Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wednesday's Minor League Wrap-Up

The Twins weren't the only team to get impacted by the weather on Wednesday evening. Minnesota's affiliate in Cedar Rapids also got postponed due to inclement weather. The Upper Midwest is still waiting for spring to show up and there will probably be more weather issues before spring is finally sprung.

Three other affiliates took the field for some Wednesday action. The Miracle were going lucky win 13 to start their season. Rochester has been struggling and the call-up of Oswaldo Arcia is going to hurt their offense. New Britain played an afternoon game and they found themselves in another tight contests.

Let's see how the teams and players fared in "Wednesday's Minor League Wrap-Up."

Rochester Red Wings 0, Scranton W/B RailRiders 7

It was a rough night for the Red Wings as the team was shutout for the second consecutive night. The loss marked the seventh in a row for Rochester and the team hasn't recorded a win since last Tuesday. Going back to last season, the RailRiders have won 10 of the last 13 games between these two clubs.

Liam Hendriks made his first start at Triple-A this season after starting the season with the big league club. He would give up a run in each of the first three innings to put Rochester in an early hole. For the game, he would toss six innings by giving up nine hits and four earned runs.

Anthony Slama got to get back on the mound after being hit around in both of his last two outings. In those appearances, he only recorded three outs and gave up seven earned runs. After walking multiple batters in those rough outings, he had a clean ninth inning with no walks and strikeout.

There wasn't much to write home about on the offensive side of the ball. Jeff Clement and Brandon Boggs were the only men to record more than one hit. Boggs added his second double of the year. Evan Bigley made his 2013 debut with the Red Wings as a pinch hitter but he flied out in the ninth.

Rochester only had four plate appearances with runners in scoring position. The team failed in all of those attempts. Overall, the team left eight runners on base.

The team starts a four game series with Pawtucket tomorrow night and the club will look to get back on track.
New Britain Rock Cats 2, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3 (11 Innings)
The Rock Cats have a flare for the dramatic this season. After winning in the bottom of the ninth on Tuesday, New Britain found themselves in the middle of another tight contest this afternoon. The team was held scoreless until the bottom of the ninth so the Rock Cats need two runs to make things interesting.

Back to back one out singles by Josmil Pinto and Daniel Ortiz had the team in good shape. A throwing error on the hit from Ortiz left two runners in scoring position. Curt Smith came through with a grounder up the middle cut the score to 2-1. James Beresford was the next batter and he cracked a sac fly to center to knot the game up at 2.

The Fisher Cats would mount their own rally in the top of the 11th inning to score the go ahead run. Two singles and a balk by Aaron Thompson allowed the winning run to score. It was the first loss of the year for Thompson in only his second appearance with the club.

Pat Dean pitched seven very strong innings by allowing one run on seven hits. He was being very democratic by not striking out a batter and letting the defense do their work behind him. He also didn't walk a batter and it was the first time he made it into the fifth inning this year.

New Britain managed a lowly seven hits in the game. Smith and Ortiz were both 2-for-5 and they were the lone members of the Rock Cats to collect more than one hit. The team was 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and the club left seven men on base.

Fort Myers Miracle 2, Palm Beach Cardinals 5
The hunt for win number 13 turned out to be unlucky for the Miracle. After finding a way to win their first 12 games of the year, Fort Myers suffered their first loss on Wednesday night. The Miracle found themselves with an early 2-0 lead but offense of the Cardinals proved to be too much.

Even in the ninth inning, the club tried to hold on to their perfect season. Trailing by three runs entering bottom of the final frame, Fort Myers would load the bases on singles from Michael Gonzalez, Kyle Knudson, and Kennys Vargas. Another single from Adam Pettersen would score a run. Unfortunately, Angel Morales would ground into a double play. This left Eddie Rosario on deck and Miguel Sano in the hole.

Sano played the hero on Tuesday with a grand slam to give the Miracle the lead. He struggled in this game going 0-for-4 with a couple of strikeouts. Even with the bad day, he is still hitting .380 on the season. Rosario has also helped the offense and he went 1-for-4 with his seventh RBI of the year.

The bottom of the line-up did most of the damage for the Miracle. Hitters five through eight all had multiple hits. Extra base hits were tough to come by as Michael Koch had the lone two-bagger in the game.

Matthew Summers started for the Miracle and pitched 5.2 innings. During his outing, he gave up three runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out one to earn his first loss of the year. Adrian Salcedo did well in relief by striking out three of the four batters he faced.

Fort Myers will look to start a new winning streak as the team travels to St. Lucie for a three game set.

Cedar Rapids Kernels --, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers -- (Postponed)
The only thing slowing down Byron Buxton this spring has been the bad weather. Cedar Rapids had their game cancelled on Wednesday due to inclement weather. Since the Kernels and the Timber Rattlers don't play again in the first half of the MWL season, the game will not be made up.

Cedar Rapids will now head out on the road for six games in Peoria and Burlington. There next home action will be Thursday, April 25th when they open a six game home stand against Great Lakes and Lansing.

With a 9-3 record the Kernels find themselves on top of the Western Division of the MWL. They are looking to keep the good juices flowing as they take a two game winning streak into their road trip. The addition of J.O. Berrios, the 32nd pick in last year's draft, from extended spring training should be a boost to the pitching staff.

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