Thursday, May 29, 2008

Rock Cats break up no hitter; go on to win

Ryan Mullins

Connecticut 2 at New Britain 3

W: R. Mullins (5-3, 3.38); L: K. Pichardo (1-3, 3.09); SV: B. Julianel (9)
HR: None.

The New Britain Rock Cats rallied past the Connecticut Defenders in the 7th inning to give lefty Ryan Mullins his fifth win of the season.

With one out on the board in the fifth inning, Nestor Rojas and Jake Wald hit back-to-back singles. A wild pitch moved Rojas to 3rd, and a walk to Ben Copeland loaded the bases. Antoan Richardson then reached on a throwing error by Luke Hughes, allowing both Rojas and Wald to come in for a pair of unearned runs.

Mullins would allow a total of 5 hits and a pair of walks over seven innings while fanning 3. Kyle Aselton and Ben Julianel each worked an inning of relief and allowing only one run each to keep the Defenders at bay.

Kelvin Pichardo took over the mound in the bottom of the 7th. Erik Lis would hit a ground ball single, and then advance to 2nd on a throwing error. Following a fly out to David Winfree, Matt Moses and Brock Peterson hit back-to-back singles that brought in Lis. Dustin Martin took a walk, loading the bases, and Drew Butera would also draw a walk, forcing in a run to tie up the game. Steve Tolleson then hit into a sacrifice double play that allowed Peterson to cross the base for the game winning run.

It was only the 4th win for the Cats, who are two games under .500 on season, and trail the Defenders in the standings by a game, 8.5 games back from first placed Trenton.

Lis was 2-for-3 on the night with a walk and a run, the only Cat with a multiple hit game as the Cats only managed four hits in total.

Giant's prospect Nate Bump would carry a no-hitter through five, allowing only 2 walks. Josh Sharpless kept the Cats off the board in the sixth, allowing only a walk.

The Cats finish off the series with the Defenders Thursday with a 6:35 PM first pitch time. Anthony Swarzak (2-2, 4.29) will take the start on the mound for New Britain.

Rock cats

Beloit 0 at Clinton 1 - 10 Innings

W: J. Quintero (4-1, 5.40); L: S. Hirschfeld (4-1, 1.20)
HR: None.

Santos Arias and Spencer Steedly held the Clinton Lumber Kings off the board for 9 innings as the two teams engaged in a pitcher's duel.

Renny Osuna singled in the bottom of the 10th off Steven Hirschfeld. A wild pitch moved Osuna to 2nd. Hirschfield then intentionally walked Mitchell Moreland, and Ian Gac waited long enough to get a free pass of his own. With the bases loaded, Tim Smith hit a line drive single that scored Osuna, ending the game.

Kennil Gomez one hit the Snappers through 7 innings, allowing 3 walks and fanning 4. Arias would give up 5 hits and 6 walks while fanning 6 over seven.

Danny Lehmann went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Snappers, while Ramon Santana had the only other Beloit hit.

The two teams rematch Thursday for game two in the four game series with the first pitch due at 7:00 pm central time. David Bromberg (3-2, 4.70) will be on the mound for the Snappers.

Lumber Kings
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