Saturday, April 14, 2007

Miracle top Jays in controversial game

Dunedin 6 at Fort Myers 7

Record 3 - 5

W: D. Shinskie (1-0, 0.00); L: E. Estanga (0-1, 11.57)
HR: DUN: J. Butler (1), B. Jeroloman (1). FTM: E. Lis (1).

E: Lis (1, fielding), Portes (1, fielding).

Former Miracle catcher Kyle Phillips is now playing for the Blue Jays, he was their first baseman last night.

I wasn't all that impressed by Alex Smit. He got batted around a bit.

Alex Smit (Part 1)
Alex Smit (Part 2)

I need to convince Loek and Mushy to sit with me for his next outting and give me color commentary to go along with the video. It was way too crowded to try that last night.

I was even less impressed with Kyle Aselton in relief and was mildly ambivelant towards our fielding except for Erik Lis' error, which I screamed about. Toby Gardenhire didn't play and strangely enough, I didn't notice.

The fifth inning was pretty good.

4-Run 5th Inning (Part 2)
4-Run 5th Inning (Part 3)

(Part 1 is 103MB, so it needs to be edited and it not yet online.)

Whit Robbins looks funny from behind when he's batting. Part of the Hibbing branch of Eli Tintor fan club was at the game. He got a beauty hit for them and made several very nice catches in the field. I loved the T-Shirts!

Drew Thompson is having back problems. He said he's about a month away from playing, but I think he's being optimistic and is probably about 6 weeks out since he said he's not supposed to do anything for another 3 weeks.

Paul Kelly is having some knee issues and is not due back for a while. Jose Leger had surgery and is done for the season.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Early season call ups may effect Miracle

Former Miracle oufielder Josh Rabe, second baseman Alexi Casilla, and left-hander pitcher Glen Perkins have all received early promotions to the Minnesota Twins.

While it's great to see former favorites progressing in the organization, it may not be good news for the Miracle. The Rochester Red Wings received catcher Chris Heintz from the Twins, but are still short two players and will be looking to the New Britain Rock Cats for help. That may well open an window for a couple of current Miracle players to earn trips to Connecticut.

And replacements might not be readily forthcoming.

Drew Thompson, Paul Kelly and Jose Leger are on the DL and nominally on the Beloit roster, but are expected to be re-assigned once they heal up. I have no word on the extent of their injuries so when they might be available to replace anyone lost to call ups is questionable. All three are currently attached to the Twins Minor League Complex at the Lee County Sportsplex.

Meanwhile, Rochester cancelled their game today against the Norfolk Tides due to poor field conditions following heavy rains in New York.

Beloit continues to lose games to snow, rain and poor field conditions, sitting out yesterday's game due to snow and then cancelling today's games, which would have been a double header. The team will make up the games in May and June.

The Miracle collected their first wins on the road against Lakeland yesterday in a double header. Juan Portes had two hits in the first game while Eddie Ovalle smacked one over the wall for two RBI's handing the Miracle a 5-4 win over the now Flying Tigers at Joker Marchent Stadium. Only Jeff Christy and Toby Gardenhire failed to record hits in the game, both going 0-for-3 at the plate.

In the second game, Frank Mata picked up the win in relief of Kyle Waldrop, while Erik Lis recorded two hits and batted in three to provide an offensive lift for the team. Steve Tolleson and Dwyane White were both 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs each while Portes continued to be hot, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs for the Miracle, who won the game 6-4.

The two teams play again tonight at 7:05 to finish off the three game series.

New Britain went 2-1 in a three game series against the Portland Sea Dogs. Former Miracle Brock Peterson, Luke Hughes and Kyle Geiger each had two runs batted in on Monday's game, which the Rock Cats won 8-6. Tim Lehay picked up the save in that one.

The hitting was more restrained in Tuesday's game, with Korey Feiner and Garrett Guzman getting the RBI's in a 3-1 victory. Jose Mijares had the save, while Korey Feiner and Brandon Roberts had two hits a piece in the game.

Last night was a different matter with the Red Sox AA affiliate roughing up Danny Powers for 4 runs in one inning. Trevor Plouffe and David Winfree each had two hits while Garrett Guzman batted in two runs, but the Rock Cats still fell 8-5 to Portland.

The Rock Cats open their 2007 season at home tonight against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Extended Spring Training continues at the Lee County Sportsplex. The Twins are at home against Pittsburgh today and Baltimore tomorrow and then take on the Red Sox in Fort Myers on Saturday. Game times are 12:30 pm for all contests.

Don't forget to check out We've added video clips of the game for the 2007 season including two of Oswaldo Sosa pitching for the home opener.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Scoreboard for April 7, 2007

And on the third day, there was baseball....

Ottawa 11 at Rochester 12

Record 1-0

W: B. Korecky (1-0, 40.50); L: K. Davis (0-1, 27.00)
HR: None.

E: Garza (1, throw), Moses 2 (2, fielding, fielding), Morales, J (1, pickoff).

