Cedar Rapids 4 at Beloit 0
W: E. Jimenez (2-2, 3.48); L: B. Kirwan (4-4, 5.17)
Brian Kirwan found out the hard way that a pitcher can't win games by himself. The Beloit Snappers managed only five hits in support of their starter, no runs, as they were blanked by the Cedar Rapid Kernels, 4-0.
Andrew Romaine would single with one out on the board in the first inning, and Hector Estrella would follow him onto the bags with a single of his own. Romaine then stole 3rd, and came home when catcher Greg Yersich threw past 3rd baseman Chris Cates.
Clay Fuller would single in the top of the 3rd, and Romaine would triple him in for the 2nd Kernel run.
With one out on the board in the top of the 4th, Gordon Gronkowski reached on a throwing error by Cates. He'd go to 2nd on the play when the ball bounced into the dug out. Brossman took a walk, before Julio Perez singled to load the bags. Tyler Johnson would be called out on strikes before C.J. Broussoud walked to force in Gronkowski.
Kirwan would allow the 3 runs, 2 earned on six hits and a pair of walks while fanning 2 in 4.0 innings.
Charles Nolte would take over the mound in the sixth, and in the 7th allowed a ground ball single to Chris Parmelee. Broussoud's ground out moved Johnson to 2nd, and he'd then advance to 3rd on a balk. A ground ball single to Fuller scored plated Johnson for the final Beloit marker.
Mark Dolenc had a walk to go with his single, and Jair Fernandez had a double on his hit. Ben Revere, Garrett Olson, Parmelee were the one hit wonders in the contest.
With the loss, the Snappers are elminated from playoff contention for the first half of 2008. They will try again after their All-star break.
The series concludes tonight with a 7:00 PM start.
DSL Twins 3 at DSL Diamondbacks/Reds 5
W: M. Pena (1-0, 2.70); L: C. Ciurcina (0-1, 6.48); SV: E. Santana (2)
HR: DSL TWI: J. Perez (3).
The DSL Twins could not bounce back from an early 4-2 DSL Diamondbacks/Reds lead, with the DSL Twins' Cesar Ciurcina giving up 5 runs, 4 earned, on 7 hits and 1 walk while fanning 7 over 3.1 innings.
Yorby Martinez would get on base with a double in the top of the 2nd, and score on a pair of wild pitches by Miguel Pena. Jair Perez would homer for the DSL Twins in the 3rd.
The Twins were stuck playing catch up however, going down3-2 early and trying to come up with the final 2 after the bottom of the fourth.
Juan Blanco would single in the 9th, then move to 2nd on Xavier Gonzalez's walk. A fielding error by Edwin Acevedo let Willy Gil reach and Juan Blanco to score.
The DSL Twins host the DSL Cubs1 on Thursday for a 10:30 AM (Dominican Time) game.