Thursday, May 22, 2008

Senators, Rock Cats split 7-hour double header

New Britain Rock Cats

Harrisburg 6 at New Britain 2

W: Z. Zinicola (2-1, 2.00); L: E. Simonitsch (0-1, 6.30)
HR: HAR: W. Bergolla (1). NBR: D. Butera (1).

Errol Simonitsch gave up 3 runs, earned, on 7 hits and 4 walks while striking out four in 5 innings to absorb his first loss of the 2008 season.

Harrisburg took an early lead in the top of the 2nd inning, when Andrew Lefave tripled out to right field, then came home on Devin Ivany's line drive to center.

The Cats took it back in the second when catcher Drew Butera knocked his first home run over the left field wall off Nationals prospect Jordan Zimmermann.

Ian Desmond would double for the Senators in the top of the 5th. Following a line out to Mike Daniel, William Bergolla sent a Simonitsch pitch yard over the left field wall to make it 3-1 Harrisburg.

Armando Gabino took over the mound for the top of the six. Lefave singled his way onto base. Gabino would get Ivany to strike out, but Desmond followed tat up with a single. Daniel would be hit by a pitch to load the bags. Following a strike out to Bergolla, Roger Dernadina doubled to drive in two, as the Sens continued to pulled away from the Cats.

A Matt Moses single and a David Winfree double gave the Cats only their second run of the game in the bottom of the sixth.

Luis Jimenez would single his way onto base in the top of the 7th, but was nabbed at 2nd on Ofilio Castro's force out. Lefave then singled, followed by an Ivany double to drive in Castro for Harrisburg's sixth run of the night.

New Britain found no answers in the bottom of the seventh, taking the loss on game of one a double header.

Luke Hughes was 0-for-3 in the contest with a walk and pair of strike outs. He still remains the prime candidate to replace the injured Denard Span on the Red Wings roster.


New Britain Rock Cats

Harrisburg 1 at New Britain 2

W: O. Sosa (2-3, 6.37); L: S. Martis (3-2, 3.04); SV: B. Julianel (7)
HR: None.

Oswaldo Sosa took a clue from Jay Rainville's outstanding game on Monday and limited the Senators to just 1 run on 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5 over six innings.

Former Rock Cat Luis Jimenez would double to right, then move to 3rd on Otillo Castro's ground out. Andrew Lefave would sacrifice him in for the loan Harrisburg run.

New Britain had gotten on the board first, when Luke Hughes doubled and was plated by Matt Moses' triple.

Neither team saw much in the way of hits. In the top of the 5th, Felix Molina drew a walk and was moved to second by Toby Gardenhire's sac-bunt. Jeff Christy then doubled Molina in for the game inning run.

Dustin Martin and Trevor Plouffe had the other two hits for the Cats, but did not factor into the scoring. Hughes, in the designated hitter role, saw his batting average fall to .349, going 1-for-3 at the plate with a pair of strike outs.

The series concludes on Thursday with a 10:35 AM game. Yohan Pino (1-2, 3.25) will most likely handle the pitching chores for New Britain.

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