gave up the Scorpions’ second run in the top of the 9th.� A walk and a double put two runners into scoring position, then an RBI single brought in the runner from third base.
The Solar Sox put runners on base in each of their last three at-bats.� Twice (6th and 8th) it was due to errors, and the runners did not advance.� In the 7th, DH Andrew Romine (Angels) and CF Jeremy Moore (also Angels) both singled) but two fly outs ended the inning.
Andrew Lambo went 0-for-4 in the game; his average stands at .265.� Jordy Mercer was 1-for-3 with a walk, and his average is .292.� Tony Sanchez has a .316 average and went 1-for-3 with his 2-run homer.� Pribanic has pitched a total of 5.1 innings for Mesa in 3 games and has not allowed an earned run.� Opponents are hitting .111 against him.
Both the Venezuelan League and the Mexican Pacific League are off today.
Peoria Javelinas� 4,� Mesa Solar Sox� 2
The Javelinas rallied for 2 runs in the top of the 10th, and the Solar Sox could not respond in this afternoon’s Arizona Fall League action.
The Solar Sox had a 2-1 lead going into the top of the 9th.� Steven Geltz (Angels) had just taken the mound in relief for the Sox.� He got one out, then gave up a single to 3BLF Nate Tenbrink (Mariners).� The next batter, CF Jay Austin (Astros), grounded to first, but a fielding error by Mesa 1B Matt Rizzotti (Phillies) put Austin safely at first and sent Tenbrink to third.� Another grounder to first by 3B Matt Lawson (Mariners) let Tenbrink score the tying run (unearned).
The Solar Sox went down in order in the bottom of the 9th, including two strikeouts.� Rizzotti was one of the strikeouts, and he must have said the wrong words to the umpire, because he was ejected in the middle of the frame.
The 10th inning began with Robert Fish (Angels) on the mound for Mesa and Ryan Flaherty (Cubs) taking over for Rizzotti at first base.� Fish began the inning by giving up a single and hitting a batter with a pitch.� A double play, fielded by SS Jordy Mercer, who stepped on second and threw on to Flaherty at first, gave Fish two outs, but put the lead runner on third.� Fish could not take advantage of that good fortune, though.� He walked the next batter, then gave up an RBI single to SS Jose Iglesias (Red Sox), driving in the go-ahead run from third.� Another walk, to Tenbrink, loaded the bases, and a second run scored when Fish threw a wild pitch.� A ground out to first ended the inning.� Once again, the Solar Sox could not respond, going down in order in the bottom of the 10th.
Brad Holt (Mets) made the start for Mesa.� He pitched 3 innings, and allowed the Javelina’s first run (also unearned) in the 3rd inning� Holt worked around a single and a walk in the 1st inning, and another single by Tenbrink in the 2nd.� (Tenbrink had 3 hits in the game.)� The run in the 3rd scored when Holt walked LF JB Shuck (Astros), then made a throwing error on a pick-off attempt, allowing Shuck to advance to third base.� A sacrifice fly drove in Shuck to give Peoria a 1-0 lead.
The Solar Sox had only two base runners over the first five innings — CF Jeremy Moore (Angels) singled in the 1st inning and stole second base, then RF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (Mets) singed in the 5th, but was thrown out trying to steal second.
C Tony Sanchez finally got the Solar Sox’ bats going in the 6th, when he led off with a single bounced off the Peoria third baseman’s glove and into left field.� 2B Jordany Valdespin (Mets) followed with a double into right, putting Sanchez on third base.� LF Josh Harrison’s sacrifice fly drove in Sanchez, and Moore’s sacrifice fly brought in Valdespin.� The Solar Sox had a 2-1 lead.
But the Solar Sox couldn’t keep the momentum going.� Rizzotti singled in the 7th and Valdespin singled in the 8th, but neither could come around to score.
Aaron Pribanic relieved the starter Holt for the 4th inning.� Pribanic pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing only a walk in the 5th.� BJ Rosenberg (Phillies) also contributed 2 scoreless innings, giving up only a double to Tenbrink in the 7th.� Eric Niesen (Mets) pitched a scoreless 8th, though he had to work out of a jam that was not entirely his own fault.� He gave up a single, then had a runner reach on a fielding error by Mercer, then walked a batter, loading the bases with one out.� The next batter bounced right back to the mound, and Niesen flipped the ball back to Sanchez for the force out at the plate.� A fly out ended the inning, leaving the bases loaded.
Geltz was charged with the Blown Save, and Fish was charged with the loss.� Harrison went 0-for-3 with the sacrifice fly.� Mercer went 0-for-4, and Sanchez had the one hit and scored in 4 trips to the plate.