Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Miracle, Rockcats Lose Playoff Games
The Ft. Myers played Game 2 of their Best of Three series against Charlotte. The New Britain Rockcats traveled to Norwich to take on the Connecticut Defenders in Game 1 of their Best of Five series. Both Twins affiliates started their fourth best starter in the game, and as you would expect, it did not go well for either team.
For the Rockcats, 20 year old Deolis Guerra got the Game 1 start. He gave up four runs in the bottom of the first inning, then threw two zeroes on the board before allowing a run in the fourth inning. Cole DeVries came out of the bullpen for the fifth inning and threw three shutout innings. He gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out six, his best performance in a long time! Carlos Gutierrez gave up a run in the eighth inning. However, thanks to the Defendersí Ben Snyder, it would have taken a yeomanís effort for any Rockcat to get a win. Snyder was nearly unhittable in the game. Through eight inning, he had allowed just two hits, and no runs. He came out for the 9th inning, but he gave up two runs on two hits, including a solo home run to Brian Dinkelman. The makeshift Rockcats lineup managed just five hits in the game. 19 year old Angel Morales played CF and went 0-4, but just struck out once. Yangervis Solarte was the teamís DH. Alejandro Machado played 2B. Yancarlos Ortiz was at SS. You have to wonder why, in a playoff game, Steve Singleton would not be in the lineup.
Lefty Tyler Robertson got the Game 2 nod for the Ft. Myers Miracle. In just 3.1 innings, he gave up six runs† on nine hits and a walk. Michael Allen got him out of the fourth inning, but allowed another run on two hits. Boof Bonser was back on the mound and in two shutout innings, he struck out four. Blair Erickson struck out two in his two scoreless innings before Henry Arias threw a scoreless ninth inning.
Down 7-1 going into the bottom of the sixth, Nick Romero came to bat as a pinch hitter for Chris Cates. Romero hit a three run homer to cut the lead to 7-4. But that was as close as the Miracle would get. The Miracle had plenty of base runners. They had seven hits and seven walks. Deibinson Romero was 1-2 with a walk.
Ft. Myers will count on Santos Arias in the series-deciding Game 3 tomorrow night in Ft. Myers. New Britain will send Matt Fox to the mound in Game 2 in Connecticut.
∑ Granny Baseball reviews his top prospect lists from a year ago to see how they did in 2009.
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