Friday: Lansing 3 at Beloit 1
W: L. Perez (5-8, 3.48); L: M. McCardell (7-3, 2.86); SV: T. Collins (10)
Before they even get to the Miracle, the Twins prospects become used to losing to the Blue Jays prospects.
Welcome to Pohlman Field in Beloit where the Snappers managed only 3 hits against the Lansing Lugnuts.
Mike McCardell, a guy I fully expect to see in the Miracle line up next season, pitched very well, allowing only two runs on 6 hits and a walk while fanning 10 over six innings. It wasn't well enough though as the Snappers managed little or no offensive production.
David Cooper would walk before Kevin Ahrens flew out and Manuel Rodriguez struck out. Johermyn Chavez's line drive moved Cooper to second, and a double by Moises Sierra drove the pair in, putting the Luggies on the board.
Estarlin De Lo Santos doubled in the bottom of the fourth, and moved to 3rd Yangervis Solarte's sac bunt. Rene Leveret then sacrificed in De Lo for the lone Beloit Run.
Jonathan Jaspe singled in the top of the 8th off Beloit reliever Chris Anderson. Following a strike out to Cooper, Ahrens took a walk. Manuel Rodriguez's ground ball to right scored Jaspe, and signaled the end of Anderson's time on the mound. Nelson Prada called Charles Nolte out of the bullpen. After getting Chavez to fly out, Nolte would walk Sierra. With the bases loaded, he'd get Eric Eiland to ground into a force out, stranding the runners.
Aside from De Lo, Allan de San Miguel doubled for the Snappers, going 1-for-2 at the plate, while Cates, who was 1-for-3, contributed a single.
Saturday: Lansing 11 at Beloit 0
W: M. Rzepczynski (6-4, 2.74); L: D. Bromberg (6-9, 5.25)
HR: LAN: M. Sierra (9).
One of the other Beloit Snappers pitchers who's name has come up for promotion to the Miracle next season is David Bromberg. Bromberg was the unhappy participant in one of "those" games on Saturday, giving up 8 runs, 7 earned, on 10 runs a walk while fanning 4 over 3.1 innings.
Justin Jackson tripled to lead off for Lansing and John Tolisano drew a walk. David Cooper doubled Jackson in, and Manuel Rodriguez's ground ball single scored Tolisano and Cooper. After Kevin Ahrens was taken down on strikes, Bromberg unleashed a wild pitch that moved Rodriguez to 2nd. C.J. Ebarb then doubled the runner in. Jonathan Baksh reached on a fielding error by Chris Cates that put Ebarb on 3rd. A second wild pitch by Bromberg would allowed Ebarb to score. Happily, Bromberg finally got Moises Sierra and Eric Eiland to ground out to end the inning.
Jackson singled in the 2nd, and moved to 2nd on another wild pitch. Cooper's ground ball to center then plated him to make it 6-0 Luggies.
With one out on the board in the 3rd, Baksh doubled and a passed ball by Greg Yersich moved him to 3rd. Sierra would go down on strikes before Eiland singled Baksh in. A wild pitch by Bromberg put Eiland on second, but he got Jackson to fly out to end the inning.
A fielding error by Estarlin De Los Santos saw Tolisano reach in the top of the 4th, Cooper would go down on strikes before Bromberg uncorked another wild pitch, moving Tolisano to 2nd. Manuel Rodriguez doubled out to left to score Tolisano before Nelson Prada saw fit to get Mike Tarsi on to the mound. Tarsi would put Ahrens and Ebarb down on ground outs to get out of the inning.
The pitching change wasn't much of a respite as the Lugnuts added two more in the 5th and saw Sierra crack a solo-shot home run out of the park in the 7th.
Rene Leveret was 2-for-4 with a double, while Andrew Schmiesing and Ben Revere were both 1-for-3, with singles.
The Lugnuts look to sweep Sunday with the first pitch coming at 2:00 PM central time.
A correction to the information I had gotten last night, LEN3 is reporting in his blog that "Michael Cuddyer looks on his way to Class AAA Rochester on Monday for a bunch of rehab games, then will join the team when it returns from next week's road trip to Seattle and Kansas City." Too bad, we'd have like to see Cuddy-bear in a Miracle uni again.