The rain held up and the sunshine came out in Plattsburgh – I’m not just talking about the weather. Without spending too much time boasting about my forecasting ability, Dimitri Nuñez was dazzling once again!
The lefty struck out eight and only walked one while scattering seven hits through 8.1 innings of work.
It was a symmetrical effort for the Birds in the RBI category. Tarik El-Abour broke things open early with a two-run single, newly acquired d’Aundray Van Slyke added a two-run single of his own and Josh Martinez drove in two runs on a pair of sacrifice flys.
Martinez only had one hit in the contest but his play has produced steady production on both sides of the ball and he is beginning to emerge as the club’s emotional leader.
Van Slyke flashed his outstanding arm from both right field and the pitchers mound this afternoon as he came on in the 9th to secure the victory.
Nuñez may be the most promotion-ready prospect in the league. His performance this season has been nothing short of sensational and I would consider him one of the favorites to start the All Star Game on July 30th in Plattsburgh.
Matti Doxter is slated to throw tomorrow for the Birds. The Ahead of the Spread staff has rated Doxter as the league’s top prospect all season but Puerto Rico’s heavy hitting lineup may be his toughest test yet. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30pm – I wouldn’t miss it!
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