JAMIE GERMANO RDC staff photographer
Rochester center fielder Denard Span zeroes in on a short fly ball by Louisville's Joey Votto in the sixth inning at Frontier Field on Friday.
Lousiville 1 at Rochester 0
W: P. Dumatrait (7-4, 3.30); L: D. Gassner (1-7, 5.37); SV: R. Stone (5)
From redwingsbaseball.com: Three hits and a run in the first inning caused the Red Wings to lose to Louisville 1-0 Friday at Frontier Field. After the first, Dave Gassner and the Wings defense were able to hold the Bats to only one hit and no runs. The Wings offense wasn't as strong, producing only three hits and three players in scoring position during the game.
Gassner started the game by striking out Jeff Kepplinger, who is batting .450 against the Wings during their series. Louisville answered back with three hits and a run in the first inning. Alexi Casilla led off for the Wings with a fly ball that dropped just shy of a home run and became a ground rule double; Casilla moved to third on a groundout, but was stranded at third.
Gassner didn't let the first inning phase him as he only allowed one hit and struck out seven over the next six innings, but the Wings offense didn't help him. During the first four innings, the Wings struck out twice and had only one hit.
Louisville was back in scoring position in the fifth. After being walked by Gassner, Chris Dickerson advanced to second then third on a sacrifice play and fielder's choice. The Wings ended the inning, and Dickerson's hope of scoring, with a 6-4-3 double play.
Jose Morales, playing his first game after being out since May 26 from injury, started the fifth for the Wings with a double to center field, only the Wings second hit of the night. Falling just short of the wall, Morales made it to second and advanced to third on Tommy Watkins' sacrifice play, but Louisville ended the threat after Denard Span grounded out to second to end the inning.
In the seventh, Mike Edwards hit a ball that bounced off Gassner's glove and allowed Casilla to turn the double play. For the Wings, Trent Oeltjen came into the game as a pinch runner for Matthew LeCroy. After two outs, Oeltjen was caught stealing at second base to end the inning.
Julio DePaula relieved Gassner in the eighth. He started the inning by walking Ryan Jorgensen. He made up for his walk by forcing a double play, and striking out the third batter ending the inning. Bobby Korecky pitched a perfect relief inning in the ninth, quickly striking out two of the last three hitters.
NOTES: Friday's paid attendance was 13,114 ... this is the sixth largest crowd in Frontier Field history, fourth largest regular season game crown. It is the largest crowd since opening day in 2005 with attendance of 13,158 ... Josh Rabe is in town this week after his shoulder surgery. He's been given a six-month recovery time...Watkins' family came in from Florida for the homestand ... The Challenger Baseball World Series will be conducted Saturday June 16 at 9 a.m. at Frontier Field, with over 200 players representing squads from Fairport, Greece, Webster, Batavia, and the Finger Lakes little league programs. Challenger Baseball brings together boys and girls ages 6-18 who are mentally and/or physically challenged. Manager Stan Cliburn, catcher Matthew LeCroy, Williams, Spikes, and members of the Red Wings front office will be on hand for the festivities, which are free and open to the public...
New Britain 4 at Bowie 5
W: S. Rleal (1-2, 4.91); L: R. Mullins (0-1, 1.95); SV: J. Miller (4)
HR: NBR: B. Buscher (6).
E: Molina, F (12, throw), Mullins (1, throw), Buscher (11, fielding).
From baysox.com: The Baysox welcomed the New Britain Rock Cats for the first game in a three game series on Friday. Rosman Garcia made his second start of the season, which also turned out to be his second start against New Britain, a 2-1 victory last Saturday on the road. Garcia’s start also turned out to be the Baysox only win on the road trip, dropping the other five games. Since then the Baysox have won four straight and looked to keep rolling as they entered play tonight only one game behind Erie for second place in the Southern Division.
A crowd of 6,143, a majority of which were boy scouts attending Scout Night at the Baysox, were entertained by a great game.
Garcia had an otherwise flawless night aside from giving up a solo home run in the first inning to Brian Buscher, putting the Rock Cats ahead, 1-0.
But the Baysox would battle back in the bottom of the frame, tying the game at, 1-1. Oscar Salazar hit line drive single to right, scoring Paco Figueroa, tying the game.
The Baysox struck again taking the lead in the bottom of the third. Ruddy Yan scored on a ground out by Luis Hernandez, putting the Baysox ahead, 2-1.
Garcia pitched into the seventh, giving up only two hits, but then yielded a lead-off single to Brian Buscher. David Winfree then hit a dribbler towards third base, but Bryan Bass threw the ball past Baysox first baseman Brandon Sing, pulling him off of the bag, for an error putting runners at second and third with the advances on the overthrow.
Rommie Lewis then came into spell Garcia from the game and got the first out of the inning, getting Garrett Guzman to fly out, but Buscher tagged up from third to score, tying the game at, 2-2. Brock Peterson then singled on a line drive to left, scoring Winfree, putting the Rock Cats up, 3-2. Lewis then got Brandon Roberts to fly out for the second out of the inning, before being pulled for Sendy Rleal. Rleal then got Luke Hughes to strike out swinging, ending the threat.
The Baysox then took a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth, in a bizarre series of events with both runs scoring without a hit in the inning. Bryan Bass led off with a walk and Ruddy Yan followed Bass up reaching first on a throwing error by New Britain starter Ryan Mullins and advanced to second on the overthrow to first. Bass also advanced to third on the overthrow. Oscar Salazar would then ground into a force out, but Bass scored from third, tying the game at 3-3.
