Sunday, April 12th, 2009
AAA – Iowa Cubs defeated Round Rock 6-1
- Jake Fox went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI
- Bobby Scales went 1-for-3, but committed two errors in the field
- Mark Johnson went 0-for-3 and is hitless on the season
- Esmailin Caridad got the start and went five strong innings, giving up five hits and striking out six and not allowing a run.
AA – Tennessee Smokies defeated Jacksonville 6-2
Casey Coleman allowed a run and five hits over five soli d innings, while the Tennessee Smokies (2-1) found enough offense for a 6-2 victory over the Jacksonville Suns (1-2) in front of 4,746 Saturday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Coleman (1-0) struck out six with one walk over his five inning performance for the win in his first Double-A outing. Willie Glen (0-1) allowed three runs and five hits over six innings, while allowing three walks with four strikeouts in the loss. Brian Schlitter (1) saved the game as he entered with a 3-1 score in the eighth inning, recording the final out of the frame. Schlitter allowed a solo homerun in the ninth inning to finish the game.
Tennessee opened the scoring in the second inning as Blake Lalli connected on a one-out, solo homerun off Glen. The Smokies padded the lead in the third inning when Matt Camp and Ty Wright each singled in runs against Glen for a 3-0 advantage. The Suns got on the board in the bottom of the frame on a two-out single from Bryan Petersen, cutting the Smokies lead to 3-1. After five innings of scoreless play, Tennessee added insurance against the Jacksonville bullpen in the ninth inning as James Adduci and Welington Castillo singled in runs back-to-back. Tony Thomas’ sacrifice fly later in the inning opened a 6-1 Smokies lead. Brad Davis belted his first homerun of 2009 in the bottom of the frame to end the scoring at 6-2.
High A – Daytona Cubs defeated Brevard County 4-0
A night after explosive bats stole the show at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, it was the pitchers who dominated. Right hander Dan McDaniel (1-0) threw six scoreless innings of one-hit baseball to give the Daytona Cubs (2-1, 2-1) a 4-0 victory over the Brevard County Manatees (1-2, 1-2).
The contest followed the path of a pitchers duel for most of the evening, as Daytona took a one-run lead in the bottom of the second, an advantage that held steady for six more innings. Third baseman Jovan Rosa led off the inning with a bloop single to right off Brevard County starter Evan Anundsen (0-1), which was followed by another single off the bat of left fielder Marwin Gonzalez. With runners on first and second, Russ Canzler hit a line drive of his own to right and drove in Rosa. Rosa would leave the game after scoring with an apparent leg injury sustained while rounding third.
The final runs occurred on a bizarre play in the bottom of the eighth. With runners at the corners and two out, second baseman Nathan Samson dropped a bunt down the first base line. Samson would beat the throw from Manatees pitcher Rafael Lluberes. The throw sailed into right field, which allowed both runners, Mark Reed and Starlin Castro, to score easily. As Samson continued on to second, the throw from right field was off the mark and wound up in foul territory beyond left field. A final throw to try and get Samson at home plate ricocheted off Samson’s back and he scored safely on what began as a bunt for a single and an RBI.
However, the star of the night remained McDaniel, who used combinations of fastballs and off-speed pitches to keep the Manatee hitters guessing. The 20-year old recorded three strike outs while issuing a walk in the winning performance. Cubs relievers Steve Vento, Dustin Sasser, and Jake Muyco would put the finishing touches on the night with a combined three innings of two-hit baseball.
Low A – Peoria Chiefs lost to Kane County 3-2
Despite solid pitching all the way through, the Peoria Chiefs fell to the Kane County Cougars 3-2 in 10 innings Saturday night at O’Brien Field. In the top of the 10th, Jason Christian scored all the way from first on a Steve Kleen single off Chiefs reliever Erik Hamren to break the 2-2 tie. Hamren came on to relieve Josh Whitlock in the top of the 10th. After a Dusty Coleman groundout, Christian walked setting the table for Kleen’s game-winning single. Chiefs starter Chris Archer got himself into and out of trouble in the third to keep the game scoreless for the time being. After walking the first three Cougars of the frame, the recently acquired right-hander struck out Coleman. Christian grounded into a fielder’s choice Ridling throwing out Juan Nunez at the plate. Archer then induced a flyout to center off the bat of Kleen to end the threat.
With the game scoreless in the fourth, the Chiefs broke through offensively. Junior Lake blooped a double down the right field line. Cliff Andersen bounced into a fielder’s choice, with Lake out at third on the play. Ryan Flaherty poked a single through the right side of the infield and Andersen moved to third, setting the table for Rebel Ridling. With three runs driven-in already on the young season, Ridling added two more to his total, ripping a double off the wall in right-center field to plate Andersen and Flaherty and give the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. The Cougars got one of those runs back in the top half of the fifth against reliever Jose Pina. With Mitchell LeVier at third and Juan Nunez at the plate, Pina fired a wild pitch allowing LeVier to score and cut the Peoria lead in half at 2-1.
Kane County tied the game in the top of the fifth against Alberto Cabrera. Dusty Coleman led off with a single and Jason Christian was thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double. With Coleman at third and the infield drawn in, Steve Kleen tied the game with a groundout to third base.
Archer lasted just three innings but didn’t allow a hit. The Clayton, N.C. native walked four and struck out five. Jose Pina made his 2009 debut in relief of Archer. The third-year Chief gave up one run and one hit in 2/3 of an inning while walking two. Cabrera went 3 1/3 innings in relief. The returning Chief gave up one tally on three hits. Josh Whitlock hurled a scoreless eighth and ninth. Hamren was draped with the loss in his season debut, allowing the one run in the fifth. Jose Figueroa started for Kane County. The southpaw went three innings, giving up two runs on six hits. Josue Selenis earned the win after firing two scoreless frames, and Jose Guzman earned the save after pitching a spotless 10th.
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