Thursday, July 3, 2008

GCL Twins rally past GCL Red Sox

GCL Twins

GCL Red Sox 5 at GCL Twins 6

W: B. Pugh (1-0, 0.00); L: S. Huijer (1-1, 2.25); SV: K. Mota (3)
HR: TWI: H. Choi (1).

The GCL Twins came back to win the game late, after surrendering an early lead to the GCL Red Sox Wednesday at Lee County Sportsplex.

Wilfred Pichardo opened up for the Red Sox by singling off Twins starter Edgar Ibera, stealing 2nd, and then coming home on a passed ball by Daniel Rohlfing.

The Twins answered back in the bottom of the 2nd when Andres Diaz took a walk, then moved to 2nd on Tyler Ladendorf's single. Following a strike out to Hyoing-rock Choi, Danny Rohlfing sent a fly ball single to center that served to plate Diaz.

The top of the 3rd started off badly with Christian Vazquez, Pichardo, and Andrew Frezza all drawing walks to load the bags. Following a fly out to Michael Almanzar, Tyler Yockey singled out to right and with the help of a fielding error by Jon Goncalves, cleaned off the bases. Bryan Paterson few out before Fort Myers native Thomas De Benedetto doubled to score Yockey.

Rocky homered to lead off the bottom of the 4th for the Twins, sending a ball over the right field wall. Ryan Pressly would then hit Danny Rohlfing with a pitch. Anderson Hidalgo singled out to center to move Rohlfing to second, and he'd progress to 3rd on a Herbert Lara ground out. With runners on the corners, Goncalves would then double to score the pair, making it 5-4 Red Sox.

The tying run eluded the Twins until the bottom of the 6th, when Goncalves singled his way onto base with one out, then stole 2nd. Aaron Hicks' ground out moved Goncalves to 3rd, and he'd score on a Danny Ortiz fly ball to right.

With Swen Hujer on the mound for the Red Sox, Hidalgo singled his way onto base. Juan Sanchez would replace him as a pinch runner, and he'd move to 2nd on a sac-bunt by Lara. One out later, Aaron Hicks tripled to plate the Venezuelan for the go ahead run.

Iberra would end up giving up 5 runs, 4 earned on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3 over 3 innings. Andres Lovanov worked the next two innings before giving way to Bruce Pugh, who'd pick up his first professional win, allowing only 1 hit while striking out 2 over 3 innings worth of work. Kelvin Mota mopped up, collecting his 3 win in 1 inning worth of work.

Rocky and Hidalgo were both 2-for-4, Rocky with a run and a run batted in on a double and a home run. Goncalves finished up 2-for-5 with a double, a run and 2 runs scored. Hicks and Rohlfing were 1-for-3 each at the plate, Hicks with a pair of walks, a triple and a run batted in, Rohlfing with a run and a RBI. Ortiz was 1-for-4 with walk and a RBI, while Ladendorf, who was also 1-for-4, was the one hit wonder of the game.

The Twins rest on Thursday, and face then travel to Bradenton for a 10:00 AM game against the GCL Pirates on Independence Day.

Herald Tribune

DSL Yankees2 1 at DSL Twins 0

The DSL Yankees2 held the DSL Twins to only three hits Wednesday, and while Pedro Guerra was outstanding, he was victimized by a Carlos Vasquez fielding error in the second inning, which lead to an unearned run on a double and a single. Guerra would allow only 3 hits, and strike out 4 in six innings. Jose Gonzalez and Leonardo Parra finished up the last three innings, combining to strike out six.

Jairo Rodriguez was 2-for-3 for the Twins, while Eliel Sierra was 1-for-4 with a double.

The Twins visit the Diamondbacks/Reds on the Thursday for a 10:30 AM Dominican Time game.


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