Monday, August 11, 2008

GCL Twins rally past GCL Reds

GCL Twins

GCL Twins 6 at GCL Reds 4

W: E. Ibarra (3-0, 3.15); L: J. Gil (0-1, 10.50); SV: J. Testa (1)
HR: TWI: A. Hidalgo (1).

Efrain Contraras While their High A affiliate, the Fort Myers Miracle, was blowing a 9 run lead to end up with a walk off loss in extra innings to the Sarasota Reds, the GCL Twins were busy overcoming a early 2 run deficit to go on to win, 6-4. The game was moved to the Lee County Sportsplex due to wet grounds at the City of Sarasota Complex.

Canadian hurler Evan Hildebrandt walked Aaron Hicks to open up the contest. They then gave up a home run to Anderson Hidalgo, which went over the left field wall. He settled down after that, getting Andres Diaz to strike out and Reggie Williams to ground out. Tyler Ladendorf popped out, bringing the Reds up to bat.

Alexis Oliveras took a triple from Edgar Ibarra to start out for the home team. A throwing error by Hicks allowed Oliveras to score cutting the Miracle lead in half. Kevin Coddington singled. Follwing a Derrik Hales strike out, Humberto Sosa walked. Sean Conner, the Reds 10th round pick in the 2008 First Year Player draft, went down on strikes as well before Efrain Contreras reached on a fielding error. Coddington would score to tie up the game and Sosa moved to 3rd putting men on the corners. Samuel Vasquez then doubled the pair home before Frank Pfister struck out to end the inning.

Herbert Lara and Hicks hit back-to-back doubles in the top of the 3rd to give the Miracle one more. Hidalgo would single and Hicks would steal 3rd, but a fielder's choice allowed Diaz to reach while Hicks was taken out at the plate. Williams would single before Hildebrant got Ladendorf to fly out to end the inning.

Gerry Gil replaced Hildebrandt in the top of the 5th and allowed a single to Hidalgo to lead off. Diaz would then get plunked by a pitch and Williams walked to load the bags. Ladendorf's fly out to left plated Hidaldo and Diaz, helped in part by a Contreras' throwing error. Jae-Hyung Jang then sacrificed in Willams for the insurance run.

Edgar Ibarra Ibarra would be charged with 4 runs, only 1 earned, on 3 hits and a pair of walks while fanning 6 over 5 innings. Mauro Schiavoni worked the next three innings, scattering 2 hits and a walk while K-ing 1. Joe Testa picked up his first save of the season, allowing a ground bunt single to Contreras and a walk to Pfister, but getting Mauricio Pimentel out on strikes and then Oliveras to hit into a ground out to end the contest.

Lara finished up 3-for-4 with a double and a run. Hyun-wook Chio went 2-for-4 at the plate but did not factor into the scoring. Yard bird Hidalgo would connect two out of 5 times with a pair of runs and pair of RBIs. Hicks and Williams were both 1-for-3 with a run; Hicks with a double, a pair of walks, and a RBI. Williams with a pair of walks. J.J. and Danny Rohlfing were each 1-for-4, J.J. with the RBI, leave the one hit wonder of the game monkier to Rohlfing.

The win coupled with a Pirates rain out Sunday put the Twins just .006 percent behind the Bradenton squad in the South Division standings. The Twins look to turn in a winning set by taking one from the Red Sox at the Lee County Sportsplex on Monday, with the game beginning at noon.

Herald Tribune
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