New Britain 3 at Reading 7
W: F. Castro (5-1, 4.94); L: A. Swarzak (3-6, 5.96)
HR: NBR: L. Hughes (14). REA: J. Slayden (11), J. Hammond (3), L. Marson (3).
Anthony Swarzak gave up six runs on 7 hits and 4 walks while striking out 4 over five innings. He received little support as well from the New Britain Rock Cats' batters as New Britain fell to Reading, 7-3.
New Britain got on the board early, when Luke Hughes lead off with a singled. He'd try to steal 2nd but would be caught by Lou Marson. Dustin Martin then singled, and moved to 3rd on a Danny Valencia double. Brock Peterson sacrificed Martin in.
Martin would triple in the 3rd and following a strike out to Valencia and walk to Peterson, he'd be plated by Erik Lis sac-fly.
The bottom of the 3rd though saw the beginning of Swarzak's troubles. He lead off with a pair of fly-outs, but gave up a single to Javon Moran. Jason Donald then doubled to drive in Moran for Reading's first of the night.
Marson would lead of with a walk in the bottom of the fourth. Directly thereafter, Jeremy Slayden hit one over the right field fence to give the Phillies the tying and go ahead runs all at the same time. Joey Hammond followed that up with a walk, then moved to 3rd on Neil Seller's line drive single. Sellers would try for a double, but would thrown out at 2nd by Matt Moses in left field. Jake Blalock then singled to plate Hammond, making it 4-2 R-Phils.
With two outs in the bottom of the 5th, Swarzak would nail Slayden with a 93 MPH pitch. Luke Appert would then come in as a pinch runner, as Slayden left the game with an injury. Joey Hammond went yard over the center field wall to really make it hurt, bringing in two more runs.
The Cats would get offensive minded again, briefly, in the top of the 7th, when Luke Hughes hit a fly ball over the left field wall for his 14th home run of the season.
In exchange, Frank Mata would give up a home run to Lou Marson in the bottom of the stanza to finish up the scoring.
Hughes was 3-for-5 with a run and a RBI. Martin was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs. Valencia had a double and a pair of strike outs, while David Winfree and Matt Moses were both one hit wonders.
The teams rematch on Wednesday at First Energy Stadium at 7:05 PM.
Note: Mata limped out of the game in the seventh with what appeared to be an injury to his right hamstring. He will be re-evaluated today.
Lehigh Vally 12 at Rochester 5
W: L. Walrond (2-7, 3.92); L: P. Humber (4-7, 6.00)
HR: LHV: J. Jaramillo (5), R. Thompson (3).
Speaking of getting rocked, Phil Humber can tell you all about it. The right hander lasted only 2.2 innings, allowing 8 runs, earned, on 10 hits and a pair of walks. The Rochester Red Wings would go on to lose, 12-5 to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
The Wings were already down by 8 when Randy Ruiz singled in the bottom of the fifth with one out on the board. Matt Macri would draw a walk and Sergio Santos singled to drive in Ruiz. Alejandro Machado then singled to plated Macri. Following a fly out to Ryan Jorgensen, Tommy Watkins then singled to drive in Santos, giving the Wings 3.
Jorgensen took a walk in the bottom of the 7th, then came home on a Tommy Watkins double.
The bottom of the 8th saw Garrett Jones single, and move to second on a Macri single one out later. Santos's line dive to center plated Jones to top of the Wings scoring.
Watkins and Santos were both 3-for-4 in the game, Watkins with a pair of doubles to go with his pair of RBIs, and Santos with a run and 2 RBIs. Jones and Machado were 2-for-4 each, Jones with a run, Machado with a run scored. Ruiz and Macri each had a single, a walk, and a run.
Mario Gomez worked the 9th inning, the only pitcher not to give up a run to Lehigh in the contest, although he did surrender a hit and a walk.
Julio DePaula struck out six in 3 1/3 innings, tying his season best for strikeouts (April 16 vs. Richmond).
The Wings now head over to Buffalo to face the Bisons. Former Twin Juan Rincon pitched last night for the Bisons, giving up 3 runs on four hits and walk in .2 innings. He'd strike out only 1, taking the loss, his first, with his new team.
Extra Bases Blog
Manager Stan Cliburn won his 200th game as manager of the Rochester Red Wings Monday night. Cliburn holds a 200-182 record as Red Wings manager; Stan became only the sixth manager since 1963 to compile 200 wins in his first three seasons. Only Joe Altobelli (1971-73, 241 wins), Greg Biagini (1989-91, 237 wins), Darrell Johnson (1963-65, 230 wins), Marv Foley (1995-97, 228 wins) and Phil Roof (2003-05, 216 wins) have compiled 200 wins in their first three seasons as Red Wings manager (Rich Miller was interim manager for Roof for most of the 2005 season).