Thursday, August 2, 2007

Scoreboard - August 1, 2007

Rochester 2 at Syracuse 6

Record 60 - 52

W: J. Banks (10-7, 4.53); L: C. Cali (5-1, 2.53); SV: S. Sauerbeck (1)
HR: SYR: R. Diaz (1).

E: Heintz (5, throw), Cali (3, pickoff), Jones (6, missed catch).

From Robinzon Diaz homered and knocked in four runs, leading the Syracuse Chiefs to a 6-2 win over the Red Wings Wednesday night in Syracuse. Jose Morales had two hits and an RBI for Rochester. The Wings remain a game behind first place Scranton, who lost 5-1 in Ottawa Wednesday.

With two runners on and one out in the second inning, Tommy Watkins grounded an infield single to score Chris Heintz, putting Rochester ahead 1-0. The hit ended an 0-for-12 slump for Watkins. The Wings ran themselves out of a second run in the inning, when Doug Deeds flew out to Wayne Lydon, and Lydon's throw to second nabbed Watkins before Morales crossed the plate.

The Chiefs had knocked around Rochester starter Kevin Slowey in his last start July 27, the first time a team had scored more than three runs against Slowey this year.On Wednesday Diaz cranked his first Triple-A home run off Slowey in the bottom of the second, putting the Chiefs ahead 2-1 after a throwing error by Heintz put Mike Vento on base to open the inning.

The Red Wings knotted things up in the fourth against Josh Banks, when Darnell McDonald singled and stole second base. McDonald moved to third on a groundout by Garrett Jones, but had to hold at third when Heintz also grounded out. But McDonald scored with two outs when Morales drilled a single up the middle. Morales' .397 batting average with runners in scoring position, and .379 average with runners in scoring position and two outs are both tops on the Rochester club.

The Wings' offense had several chances to take control of the game. Rochester bid to re-take the lead in the top of the fifth, after Deeds singled to start the frame and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Trent Oeltjen. Banks worked through trouble to get two more groundball outs and strand Deeds to end the threat.

McDonald doubled down the right field line to open the sixth, and moved to third on a wild pitch. Banks fanned Jones for the first out, and McDonald was thrown out at home when Kevin Barker fielded a ground ball by Heintz and quickly fired to catcher Diaz. The most frustrating of the wasted scoring chances occurred when Deeds led off the seventh with a triple, but Banks (10-7) got three outs around a walk to Span.

Slowey had thrown 92 pitches after just five innings, then was sharp in the sixth - his final inning of the evening. Slowey' night finished with a worksheet of six innings, two runs (one earned), with four hits, two walks and three strikouts.

Carmen Cali relieved Slowey, and sloppy defensive play by the Wings allowed the Chiefs to pull ahead 4-2. Cali (5-1) was charged with a throwing error on a failed pickoff attempt at second base, and Adams' single combined with a fielding error charged to Jones brought home two Syracuse runs. Cali came into the game 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA ( seven strikeouts in seven innings pitched) in four previous games against the Chiefs.

The Chiefs broke the game open with Diaz drilled a two-out, two-run double off Jay Sawatski to finish the scoring. Scott Sauerbeck tossed two perfect innings to pick up his first save for Syracuse.

NOTES: The season series is now tied 6-6. A season ago, Rochester won the season series 10-6...The Red Wings now have a 26-28 record away from Frontier Field. If Rochester can finish with a winning road record this season it would be the first time since Red Wings records began in 1979 that Rochester has had back-to-back winning road records. In 2006 the Red Wings had a 37-35 road record, Rochester’s first winning road record since 1993 ( 37-34 road record) ... The Red Wings have 32 games remaining in the regular season (18 road games and 14 at Frontier Field). Of the 32 games remaining, 16 of them are against teams with a losing record (Red Wings have a 33-23 record vs. teams with a losing record) ....The Red Wings offense was quiet during the just completed four-game series vs. Scranton. Rochester batted just .178 (21-for-118) as a team and is hitting just .172 (5-for-29) with runners in scoring position. Scranton’s offense didn’t fair any better hitting just .164 (19-for-116) as a team during the four-game series. Rochester won three of four games from the first place Yankees...The Red Wings starting pitchers was great during the four-game series with Scranton, going 3-1 with a 1.71 ERA. In 26.1 innings of wok, the starters have allowed five runs on 17 hits while four and striking out 14. The Red Wings pitching staff allowed six runs (1.5 runs per game) and had a team ERA of 1.54 during the Scranton series.

