Sunday, May 25, 2008

Wings, Cats both fail

Fort Myers Miracle,New Britain Rock Cats

New Britain 1 at Portland 4

W: M. Bowden (4-3, 2.47); L: A. Swarzak (2-2, 4.29); SV: D. Bard (1)
HR: None.

Anthony Swarzak surrendered three runs, earned, in the sixth inning to give the Portland Sea Dogs a win Friday night.

The New Britain Rock Cats could only manage two hits in the contest, with Dustin Martin recording one and Toby Gardenhire the other.

Steve Tolleson reached on a fielding error to start out the contest. He then stole 2nd base and moved to 3rd on a throwing error by catcher John Otness. Brock Peterson hit into a ground out that brought Tolleson home, but that was about the extent of the Rock Cat's offense.

Martin would single in the top of the 2nd off starter Michael Bowden. Gardenhire took a single off Daniel Bard in the top of the 8th.

Zach Daeges singled in the bottom of the sixth and Aaron Bates would get plunked by a pitch to follow him onto the basepaths. Bubba Bell (seriously, that's his name) singled to load the bags and Sandy Madero would double off Swarzak to drive in two. Otness would sacrifice in Bell.

Tony Granadilo singled in the bottom of the third and came home on Jeff Coursaletti's triple.

The currently de-clawed Cats will try to find some offense to back up Jay Rainville (3-5, 7.53) as the two teams rematch at 1:00 PM Sunday.

Rock Cats
Sea Dogs
Portland Press
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Rochester Red Wings

Rochester 1 at Pawtucket 9

W: D. Pauley (6-2, 3.09); L: J. DePaula (1-1, 4.44)
HR: None.

The Rochester Red Wings managed 7 hits Saturday, but could only put one run on the board, settling for a 9-1 thumping at the hands of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Brandon Moss and Keith Ginter both singled for the Red Sox affiliate in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Chad Spann would ground into a force out, but it brought Moss home, and the Pawsox took the early lead.

Garrett Jones got on base on a walk in the top of the 4th, moved to 3rd on a Jose Morales line drive, and was sacrificed in by Serio Santos, tying up the game.

Kevin Mulvey worked five innings for the Red Wings, allowing just the one run on six hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. The problems would start with former Miracle Julio DePaula in the sixth.

Chris Cartier greeted DePaula with a single, and Moss then doubled. Ginter got plunked by a pitch, which load up the bags. DePaula then walked Spann, which forced in a run. Former Twins farmhand Gil Velazques singled to drive in Moss. DePaula would finally get an out, striking out Jon Van Every. Jeff Bailey then walked to force in another run before Carmen Cali was brought into the game. George Kottaras would ground into a double play to end the inning, but the Pawsox were not done.

Joe Thurston walked in the bottom of the 7th then moved to second on Chris Carter's single. Moss would pop out, but a wild pitch by Cali moved Thurston to 3rd and Carter to 2nd. Ginter was then intentionally walked with Heath Totten coming in to replace Cali. Spann's sacrifice brought in Thurson for the second out, and Valazquez lined out to finish off the 7th.

With one out on the board in the 8th, Jeff Bailey and George Kottaras took back-to-back walks. Thurston's double drove in Bailey. Carter was then issued an intentional walk, Moss would ground into a force out, but Kottaras scored on the play. Spann's line drive to center brought in Thurston and Moss, to finish off the Pawsox pounding.

Darnell McDonald and former Miracle Jose Morales were both 2-for-4 in the contest. Morales had a pair of strike outs as well.

The series wraps up Sunday with a 6:05 contest. Brian Duensing (2-4, 3.81) will get the start for the Red Wings. He will be facing Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz will make a rehab start in the game.

Red Wings
Extra Bases

Fans across the country will once again have the opportunity to vote online for their favorite players to be selected to the Triple-A All-Star Game. This year’s contest will be held at Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, Kentucky on July 16 at 7:05 p.m. EDT and will match selected outstanding players from the International League and the Pacific Coast League. Fan balloting will be held from June 5-27 and will account for one-third of the total vote along with ballots cast by members of the media and each club’s field manager, coaches, and general manager (Press Release).

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