Thursday, April 12, 2012

Scores and Highlights from 4/11

Durham Bulls 5, Charlotte Knights 4
The Bulls scored four runs in the first and held off a late surge by the Knights to squeak by with a 5-4 win. Matt Mangini drove home two runs with a double while Leslie Anderson and Jeff Salazar each plated a run in the fourth to put the Bulls in front early. Kyle Hudson later scored in the seventh to account for the Bulls fifth run of the afternoon. Mangini's double in the first extended his team leading hitting streak to six games. Alex Torres recorded his first win of the season by striking out 6 and walking 4 in 5 innings pitched. Brandon Gomes notched the save.

Mississippi Braves 8, Montgomery Biscuits 2
A big six run inning by the Braves put the Biscuits in a hole they could not dig out of as they lost 8-2. Not only did they lose the game, they lost starter Alex Colome who departed in the fourth with an injury. The Biscuits offense struggled to get anything going as they combined for just five hits and only one of them for extra bases, a double by Isaias Velasquez. Colome was charged with the loss but it was Merrill Kelly who was roughed up and charged with 4 earned runs. On the bright side, Neil Schenk threw 2 2/3 no-hit innings.

St. Lucie Mets 6, Charlotte Stone Crabs 4
A late game rally wasn't enough to overcome a season high five errors as the Stone Crabs were swept by the Mets following a 6-4 loss in the series finale. The Stone Crabs kept it close through the first four frames as they battled run for run with Mets. But things got out of hand in the sixth when they gave up three runs to the Mets and put them behind for good. The Stone Crabs rallied in the ninth but it fell two runs short in the end. Riccio Torrez was 2 for 4 on the night with 2 runs scored, extending his hitting streak to six games. Hector Guevara drove home 2 runs. Of the team's 5 errors, 3 of them were committed behind the plate by Luke Bailey. Eliazer Suero was charged with the loss for the Stone Crabs.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 9, West Michigan White Caps 4
The Hot Rods bats came alive on Wednesday afternoon as they compiled a season high 9 runs and 18 hits to defeat the White Caps and snap their losing streak. Every member of the Hot Rods reached base in the game. Jeff Malm, Todd Glaesmann and Matt Rice each drove home two runs each with Ryan Brett, Taylor Motter and Tyler Goeddel each driving in a run to account for the run production. Of the 18 hits, 6 of them were for extra bases with Malm striking 2 doubles and Brett, Glaesmann, Rice and Goeddel each hitting one double. Jake Floethe improved to 2-0 with the win.


  1. The weather for Bowling Green isn't going to be much better in Cleveland tonight than it was up in Michigan the past few days. Expect game time temps in the 40s. The good news is Lake County went 14 innings against Great Lakes (also in Michigan) yesterday, with the bullpen covering the last 9. So they had just as far to travel back to Cleveland and their bullpen should be short for tonight. After 4 games in Cleveland the Hot Rods head home for Monday's game.

  2. How did Floethe throw? He seemed to be in control and was taken out after just 5 innings. Bright spot so far. How many pitches did he throw?

  3. He only pitched 5 innings in his first start too, so not surprising in this one with game time temps in the low 40s. The 11-2 GO-FO is what impresses me, love to see that. No idea on pitch count, milb hasn't had those correct for A and A+ games yet this season. I'd guess he's on a 75 pitch limit, maybe less last night with the cold.

  4. Floethe looked good. Pounded the zone and looked really confident. He had good separation between his fastball and off speed pitches. I was actually surprised by Trevor Shull. He threw harder than I expected. According to the in park gun Floethe was in the high 80s with his fastball and I think he topped out at 89 and Shull hit 91. I'm not sure how accurate these readings are but they seem much more accurate than the first game I attended. I didn't keep track of Floethe's pitch count but his velocity and control remained consistent throughout, so I'm guessing he just reached his limit.

  5. Who is Floethe? I saw he played at Fullerton. Seems to be doing pretty good.