Monday, July 7, 2008

Cats pounce late, fall short

Fort Myers Miracle

Connecticut 6 at New Britain 5

W: G. Broshuis (8-6, 3.34); L: A. Swarzak (3-7, 6.07); SV: K. Pichardo (6)
HR: CT: A. Witter (13), O. Rosario (5).

The New Britain Rock Cats mounted a late inning come back to avoid another shut out, but could not muster enough offense for the win, falling 6-5 to the Connecticut Defenders.

Anthony Swarzak took another beating on the mound, allowing 5 runs on 12 hits. He'd strike out only 1 over six innings.

Olmo Rosario homered in the lead off spot in the first inning to greet Swarzak. Yes, it was going to beone of those days.

Back-to-back doubled by Eddy Martinez-Esteve and Adam Witter led to another Defenders run in the 4th.

Carlos Sosa and David Maroul hit back-to-back singles in the top of the 5th. Jake Wald's sac bunt moved the pair. Following a pop out to Rosario, Antoan Richarson singled out to left to score Sosa. Maroul would be taken out at home on the play to save at least one run.

Pablo Sandoval singled in the top of the sixth and following a fly out by Martinez-Esteve, Witter went yard over the right field line to bring in two more.

Ryan Mullins would replace Swarak in the top of the 7th, and the Rock Cats ended Garrett Broshuis' perfect game in the bottom of that stanza when Brian Dinkelman singled. Dustin Martin had reached on a fielding error to open the inning. Brock Peterson would follow Dinkelman's single up with a double that drove in the pair of runners. A fly-out and a fielding error would put Peterson over the plate, to make it 5-3 Defenders.

Ronnie Ray took over the mound in the bottom of the 8th. Following a pop out to Toby Gardenhire, Rocky Palacios doubled. Martin went down on strikes before Dinkelman doubled out to left to plate Palacios giving the Cats 4.

Wald would walk in the top of the ninth, then move to 3on on a throwing error by Mullins in the pick off attempt. A wild pitch would then put Wald over the plate for the insurance run.

They'd need it, as Danny Valencia singled out to left and then moved to 2nd on David Winfree's single. Luke Hughes singled to load the bags, but Matt Moses would ground into a force out that took Hughes down at second. Still, Valencia scored on the play but the Cats needed one more. They'd not get it though, as Drew Butera went down swinging to end the contest.

Dinkelman was 2-for-4 in the game with a run and a RBI. The Cats mustered 7 hits total, all in the last 3 innings. None of the New Britain squad drew a walk in the contest.

The final game of the series is Monday at 7:05 PM. The Cats then head out on the road for three against the Harrisburg Senators.

Rock Cats/OSC

Rochester 1 at Charlotte 9

W: C.Haeger (7-7, 4.11); L: J.DePaula (1-3, 5.86)
HR: CHA: D. Richar (6), D. Cook (4), P. Phillips (1).

Rain in the eighth inning ended any chance of a Rochester Red Wings rally, not that there were any indications there would be one, as the Charlotte Knights scored early and often for a 9-1 win.

A struggling Phil Humber was moved into the bullpen and Julio DePaula was tapped to take his place in the starting rotation. The switch did not go as well as planned as DePaula allowed 5 runs, 4 earned, on 6 hits and 3 walks over 3.1 innings. He'd strike out 1, which is the exact same number Humber would strike out over the next 3.1 innings, as he allowed 4 runs, earned, on 5 hits and 2 walks.

Randy Ruiz doubled in the top of the second inning, moved to 3rd on Howie Clark's ground out and scored on Matt Macri's sacrifice fly for the Wings only run. The double extended Ruiz hitting streak, but not much else.

Charlie Haeger scattered seven hits over seven innings while on the mound for Charlotte. Jason Pride was 2-for-4 on the night, with Garrett Jones, Alejandro Machado and Jeff Christy each getting a single and Trevor Plouffe a double, none of which factored into the scoring.

Game two of the four game series is Monday with a 7:15 pm first pitch. The Red Wings now have a 4-1 record vs.Charlotte this season. If the Red Wings win two games in this four-game series, it would be the most wins (6) they’ve had in a season series vs. Charlotte since 1997 (8-6 record).

Red Wings

Matt Macri is the Twins Minor League Player of the Week for June 28-July 4. Macri, 26, went 12-for-27 (.444) with 10 rbi, three home runs, two doubles, four walks and four runs scored. Macri, who made his Major League debut earlier this season, was acquired from the Rockies on August 15, 2007 in exchange for Ramon Ortiz. He was originally drafted in the fifth round of the 2004 First-Year Player draft by Colorado, Macri went 11-for-30 in 14 games with the Twins this season.

The Twins rallied to beat Cleveland 4-3 Sunday afternoon. Denard Span extended his career-high hit-streak to eight games; he has hit .400 (6-for-15) with five runs scored and two rbi since his recall from Triple-A Rochester. Alexi Casilla tied his career-long long hit-streak, hitting safely in 13 straight, dating back to June 20.

Twins catcher Joe Mauer led all catchers in voting and will start for the AL squad in next week's All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. He’ll be joined on the team by teammates Justin Morneau, who was named to the team via the players' ballot, and Joe Nathan, who was selected by manager Terry Francona.

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