Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Snappers successful, Wings not in early contests.


Pawtucket 4 at Rochester 2

W: C. Zink (3-1, 2.76); L: F. Liriano (0-1, 7.56); SV: C. Smith (1)

Francisco Liriano took his first start for the Rochester Red Wings for an educational day game on Wednesday, and ended up taking his first loss as well, as Pawtucket downed Rochester 4-2.

A pair of walks to Sandy Madera and Keith Ginter resulted in a run when Madera progressed to 3rd on a Dusty Brown fly out then came home a sac-fly by Chad Spann for an early Pawsox lead.

They added to in in the 3rd when Gil Velazquez singled and Jeff Bailey homered to give Pawtucket 3 including what would prove to be the game winning run.

Doubles by Joe Thurston and Ginter gave the Pawsocks in insurnace marker in the fifth. That would end Liriano stint on the mound as well, with Ricky Barrett coming in for the Wings. Liriano's final line score would be 4 runs (all earned) on 5 hits and 5 walks while stiking out 3 over 4.1 innings.

Charlie Zink would keep the Red wings off the board for five innings. Alexi Casilla would draw a walk off him, but found himself out when Denard Spann hit into a ground out. Span then stole 2nd base. Jason Pridie's single moved span to 3rd and a fielding error by Pawtuckett's Chad Spann would allow Darnell McDonald to reach and Denard to score. McDonald then stole 2nd with Garrett Jones at the plate. Jones would reach on fielder's choice that saw Pridie taking out at home. Howie Clark then singled McDonald in for the Red Wings 2 runs.

Pridie was 2-for-4 in the game that saw only five Rochester hits. The Wings split the home series 1-2 with the Pawsox, and now head out on the road to play four in Toledo against the Mud Hens. Toledo leads the West division, while Rochester, with a 13-14 record in in 4th in the North Division

Wings Things: Randy Ruiz went 0-for-4, ending his seven-game hitting streak. During the streak he batted .429 (12-for-28) with five doubles, one triple, one home run and 10 RBI. Ruiz has at least one RBI on six of those seven games....The Red Wings have outscored their opponents 24-2 in the eighth inning this season, and 109-47 since the start of the 2007 season....Garrett Jones played his first game at first base this season, and made a nice play to take a hit away from George Kottaras in the third inning. Jones hadn't played in the field since April 15, missing time with a bruised knee.

Red Wings

After the game, outfielder Jon Knott was sold to the Phillies organization. The club released C Ei Whiteside; C Ryan Jorgensen has been activated from extended spring training and will join the Wings for the road trip that begins in Toledo Thursday.

Minnesota is expected to activate SS Adam Everett from the DL today or tomorrow, which will result in a Twins player being sent to the Wings.

GCL Twins

South Bend 2 at Beloit 4

W: L. Van Mil (1-0, 3.72); L: B. Henry (0-2, 6.19); SV: S. Steedley (1)
HR: SOU: M. Mee (1). BEL: R. Santana (2).

Beloit also played an educational game day with slightly different results as it was Beloit that won, 4-2. Luke Van Mil picked up his first win of the season as the Snappers scored 3 in the 7th inning to give the tall relieve his first victory.

The Snappers took a run off South Bend starter Josh Collmenter in the second, when Ramon Santana hit one over the left field fence for his second home run of the season.

Santos Arias took his first start for Beloit and allowed 2 hits while striking out 5 over 6 innings. Van Mil would take over the 7th, and Michael Mee greeted him with another fence jumper, this time over the center field wall.

In the bottom of the inning, Dan Lehmann walked and then was replaced by pinch runner Mark Dolenc. Steve Singleton bunted his way onto first and Benson following with a bunt as well. Ben Revere then singled out to right to bring in Dolenc and Singleton. Garrett Olson ground out, but Benson came home on the hit, to make it 4-1 Snappers.

The Silverhawks would get one more in the ninth with Mee singling off Spencer Steedley. Mee would be nabbed at 2nd on an Aaron Hanke force out. Hanke moved to second on Ramon Ramirez ground out, then was singled in by Derrick Walker who hit out to center for the RBI.

Revere was 2-for-4 in a game that saw 9 Snappers hits. Beloit finished off the series 2-1. They head out on the road now to face the Great Lakes Loons for for a 3-game set.


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