Saturday, July 19, 2008

West Michigan rallies past Beloit

Mark Dolenc

West Michigan 4 at Beloit 3

W: R. Darrow (4-2, 1.89); L: L. Van Mil (2-2, 3.22); SV: S. Green (1)
HR: BEL: M. Dolenc (2).

The West Michigan Whitecaps took 3 runs off reliever Loek Van Mil in the eighth inning to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field.

John Tucker would reach on a fielding error by Estarlin De Los Santos. Kody Kaiser then doubled off the Dutchman, moving Tucker to 3rd. Jordan Newton drew a walk to load the bags. A wild pitch by Van Mil scored Tucker, and Keith Stein sacrificed in Kaiser to tie up the score. Another wild pitch by Van Mil moved Newton to 3rd, and Adrian Casanova sacrificed him in for the game winning run.

West Michigan had gotten on the board first with Tucker doubling off starter David Bromberg with one out on the board. After Kaiser went down on strikes, Newton took walk. Keith Stein's ground ball to center scored Tucker. Stein would try to reach 2nd, but didn't make it, with Ben Revere relaying the ball to Deibinson Romero who fired it Jeanfred Brito.

Romero would leave the game in the top of the 4th with a broken leg. As a result, Bromberg, who made quite a name for himself as a hitter in JuCo, took over for Romero in the clean up role, batting fourth.

De Los Santos flew out to start the bottom of the fourth, but Chris Cates took a walk. A wild pitch by Whitecaps starter Maurico Robles moved Cates to 2nd. Revere would go down on strikes before a second wild pitch moved Cates to 3rd. Bromberg then took a walk. Mark Dolenc would lift a ball over the center field wall for his second home run of the year, giving the Snappers three.

While the loss of Romero hit the team hard, it was a potentially fun night for the pitchers, who never get to bat. Only Craig Anderson got a single in his at bat, although Bromberg had the walk and the run.

Not much in the way of hitting for any of the Snappers though as De Lo and Revere were both 1-for-4, while Dolenc and Allan de San Miguel were 1-for-3 each, Dolenc with the run and 3 RBIs.

The Timber Rattlers now come into town to pay the Snappers a visit. Steve Hirschfeld (5-2, 2.82) will throw out the first pitch for Beloit at 7:00 Central Time. Wisconsin will counter with Brett Lorin (0-0, 0.00)

GR Press
Gazette Xtra
Roger's Minor League Report

Romero heads to the DL for the second time this season after hitting .264 with three home runs and 18 RBIs in 39 games. Deibinson was coming off a left knee injury that sidelined him from April 28th to June 18th earlier this season.

Signed by the Twins as a non-drafted free agent in July of 2004, Romero was key in the Snappers 2007 playoff run. Deibinson was promoted to Beloit from E-town last season on September 2nd, one week before Beloit entered the postseason. He helped lead the Snappers all the way to the Midwest League Finals where they would eventually fall to the West Michigan Whitecaps.

To replace Romero on the roster the Minnesota Twins have promoted Juan Richardson from the Elizabethton Twins.

Richardson comes to Beloit after spending 15 games with the Elizabethton Twins. While in E-town, Richardson hit .250 with three doubles and 10 RBIs in 60 at-bats.

Richardson was signed by the Twins as a non-drafted free agent in February of ’07. Juan spent 2007 with the GCL Twins where he hit .317 with 64 hits in 202 at-bats. Richardson also notched 10 doubles and 33 RBIs in 54 games. (Snappers)

(Note: I apologize for the delay in my game recaps. For some reason the game this morning took more out of me than usual. Probably because sitting in the sun for the first half.)

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