Pino hurls Fisher Cats to win over New Britain
The dependable Pino (9-7) worked seven innings, allowing two runs on nine hits, and the Fisher Cats got home runs from Brian Van Kirk and Koby Clemens before a crowd of 5,167 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Rehabbing major leaguer Adam Lind had three hits, all singles, while batting in the leadoff spot for the Fisher Cats (56-76). Lind, recovering from back soreness, declared himself ready to play for the Blue Jays but the former Eastern League MVP is expected to remain with the Fisher Cats through the weekend.
'My back feels good. I'm feeling more comfortable in the batter's box. Better rhythm, better timing,' Lind said. 'If (the Blue Jays) need me tomorrow, yeah, let's go.'
Van Kirk went 4-for-4 and walloped a three-run homer over the left-field wall in the third inning. Brad Glenn and John Tolisano each singled before Van Kirk's sixth homer of the year. In the fourth inning, Clemens launched a solo shot for his fifth homer of the year.
Pino beat New Britain for the first time in five career starts against the Rock Cats. He tossed five scoreless frames before giving up a Josmil Pinto two-run homer in the sixth. Ron Uviedo pitched the eighth, bridging the way to closer Sam Dyson (nine saves).
Lind said his main goal for the night was to 'not think' and let his body react to pitches. New Britain starter Logan Darnell (9-12) pitched away from Lind, whose best swing led to a laser-single up the middle.
'Don't think and let the swing take care of itself,' said Lind, a career .264 hitter in the majors with 114 homers.
New Britain dropped to 68-64. The series continues tonight at 7:05 as lefty Sean Nolin (0-0, 1.80 ERA), recently called up from Single-A Dunedin, goes for his first Double-A win. New Britain righty B.J. Hermsen (10-5, 3.10 ERA) goes for his team-leading 11th win.