R News

Erie 5 at New Britain 0

Record: 51 - 55

W: J. Jurrjens (6-5, 3.32); L: O. Sosa (0-1, 3.71)
HR: ERI: M. Hollimon (11), S. Torrealba (8).

E: Allegra (7, throw), Mijares (2, throw).

From Oswaldo Sosa delivered his finest performance since being promoted to New Britain; unfortunately, for the Twins’ right-handed prospect, he was out-pitched by another 21-year-old. Sosa squared off in a classic pitcher’s duel with Erie’s Jair Jurrjens and the Sea Wolves went on to shut out the Rock Cats, 5-0.

Jurrjens (6-5) fired a complete game shutout. He was outstanding from the start, retiring the first 19 of 20. He allowed a leadoff double to Matt Moses in the second inning, then retired the next 16 batters to step to the plate. Jurrjens, ranked as the Detroit Tigers’ fourth-best prospect, went the distance. He allowed just three hits and struck out 10 while walking none.

Sosa (0-1) retired the first 12 of 13 batters he faced, including the first six-straight. In the fifth inning, Michael Holliman’s solo home run put Erie ahead, 1-0. Sosa limited the Sea Wolves to three runs (1 ER) on six hits through seven innings. He struck out six.

Sosa was charged with the Sea Wolves’ run in the eighth; he walked Kody Kirkland before Jose Mijares came on in relief with no outs. Clete Thomas laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached base on Mijares’ throwing error. William Rhymes then hit a sac fly to center field to score Kirkland.

Sea Wolves
Times News

Dunedin 2 at Fort Myers 1

Record 19 - 20

W: A. Martin (2-1, 2.38); L: D. Shinskie (6-4, 3.33); SV: C. Falkenbach (25)
HR: None.

E: TollEson (19, throw), Shinskie (3, missed catch).

Dustin Martin
Dustin Martin in the on deck circle

"How many rain out tickets do I need to collect to get a complementary Jay Rainville to take home with me?"

Andrew Seymour Baseball eyes the bat I'm holding on him specutively. "You've probably got a lot of them by now."

I do but he dodges the question, as well as the issue of Toby Gardenhire not being in the line up. No one wants to take a stand on anything these days.

Iris wants to know how I find out everything before she does.

Meanwhile, neither Jay Rainville or Rob Ray are going to win any prizes at the speed pitch booth. Rainville consistantly throws 87-88 with a nifty 69 miles per hour change up. Ray brushes 90. Both were effective though with Rainy limiting the Blue Jays to 3 hits and Ray holding the Miracle to 5.

So what happened?

A catching error by a now clean shaven David Shinksie put Jesus Gonzalez on base in the 7th. He moved to 2nd on a David Corrente ground out. A single to Brian Dinkelman went awry as Dink overthrew the ball, letting Gonzalez score to give the Jays the winning run.

Connor Falkenbach was effective today, letting Luis Ugueto on base but getting Edward Ovalle, Johnny Woodard and Brian Dinkelman out to end the game.

Dunedin got the lead in the top of the third when Chris Gutierrez doubled then came home Luke Hetherington's sac fly. The Miracle took it back in the bottom of the inning with Steve Tolleson singling, stealing second and moving to 3rd on a David Corrente throwing error before coming home on first baseman Erik Lis' ground out.

Newcomer Dustin Martin was 1-for-3 on the night, Tolleson and Ugueto were both 2-for-3 and Dinkelman was 0-for-4 with 3 strike outs.

I'm not sure why, as a field manager, you would take a guy who's hitting .226 on the season (Jeff Christy} and pinch hit him with a guy that's only hitting .174 (Woodard) but you know, Kevin Boles does some pretty unbelievable things out there.

Thanks to Jeff Manship for allowing me to borrow the speed gun for the first 3 innings of the game.

I discovered Iris had a case of Sutter Home under her seat when I wandered over there in fourth. They sure do know how to party along the 3rd base line.


