Two former Royals pitch in minors marathon

On Sunday, the Triple-A affiliate for Boston (Pawtucket) and the Triple-A affiliate for Philadelphia (Lehigh Valley) played their second straight extra inning game. I was at the extra inning affair on Saturday night (and it was a cold one).

The minor league season just started on Thursday, yet the two teams have already blown through their pitching staffs.

pawsoxlogoBoth used position players to pitch, though the IronPigs only used Russ Canzler for the 16th inning (and the DH/first baseman allowed a run on two hits).

Former Royals infielder Jeff Bianchi moved from shortstop to the mound (he went 1-for-5 with a double and two runs scored at the plate) in the 13th inning. He would have earned the save, but he allowed an RBI double to tie the score again.

Bianchi then retired five in a row before giving up a single to lead off the 15th inning. He got out of the inning by retiring the next three hitters.

The PawSox took the lead in the top of the 16th inning on former Royals outfielder Quintin Berry‘s two out single. Then Berry moved from centerfield to the mound (and Bianchi moved to second base).

Things were ugly for Berry, who walked five and took the loss (the PawSox first of the season). The IronPigs didn’t exactly hit him. The two outs he recorded were a sac bunt and a sac fly that tied the game. Berry’s bases loaded walk to Canzler won the game for the IronPigs. He threw 27 pitches, just six strikes and had a span of 12 straight balls.

Berry did have two hits in the game, a walk, and a stolen base.

The game finally ended after 4 hours and 45 minutes. That came less than 12 hours after playing 13 innings in three hours and 49 minutes.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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