Windsor Makes Strong Debut, But Midland Falls Late
Newly promoted starter Jason Windsor was impressive in his AA debut, but the Midland bullpen failed to hold a late lead and the Rockhounds fell by a score of 3-2 to the Springfield Cardinals.
Windsor continued his season-long run as a tough-luck pitcher when he received only two runs in support. He allowed a first inning run on three singles, but he permitted only four more hits over his next five innings. In total, Windsor worked six innings and allowed one run on seven hits with six strike outs and only one walk. On the season, Windsor has struck out 70 batters and has walked only nine.
Reliever Evan Fahrner took over for Windsor with the Rockhounds leading 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh. He worked a scoreless seventh, but allowed the game-tying run in the bottom of the eighth. Fahrner came out for the ninth and he immediately walked the first batter. After a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, Robinson Cancel singled home the game-winning run.
Casey Myers drove in both of Midland's runs with a two-run homerun, his third of the season. Midland's back-up catcher has been outstanding at the plate this season. In 55 at-bats, Myers is hitting .339 with those three homers, 14 RBI and a slugging percentage over .500. Rightfielder Jason Perry was the only Rockhounds hitter to collect two hits, as he went 2-4. With Brant Colamarino's promotion to AAA, Perry is now the team's leading homerun hitter and is second on the club in RBI to leftfielder Andre Ethier.
Stockton Goes Back-to-Back For Win
Starter Chris Dunwell was outstanding and the Stockton bullpen threw three scoreless innings in the Ports' 4-1 win over Visalia. It is the Ports' third straight win over the Oaks. Dustin Majewski and Richie Robnett hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning to lead the Stockton offensive attack. Majewski also had a two-run double in the third. It was Majewski's ninth homer and 32 RBI of the season.
Dunwell allowed only one run in his six innings of work to earn his third win of the season. Scot Drucker had his most impressive performance since being promoted to Stockton. Drucker struck out three in two scoreless innings to bridge the gap between Dunwell and the Stockton closer, Jeff Muessig. Muessing struck out the side in the ninth to record his team-leading 12th save.
Big Comeback Falls Short For Kane County
Trailing 10-1 in the top of the seventh inning, Kane County stormed back to score nine in the final three frames. However, their comeback fell short, as West Michigan's run in the 8th inning was the deciding factor in the Cougars' 11-10 loss.
Starter Ryan Ford was chased early, allowing seven runs (four earned) in four innings pitched. Clay Tichota wasn't much better, as he coughed up three runs in two innings to put the Cougars in a 10-1 hole. J.R. Pickens gave up the decisive 11th run in the eighth inning.
Centerfielder Javier Herrera launched his fourth homerun for the Cougars (5th overall) and drove in three runs to help lead the Kane County offense. First baseman Tom Everidge also had a big game, driving three runs. Myron Leslie went 3-4 and Kevin Melillo and Eddie Kim each had two hits for the Cougars. Leslie is now hitting .296 on the season to lead the team. In total, the Cougars pounded out 12 hits in the game.
Sacramento Falls To Tacoma
Starter Steve Sparks had his second straight rough outing and the River Cats lost to Tacoma , 8-3. Sparks allowed six runs in five innings, including five in the fifth inning. Four of those fifth inning runs came on a Ryan Christianson grand slam.
Newly demoted second baseman Keith Ginter went 1-4 with an RBI and a walk in his Sacramento debut. Andrew Beattie and Shawn Garrett each had two hits to lead the Sacramento hitters.
Relievers Keith Stamler and Mike Saipe made their Sacramento debuts on Tuesday. Stamler allowed a run on two hits in 1.2 innings pitched and Saipe gave up one unearned run in 1.1 innings of work.
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