Manny Machado drove in three runs with two sharp singles, one into right field and the other in centerfield to lead the Bay Sox to their seventh straight victory, this one over the Fisher Cats 9-4. Manny also made a couple nice defensive plays at short, including a diving play into the hole, but as he tried to make the throw to second the ball glanced off his foot. In the league leader category he is probably on top in shortstops who have hit their foot while making a throw.
Joel Carreno struggled with his control early, giving up four runs. Two of those runs were scored on an opposite field single by Manny Machado. He settled down after that, but Fishercats manager Sal Fasano probably left him in too long. In the seventh inning, after the Fishercats had scored four runs to tie the game 4-4, Joel Carreno tried to make a pickoff throw to first with runners on first and second and two out. He threw the ball into right field on an attempted pick off attempt, allowing Brandon Waring to score the go ahead run. A single into right centerfield by Antoan Richardson scored Zealous Wheeler, especially when Cuban free agent Kenen Bailli took too long to release the ball, taking a long windup and after he threw the ball there was not a lot of pep to the throw, falling well short of home plate.
Pedro Viola had a very impressive relief outing, striking out the first five hitters he faced. For Viola it was his second save.
For the Fishercats Keenan Bailli, who last year fled Cuba after playing for the Guantanamo Indians, has started his AA career nicely. He went 3 for 4 today to up his average past .500 at .563. The left handed hitter struck out in his one attempt against a left handed pitcher.