Wimberly Paces Patient Rockhounds
Corey Wimberly reached base five times with three hits and two walks to help lead the Double-A Midland Rockhounds to their fourth straight win by a score of 7-3. Wimberly had a double and he stole his fourth base of the season.
Danny Putnam had two stolen bases and he walked three times, collected a hit and scored three runs. Josh Horton also added three walks, as the Rockhounds' had 10 walks in the game.
Chris Carter drove-in two runs and Tom Everidge had a double. Midland had 10 hits in the game.
The Rockhounds got a good start out of Chris Farley, who allowed two runs on two hits in 4.2 innings. He struck-out four and walked two. Angel Garcia earned his first win of the season by pitching 2.1 scoreless innings. After Justin Dowdy allowed a run in .2 innings, Michael Benacka came in and earned the save with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Sacramento Gets Back In The Win Column
Gio Gonzalez and Dan Giese had strong first outings of the season and the Sacramento River Cats broke a two-game losing streak by beating the Portland Beavers by a score of 4-1.
Gonzalez threw three scoreless and hitless innings in his 2009 regular season debut. The lefty was on a pitch count and threw less than 40 pitches. He is still working his way back into starter shape after missing time during spring training with shoulder soreness.
Dan Giese, acquired off of waivers from the New York Yankees last week, made his debut for Sacramento. Giese threw four strong innings and earned his first win of the year. He allowed one run on three hits. Giese struck-out two and walked none. Chad Reineke finished off the game with two scoreless innings and earned the save.
On offense, the River Cats were led by catcher Anthony Recker, who hit an opposite-field, two-run homerun and a single. Shortstop Gregorio Petit also had two hits. Eric Patterson doubled and stole his third base of the year. Cliff Pennington added his first stolen base of the season. Sean Doolittle had an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
Stockton Still Looking For Win Number One
The Stockton Ports finally got on the scoreboard, but it wasn't enough to prevent the defending Cal League champions from falling to 0-5. Stockton lost a tight game to Modesto, 4-2.
Starter Scott Mitchinson put the Ports in a good position to win. He allowed only one run in five innings in his second start of the season. Mitchinson gave up four hits, while walking one and striking out four.
Justin Murray was stuck with the tough-luck loss when he allowed three runs in three innings of work. Two of the runs were unearned thanks to an error by shortstop Michael Richard.
Stockton broke a 27-inning scoreless streak by scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Modesto answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. The game remained 2-1 Stockton until the seventh when the Ports allowed three runs.
Matt Spencer drove-in both of the Ports with a two-run, two-out double in the first. Richard also had a double, but the Ports were limited to just six hits in the game.
Kane County Postponed
The Kane County Cougars game against the Burlington Bees was canceled due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a double-header on April 15th.
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