Dunedin 3 at Fort Myers 1

Record 19 - 21

W: B. Magee (5-6, 3.88); L: Z. Ward (2-15, 3.14); SV: C. Blackwell (1)
HR: None.

E: Lis (3, fielding).

There was, of course, no rain delay between the games, at least not in Sean Fox's book. Just normal intermission activities, including the daily tarp pull. They should really get John Deere to sponsor that thing.

In any case, I think we've discovered what the problem is. Zach Ward is good for five innings. If you leave him in for six, a sink hole will open up under his feet and swallow him.

Also, on Monday, Missy showed up on the porch just as the team rallied. We were all for leaving her out there but he refused to go. Until it was time for the Blue Jays' rally in the sixth, in which case, there was Missy out on the porch. Since she can't run with the big dogs, he needed to get off the porch.

Anthony Hatch and Chris Gutierrez singled their way onto base to start out the sixth. Ward then issued 2 walks, effectively walking in the tying run. That's when Boles got off his butt and put Rob Delaney in. Josh Kreuze singled a line drive out to left fielder Erik Lis which scored Gutierrez and Cory Patton. It wasn't until after a Kyle Phillips walk that Delaney found three outs to end the inning.

A missed catch by pitcher Brandon Magee in the 3rd inning saw Dustin Martin reach and Brian Dinkelman cross the plate to get the lone Miracle run, which gave them a lead they nursed through the next two innings.

Johnny Woodard tripled in the sixth off reliever Paul Phillips, but Korey Feiner struck out and Dwayne White flew out on a deep foul down the left field line to strand him. For a moment, there was hope, but Jacob Butler had the ball.

Chad Blackwell, a guy with a really strange sort of leg kick, come on in the seveth for the Jays. That was when Boles made the unpardonable mistake of pinch hitting Toby Gardenhire. How can he expect us to win without the power of Gardy behind us?

Needless to say, Blackwell got 3 quick outs and Ward picked up his 15th loss of the season.

Brian Dinkelman was 2-for-4 in the game. Lis, Woodard and catcher Korey Feiner each stuck out twice.

Errol Simonitsch (1-0, 4.50) will take to the mound tonight at the Lakeland Flying Tigers come in for a landing at Hammond Stadium. My boy Burke Badenhop (10-5, 3.09) should be on the hill and gunning for Lakeland.


Beloit 5 at Fort Wayne 4 (12 innings)

Record 23 - 14

W: A. Craig (4-1, 2.70); L: R. Valdez (2-3, 3.09); SV: J. Lugo (1)
HR: FTW: T. King (3).

E: Parmelee (5, fielding), Olson (20, fielding).

From Extra-base hits by Garrett Olson and Wilson Ramos in the top of the 12th inning enabled Beloit to snap a 4-4 tie with Fort Wayne on Wednesday night, and the Snappers went on to defeat the Wizards by a score of 5-4, in a game that took over four hours to play, and was concluded with just one umpire on the field, in front of 5,462 fans at Memorial Stadium.

The extra-base hits were a lead-off double by Olson down the right field line that glanced off the glove of Fort Wayne first baseman Jeremy Hunt and a following triple off the bat of Ramos that popped out of the glove of Cedric Hunter in deep centerfield; both hits coming against Wizard relief pitcher Rolando Valdez.

It was the third time that Beloit held the lead at some point in the contest.

In the top of the third inning, the Snappers erased a 1-0 deficit by sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring three runs against Fort Wayne starting pitcher Cory Luebke, the Big 10 Player of the Year from Ohio State who was making his Midwest League debut after being promoted from Eugene of the Northwest League.

The Wizards scored single runs in both the third and fourth inning to tie the game at 3-3, the key hits being a two-out, run-scoring single by Jon Schemmel in the third; and a double by Jesus Lopez that advanced Jodam Rivera (who had walked) over to third base, where he would later score on an infield ground out.

Beloit re-took the lead in the top of the seventh inning, when Ramos scored all the way from first base on a double by Danny Berg, coupled with an error committed by Fort Wayne leftfielder Javis Diaz.

The Snappers were two outs away from claiming a regulation victory when Tom King spoiled their plans.

