Friday, September 7, 2007

Clearwater, Brevard, Beloit post wins

The Wright Stuff

St. Lucie 2 at Brevard County 13

W: B. Wright (1-0, 2.35); L: E. Brown (0-1, 15.43)
HR: BRE: C. Gillespie (1).

First Half East Division Champion Brevard County progressed to the Florida State League finals, puting a 13-2 huring on the St. Lucie Mets.

Cole Gillespie hit a home run in the first inning to put the Manatees on the board. Nestor Corredor reached on a fielding error in the 3rd and Lorenzo Cain walked. A Mat Gamel single scored the first runner, Cain was taken out on home on a fielder's choice that put Gillespie on base. Singles by Mike Bell and Yohannis Perez, mixed in with a Chris Errecart triple put the Manatees on top 6-0.

An Errecart double and a Perez single in the 7th extended the Manatees lead.

A Nick Evans double and a Dan Murphy single put St. Lucie on the board in top of the 8th, but the game was already out of reach. The Manatees tacked on another 5 runs in the bottom of the inning.

Brae Wright allowed only 2 hits on 8 hits and 1 walk in 7.2 innings while striking out 3. Patrick Ryan finish up on the mound for Brevard County. The Mets farm team threw 7 different pitchers at the Manatees, with Eric Brown suffering the loss for St. Lucie.

Florida Today

Clearwater 3 at Sarasota 2

W: A. Carpenter (1-0, 3.00); L: D. Thompson (0-1, 3.60); SV: W. Savage (1)
HR: None.

Andrew Carpenter did not throw another perfect game, but the Threshers ace was effective Thursday night against Sarasota as the Threshers tied up the West Divsion Championship series at one game each.

A Tony Gutierrez walk and a Jeramiah Piepkorn single put the Reds on the board in the bottom of the second. A Lou Marson double helped the Threshers put 2 runners over the plate in the 4th to give the Phillies farm team the lead.

Marson's double in 6th scored Jeremy Slayden for an insurance run, which would be needed as a Cody Strait single, a stolen base and Gutierrez ground ball would give the Reds another run.

Carpenter picked up the win allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 2 in 6 innings. Darryl Thompson took the loss the for the Reds, allowing 2 runs, 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4 through 5.

The final game of the series is Friday night at Ed Smith Stadium, with the win progressing to face the Manatees.


Quad City 4 at Beloit 5

W: A. Craig (1-0, 0.00); L: K. Maiques (0-1, 9.00)
HR: QC: T. Henley (1), S. Hill (1). BEL: J. Benson (1).

A late rally by the Swing lead to a blown save for Anthony Slama, but Steve Singleton doubled to plate Danny Berg in the 11th inning to give the Snappers a first round sweep of the Swing in the Midwest League playoffs.

A Joe Benson single and stolen base, followed a Rene Tosoni sac fly put Beloit on the board in the bottom of the first. A fielding error by Daniel Descalso in the 2nd lead to Greg Yersich crossing the plate in the 2nd for the Snappers, increasing their lead.

Southpaw Tyler Robertson blanked the St. Louis farm team for 5.2 innings, striking out 11 and allowing 5 hits and 3 walks during that time. The Swing did not get on the board until Steve Hill put one over the left field wall off Danny Vias.

The 19-year-old starter from California has been extremely effective for the Twins farm since joining them half-way through the season. The 6-foot-5 lefty struck out 123 in 102 1/3 regular season innings while compiling a 2.29 ERA. Robertson will be making to look the jump to the Miracle for 2008.

A Joe Benson home single home run in the 5th added to Snappers lead. Rene Tosoni walked and Chris Parmelee doubled him in to make it 4-0.

Joe Lugo allowed a single in the 8th and a fielding error by Chris Cates put aonther runner on base. Slama was brought in to get the Snappers out of the jam, but Tyler Henley hit a home run to tie the game.

The Twins affiliated Snappers now await the winner of the Cedar Rapids/Clinton game which it tied at one game each after the Ranger affiliated Lumber Kings defeated the Angel affiliated Kernels 8-2 at home.


In other Midwest Playoff news, West Michigan Whitecaps swept their series with the Lansing Lugnuts 6-3. This may prove good news for the Lakeland Flying Tigers after their poor showing this season, as they look forward to getting some of Detroit's top prospects from the White Caps. The Whitecaps will also wait for an opponant as South Bend evened their series with the Dayton Dragons with a 8-4 win.

Burke Badehop picked up the win as the Erie Sea Wolves evened their series with the Akron Aeros with a 9-6 win. Danny Worth as 3-for-5 in the series with a run while Jeffrey Larish drove in 5 runs for the Detroit farm team. Porland, who sneaked into the playoffs despite the Rock Cats best efforts to stop them, squeeked by the Trenton Thunder, 3-2 in 13 innings to even that series at one game each.

In the International League, the Scranton/WB Yankees tied up their series with the Richmond Braves. The Toledo Mud Hens saw an exit early as the Devil Ray affiliated Durham Bulls picked up a 9-5 win for a sweep of their series with the defending Governors' Cup chamions.

Morales gets the call: The Minnesota Twins planned to bring up former Miracle catcher Jose Morales from Triple-A Rochester before Friday night's game at the Chicago White Sox. The Twins made the announcement on Thursday, two days after backup catcher Mike Redmond strained a ligament in the middle finger of his left hand while swinging at a pitch. Joe Mauer has been out since Aug. 25 with a strained left hamstring. He jogged lightly on Wednesday, but was still sore and did not appear close to returning. Chris Heintz is the other catcher on the roster.

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