Rochester Red Wings
The Rochester Red Wings got their season off on the right foot on Thursday, blasting four home runs, en-route to a 7-4 victory over Syracuse. In front of over 7,000 people, the Wings got solid performances from their bullpen, as they backed up starter Jason Jones, who lasted only 4.0 innings. Jones struggled a bit with his command, walking three, but he only allowed two earned runs. Mike Gosling (1-0) picked up the win in relief, tossing 1.2 innings of one-run ball, and Tim Lahey picked up his first save of the season. All five Rochester pitchers struck out at least one batter.
Trevor Plouffe, Dustin Martin, Luke Hughes, and David Winfree all hit home runs on Thursday, accounting for five of the team’s seven runs. Martin and Plouffe were joined by Matt Macri and Jason Pridie in the multi-hit club, as all four prospects had two knocks, with Plouffe and Macri picking up doubles. The Wings also stole three bases, as Tolbert, Pridie, and Martin all swiped bags in the game.
New Britain Rock Cats
The Rock Cats dropped their second game in a row on Thursday, as they were nipped by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4-3. Jay Rainville (0-1) picked up his first loss of the season, allowing three runs (no earned) in three innings of work. The young right-hander walked three, struck out three, and allowed three hits. A bright spot in the Rock Cats pitching staff was the work of both of the Twins top relief prospects, Anthony Slama and Robert Delaney, who combined to strike out five batters in two innings of relief. Delaney struck out the side in the seventh, while Slama whiffed two in the eighth.
Matt Moses looked very good in this first start of the season, going 2-4, while blasting his first home run of the season. Rene Tosoni led off the game with a home run on the first pitch, but that would be his only hit of the game. The team once again struggled with runners in scoring position, going 1-6 in those situations, and they left eight men on base.
Fort Myers Miracle
The Fort Myers Miracle overcame a rough outing by starter Tyler Robertson, scoring eight runs in the final four innings to erase an early 4-1 deficit. Leading to a 9-4 win. Robertson, the Twins top left-handed starting pitching prospect, allowed four earned runs in only 1.2 innings of work, and failed to strike a batter out. Kyle Waldrop, Santos Arias, Henry Arias, and Alex Burnett combined to pitch shutout baseball the rest of the way, with Burnett striking out four in 2.0 innings of relief. Santos Arias picked up the win, pitching two innings of shutout ball.
Three Miracle batters picked up multi-hit games in the team’s opener on Thursday, as Deibinson Romero and Yangervis Solarte led the team with three hits each. Romero went 3-5 with a double and an RBI, as Solarte doubled and scored twice. Rene Leveret picked up two hits in his Florida State League debut, and Chris Parmelee hit his first FSL home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning. The Miracle batted .385 with runners in scoring position, and showed good balance up and down the lineup.
The Snappers fell behind 3-0 after two innings, and although they fought back, they dropped their season opener 7-6 against the reigning Midwest League Champion Burlington Bees in ten innings. Shooter Hunt got the start for Beloit, but did not last long, as he left after working only 3.1 innings. He allowed three hits, walked four, and notched only one strike out. Henry Reyes looked very good out of the bullpen, tossing 2.2 innings of shutout ball, giving up zero hits. Danny Rondon blew his first save of the season, and Steven Blevins took the loss in the tenth.
The Snappers were led offensively by Jonathan Waltenbury and James Beresford, both of whom were making their Midwest League debuts. TwinCitiesDugout.com sat down with Waltenbury after the game.
“Today just wasn’t our day,” Waltenbury explained. “Tomorrow is another day, and hopefully we can come out and get the win.”
Waltenbury picked up two hits in the contest, driving in two runs, and hit his first double of the season. Beresford swiped two bags, had two hits, and walked once from his leadoff spot. The Snappers showed some good gap power, picking up four doubles, as Michael Harrington, Waltenbury, Evan Bigley, and Ramon Santana doubled in the game. This is a stacked lineup, and they will be ready to roll tomorrow.