The Wizard second baseman homered off Snapper relief pitcher Danny Vais with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, his third home run of the season sending the game into extra innings.

The game would remain tied at 4-4 until Beloit came to bat in the top of the 12th inning.

That’s when Olson and Ramos pulled off their heroics.

Aaron Craig (4-1), the fourth of five Snapper pitchers who appeared in the game, received credit for the victory.

Valdez (2-3), the fifth Fort Wayne pitcher of the night, suffered the loss.

Jose Lugo, who struck out three of the four batters he faced in the bottom of the 12th, collected his first save of the season.

The loss was the fourth in a row for the Wizards, and their 11th in their last 13 contests.

They’ll try to salvage the finale of their four-game series with Beloit, when the two teams meet for the final time in the regular season on Thursday afternoon.

The starting pitchers are expected to be right-handers Stephen Faris (6-6, 4.14) of Fort Wayne and the Snappers’ Brian Kirwan (2-2, 4.53).

The game can be heard on both the radio (ESPN Radio 1380) and the Internet (, beginning with the Hupe Insurance Services Pre-Game Show at 11:40 a.m. (EDT).

Journal Gazette

* Article published Wednesday, Aug. 1

Elizabethton 5 at Princeton 3

Record 28 - 11

W: B. Tippett (5-0, 0.42); L: A. Chapa (0-2, 6.32); SV: B. Erickson (4)
HR: ELI: O. Lewis (5).

E: Leveret 2 (5, fielding, missed catch), Romero (8, fielding).

From Ozzie Lewis' RBI single highlighted Elizabethton's three-run 10th inning as the Twins defeated host Princeton, 5-3, on Wednesday afternoon.

Rene Tosoni singled with one out in the frame, but was forced out at second on Deibinson Romero's fielder's choice. Rene Leveret singled and an error by right fielder Justin Reynolds allowed Romero to score the go-ahead run and Leveret to advance to second. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Leveret scored on a single to center by Lewis, who would later score on a wild pitch to make it 5-2.

Lewis also accounted for the Twins' first run of the ballgame, as the 21-year-old blasted a solo homer with one out in the seventh. Gregory Yersich's RBI double in the eighth tied the game, 2-2.

The Devil Rays (18-20) got on the board in the sixth, as Jeff Carroll's two-run double snapped a scoreless tie. Dustin Biell walked with two outs in the 10th and advanced to third on Justin Reynolds' single before scoring on Michael Ross' squeeze bunt. Robi Estrada then lined out to shortstop Estarlin De Los Santos to end the ballgame.

The starters dueled through six innings, but Bradley Tippett (5-0) hurled three perfect frames of relief to earn the win. The 19-year-old Australian is tied for the Appalachian League lead in victories, and has allowed just one run in 21 2/3 innings. Blair Erickson worked the 10th and notched his sixth save, despite allowing a run on two hits and a walk. Starter Michael Tarsi allowed two unearned runs on just two hits over six stellar innings for the Twins (28-11).

Angel Chapa (0-2) took the loss, allowing three 10th-inning runs after tossing a scoreless ninth. Starter Jeremy Hall surrendered a run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings, lowering his team-leading ERA to 1.91


Catching up with the E-Star


GCL Twins at GCL Red Sox - Postponed Rain

Current Record: 24 - 8

Wednesday's game between the GCL Twins and the GCL Red Sox has been postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a double header on Monday, August 6th starting at 10:00 AM at the Lee County Sports Complex.

Herald Tribune

DSL Yankees 2 at DSL Twins 1

Current Record: 25 - 26

W: J. Cordoba (3-2, 2.01); L: E. Arias (0-2, 9.00)
HR: None.

E: Sanchez, J (16, throw), Sierra (4, fielding), Arias, J (3, pickoff), Pinto (7, throw).


VSL Tigers 6 at VSL Cubs/Twins 4

Current Record: 31 - 35

W: M. Robles (3-6, 3.26); L: G. Rodriguez (3-3, 3.21); SV: L. Oliveros (19)
HR: VSL DET: A. Espinoza (12), O. Gonzalez (5).

E: Soto, K (3, fielding), Matheus (13, throw).


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