Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Affiliates finish off regular season

Tim Lahey
JAY CAPERS staff photographer
Red Wings pitcher Tim Lahey can't hang on to the ball at first base as Buffalo's Trent Durrington slides in safely in the ninth inning of Sunday's game. Sunday's win means the Wings finished their season with 77 victories.

Buffalo 5 at Rochester 8

Record 77 - 67 (2nd in the North Divsion)

W: D. Gassner (6-12, 4.95); L: B. Buzachero (4-7, 5.24); SV: T. Lahey (1)
HR: BUF: J. Cooper (10), S. Choo (3), T. Durrington (1). ROC: D. McDonald (7), M. Macri 2 (3).

E: Lahey (1, missed catch).

From redwingsbaseball.com: Matt Macri hit two home runs and Glenn Williams had three hits to power the Red Wings to an 8-5 victory over Buffalo at Frontier Field Monday afternoon in the final game of the season. The win moved the Wings ahead of the Bisons for a second place division finish - the fourth straight season Rochester has finsihed with a winning record and the runner-up spot in the division.

Starting pitcher Dave Gassner gave up back to back home runs in the first to Trent Durrington and Shin-Soo Choo to give the Buffalo Bisons an early lead. Jason Cooper lifted a pitch near the warning track in right field almost making it three home runs in a row, but Doug Deeds reeled in the fly ball. The Wings could not respond in the second due to a rare 7-3 double play after a fly ball by Matt Tolbert was caught with Trent Oeltjen running on the pitch.

Gassner did not fare much better in the next two innings either. Three hits, including a double by leadoff hitter Joe Inglett plated another run, making the score 3-0 in the second. Two strikeouts limited any further damage and Gassner stranded two runners in scoring position. In the third, Cooper was able to square up a Gassner pitch, sending it into the bullpen in right for the third home run by the Bisons in the game.

In the second, a leadoff hit by Deeds turned into a run as Williams doubled him in with a hit down the right field line. Darnell McDonald cashed in on an opportunity in the third to close the lead to within one. With leadoff man Oeltjen on base, McDonald sent a mammoth shot to left clear over the Buffalo bullen and into the picnic area for a two-run home run, his seventh of the year bringing the score to 4-3.

The Wings tied the score at 4-4 in the fourth, when Chris Basak knocked in Williams with a single. Bubbie Buzachero replaced Stanford in the fifth inning, and the Wings went ahead against the new pitcher. Deeds drilled a two-out double ans scored the go-ahead run on Williams' triple. Matthew LeCroy clubbed a double off the top of the left field wall to bring in Williams and make it 6-4 Rochester.

Gassner (6-12) worked five innings, replaced in the sixth by Jay Sawatski. Matt Macri increased the Rochester lead with another mammoth homer, a solo shot that landed on Plymouth Avenue beyond the left field fence. In his next at bat in the eigth, Macri clubbed another home run over the scoreboard for his second solo blast of the game.

Tim Lahey pitched the final two innings, picking up his first Triple-A save.

NOTES: Jose Morales was 0-for-1 in Monday's game, finishing the year with a .311 batting average... McDonald did not have a steal and finished the season with 33 steals, tied for second in the league enting play... Bobby Korecky led the International League with 35 saves in addition to setting a Red Wings record...

R News

Garrett Guzman
The Rock Cats celebrate on the field after sweeping Portland.

Portland 7 at New Britain 11

Record: 69 - 72 (Fourth in the Northern Division)

W: R. Mullins (4-3, 3.99); L: C. Smith (6-9, 4.41)
HR: POR: A. Bates (4). NBR: G. Guzman (14).

E: Winfree (17, fielding), Eldridge (2, fielding), Molina, F (24, fielding), Moses (5, fielding).

From rockcats.com: Garrett Guzman was a perfect 5-for-5 with six RBI and three runs scored to lead the Rock Cats to an 11-7 victory over Portland to complete a five-game sweep.

The final game of the regular season proved to be one of importance, as the Sea Dogs entered the contest tied with New Hampshire for the second and final playoff spot in the Northern Division. The Rock Cats pounded out 16 hits in the regular season finale to finish the season with seven-straight wins. The ‘Cats fell just one half game shy of making the playoffs.

Guzman led the attack with five hits and fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle. Brock Peterson and David Winfree each added four hits for the Rock Cats. Winfree had four RBI.

The Sea Dogs took the lead in the first inning when Bryan Pritz hit a two-out double and Aaron Bates delivered a two-run homer. The lead was short-lived, as the Rock Cats matched the feat in the bottom of the inning. Rashad Eldridge singled before Guzman slammed a two-run shot over the right field wall to tie the game, 2-2.

Guzman struck again in the second with the bases loaded. He cleared the bases with a three-run double to right field.

Portland crept to within 5-4 in the top of the fourth, but their chances of taking the lead slipped away when the Rock Cats broke out for five runs in the bottom of the inning. Guzman and Peterson delivered back-to-back RBI singles before Winfree broke open the game with a three-run double.

Portland’s Chris Smith (6-9) had an unmemorable finish to his season, as he allowed 13 hits and 10 runs (9 ER) in 5 1/3 innings.

Ryan Mullins tossed six solid innings in his 2007 season finale. Mullins (4-3) allowed four runs (3 ER) on five hits. He struck out five.

Rock Cats
Sea Dogs
Press Herald

Quad Cities 2 at Beloit 6

2nd Half Record: 35 - 35 (5th in the Western Division)
Overall Record: 79-61 (1st in the Western Division)

W: M. Fox (7-2, 3.50); L: C. Mortensen (0-2, 3.12); SV: J. Lugo (2)
HR: None.

E: Yersich (7, throw), Betsill 2 (10, fielding, throw).

From snappersbaseball.com: Matthew Fox and the Snappers swept away the Swing of the Quad Cities on Monday, 6-2, to close the regular season on a winning note. Beloit’s win gives them a 35-35 second half record and momentum heading into the playoffs.

After the Swing scored in the top of the first inning the Snappers answered right back with two in the bottom half. RBIs from Deibinson Romero and Greg Yersich put Beloit on top 2-1.

The Snappers scored again in the bottom of the second on a Joe Benson RBI triple to left-center. Benson’s triple plated Chris Cates from first.

The bottom of the third inning allowed the Snappers to put the game out of reach. Beloit scored two runs off of two hits, including a Joe Benson single to third. The two runs gave the Snappers a 5-1 advantage.

Beloit and Quad Cities exchanged runs in the eighth inning to make it 6-2, a score the Snappers would eventually win by.

Jose Lugo pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his second save of the season and sweep away the Swing.

Matthew Fox picked up his seventh win of the season going six innings while yielding only one run off five hits.

With the series sweep the Snappers will now face off against the Swing of the Quad Cities in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs. Game one is at Quad Cities on Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Beloit’s Alex Burnett will face Tyler Herron.


I guess being a Swinger isn't all it's cracked up be....

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