Cedar Rapids 2 at Beloit 4
W: M. McCardell (3-1, 3.15); L: M. Anton (7-4, 2.40); SV: M. Williams (7)
Mike McCardell worked 8 innings, limiting the Cedar Rapid Kernels to 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 9 for his third win of the season. The Beloit Snappers scored four runs in the sixth to go on to win the contest, 4-2.
After 5.5 scoreless innings, Chris Parmelee would lead off with walk. Ozzie Lewis knocked a little line drive to center to get on the bags, and Steve Singleton's sac-bunt moved the pair to 3rd. Singleton would find himself safe at first with the bags loaded. Jair Fernandez drove in two with a fly ball to center. Danny Lehmann would be out on a sac-bunt that scored Lewis, while Mark Dolenc would sacrifice in Fernandez. Ben Revere would single and advance to 2nd on a throwing error by Cedar Rapids' pitcher Michael Anton. He'd then steal 3rd base, his 21st steal of the season. Chris Cates would walk, and the Kernels would call for a pitching change, bring A.J. Ford in from the dugout. He'd get Garrett Olson to hit into a ground out to end the inning.
Danny Hernandez would start the ninth inning and continue his struggles on the mound. Efren Navarro and Gordon Gronkowski would take back-to-back walks. Field Manager Nelson Prada wasted no time with Hernandez, and got All-star Spencer Steedley out of the pen. Jeremy Moore would greet Steedley with a double driving in the two inherited runners. Julio Perez would take a walk and move to 2nd on Jay Brossman's sac-bunt. All-star Matt Williams was then called upon to close the game, and got Anel De Los Santos and Clay Fuller out on strikes to end the inning.
Fernandez would go 2-for-4 at the plate with a run and 2 runs scored. Five other Snappers would hit singles in the game.
The series continues Wednesday at Pohlman Field.
Diamonds & Ice Blog
DSL Yankees2 1 at DSL Twins 2
W: J. Gonzalez (1-0, 1.13); L: A. Martinez (0-1, 4.70); SV: E. Alvarez (2)
The DSL Twins doubled up the DSL Yankees2, 2-1, but it was a the pitching that was the story of this game.
Orlando Villaroel took the start for the Twins allowing 1 run, unearned, on 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 7. Eduardo Sosa would hit a line drive to center to start off the game, then stole 2 and 3rd. A throwing error by Twins catcher Rafael Sanchez who was attempting to catch Sosa at 3rd lead to Sosa crossing the plate. (Note that the box says the run was earned, which is incorrect.)
Raynard Doran and Jose Gonzalez worked the next two innings each, with Doran giving up 1 hit and 1 walks while striking out 2, and Gonzalez, 2 hits and 1 walks while striking out 4. 2007 VSL All-star Edison Alvarez picked up his 2nd save of the season, by finishing off the game, strike out 2 of the 3 batters he faced.
In the bottom of the 5th, Jean Carlos Mercedes would be hit by a pitch. Yancarlo Franco and Juan Blanco both poped out before Jario Perez doubled Mercedes in for the Twins, tying up the game.
Mercedes would double in the bottom of the 7th and move to 3rd on Franco's single. Blanco would be taken out on strikes before Perez would hit a sac fly to right to score Mercedes for the game winning run.
Felix Caro was 2-for-4 at the plate, but did not factor into the scoring. Manuel Soliman and Sanchez were both 1 hit wonders, while Mercedes in the designated hitter role was 1-for-2 with a pair of runs.
The Twins visit the DSL Diamondbacks/Reds Wednesday for a 10:30 AM Dominican Time game.