Rochester Red Wings:
The Red Wings were beat by the Louisville Bats on Friday 4-1, as Pete Munro (5-7) took the loss. Munro has pitched well this month, but has been on the wrong side of some close games. Though he has lost his last three starts, Munro has posted a 2.73 earned run average in June, including a complete game shutout of Durham on June 7. Henry Bonilla took the ball in relief and went 2.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits. He has been pretty solid lately, and has not allowed more than two earned runs in an appearance since May 18, a span of nine appearances. The final pitcher of the night for the Red Wings was Robert Korecky, who was making his tenth appearance since being called up from Double-A New Britain. Korecky went two-thirds of an inning, allowing no runs for the second straight outing. In fact, in his last six outings, he has only allowed runs in one.
Jason Tyner led the way offensively for the Red Wings, stroking two hits in four at-bats. The multi-hit game was his third in his last four starts, as he boosted his batting average to .324. He did fail to score in the game, something that had not happened for the last three games. Garrett Jones posted a multi-hit game for the second game in a row, smacking two hits in three at-bats. He is now four for his last eight, and has not struck out in that span. In his last nine games, he has struck out only five times, and has not had a multi-strikeout game in that span. During that time, he has lifted his batting average from .209 to .232. Chris Heintz continued his bid to be named to an All-Star Game, smacking the team’s only extra-base hit on the night. Heintz is batting .317 during the month of June, and has posted 12 of his 17 runs batted in. The Wings take on Louisville again on Saturday, as they send J.D. Durbin (4-2, 2.35) to the hill.
New Britain Rock Cats:
The Rock Cats bested the Bowie Baysox on Friday 7-5, with Nick Blackburn (5-7) picking up the win. The win was the first for Blackburn since May 30, a span that included four starts. Blackburn did not pitch well in this one, allowing five earned runs, which were the most he has allowed since April 26. For the season, Blackburn has a 5.24 earned run average in 14 starts this season. Julio DePaula took the ball in relief of Blackburn, and he continued to the Cats best reliever this month. He threw 1.2 innings of shutout ball, striking out one. In June, he has appeared in seven games, posting a 0.90 ERA in the process. The final pitcher of the night was Levale Speigner, who picked up his sixth save of the season. Speigner has taken over the closer’s role since the promotion of Korecky, and he has done a great job. He has not lost a game since April, and has allowed earned runs in only three of his last 14 appearances.
The offense was led by Felix Molina, who went 1-3 with a home run. The home run was Molina’s first since May 22, and his three RBI tied a season-high. Molina has struggled in June though, batting only .224 in 16 games. Matthew Moses has a nice day at the plate, as he played the designated hitter role for the first time since May 18. He went 2-4, picking up his first multi-hit game since May 22, but is still batting only .154 for the month of June. Matt Tolbert, who was promoted to the Rock Cats this past week, had another good day in his return to New Britain. He stroked three hits on the game, and now has gone 5-7 since his return. In fact, at the time of his demotion, Tolbert was batting .216 for the Rock Cats, and is now batting .295 since returning. Jose Morales has struggled this season, but he had a nice night on Friday. The catcher picked up his first multi-hit game since June 10, and is batting a season-best .244 this month. The Cats double-dip against Reading on Saturday, with Errol Simonitsch pitching the opener.
Fort Myers Miracle:
The Miracle put a hurting on Clearwater on Friday, winning the game 7-3. Joshua Hill got his first start of the 2006 season, and pitched well in his 4.2 innings of work. Hill struck out five, allowed three earned runs, and walked two. He had posted a 6.56 earned run average in 20 relief appearances, so maybe a move to the rotation will be a good thing for him. Ryan Callahan (3-3) picked up the win in relief, as he tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless ball. Callahan appears to be so much more at ease when he is at home, posting a 1.66 ERA, as opposed to a 7.90 mark on the road. It was his first win since May 22. Jonathan Martinez picked up his 11th save of the season, pitching the final two innings. Martinez has been lights out lately, and has not allowed an earned run since June 5. He also struck out two, giving him at least two strikeouts in four of his last five appearances.
Brock Peterson homered in this one, as he was one of several Miracle bats to have a big day. Peterson’s shot was his second in the last four games, and smacked three in the month of June. His batting average is inching ever so close to the .300 mark, after posting back-to-back months of hitting over .300. Alexi Casilla ran his hitting streak to five games, after posting a multi-hit effort in this one. Casilla tripled, scored twice, and drove in a run on Friday, as he tries to close out another great month in style. Newly acquired Brandon Roberts picked up his first multi-hit game as a Twins’ farm hand, and has now hit safely in four of his first five games with the Twins. Roberts also stole two bases, displaying blazing speed on the basepaths. Deacon Burns scored twice in the game, and seems to be getting himself back on track. After a miserable first two months, which saw him bat below .200, he is batting .265 this month, and has scored multiple runs in three of his last six games. The Miracle take on Clearwater again on Saturday, as they hope for the same results as Friday.
The Snappers were blanked by Lansing 5-0 on Friday, as they fell victim to a two-hitter. Eduardo Morlan (3-4) got the start for the Snappers, and did not last very long. Coming off a complete game win in his last start, Morlan lasted only 2.2 innings in this one, though he did strikeout five in a short time on the hill. Danny Vais came in for Morlan after he left the game in the third after throwing a pitch, and did not allow an earned run in three innings of work. In fact, he has not allowed an earned run in his last four appearances. Jon-Michael Cline made his Snappers’ debut in relief of Vais, and also did not allow an earned run in his 2.1 innings of relief. He struck out three, walked one, and looked good in his first outing. Jose Cordero was the final pitcher of the night, and he posted his second straight appearance without allowing an earned run. In his four appearances this season, he has allowed earned runs in only one, but that was a 0.1 inning, three-run debacle on June 10.
Offensively, there was no offense to be honest, as only Paul Kelly, and Erik Lis picked up hits in this one. For Kelly, his hit ran his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games. In that span, Kelly has raised his batting average from .255 to .275, and has posted seven multi-hit games. Lis has hit safely in four straight, though this has been a month to forget. After batting .379 in May, Lis is batting only .239 in June, and has only driven in seven runs in 18 appearances. The Snappers take on the Lugnuts again on Saturday, and hopefully they will bring their bats with them.