Saturday, May 31, 2008

Snappers split pair with L-Kings

Beloit Snappers,GCL Twins

Beloit 3 at Clinton 5

W: N. Feliz (5-1, 2.05); L: D. Bromberg (3-3, 5.08)
HR: BEL: S. Singleton (3). CLI: I. Gac (15).

David Bromberg would give up 5 runs (4 earned) on six hits while striking out only 2. He'd last only 3 innings, which - needless to say - is a less than successful outing for the young Californian.

This combined with a lack of offense saw the visiting Beloit Snappers fall to the Clinton Lumber Kings, 6-2.

After 3 ground outs shut out the batting order in the first inning, Ian Gac homered to lead off the second. Bromberg would get Tim Smith out on a ground bunt, and both Jon Greene and Jose Felix on strikes. The third went equally well, with a pair of ground outs and a pop out.

In the bottom of the 4th, Renny Osuna reached on a throwing error by Garrett Olson. Mitchell Moreland then triple which brought in the Clinton runner. Gac and Smith both singled and a wild pitch moved the pair. Greene's single would drive in the pair. Felix knocked a line drive to center, which brought in Smith, and that also finished off Bromberg as Beloit field manager Nelson Prada removed him from the game in favor of Danny Hernandez.

Hernandez, who had started to come around in Fort Myers pitched a perfect 2 innings, allowing only 1 strike out. Charles Nolte would finish up on the mound, striking out 2 in the 7th inning.

The catch up problem fell to the Snappers bats,which were largely silent in the contest.

Ben Revere who went 3-for-3 at the plate, would triple in the top of the sixth inning, then come home on a Chris Cates sacrifice. Steve Singleton would go yard in the top of the 7th. That was it for the Snappers offense.

Revere's outing was notable as he hit 2 doubles and a triple, his average is now .410 on the season. Despite getting to Beloit a month late, he appears to be a shoe in for the Midwest League All-star game.

Chris Parmelee, Joe Benson and catcher Greg Yersich each collected a pair of strike outs in the game.


Beloit 6 at Clinton 2

W: M. Tarsi (3-6, 5.64); L: F. Castillo (0-2, 3.95)
HR: BEL: R. Santana (4).

The Beloit Snappers faired better in the nightcap, collecting six runs on 9 hits. Southpaw Mike Tarsi turned in another solid inning, lasting six innings and giving up 1 run on six hits and 1 walk while striking out 7.

Ben Revere doubled, but would be taken out on a fielder's choice which allowed Joe Benson onto first base. Benson then stole 2nd, and wild pitch by L-Kings starter Fabio Castillo moved him to 3rd. Garrett Olson would hit into a ground out, which saw Benson cross the plate for the first Snapper run.

With one out on the board in the top of the second, Ramon Santana doubled. Mark Dolenc ground out, and Chris Cates walked before Revere singled to plate Santana.

Ian Gac would single to start off the bottom of the inning. Following a pop off to Tim Smith, Tarsi would attempt to pick off Gac, but the ball went astray and Gac moved to 2nd. Jon Greene would collect a walk before Justin Pickett doubled to score Gac. Greene would be taken out at home on the throw, but the play injured catcher Jair Fernandez, who was replaced by David Lehmann for the remainder of the contest.

Olson would single to start off the top of the third, but he'd get caught stealing. Chris Parmelee took a walk. Lehmann would strike out, but a wild pitch by Castillo allowed Parmelee to score. Santana then went yard over the left field wall for his 4th home run of the season. The Snappers were not finished though as Dolenc took a walk, then stole 2nd. Cates would hit a fly ball single to right which plated Dolenc, giving the Snappers six.

Matt Williams would take over for Tarsi in the 7th, and Smith would greet him with a single. Williams would take Greene out on strikes, but would plunk Pickett with a pitch. Matt Lawson then ground into a force out which moved Smith to 3rd. Miguel Alfonzo would single to plate Smith before Engel Beltre flew out to end the inning, and the contest.

Revere would go 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and an RBI. Santana was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and RBIs. Parmelee, Olson, Steve Singleton and Cates each had solo hits for the visiting team.

The series continues on Saturday at Alliant Energy Field. Danny Berlind (3-4, 3.77) is the likely starter for the Snappers.

L Kings

Notes: Blair Erickson has yet to pitch for the Miracle since the roster move that sent Mr. Hernandez to Beloit. There was some comment as to how long we'd keep 12 pitchers on the staff as they can't get enough work for them that way. I do not know if that is in any involved in Mr. Erickson's absence or not.

As for Revere getting promoted from Beloit, Kelly Thesier had this to say in her Twins Mailbag feature:

Revere has certainly made a strong impression since being called up to Beloit during the final week of April. In 26 games for the Snappers, Revere is batting .405 with a .445 on-base percentage. He also has recorded 14 stolen bases.

But does that mean Revere is in line for another call up anytime soon? That seems unlikely, considering how short his stint has been at Beloit. Revere, the Twins' first-round selection in last year's First-Year Player Draft, spent the 2007 season with the club's Gulf Coast Rookie League team.

The Twins have always been hesitant to move a player up too quickly through their system. So promoting Revere to Class A Fort Myers in the upcoming weeks is unlikely. The Twins have kept 2006 first-round pick Chris Parmelee at Beloit for a second straight season. Parmelee certainly hasn't had Revere's success, but I see the team letting Revere get a real chance to thrive at Beloit before trying to send him to another level and having to adjust once again.

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