Rochester Red Wings: The Red Wings defeated Buffalo at home Monday, 7-4. Henry Bonilla picked up the win in relief, throwing four innings of two-run ball, while striking out five. In his previous three appearances Bonilla had not let up a run and he has only let up runs in two of his last eight appearances. The five strikeouts ties his season-high and the right-hander has not lost a game since May 5. Willie Eyre threw the last inning for the Wings, allowing his second earned run in his last seven appearances. Eyre has been great in his 17 appearances at home this season, as he is 6-0, with three saves and a 1.57 ERA. Ricky Barrett made his first start as a Red Wing, throwing four innings while allowing one earned run. The four innings were a season-high for the converted reliever, and his six strikeouts were more than his last nine outings combined.
Kevin West led the way offensively, going 2-4 with a run, a double, a three-run home run, and four RBI. It was West's third multi-hit game in a row as he continues to mash the ball at home. In 41 home games, West is batting .339 with six home runs and 24 of his 33 RBI. Terry Tiffee blasted a two-run home run, his second in the last two games. He also extended his hitting streak to nine games. Augie Ojeda also hit a home run, his first since June 5. His two-hit game broke his hitless streak at four games. On a side note, Chris Heintz was named International League Batter of the Week. Heintz had 13 RBI and eight runs this past week, as he became the first Red Wing to take home a weekly honor this year. The Wings play Buffalo again at Frontier Field on Tuesday.
New Britain Rock Cats: The Rock Cats blew out the Norwich Navigators 14-2 on Monday, their third win in a row. Matt Yeatman made the start for New Britain and won his third game of the year. The win broke a string of three straight losses as the change of months will hopefully do him good. In June, Yeatman was 1-3 with a 6.68 ERA. Kevin Cameron continued his great pitching this season, striking out one in his 1.2 innings of work. He has not lost a game all season and has let up one earned run in his last eight outings. Patrick Neshek struck out two batters in his inning of relief, the sixth straight appearance that he has at least one strikeout. In his two July outings, he has worked two perfect innings while striking out three. Daylan Childress finished off the game, allowing one hit and striking out one. It was his second straight scoreless appearance.
Bryan Kennedy got his batting average over the Mendoza Line by going 4-5 with five RBI. The four hits and four RBI were both season-highs for the catcher, as he raised his batting average .016 points. Daniel Matienzo continued to rip the cover off the ball, going 3-6 with three runs, two doubles, and three RBI. He now has a seven-game hitting streak, and has driven in at least one run in nine of his last 11 games. Denard Span snapped his two-game hitless streak by going 2-5 with two RBI. He has been great since his call-up from Fort Myers, with four multi-hit games in his first ten games as a Rock Cat. Tommy Watkins hit two doubles and drove in two runs and Alex Romero, Ben Pattee, and Luis Jimenez drove in a run each. The Cats take on Norwich again on Tuesday, in hopes of leapfrogging them in the standings.
Fort Myers Miracle: For the first time this season, the Miracle were defeated by the Sarasota Reds. The 8-5 loss snapped a seven-game winning streak against the Reds, and dropped the Miracle to second place in the Florida State League West Division. Jan Granado lost his first game as a Miracle, as he lasted only three innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) and struck out four. Usually a reliever, it was the right-hander's first start of the season for Fort Myers, and was only the third time in ten outings that he has let up an earned run. Joshua Gray pitched three scoreless innings in relief, striking out two. It was his fourth consecutive appearance without allowing a run. Jay Sawatski continued to get pasted on the road, allowing six earned runs in two innings of work. On the year, he is 2-2 away from home with a 5.59 ERA, and batters are hitting .321 against him.
Offensively, Kyle Geiger was pretty much the only bright spot for the Miracle. He went 3-4, and drove in his first two runs in his last five games. The three hits were a season high as he got his first multi-hit game since June 11. Brock Peterson went 2-3, and Scott Whitrock and Justin Arneson each drove in a run without getting a base hit. Peterson has now gotten a base hit in 12 of his last 14 games, and has five multi-hit games in his last seven. Whitrock has now driven in a run in his last two games, while Arneson has driven in one in his last three. Fort Myers will take on Sarasota again on Tuesday.
Beloit Snappers: The Snappers worked for 13 innings against Wisconsin on Monday, but fell to the Timber Rattlers 7-6. Beloit used six pitchers during the marathon, after David Shinskie was lit up for five earned in his five innings of work. Kevin Slowey pitched an impressive inning, striking out two Rattlers. Slowey, who was recently promoted from Elizabethton, kept his ERA at 0.00 while striking out at least one batter for the second straight appearance. Angel Garcia struck out two batters for the second straight time and Jonathan Martinez ran his scoreless streak to five innings. Kyle Aselton took the loss for Beloit, allowing one run on one hit in 1.1 innings of work. The loss was his first of the year and the earned run was only his second in his last six outings.
Trevor Plouffe went 4-6 on Monday, driving in a run and scoring one himself. The four hits were a season-high for the shortstop as he had his third multi-hit game in his last seven starts. Johnny Woodard hit his first home run as a Snapper, as he made his first start since being called-up from the Gulf Coast Twins. Deacon Burns hit two doubles and drove in two runs from his number three slot. Burns now has five consecutive multi-hit games, and has driven in five runs in his last three starts. Luke Hughes also drove in a run, his fifth consecutive game with at least one RBI. Beloit will take on Wisconsin again on Tuesday, the second of a four-game set.
Elizabethton Twins: The Twins lost a pitcher's duel on Monday, falling to Greeneville 2-1. First round pick Matt Garza looked great, hurling six innings of two-run ball, while striking out seven. It was his first professional loss, but it was by far his best outing to date. His seven strikeouts were a career-high as he rebounded off of last start's six earned run shellacking. Daniel Powers threw two perfect innings in relief, striking out one. It was the fourth time in his first five appearances that he failed to let up a run. He has only let up four hits in ten innings of work this year and batters are hitting .118 against him.
There wasn't much offense to talk of on Monday. Matt Betsill went 2-4 for his second multi-hit game of his career. The third baseman has now hit safely in five of his first eight games. The only other batter of note was shortstop Yancarlos Ortiz. The slugger had his second multi-hit game in a row and his fourth in his first ten games. He is now hitting .417 in his first three games of July. Elizabethton will play Kingsport to start a three-game set on Tuesday.
GCL Twins: The GCL Twins defeated the GCL Red Sox 9-5 on Monday. Brandon McConnell got the start and went five innings, allowing two earned runs. He bounced back from his last start, where he allowed eight earned runs in only 3.1 innings of work. Walter Patton allowed two earned runs in his only inning of relief. It was his fourth straight appearance where he has allowed at least one earned run and his ERA is at a gaudy 14.40. Matthew Williams picked up his first save as he struck out five in three innings of work. He walked a batter for the first time all season and his three innings were a season-high.
Danny Santiesteban hit his fifth home run of the season, snapping a three-game homerless streak. He has now driven in at least one run in eight of his first ten games, and has hit safely in nine of ten as well. Paul Kelly and William Luque each drove in two runs as the Twins got six RBI from their 1, 2, and 3 hitters combined. The two-RBI were the first of the season for both Kelly and Luque. It is either sink of swim with Luque, as his only two games with hits were multi-hit games. Second baseman Odannys Valdez went 1-3 with an RBI and a stolen base. The Twins will take on the Red Sox on Tuesday.