(I see MosEs is off to a fine start...)

From Tommy Watkins drew a walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, and the Rochester Red Wings beat the Ottawa Lynx 12-11 Saturday afternoon at Frontier Field in the season opener for both clubs. Jeremy Cummings pitched three shutout innings of relief for the Wings, who pounded out 11 hits - including key two-RBI hits by Garrett Jones and Matthew LeCroy. Both clubs struggled with the wintry weather conditions, committing four errors each.

After a postponement due to snow and cold on Friday, the teams lined up for introductions under partly sunny skies and 32 degree temperatures. The contest matched up Matt Garza, USA Today's 2006 Minor League Player of the Year, and last season's International League ERA leader Brian Mazone. Garza allowed a pair of first inning baserunners, but used a pair of strikeouts to escape trouble. In the Ottawa second, Garza loaded the bases with none out. Shortstop Watkins made a nice running play to snag a foul pop-up from Jason Jaramillo for the first out, but Chris Roberson's sacrifice fly brought in the game's first run for a 1-0 Lynx lead.

More trouble for Garza in the third, as his pitch count rose after issuing a pair of walks to open the frame. An error by Matt Moses set the stage for two more Lynx runs, when catcher Jose Morales tried to pick Jim Rushford off first with the bases loaded. Morales' throw went into right field, and both scored to make it 3-0 Ottawa.

Watkins led off the bottom of the Red Wings third, scorching a 1-0 Mazone pitch to left for Rochester's first base hit of the season. Jones drilled a two-out 1-2 pitch to center field for a two-run single, bringing the Wings back to within a run at 3-2. LeCroy followed Jones with another two-run single, and the Wings grabbed the lead 4-3.

Garza struck out Roberson to start the fourth, then gave way to Cummings. Garza's Opening Day line: 3 1/3 innings, two hits, three unearned runs and five walks to go with three strikeouts.

Fabio Castro relieved Mazone to start the Red Wings fifth, and quickly ran into a jam. After Alexi Casilla reached on an error, Jones punched a single to right and Casilla hustled around to third base. LeCroy plated Casilla with a run-scoring sacrifice fly for the fifth Red Wing run. In the fifth, the Wings knocked around reliever Yoel Hernandez for four hits and four more runs - highlighted by Josh Rabe's two-run opposite field single.

Cummings tossed three scoreless innings against his former teammates, allowing a pair of hits and fanning three. Mike Venafro pitched two innings and was charged with five runs; Bobby Korecky came on in the ninth inning with one out, two on, and two runs in. Korecky (1-0) allowed an RBI single to Lou Collier that brought the Lynx to within two at 9-7. Veteran Pedro Swann followed with a pinch-hit, first pitch double over the head of Trent Oletjen in center field that tied the score at 9-9. When Jason Jaramillo followed with a triple to left, the Lynx re-took the lead and then made it 11-9 on a run-scoring sacrifice fly.

Rabe struck out but reached first on a wild pitch to start the ninth. Jones lofted an RBI double to left-center that plated Rabe and made it 11-10 Ottawa; Kane Davis came out of the Ottawa bullpen to face LeCroy with the tying run on second. Davis skipped a wild pitch to the backstop to move Jones to third, then walked LeCroy. Glenn Williams tied the game at 11-11 when his sacrifice fly to left scored Jones. Davis walked Moses and Morales to load the bases with one out. Manager John Russell pulled Davis (0-1) and brought in Justin Miller to face Watkins, who worked Miller for the walk and run batted in, capping a wild back and forth contest.

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New Britain 6 at New Hampshire 7

Record: 0-1

W: M. MacDonald (1-0, 5.40); L: A. Swarzak (0-1, 10.12); SV: L. Gronkiewicz (1)
HR: NBR: G. Guzman (1). NHM: C. Cannon (1), E. Kratz (1), W. Lydon (1).

E: Peterson (1, fielding).

Korey Feiner went 3-for-4. I don't believe Korey Feiner has EVER gone 3-for-4 in his career before.

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Fort Myers 6 at Sarasota 7

Record 0 - 3

W: T. Wood (1-0, 7.20); L: J. Hill (0-1, 10.12); SV: R. Ramirez (1)
HR: SAR: M. Griffin (1).

E: Tintor (1, fielding), Betsill (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Portes (DeJesus at home), Tintor (Bruce at 2nd base).

Sarasota Herald Tribune

Cedar Rapids 1 at Beloit 2 (Seven Innings)

Record 1-0

W: D. Leatherman (1-0, 0.00); L: W. Madrigal (0-1, 13.50)
HR: CED: H. Conger (1).

(Dan Leatherman is listed in the Miracle program. Unfortunately, like more than half of the other guys, they have someone else's picture next to his stats.

He would also whine that the stats are wrong because he SWEARS he pitched an additional 3 innings in GCL which aren't showing up.)

This was supposed to be a double header, the second game was postponed due to cold weather.