Jose Mijares would then relieve Mullins from the game with two out. The first batter Mijares faced, Val Majewski hit a high pop-up in front of the pitcher’s mound, but third baseman Brian Buscher dropped the sure out and Ruddy Yan and Oscar Salazar came across to score for a 5-3 Baysox lead.
Jim Miller entered the game in the ninth and battled through a bases loaded jam and walked in Garrett Guzman, to put the Rock Cats within one at, 5-4. Miller ended the game and collected his fourth save getting Felix Molina to fly out, with Bryan Bass making a spectacular over the shoulder catch near the Rock Cats bullpen, securing the Baysox win, 5-4. With the win, the Baysox have now run their win streak to a season high five games.
Baysox starter Rosman Garcia, who didn’t factor into decision, turned in six innings of three-hit ball, giving up only three runs, with six strikeouts and only one walk. Sendy Rleal got his first win of the season and improved to (1-2). Miller, who came on to pitch the ninth, converted his fourth save of the year. Mullins was the hard luck loser tonight, going 7.2 innings, giving up only five hits and one earned run. Mullins dropped to (0-1) on the year.
The Baysox will honor the history of baseball on Saturday, with their 6th Annual Negro League Tribute. The Baysox players and coaches will wear retro Philadelphia Stars replica jerseys that will be auctioned off in a live auction during the game. The winning bidders will get to take the jerseys right off the backs of the players following the game. Also, the first 1,500 fans (ages 6 & up) through the gates will receive a free replica Philadelphia Stars hat, courtesy of Dietz and Watson, sponsor of the 6th Annual Negro League Tribute.
Seven former Negro League players will be in attendance at tomorrow’s game and will be honored in a pre-game ceremony and will be signing autographs on the concourse during the game. Players in attendance include: Roosevelt Taylor – Baltimore Bruins (1951), Jimmy Bland – Indianapolis Clowns Eddie Banks, Bert Simmons – Greensboro Redwings (1946 – 1948), Ashville Blues (1949), Baltimore Elite Giants (1950), Al Burrows - NY Black Yankees (1954) & Indianapolis Clowns (1955-1962), Luther Atkinson - Satchel Paige All-Stars (1960), and Jose Piloto – Memphis Red Sox (1948 – 1952).
LHP Craig Anderson (4-1, 5.37) will get the start for the Baysox opposing LHP John Sawatski (3-2, 5.04) for the Rock Cats. First pitch set for 7:05 pm at Prince George’s Stadium.
Eastern division player Tyler Colvin, a Daytona Cub, watches his Allstar Home Run Derby hit during FanFest at Jackie Robinson Ballpark Friday.
Fort Myers Miracle
Record 29 - 37
FSL All-Star Break
Clearwater's Slayden wins home-run derby
1983: When stars were last here
D-Rays' Davis has few wins for much heat
Beloit 17 at Quad Cities 4
W: C. Devries (5-3, 2.87); L: S. Garceau (4-4, 3.65); SV: D. Leatherman (4)
HR: BEL: C. Parmelee 2 (9), B. Dinkelman (6), W. Ramos (3), D. Berg (2). QC: J. Schweitzer (5), C. Grossman (3).
E: Olson (12, fielding), Singleton 2 (13, fielding, throw).
From swingbaseball.com: The Swing of the Quad Cities and Beloit Snappers entered play on Friday evening as the top two pitching teams in the Midwest League, but 21 runs, 29 hits, and seven homers later the Swing were eliminated from playoff contention after a 17-4 loss at John O’Donnell Stadium.
Quad Cities (37-30) sent a season-high seven pitchers to the mound, roughed up for season-highs with 17 runs and 19 hits allowed. Beloit (43-25) homered five times and scored runs in seven of the nine innings, led by 2006 first-round Chris Parmelee, who went 4-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI.
The Snappers got the scoring started early, taking advantage of a two-out error in the top of the first that led the three unearned runs. Parmelee’s two-run homer capped the rally, and one inning later Danny Berg’s solo shot gave Beloit a 4-0 lead.
Quad Cities cut that deficit in half in the bottom of the second. With two outs and the bases empty, Jared Schweitzer jacked his fifth home run of the year out of the yard to left to get the Swing on the board. After Wilmer Alvarado was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch, Donovan Solano singled to right-center to drive in another run and make it a 4-2 ballgame.
But the Snappers blew the game open from there. Danny Santiesteban singled in a run to make it 5-2 in the third, and Parmelee went back to work in the fourth. With the bases loaded and one away, the powerful left-handed hitter slugged a towering grand slam to right field for a 9-2 advantage.
The score was 10-2 when Chris Grossman stepped to the plate with one on in the bottom of the sixth. The Swing catcher promptly blasted a 1-1 pitch to the opposite field, clearing the fence in right-center with his third homer of the year to pull to within 10-4.
Beloit immediately quelled any thoughts of a comeback in the seventh. The first five batters of the frame recorded base hits and came around to score, taking advantage of an error to stretch the lead to 15-4. The final touches were put on in the eighth, when a two-run homer by Wilson Ramos cemented the Snappers’ 17-4 win.
Shaun Garceau (4-4) tossed 2.2 innings and took the loss, allowing five runs – four earned – on four hits, four walks, and two home runs.
Beloit starter Cole Devries (5-3) earned the win despite giving up four runs on eight hits over 5.2 frames.