Monday, July 21, 2008

Twins, Reds split double header

Kelvin Mota

The GCL Twins split a pair Monday at the Lee County Sportsplex, making up the game that was rained out on Wednesday, July 16.

GCL Reds 1 at GCL Twins 2

W: M. Garcia (1-1, 3.99); L: S. Snowden (3-2, 0.87); SV: K. Mota (7)
HR: RDS: H. Sosa (1).

GCL Reds The GCL Twins took an early lead and hung on to win 2-1 over the GCL Reds. Martire Garcia would face off against Shea Snowden in a battle of the lefties.

Adam Everett, playing on a rehab assignment for the GCL Twins doubled in the bottom of the first off Snowden. After Danny Ortiz went down on strikes, Tyler Ladendorf singled out to right plate Everett.

Catcher Jae-Hyung Jang singled in the bottom of the 2nd, and moved to 2nd on a wild pitch by Snowden. Reggie Williams then took a walk. Anderson Hidalgo ground into a force out which took Jang out at 3rd, but a throwing error by Frank Pfister put Williams on 3rd and Hidalgo on 2nd. Herbert Lara hit into a ground out which plated Williams, for a 2-0 Twins lead.

Humberto Sosa put a long ball over the right center field wall, his first of the season, to put the Reds on the board. The Reds felt a little frisky after that with Efrain Contreras and Pfister both singling, but while Contreras made it to 3rd, Todd Waller would go down on strikes to end the inning.

The Twins would have the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, but Snowden got Jon Goncalves and Everett out on strikes to strand the runners.

Closer Kelvin Mota would come into replace Garcia for the last two inning. The Twins Dominican starter left after scattering five hits and one walk over five innings while fanning five.

Mota would work the last two, allowing a double to Sosa in the sixth, but that's all the Reds would get.

Hector Santana worked the sixth for the Reds and was equally as efficient.

Ladendorf was 2-for-3 with a RBI, Everett was 1-for-3 with double and a run. Williams was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run. Jang was also 1-for-3, but would end up being the games one hit wonder.


Juan Sanchez

GCL Twins 1 at GCL Reds 5

W: R. Ceballos (3-0, 6.97); L: B. Pugh (1-1, 4.00)
HR: None.

GCL Reds The bottom half of the Twins bill would be the last game Alex Curry would pitch for the GCL Twins, as he was called up to Elizabethton after the game.

The teams traded runs in the third inning, with Juan Sanchez doubling and Herbert Lara moving him on a sac-bunt. Hicks would knock a sac-fly to right to bring in Sanchez.

Mariekson Gregorius reached on Sanchez's throwing error for the Reds, but was caught stealing 2nd. Back-to-back-to-back singles by Theodis Bowe, Kevin Coddington, and Yen-Wne Kuo would put Bowe over the plate for the Reds run.

Donald Lutz reached on a throwing error by Javier Brown and Joe Testa was brought into replace Curry. After getting Eli Rimes to fly out to left, he'd give up a single to Brodie Pullen and would hit Gregorius with a pitch to load the bags. He would then induce Bowe to ground into a double play to get out of the situation.

Rafael Ceballos would pitch the fifth and six for the Reds, giving up only a one hit and one walk while fanning two over the pair of innings.

For the bottom of the 5th, Bruce Pugh would replace Joe Testa and walked Coddington. Kuo singled and a wild pitch moved the paid. Efrain Contreras' sac fly scored Coddington, and Sean Conner would follow that up with a walk. Pugh would take Donald Lutz out on strikes, but allowed a single to Eli Rimes which scored Kuo. Brodie Pullen's ground ball single brought in Conner to give the Reds a 3 run lead.

Nick Lobanov took over the mound for the bottom of the sixth and allowed a single to Coddington, then hit Kuo with a pitch. After Contreras went down on strikes, and a wild pitch advanced the runner, Lobanov would hit Conner with a pitch to load the bags. He then walked Lutz for force in another run for the Reds.

Blaine Howell worked the top of the 7th for the Reds and allowed back-to-back singles to Lara and Aaron Hicks. But with two outs already on the board, Danny Ortiz would ground out to cut short the budding rally, ending the contest.

Hicks was 2-for-3 with a RBI, while Lara and Sanchez were both 1-for-3, Sanchez with a double and a run. Ortiz ended up 1-for-4 to round out the offense.

The Twins are at home Tuesday against the Red Sox. Game time is Noon.


DSL White Sox1 at DSL Twins 4

W: R. Reverol (2-1, 4.58); L: R. Mercedes (2-1, 2.70)
HR: None.

Eliecer Cardenas worked four innings for the DSL Twins, scattering 5 hits and a walk while striking out two to keep the DSL White Sox1 quiet for the first half of the game. Renzo Reverol was even better allowing only 1 hit while fanning six over the next four innings.

While the DSL Twins defense was fabulous, the offense would not go to work until the seventh inning. Manuel Soliman would double and Oswaldo Arcia triple to give the Twins one - the only run they'd need. Hector Eusebio replaced Raffy Mercedes on the White Sox1 mound, and walked Jairo Perez. Perez then stole 2nd. After Eliel Sierra went down on strikes, Felix Caro singled out to center to plate Arcia and Perez.

Danny Santana would ground into a force out that took Yancarlo Franco out at 2nd, then advanced to 2nd on a passed ball. Following a pop out to Soliman, Arcia would triple to plate Sanata for the final DSL Twins run.

Arcia finished up 2-for-4 with a pair of triples, a run and a pair of runs scored. Franco (1-for-4), Caro (1-for-3) and Jhonatan Arias (1-for-2) all had singles, Caro with a pair of runs scored and Arias with a walk.

The Twins are on the road again on Tuesday against the DSL Indians for a 10:30 AM Dominican time game.


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