Sunday, September 9, 2007

Beloit drops Clinton, Threshers rip Manatees

Chris ParmeleeJoe Benson

Beloit 6 at Clinton 1

W: C. Devries (1-0, 1.00); L: J. Hyatt (0-1, 2.25)
HR: BEL: D. Santiesteban (1). CLI: C. Tracy (2).

A Joe Benson triple and Rene Tosoni dobule helped the Beloit Snappers to a 3 run 5th inning to salt away the Clinton Rangers, 6-1.

Beloit got on the board in the first when Tosoni singled his way onto base and was moved over to second by Chris Parmelee's ground ball to left field. Danny Santiesteban's ground out served to plate Tosoni, who was 2-for-4 in the game with 2 runs and 1 RBI.

Garrett Olson doubled his way onto base in the six, and moved to 3rd on a Chris Cates sac-bunt. He'd come home on a Steve Singleton grounder to right.

Santiesteban went yard to center field in the 7th to top of the scoring for the Snappers.

Cole Devries worked all nine innings for Beloit, allowing 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 5. The one run was a solo shot by Chad Tracy over the right field wall in the bottom of the ninth with 2 outs.

Devries, a former Golden Gopher, allowed a double in the 2nd inning, so there was little talk of a no-hitter, but the near shut out performance was impressive none the less.

Santiesteban, from Miami, Florida, was also 2-for-4 at the plate with 1 run and 3 RBIs. Benson, a 2nd round pick in the 2006 draft, was 2-for-4 with 1 run at the top of the order. Tosoni and Devries are both playing their first year of professional baseball. The 21-year-old Tosoni already won a championship with the Elizabethton Twins of the Appalacian League this season, before being re-assigned to the Snappers.

The best-of-3 series now shifts to Pohlman Field in Beloit for Game 2 on Sunday, starting at 6:30.


West Michigan blanked the South Bend Silver Hawks in game one of their series. Jeff Gerbe worked 7.2 innings, holding the Arizona affiliated Silver Hawks to only 3 hits. Casey Fien struck out 3 in 1.1 innings work to pick up the save.

Ryan Strieby was 2-for-3 for the Tiger's affiliate with a run and a walk. Gorkys Hernadez and Jeremy Laster were both 2-for-5, Laster with a run and 2 RBIs.

Clearwater 8 at Brevard County 1

W: N. Johnson (1-0, 1.50); L: R. Lluberes (0-1, 7.20)
HR: CLE: J. Blalock (1), B. Harman (1). BRE: M. Gamel (1).

Nate Johnson held the Manatees to 1 run on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4 in six innings worth of work to help Clearwater thresh out a win over Brevard County in game one of the Florida State League finals series.

A Jake Blalock home run and doubles by Jeremy Slayden and Clay Harris led to a 5 run fifth inning for the Threshers. Harris also scored in the 7th while Brad Harman put one over the left field wall in the ninth to score Brian Burgamy.

The Manatees only run came when Mat Gamel launched one over the right field fence in the bottom of the sixth.

The two teams rematch Sunday at Spacecoast Stadium at 7:00 PM EST.

Burgamy was 3-for-4 for the Threshers, Blalock was 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs while Harman and Harris were both 2-for-5 for the Clearwater team who pounded out 16 hits in the game.

Cory Willey struck out 5 in 2 innings of relief work, while Brett Harker pitched the ninth for West Divsion champions.

Florida Today

In the Eastern League, Trenton blanked Portland 4-0 to win the best of 5 series from the Red Sox affiliated Sea Dogs. Reegie Corona and Austin Jackson were both 2-for-5 with a run each at the top of the line up for the Yankees affiliate. P.J. Pilittere was 2-for-4 at the plate with 2 RBIs while Matt Carson accounted for the other two RBIs.

Jeffrey Marquez worked 7 innings for the Thunder allowing 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3, Eric Wordekemper stuck out 2 in the 8th inning and West Palm Beach native Justin Pope finished off the game with 1 ground out and a pair of fly outs.

The Akron Aeros downed the Erie Sea wolves 8-6 to earn the right to progress in the Eastern League finals. Dallas Trahern gave up 7 runs on 7 hits, including 2 home runs, for the Detroit affiliate while striking out only 3 in five innings worth of work. Robert Brownlie picked up the win for the Cleveland affiliate, allowing 6 runs - 3 earned - on six hits while striking out 5 in 5 innings.

The Richmond Braves finish off the Scranton/WB Yankees in the International League playoffs with a 4-3 win, they will face the Durham Bulls in the finals for the AAA league. The Braves staged a 3-run ninth inning rally to pick up the win. Yankees slugger Bronson Sardinha was 2-for-4 in the game, both hits for doubles, with 1 run for Scranton/WB.

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