Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Scores and Highlights from 8/30

Durham Bulls 4, Gwinnett Braves 3
The Bulls added a game to their division lead by beating the Braves on Tuesday night. The Braves jumped out to the lead in the first inning but the Bulls battled back to tie the game on an RBI single by Dan Johnson to tied things a 1-1. The Braves took the lead back in the second and held it until the bottom of the third when two run scored on a ground ball by Justin Ruggiano to give the Bulls a 3-2 lead. Gwinnett tied the game once again in the sixth inning. The game would remain tied until the bottom of the eighth inning when Russ Canzler drove home Tim Beckham to win the game 4-3. Dane De La Rosa picked up the win and Rob Delaney earned the save.

Carolina Mudcats 7, Montgomery Biscuits 3
A disastrous ninth inning doomed the Biscuits in Tuesday's loss. The Biscuits jumped out to an early lead in the first inning. Hak-Ju Lee and Shawn O'Malley scored in the first to give them an early 2-0 lead. The Mudcats got one back in the second but the Biscuits countered with another run of their own in the bottom of the second on sac fly by Craig Albernaz to score Isaias Velasquez. The Mudcats tied the game following a two run inning in the fourth. The game would remain tied until the top of the ninth when the Mudcats struck for four runs in the inning to hand the Biscuits the loss. Marquis Fleming surrendered three of the four ninth inning runs and was on the hook for the loss. The Biscuits have been eliminated from the Southern League playoff race as Mobile has clinched the division.

Charlotte Stone Crabs 8, Jupiter Hammerheads 3 (Game One)
The Stone Crabs and Hammerheads resumed a suspended game from July 7 when the came was called with the Stone Crabs leading 6-0 in the bottom of the second inning. The Stone Crabs added to their lead in the fourth inning when Jake Jefferies struck an RBI triple to score Mike Sheridan. Jefferies later scored on a ground ball by Omar Luna to give them an 8-0 lead. The Hammerheads reached the scoreboard via a three run homer in the sixth inning but the Stone Crabs held on for the win. Mike Jarman picked up the win.

Jupiter Hammerheads 4, Charlotte Stone Crabs 3 (Game Two)
The Stone Crabs split the doubleheader with the Hammerheads following a loss in game two. They jumped out to an early lead following an RBI double by Jose Lobaton to score Ty Morrison and give them a 1-0 lead. But the Hammerheads answered with back to back two run innings in the second and third to take the lead. The Stone Crabs rallied in the sixth inning. Mike Sheridan and Riccio Torrez each plated a run but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit as they fell one run short. Jake Thompson was charged with the loss and fell to 5-7 on the season. The loss also crushed the Stone Crabs hopes of a third straight playoff appearance as losses by the Stone Crabs and Palm Beach allowed Bradenton to clinch the division.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 3, Great Lakes Loons 2
The Hot Rods took 3 out of 4 from the Loons after winning the Tuesday's finale. The Hot Rods took an early lead by scoring in the second inning. Robi Estrada singled home two runs to give the Hot Rods a 2-0 lead. They added to their lead an inning later as Mayo Acosta drove home a run to increase the lead to 3-0. The Loons challenged for the lead in the sixth inning by striking for two runs. But the Hot Rods closed the door and held on for the 3-2 victory. Braulio Laura picked up the win and Chris Rearick recorded his 19th save of the season. Lenny Linsky made his BG debut, pitching 1 1/3 no-hit innings.

Connecticut Tigers 5, Hudson Valley Renegades 0
The Renegades struggled to get run on the board as they were shut-out on Tuesday nights. The Renegades managed 5 hits on the night by could not turn any of them into runs as they were 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position. The lone offensive bright spot was Jeff Malm who accounted for three of their five hits including two doubles. Andrew Bellatti was charged with the loss. Theron Geith and Robert Dickmann combined to throw 4 shut-out innings from the bullpen.

Elizabethton Twins 10, Princeton Rays 6
The P-Rays found themselves on the losing side of an offensive display as the two clubs combined for 16 runs on 25 hits in Tuesday's game. The Twins took a two run lead in the first inning. The Ray cut the lead in half in the second on a solo home run by Junior Rodriguez. The Twins added another run in third. The Rays bounced back to tied the game following back to back one run innings in the fourth and fifth. Rodriguez drove home a run in the fourth and Josh Sale homered in the fifth to tie the game. But the Twins answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead. Cameron Seitzer and Sale both drove home a run in the sixth inning to tie the game once again. The two clubs would exchange runs again in the sixth/seventh as the Twins scored in the bottom of the sixth and the Rays countered in the seventh with an RBI single by Jake Hager to tie the game yet again. But the pattern was broken in the bottom of the seventh when the Twins broke through for a four run inning in which the Rays could not recover from. They Rays were held scoreless through the final two frames as they took the loss. Shay Crawford was tagged for the loss for Princeton. The loss concluded the P-Rays 2011 season as they finish the year with a 30-38 record.