Saturday, June 21, 2008

Defenders walk over Rock Cats

New Britain Rock Cats

New Britain 2 at Connecticut 4

W: N. Bump (1-3, 4.71); L: R. Mullins (6-5, 3.47)
HR: NBR: D. Winfree (12).

While it wasn't a blow out, the Connecticut Defenders got to the New Britain Rock Cats early, while Giant's prospect Nate Bump kept the visiting team's offense clueless through most of the game.

The Cats managed a whole three hits in the game, paltry by any standards.

Eddy Martinez-Esteve would take walk off Rock cats' starter Ryan Mullins in the bottom of the second, then move to second base on wild pitch. Olmo Rosario and David Maroul hit back to back singles to score the runner for the Defenders early lead.

Following a pop out to Ben Copeland in the bottom of the 3rd, Kyle Haines would take a free pass off Mullins. Carlos Sosa ground into a force out however, then moved to 2nd on Eliezar Alfanzo's single. Martinez-Esteve then walked to load the bags. Rosario would single to bring in two, but Martinez-Esteve would be taken out at 3rd on the play ending the inning.

Jake Wald walked in the bottom of th 4th, and was tripled in by Copeland. While Mullins only gave up 7 hits over 5 innings, the 5 walks hurt him quite a bit, leading to 4 earned runs. He'd fan 3 before Frank Mata took over for the final three stanzas.

Sergio Romo would take over the Defenders mound in the 9th, and would issue a walk to Matt Moses. David Winfree then went yard over the left field wall for a questionable home run that was ruled to hold fair. It as too little to late however, despite a double to Drew Butera with two outs and the Cats went down on Brian Dinkelman's ground out.

Dustin Martin had the only other hit in the game, a single, going 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk.

Game three of the series is Saturday Night. Anthony Swarzak (3-3, 4.74) is expected to face Garrett Broshuis (5-5, 3.87) with the first pitch scheduled for 6:35 PM.

Defenders Notebook

Rochester Red Wings

Rochester 7 at Indianapolis 8

W: M. Miller (4-3, 5.48); L: B. Korecky (3-3, 3.41)
HR: ROC: J. Pridie (5). IND: N. Walker (11), S. Pearce (9), A. Boeve (8).

The Rochester Red Wings could not hold off a ninth-inning rally by the Indianapolis Indians Friday night, watching their lead walk away to lose, 8-7.

Randy Ruiz doubled in the bottom of the second and moved to 3rd on Sergio Santos single. Trevor Plouffe would ground out, but Ruiz came home on the play to open the scoring. Tommy Watkins walked before Ryan Jorgenson's single brought in Santos.

The Wings would not score again until the fifth inning when Jason Pridie and Pittsburgh's Neil Walker traded home runs. Pridie's was a solo shot, while Walker would bring in Brian Bilxer with him.

The the Indians leading into the top of the 7th, Jorgenson singled with 2 outs on the board. Denard Span then tripled him in. A wild pitch would bring in Span before Pridie tripled, then came home on Darrell McDonald's line drive single.

Pridie doubled in the 9th and was plated by McDonald's ground ball single for the insurance run, but it was not enough insurance as Steve Pearce hit a walk off home run off Bobby Korecky with 2-runners on to finish off the game.

Nancy has another great first person recap at Sandlot Swashbucklers. Game three of the series is Saturday night.

Red wings

The Red Wings fell to 12-26 on the road. Rochester has not had a three-game winning streak on the road since July 2007. Only Lehigh Valley (9-27 record entering play Friday) has a worse road record then Rochester. The last time Rochester finished the season with the IL’s worst road record was 1984 when the Red Wings finished with a 22-48 record away from Silver Stadium.

Twins infielder Matt Macri left Friday's game with a left calf strain and is listed as day-to-day. He had a career-high two RBIs in the game.

Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer’s wife, Claudia, gave birth to the couple’s first child Friday afternoon. Casey Jonathan Cuddyer was born at 3:23 pm Friday at Fairview Southdale Hospital and he weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces and is 20 inches long. Congratulations to the former Miracle and his family!

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