Tuesday, June 24, 2008

New Hampshire weasels their way past Rock Cats

Fort Myers Miracle

New Hampshire 4 at New Britain 2

W: S. Richmond (5-8, 4.92); L: K. Aselton (3-2, 5.03); SV: Z. Dials (10)
HR: None.

Kyle Aselton's second AA start went some what better than the first, but he still ended up taking the loss as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats doubled up the New Britain Rock Cats, 4-2.

Jacob Butler and Ryan Patterson both singled to start off the top of the 2nd. Scott Campbell then took a walk off Aselton to load the bags. Eric Nielsen would single out to left to bring in two. The New Britain lefty then got Ryan Klosterman and Chris Gutierrez out on strikes before Aaron Mathews singled to score Campbell. Nielsen would be taken out at second on the throw to retire the side without further damage.

The top of the fourth saw Campbell take a walk, and Nielson double for the visitors. Campbell would try to come home but would be taken out at the plate. Ryan Klosterman then singled to plate Nielson for the fourth Fisher Cats run.

Brock Peterson would draw a walk in the bottom of the 4th, then move to 2nd on an Erik Lis ground out. Following a fly out to Danny Valencia, Dustin Martin singled out to right to drive in Peterson. Aselton would work 5 inning allowing all four runs on 8 hits and a pair of walks while striking out 7.

Frank Mata and Armando Gabino worked an inning each, with Mata allowing a pair of hits, and Gabino one hit while fanning 2. Rob Delaney would finish up the last 2, allowing only 1 hit and walking 1 while striking out 1.

Scott Richmond worked 7 innings for the Fisher Cats allowing only the one run on 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5. Daryl Harang would strike out Felix Molina and Peterson in the bottom of the 8th.

Lis would lead off the bottom of the 9th with a walk, and Valencia singled out to center. A wild pitch moved Lis to 3rd. Dustin Martin would strike out before Zachary Dials came in to replace Harang. David Winfree singled to score Lis but Toby Gardenhire would ground out and Drew Butera would strike out, cutting the rally attempt short for the host Rock Cats.

Five different Cats singled for New Britain who was held largely offenseless in the contest.

The two teams rematch tomorrow a New Britain Stadium. Former Dunedin Blue Jay Rob Ray (2-0, 1.29) will take the start against Jeff Manship (0-1, 11.25), who will look to redeem himself after a very tough first AA outing.

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Union Leaders
NB Herald

Rochester 8 at Louisville 5

W: C.Daigle (1-3, 2.61) L: D.Herrera (0-3, 2.52) Sv: B.Korecky (9)
HR: LOU: K. Barker (10).

The Rochester Red Wings were feeling muscular at the bat cave as they downed the Louisville Bats 8 to 5.

Denard Span singled to lead off the for the Wings, but was taken out a 2nd when Jason Pridie hit into a force out. Darnell McDonald's ground out moved Pridie to second. Garrett Jones then singled to plate Pridie for the Wings first run.

Michael Griffin would double off Kevin Mulvey with one out in the bottom of the 3rd, then move to 3rd on Jarry Hairston's ground out. Chris Dickerson would walk before Drew Anderson singled to drive in Griffin, tying up the game.

The Wings responded it the top of the 4th with McDonald singling and moving to 2nd on a throwing error. Garrett Jones doubled him in. Randy Ruiz would be hit by a pitch, and Tommy Watkins would lay down a sac-bunt to move the runners. After a strike out to Trevor Plouffe, Alejandro Machado doubled to score the pair.

Kevin Barker would homer in the bottom of the stanza for the Bats, who now trailed the Wings 4-2.

Following a fly out to Griffin, Hairston would single and Dickerson take a walk off Mulvey. Anderson then tripled to score two, and would come home on a passed ball by Jeff Christy to put the Bats on top.

The Wings would not get it together until the top of the 8th when Span reached on a fielding error then moved to 2nd on Pridie's ground out. Daniel Herrera would take over the pitching for Lousiville at that point. Jones singled to plate Span, which prompted another pitching change with Josh Roenicke taking over on the mound. Ruiz and Watkins hit back to back singles to drive in Jones. A wild pitch moved Watkins to 2nd, and Plouffe would triple to score Ruiz and Watkins to finish off the Bats.

Jones would got 3-for-4 with a double, 2 runs and 3 RBIs. Span was 2-for-5 with a run, while Machado was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Bobby Korecky picked up his 9th save of the season for the Wings, while Casey Daigle took the win on .1 innings worth of relief.

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R News

The Minnesota Twins announced Sunday that they will activate infielder Nick Punto from the 15-day disabled list prior to Tuesday night’s game in San Diego. Punto was originally placed on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain on May 10 (retro to May 8), was activated on May 30th and again placed on the D.L. on June 6 after re-aggravating the left hamstring strain. To make room for Punto on the 25-man roster, the Twins have optioned infielder Matt Macri to Triple-A Rochester.

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