Louisville 2 at Rochester 5
W: F. Liriano (3-2, 3.78); L: A. Pettyjohn (7-2, 4.84); SV: B. Korecky (8)
Timely hits by the Rochester Red Wings and a solid outing by Francisco Liriano lead to a balanced attack and a win over the Louisville Bats.
Liriano would work 7.1 innings, allowing 2 runs, both earned, on five hits while striking out 5.
After Liriano set the first three Bats down in order, Tommy Watkins would get the offense going with a single. Jason Pridie doubled and a Darnell McDonald ground out saw Watkins score. Garrett Jones would also ground out, but it drove in Pridie to give the Wings a pair of runs in the inning.
Watkins would walk in the bottom of the 3rd with one out on the board, but Pride ground into a force out that nabbed the former Miracle at 2nd. Pridie then stoled second base. McDonald would draw a walk before Jones singled in Pridie, making it 3-0 Wings.
This time though the Bats answered back with Norris Hopper getting on the bags with a line drive, then moving to second on a sac-bunt by Andy Green. Jeff Keppinger's line drive moved Hopper to 3rd, and he would be sacrificed in by Kevin Barker.
In the bottom of the 7th, Sergio Santos would double and move to 3rd on a Trevor Plouffe single. Alejandro Machado ground out to score Santos, making it 4-1 Rochester.
Following a ground out to Chris Dickerson in the top of the 8th, Michael Griffin doubled. This saw Liriano removed from the mound and Bobby Korecky came in to relieve him. Hopper singled to move Griffin to 3rd. Green would reach on a fielder's choice that saw Griffin taken out at the plate, but Keppinger's follow up single drove in Hopper for another Bats run.
Pridie doubled in the bottom of the 8th, them moved to 3rd when McDonald ground out. Jones would double in Pridie for the final Wings run.
Pridie would go 3-for-4 at the plate with 3 runs and a pair of doubles, Jones and Santos were both 2-for-4, Jones with a double and 3 RBIs and Santos with a double and a run. Plouffe, newly promoted to the Wings went 1-for-3, earning himself the one hit wonder of the game award, while Machado was 0-for-3 with 1 RBI.
The Red Wings wore light blue tops as part of Sunday's Father's Day Prostate Cancer Awareness event with the Pluta Cancer Center. The tops were signed by each Red Wing and auctioned to raise money for Pluta, with a total of $4,970 raised. Bobby Korecky's #28 brought in $500, tops on the day.
The two teams rematch for game three of a four-game series with the first pitch coming at 7:05 PM at Frontier Field. RHP Julio DePaula (1-2, 6.00 ERA) will take to the mound against Bats RHP Ramon Ramirez (2-1, 6.43).
Randy Ruiz was named the Twins Minor League Player of the Week for June 6-13.
The Red Wings hit the halfway mark of the 2008 season today with a losing record, the ninth time since 1997 Rochester has hit the halfway mark with a record below .500. Rochester currently holds a 31-41 record, with nine less wins than 2007 (39-33 record).
Beloit at Quad Cities - Canceled
In Low A Action, Beloit and Quad Cities was canceled due to rising floodwaters in the Mississippi River. As the two teams do not meet again in the first half of the season, the game will not be made up.
"We commend the City of Davenport for their efforts in helping us stay open and stay safe," said River Bandits owner Dave Heller in a team press release. "We have been so impressed by the incredible dedication of the City to keep the ballpark open through the flood. But the water level has now extended beyond the temporary bridge and it is impossible to get our fans in and out of the ballpark safely. At this point, with the team leaving for the All-Star break tonight, everyone agreed that it is important that the City focus its resources where they are needed most. As much as we want to play for our fans, there are bigger things going on in the Quad Cities now."
The Snappers finish up the first half of the season with a 33-31 record, good for 3rd in the Western Division, 5.5 games behind the Clinton Lumber Kings.
The league now goes on it's All-star break with 7 Snappers headed to the Midwest League showcase which is being played at Dow Diamond in Midland, Michigan, home of the Great Lakes Loons.
The Snappers roster received a bit of an overhaul with Greg Olson (.247, 5 home runs, 27 RBIs and 10 stolen bases), Steve Singleton (.302 average, 37 runs, six home runs and 32 RBIs), Catcher Danny Lehmann (.240 average, 13 runs, 4 doubles and 9 walks) and reliever Matt Williams (2-0, 2.09 ERA, 38.3 innings pitched and 42 strike outs) headed to Fort Myers. In addition, pitchers Danny Berlind and Brad Tippett were send down to Extended Spring Training. Both will likely spend the second half of the season in Elizabethton.
Loek Van Mil, Chris Cates and Jair Fernandez will be going to the Midwest All-star game to replace the outgoing All-star Snappers that are headed to High A.
Beloit is now six players down and will have their roster replenished in the next few days. (Press Release)
The Snappers kick off the second half of their season on the road Thursday with a four game series against the Peoria Chiefs.