Saturday, May 17, 2008

A win, a loss, a rain out

Rochester Red Wings

Columbus 5 at Rochester 4

W: C. Schroder (3-1, 1.72); L: R. Barrett (2-3, 2.96); SV: C. Manning (6)
HR: COL: A. Escobar (2). ROC: B. Buscher (6).

The Rochester Red Wings have been less than the stellar this season. I tend to feel more sympathy for the Red Wings however, because I never have read Jim Madnelaro's blog to hear about how they can't wait for reinforcements from down below. At least they need hitting, and the Rock Cats will certainly be able to provide that once Jim Rantz decides to make some organizational changes.

Phil Humber took the start for the Wings, allowing a solo-shot home run to Alex Escobar in the top of the 2nd inning. The Wings would answer, but it wouldn't be until the bottom of the 4th.

Howie Clark singled his way onto base, and Brian Buscher put one over the right-center field fence, his sixth of the season, to give the Wings 2 and a 1 run lead.

It was a short lived lead however, as Nationals farm hand Tommy Murphy took a walk. Pete Orr then doubled him in, while a throwing error by shortstop Sergio Santos, who skipped the ball into the stands, let Orr get all the way home.

With two outs on the board, Brian Buscher doubled out to Ryan Langerhans to get on base. A Rany Ruiz single served to score him, and again, the game was tied up.

Humber would exit the game in the sixth with 2 outs on the board, having reached his pitch count. Ricky Barrett would come in to get Orr to fly out to retire the side.

He was not so effective in the top of the 8th, allowing a walk to Langerhans who then stole 2nd. Escobar's fly out put Langerhans at 3rd. Larry Broadway would reach on a fielder's choice as Barrett thew to the plate to take out Langerhans at home. The bullet was dodged, but just for a moment.

Casey Daigle replace Barrett at that point and unleashed a wild one that send Broadway to 2nd. Yurendell de Caster then took a walk. With former Miracle Garrett Guzman at the plate, another wild pitch moved the pair of runners. Guzman would single to score the pair, to give the Nationals the lead again.

The Wings took one back in the bottom of the inning, when Denard Span singled out to right then stole 2nd. Following a ground out to Pridie that put the speedy Span on 3rd, Charlie Manning would replace Chris Schroder on the mound for the Nationals. Howie Clark would ground out, but it allowed Span to score. That would be, however, all the Wings would get in the contest.

Clark, Buscher and Morales were all 2-for-4 at the plate, Buscher with 2 runs and 2 RBIs, Clark with one run and 1 RBI. Ruiz was 3-for-4 with 1 RBI.

The Red Wings are now 4-12 in the month of May. Rochester is on pace to finish the month of May with an 8-22 record, which would be the worst record in a month since 1980 when month to month records begin. Rochester hasn’t had a 20-loss month since August of 2002 (11-20 record).

Clark was called up to the Twins after the game ended because Miracle alumni Matt Tolbert was placed on the DL due to an injury to his left thumb.

Denard Span landed at No. 11 on the Baseball America Propect Hot Sheet posted on Friday. Former Sarasota Reds slugger Jay Bruce, now with Triple-A Louisville, was in the top spot.

Red Wings/OSC

Portland at New Britain

Postponed - Rain

Friday's game against the Portland Sea Dogs was postponed due to inclement weather. A make-up date for the canceled game will be announced at a later time.

The Rock Cats and Sea Dogs will try to square off Saturday, May 17, in a previously scheduled day-night doubleheader. The first game will begin at 1:05 P.M. The two teams will battle again in a 6:35 P.M. contest. There is a separate admission for the two games.

Lots of Rain through-out the Eastern League Friday with three other games - Erie at Binghamton, Akron at Reading, and Altoona at Harrisburg - also having to be re-scheduled.

Beloit Snappers

Peoria 3 at Beloit 6

W: C. Nolte (1-1, 2.76); L: A. Santana (0-3, 5.71); SV: B. Tippett (1)
HR: PEO: D. Johnston (5). BEL: J. Fernandez (1).

Brian Kirwan would give up 2 runs, earned, on 8 hits and 2 walks while striking out two, but would pick up a no decision in Friday's game as he got zero support from the team.

It wasn't until the bottom of the 7th that the Snappers decided to break out their bats.

Jair Fernandez hit his first home run of the season over the center field wall. Steve Singleton would get plunked by a pitch and Joe Benson then tripled him in. Ozzie Lewis would strike out swining, the first out of the inning before Ramon Stantana singled to bring in Benson. Ben Revere singled out to left to move Sanatana over to third, but Peoria decided the Snappers were having too much fun, bringing Craig Muschio in to rplace Audy Santana on the mound. Beloit's Sanatana would score on Chris Cates' ground out, and Garrett Olson doubled to drive in Revere to give the home team five runs.

They'd pick up an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th when Ozzie Lewis scored Singleton, but wouldn't really need it.

A walk to Jovan Rosa would hurt Kirwan in the top of the 2nd when Luis Bautista singled out to center to move the runner to second. Dylan Johnson then brought him home with a line drive out to right.

Peoria's second run would come in the 5th with Johnston singling his way onto base, and moving to second on Elvis Lara's ground ball to left. Jeff Rea would move the pair with a sac-bunt, which set Nate Samson in line to sacrifice in Johnston. Brandon Guyer would ground out to end the inning.

The Chief's would attempt a brief rally with closer Brad Tippett on the mound for the Snappers, but a Johnston home run, his 5th of the season, was ill placed at the start of the inning and Tippy sent the other three batters down in order to preserve lead.

Charles Nolte would get his firs win of the season, allowing only 1 hit and 1 walk while stiking out 1 over 1 inning. The game would also be Tippett's first save of the 2008 season.

Revere was 2-for-5 with a run, while Benson was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Game 2 of the 3 game series begins at 6:30 PM central time, and the series concluding on Sunday.


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