GCL Red Sox 3 at GCL Twins 2
W: P. Ruiz (1-1, 8.68); L: M. Garcia (0-1, 4.44); SV: P. Perez (1)
The GCL Red Sox edged out the GCL Twins Saturday during a morning game at the Lee County Sportsplex, picking up 2 runs in the six inning for a 3-2 win.
Kyle Snyder took the start on the mound for the Red Sox on a rehab assignment working 3 innings. Juan Sanchez singled off Snyder to lead off the bottom of the third, and moved to second on Bert Lara's ground out. Jon Goncalves flew out before a wild pitch by Snyder put Sanchez on 3rd. Aaron Hick's line drive to right drove in Sanchez to put the Twins on the board. T.J. was just mentioning earlier how Hicks never uses his speed to steal. Well, guess what T.J.? That's right, Hicks stole 2nd. Too bad you missed it. Sadly it would do the Twins little good as Danny Ortiz ground out, to end the inning.
Martire Garcia, who I've now decided to call Marty because I can't pronounce his name right otherwise, took the start for the Twins, working 5.1 innings. He'd walk Jeff Natale in the top of the 5th, and Natale would advance on a balk. Moko Moanaroa would ground out on what appeared to be a full count, although Red Sox fielding manager Dave Tomlin had some other ideas on the matter after the Umpire seemed to lose track of the balls and strikes. After some fussing about, Chih-Hsiang Huang would reach on a fielding error by Sanchez that allowed Natale to score, tying up the game.
Wilfred Pichardo singled on a ground bunt to get on board in the top of the sixth, but would be caught stealing 2nd. Andrew Frezza and Michael Almanzar then took singles off Garcia, and Roberto Feliz would be hit by a pitch. That would end it for Garcia, as Joe Testa came into the game to replace him. A wild pitch by Testa scored Frezza, and a sac-fly by Jeff Natale drove in Almanzar to put the Sox on top.
Garcia finished up allowing the 3 runs, 2 earned, on 4 hits and a pair of walks while striking out 2.
Peter Ruiz relieved Snyder, starting at the top of the 4th. He'd get Tyler Ladendorf out on strikes before Mike Gonzales smacked a line drive out to center. Josmil Pinto would reach on force attempt that failed due to a fielding error by Kenneth Roque. A wild pitch by Ruiz moved the pair and Javier Brown - who finally got to play after getting hit the face with a ball in the first game while sitting on the bench - ground out to score Gonzales. Sanchez would ground out however to end the inning leaving the tying run on base.
Testa would work 1.2 innings before giving way to Bruce Pugh who finished off the contest.
Gonzales and Brown were both 2-for-4, Gonzales with a run and Brown with a run scored. Hicks, Ortiz and Sachez all had singles, Hicks with a walk and a run scored, and Sanchez with a run, leaving Ortiz to become the one hit wonder of the game.
The boys take Sunday off. They will travel up to Bradenton on Monday for a visit to Pirate City. Game time is Noon.
DSL Twins 1 at DSL Yankees2 6
W: W. Eusebio (3-4, 6.92); L: C. Carrillo (0-2, 8.66)
HR: DSL TWI: J. Mercedes (2).
The DSL Twins fell on the road to the DSL Yankees2, getting only 1 run on 2 hits.
Orlando Villaroel worked the first 4 innings for the Twins, allowing only 1 hit and a pair of walks to the Yankees while striking out 3 before giving way to Carlos Carrillo. The Venezuelan righty would allow six runs on 8 hits and walk while striking out 3 in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Twins would not get onto the board until the top of the 7th when Jean Carlos Mercedes hit his second home run of the season over the center field fence.
Jhonatan Arias had the only other hit for the Twins, a single making his the one hit wonder of the game. Five different Twins players walked with Xavier Gonzalez getting a pair of free passes, but the walks didn't help much without some hits to go along with it.
Much like the GCL counterparts, the DSL Twins will rest on Sunday. They host the DSL Diamondback/Reds for a game on Monday at 10:30 AM Dominican time.
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