RINCON, PR – The Puerto Rico Islanders hosted the New Hampshire Wild in what would be an entertaining game to watch if you attended the ball game.

The Islanders sent WBC Netherlands pitcher Wendell Floranus to the hill in search of his first win of the season and made a very good effort at it as he went for 7 innings striking out 10 batters with 2 earned runs.

The New Hampshire Wild sent ace formerly with the Tampa Bay Rays to the mound  and  matched Floranus with 10 strikeouts of his own through 5 innings pitched allowing 4 earned runs.

Josh Lavender belted a solo shot over the right center wall off in the top of the 2nd inning in what would be the Wild’s first home run of the season.  Mark Shkrelja had a nice day with 2 hits.

JJ Bissell  of the Islanders tripled in the 7th inning with two outs but a fantastic job by Wilds reliever  Justin Lemanski to shut the door prevented the Islanders from scoring.

Nick Landell and Will Ramos helped offensively for the Islanders as they both had runs batted in.

The game was tied 4-4 going into the Bottom of the 8th inning when Wild reliever/closer Matt Cassinelli walked the bases loaded, allowed a sacrifice fly to Juan Avila and a wild pitch gave the Islanders a 2 run lead . But the Wild never quit and answered with 4 runs of their own to take the lead. The Wild were down to their final out until red hot Steven Figueroa hit a  2 out double to tie the game. A pitching change for the Islanders and a sac fly by the Wild later, the Wild found themselves up by 2 and would go on to take the victory.

Reliever Patrick Donohoe would be credited with the loss as the Islanders drop to (3-3) and Matt Cassineli was  credited with the victory as the New Hampshire Wild continue their undefeated winning streak and improve to (6-0) in the season.

The New Hampshire Wild will face off against the Puerto Rico Islanders for game two of the series tomorrow night at 7:00pm


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