The Wings did all their damage in the fourth inning, as their four runs gave them the 4-0 lead for good. Garrett Jones drove in two runs in the inning, and has now driven in at least one run in the last four games. He has hit safely in all but three games this season, has not struck out in his last four starts, and is hitting .267 when he is playing right field instead of first base. Terry Tiffee picked up three hits in the ballgame, and is currently riding a six-game hitting streak. He has also strung together three consecutive multi-hit games, and has ran his average from .095 to .341 during his current hitting streak. Josh Rabe and Jason Hart drove in the other runs for the Red Wings, but Rabe saw his five straight multi-hit game streak come to a close. The RBI for Hart was his first of the year. The Wings open up a four-game home set against the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday, as they look to run their winning streak to five games.
New Britain Rock Cats: The Cats lost their second straight game on Monday, as they were blanked by the Portland Sea Dogs 3-0. It was their second straight shutout loss, but the pitching staff is definitely holding up their end of the bargain. Ace Glen Perkins (0-2) took the ball to start the game, and pitched well, allowing one unearned run in 4.1 innings of work. Despite his 0-2 record, Perkins has held the opposition to a .190 batting average this season, and has struck out 16 batters in 11.1 innings of work. Jay Sawatski took the ball in relief, and allowed two earned runs in 1.2 innings of work. They were his first runs allowed since his first appearance on April 7, a span of four games. Chris Schutt took the ball next, and threw a perfect inning of relief. It was his first appearance all year that he did not allow a run, and he has looked a lot more comfortable on the road this season. His road ERA is 3.00, which is tiny compared to his home ERA of 23.62. The last pitcher of the night was Bobby Korecky, who finished his fifth game of the season for the Cats. He was impressive once more on Monday, and has not allowed an earned run in his last four appearances. The righty has been hard on lefties this season, holding them to a .111 batting average.
The Rock Cats left their bats in the dugout on Monday, and forgot to take them to the plate with them. In what it a dominant lineup on paper, the Cats just couldn't put anything together on this night, and mustered only five hits. Denard Span collected one of those hits, which was a double, and walked once. Span has now hit safely in nine of his 11 games, and is hitting a blistering .442. Steve Lomasney picked up his first two hits of the season on Monday, as he was the only Cat to register a multi-hit night. J.R. Taylor and Daniel Matienzo were the only other Rock Cats to record hits in this one, as Taylor picked up his fourth hit in the last four games, and Matienzo pushed his batting average over the Mendoza Line to a .205 mark.
Fort Myers Miracle: The Miracle lost a slugfest to the Tampa Yankees 15-10 on Monday, as starter Matt Garza left the game early due to his own player hitting him in the back with a baseball. It would be that kind of night for the Miracle, as their pitching staff faltered, and their bats tried to carry the slack. Garza allowed three unearned runs during his 1.2 innings of work before handing the ball off to Ryan Callahan (1-1). While Callahan picked up the loss, he really pitched better than anyone else on this night, allowing one earned run in 3.1 innings of relief. The run was his first allowed this season, as he has been devastating to righties this season, holding them to a .050 batting average. Jonathan Martinez had an unusual outing, as the usually reliable reliever allowed four runs on four hits in one third of an inning. Alexander Farfan continues to struggle at the High-A level, and on Monday, had his worst outing of the year. His six earned runs gave him 12 allowed in his last three outings, and he has walked seven in his last 2.2 innings of work. Josh Hill was the final Miracle pitcher on the night, and he was the only one to not allow a hit. He did however walk two, and has now walked two batters in each of his last three appearances.
The Miracle bats were on full display in this one, as they pounded out ten runs on 16 hits. Garrett Guzman led five Miracle batters with multi-hit games, as he went 4-5 with a home run, three runs batted in, and two runs. His four hits broke a recent 0-11 slide for the outfielder, and he has now posted six multi-hit games this season. Deacon Burns broke out of a 2-22 slump to open the season, by stroking three hits in five at-bats. Korey Feiner picked up his second multi-hit game in as many starts on Monday, and now has three RBI in the last two games. Jeremy Pickrel drove in three runs, and now has five RBI in the last five games. The outfielder has hit safely in seven of his nine starts this season. Alexi Casilla picked up two hits on the day, giving him his fifth multi-hit game of the season, and he has now hit safely in ten of his first 11 games. Johnny Woodard had the other multi-hit game for the Miracle, and seems to be swinging the bat better after a 1-15 start to the season.
Beloit Snappers: The Snappers dropped a 6-2 decision to Peoria on Monday, as all three Beloit pitchers allowed earned runs in this one. Ace Kyle Waldrop (1-1) got the start for the Snappers, and he had a decent game, tossing 7.1 innings of four-run ball. Waldrop struggled with his command a bit, walking three, and didn't appear to be on his game. This season, the righty has destroyed left-handed batters, holding them to a .152 batting average. Jose Lugo took the ball in relief, and allowed an earned run, which gives him at least one run allowed in three of his five appearances this season. He also failed to strike a batter out for the third time this season. Daniel Powers was the last Snappers pitcher of the night, and he allowed his first earned run of the season. He has gone his first 8.1 innings of relief without allowing a run, and his two walks were a season-high as well. Powers has been one of the better arms out of the pen for the Snappers this season, and Monday was just a bad day for him.
Offensively, Henry Sanchez led the way with three hits in four at-bats, as he tries to turn his season around. He is batting only .194, but he has four hits in his last three games, and seems to be focusing on making contact more now. One bad sign is the fact that he has struck out at least once in every game he has appeared in this season. Andrew Thompson picked up a hit in three at-bats, and currently has a six-game hitting streak. He also drove in a run for the first time in four games. Caleb Moore stroked his third hit in the last two games, and has now hit safely in seven of his first nine appearances. He also drove in his sixth run in the last five games. Steven Tolleson scored a run in this one, and with his one hit, has now hit safely in five of his last six games.